When I’m not getting frustrated by Final Fantasy X (grumble, grumble) I’m playing a lot of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. And I’m not loving it.
The game is obviously only for Kingdom Hearts fans, as the story assumes that one has played through at least two of the Kingdom Hearts games if not all three. That doesn’t bother me. In fact, I’m delighted that it honors us in that way.
But the game is so damn boring!
It’s set up eerily like Crisis Core, in that all Roxas does is go out on missions. If he dies in the mission, he keeps all of his loot, returns to Castle Oblivion, and has the opportunity to try again. The missions here have a bit more variety than they do in Crisis Core, where the goal is ALWAYS to find some boss and kill it, and that’s refreshing, but it doesn’t detract that it’s still repetitive and boring.
And I hate the leveling up/ability system. One of the developers from Chain of Memories was definitely behind that idea. And in another way, this panel system of Roxas’ is a lot like Zack’s ability system in Crisis Core in that you will have to constantly reshuffle what Roxas has in order to successfully complete the mission. I admit I haven’t done it as much as I should, because I’m freaking lazy. It hit me today that I’m playing two games with funky leveling systems (HATE THE SPHERE GRID IN FFX). Maybe I’m punishing myself.
At least there isn’t the DMW slot machine thingy. I might have gone over the edge if I saw that make an appearance as well.
I read IGN and Gamespot’s reviews today and they just raved about it, so maybe things will come together later down the line. Hopefully it won’t be too much later as I’m already well over a third of the way through. But then again, both game sites loved Dissidia and I was not that impressed. Maybe it’s really me. Maybe I don’t love Square Enix as much as I think I do.
But going back to FFX, a few people now have encouraged me to continue, no matter what I have to do. I have some more thoughts on how to beat this boss, so come this weekend, we’ll see how that all works out. If you hear sobbing in the wind, it’s because I gave up and went back to an old save point for level grinding.