This is one of those games with a cult following, but in this case I’m not sure why. Over the years I’ve taken a few shots at it but each time failed to get past the first town. In the past two weeks I settled down to make an honest effort of it to see just why the game’s so highly acclaimed.
I got to the last boss and just… stopped. I figured I’d just take a break and concentrate on something else for a while, but a brief inspection shows that I have no desire to complete the game. Everything up to that point was disappointing or just annoying.
The battle system is first person. Why? I don’t know. There’s a static sprite of a monster and some goofy-looking patterns waving around in the background. On top of this bland mess lies the menu system, which is passable. One interesting note is the ‘autofight’ option which throws every character into a frenzy, attacking seemingly at random and curing every status ailment, however trivial. No items are used (there goes any chance Jeff could be useful), and no skills beyond life and heal (and there goes Paula). With Ness alone this might be useful. As for Poo, I don’t know how to use him. He’s too weak to attack, and he’s got too small an amount of MP to go more than a few battles without filling his inventory with MP restorers, and there are precious few decent MP restorers, too.
I would put a ‘read more’ button here, but I can’t find it. I might edit it in later. I found it! (more…)