Not sure whose bright idea it was to pit me in three RPGs at once, but that’s where I am. Not only that, but all 3 RPGs couldn’t be more different from one another, in both gameplay and story, and two of them came from the same studio. I’m somehow playing Lightning Returns, Bravely Default, and South Park: The Stick of Truth. The pool is open for when I go insane.
Two are turn based, but they employ different modes of turn-based play. LR claims to be turn based, but the ATB gauge gives it a far more action-RPG feel. In addition, LR has the weirdest ways to level up and learn new skills than I have ever played, and that includes the mind wave slot machine in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII.
Whenever I sit down to play one, I really do have to relax my mind and run through a quick little tutorial to remind myself how this one works. I don’t have as many issues with Bravely Default, since it implements very typical traditional turn-based play with a slight spin on taking turns. With LR and SP however…wow. So many different commands and so many different concepts between them. I die in the first battle almost each time because I have to use that first fight as a reminder.
And I may be adding Final Fantasy X HD to that mix soon. Maybe I should play that on the Vita so I have four different consoles covered. I can’t be bothered with taking discs in and out of consoles. That’s precious seconds of time lost that I need to devote to these potentially long games!