Alright, I finished Sora no Kiseki the 3rd. The final dungeon, final boss and ending were just perfect. It's now my favorite in the series.Of course the music is amazing! It's Falcom! :D
(Also, the music is amazing.)
I'm surprised you liked it better than SC; I've never heard anybody say that before. :O Most people seem to think SC is the best game to ever be a game in the history of gaming.
Sora no Kiseki was the impetus that got me learning Japanese. Like four years later, I'm still not up to tackling a game with that much text :( . Maybe in another four years I can find out for myself, because the odds of XSEED going beyond SC are evidently slim. And those Kisekis keep on comin'.
I didn't understand everything perfectly myself, but I did get most of it. As for why I liked it more than SC, well... There are a lot of reasons, but I'll go into detail if you want. I'm always happy to discuss this series with anyone who's interested.
I'm always eager to hear more about the series... so long as you don't give any specific story spoilers that will ruin it for me.
. . . I've already knowingly and willingly read a bunch of Ao and Zero no Kiseki spoilers just out of Falcomfanboystupidity.
Sure, I played it on easy mode, but it was still plenty challenging. Well, for me, anyway. I know some gamers have issues with playing games on easy. Like it hurts their pride or something. I gave up on that nonsense years ago. Easy mode allows me to actually enjoy games like The Last of Us and Bioshock Infinite. or any game, really.
This post makes me happy.
I play most games on Normal, because some challenge increases the tension and feeling of accomplishment, and some games cut stuff from easy, but it infuriates me that "normal" has no set standard. In some games it means "easy" and in others it means "bullshit".
Failing repeatedly is not fun.
But what likewise infuriates me is that the internet is overpopulated with "real gamerz" so devoid of real-life accomplishments they think a game isn't enjoyable unless it's played on the hardest difficulty, and to validate that meager accomplishment they insist that anybody who doesn't share in their skill level/masochism isn't a "true gamer". Whatever the hell that means.
I've been called a pussy for playing Ys games on Normal, and some jackass called me an "emo bitch" because I made a joking gripe about Demon's Souls (my PS3 would respawn if I threw it out the window, but leave the save data in a bloodstain in the street), because "real men don't bitch about the difficulty, they just man up and do it."
Far as I'm concerned, a "real" gamer is somebody who. . . plays games. Y'know, for enjoyment, not to show off.