I finished Valkyrie Profile. I first played it over a decade ago and I liked it more this time round, since I understood the combat more rather than just mashing buttons, and the real ending didn't leave a bitter aftertaste. It was a great game, but a strangely designed one. Most people playing the game will never even see much of the best content (a big chunk of the plot, and everything in hard mode). I think it would have been better off without the multiple difficulties (which don't do much other than lock out the best stuff) and obviously by making the ending requirements not so obscure.
That's a good point. I do like the idea of different difficulties (and to some extent, I do like the idea of locking out *certain* things for going the easy route), but I agree that the main purpose of Hard in VP is to lock the best stuff out -- and that's a pretty critical design choice.
I love the game nonetheless, and I'm sad we've been on such radio silence to one of the better Tri-Ace series'.... well, I like most of their stuff, but I heard their latest hasn't been too hot.
Which reminds me: Speaking of difficulties, anyone else think the Muramasa idea of difficulties was awesome? Choices are: Hard Mode...or Easy Mode. Luv.Tales of the Abyss
: Oracle HQ. Walking around Daath was a fucking nightmare on the PS2 version, but this dungeon is annoying because it keeps asking you if you want to explore rooms that the captives Natalia and Ion are obviously not
: I bought this game excited to finally play what was one of the earliest "next gen" RPGs back when the PS3 was fairly new, and I'm a bit of a fan of Tri-Crescendo.... but I find the battle system is more of a pain in the ass then it's worth, and I oddly find the time limit more annoying to deal with than it was in Baten Kaitos. Maybe I just gotta get used to it again though (who are good characters anyways? The game throws like 12 of them at you and I really, reaaallly, don't wanna try them all out to find out).
Both ES and BK do have shitty in-battle item management though...
Which reminds me, I gotta beat Baten Kaitos Origins... one of the *BEST* games...-- that I've never beat. I got sidetracked and sad while completing the pac man sidequest.
I also wanna play Valkyrie Profile 2 again.... dammit!!! WHERE IS THE TIIIMEE FOOR ALLL THESEE THIIINGS.
I'm gonna fucking retire at 65 and finish my backlog.