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Japanese Drama (Final Fantasy XIII-2) and Me

Final Fantasy XIII-2 X Tidus

So, I’ve only just started playing Final Fantasy XIII-2, and already it feels like I’m watching some TV drama. Being bogged down with so much coursework, I’ve had little time for gaming. That includes today, actually. Despite that, I’ve been playing it anyway, little by little.

So when I loaded up my game I was welcomed by a “Last time on Final Fantasy XIII-2″ cutscene, which chopped scenes up exactly how I expect a drama. Needless to say it’s weird. And awkward. I can’t say I’m a fan of really any TV drama, so this just gives me a weird vibe. Beyond that though, it’s actually beginning to feel more like a Final Fantasy game. Hell, it’s beginning to feel more like a game, compared to it’s predecessor. Which reminds me, I must upload my review sometime soon.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 is definitely far more expansive already. Which doesn’t say much. Especially when it’s still linear as hell, within the stages. You still follow winding paths – occasionally branching out to appear to solve that linearity problem, instead only to lead to the same place and have nothing exciting between. At least that’s the case so far. Still, I’ve already started some quests, which is good, and the battle system does feel more in depth before (y’know, given that I have the option to choose a more specific approach within the classes I’m given, albeit still very little). I just wonder what Square-Enix are smoking to have rewarded me with a 200% chance of obtaining rare drops and ordinary items, only to get absolutely no spoils. What the shit?

Anyway. I’m liking it so far. But then again, I did enjoy the cesspool of shit that was Final Fantasy XIII. At least I can admit to it though. And admit to just how god awful the “game” was.

Yakuza: Dead Souls and Me

Kazuma Shaving Yakuza Dead Souls of the End

So, I received Yakuza: Dead Souls through the mail today and I’m totally loving it. For those unfamiliar with the Yakuza franchise, it’s a series that’s incredibly successful in the land of the rising sun. The series involves the Yakuza, who are the Japanese version of the Mafia, and is a very character driven game. The gameplay is a blend of action and role-playing game elements and is absolutely crazy and intense. Honestly, it’s easily one of my more favourite franchises.

The new game takes all the serious drama and development in the past few games and throws it out the window in favour of a complete (narrative) genre-shift. The setting of Kamurocho has been invaded by zombies, and the cast of incredibly badass criminals get together to fight off the zombies. This is pretty much Yakuza vs. Zombie. And it is awesome.

For the most part, the game feels relatively clunky but it’s easily adapted to. During the first stage I found myself failing to even shoot a zombie efficiently, often being attacked before I could strike them at all. After about fifteen to thirty minutes of playing, I managed to pick up on it and started finding myself headshotting, evading and blowing up zombies. It’s really fun, but I’m realising that this certainly isn’t the best title for anyone to be introduced to the franchise. Which screws up my plans.

Y’see, I planned to make this my first review (when I finished it). Now though, I’m not so sure. I’m thinking I should go back and quickly replay the third or fourth title and just review those first. Maybe I can spark interest? For those who’ve actually played the game though, I’ll write the review all the same. Maybe, just maybe, you may be interested enough in reading my opinions.

And if you’re not? Tough shit anyway.