I haven’t played a fighter game in a long time, so I expected there to be a little learning curve, but damn I didn’t expect it to be so steep. I’ve really, really struggled while playing this game, and it doesn’t help that there is no real in-game tutorial. There claims to be one, but it doesn’t tell you everything you can do. I’ve had to pull out the manual more than once, and that’s close to a deal-breaker in my book.
I did some heavy reading of the guide tonight and learned that I can go through the story chapters in any order I want, sort of like Chain of Memories, which is a relief because chapter 1 is killing me. I’m taking the guide’s advice and leveling up my character in the quick play rounds, but I’ve basically learned that I suck at this game. Well, and the initial character sucks. He only has one HP attack. ONE! So while Sephiroth is hammering me with his multiple HP attacks, I’m getting wasted. Repeatedly.
I’m hoping that by bailing on the level for now (yes I know it will hurt my Story Point earnage) and playing some of the easier levels to learn the game better will make me like the game better. The reviews I’ve read have been great, so I’m disappointed that I don’t like it much so far. Then again, I’m not liking Fat Princess either and everyone raves about that game.
Btw, to everyone who has suggested I pick up Batman Arkham Asylum, the answer is resolutely no. I played the demo and it’s not my thing. I’m not a fan of being stealthy, and well, what is Batman if he isn’t stealthy? What I played of the demo did make me see why so many people just love it. I just know that I won’t.