Sunday, July 9, 2017

First Impressions: Final Fantasy III(DS)

I've got a feeling I'm not going to finish this game.  At least not for a while.  It's probably not the game's fault, but I think I'm getting burnt out on turn based JRPGs.  This game is definitely a turn based JRPG.

When I purchased the game a few weeks ago, I thought I wanted another game that I could play while I half paid attention to Netflix.  Unfortunately, after Dragon Warrior, Earthbound(why haven't I gone back and finished this yet?), and Defenders of Oasis, another generic JRPG, especially one with some problems, is not what I needed.

So what are this game's problems?  First, for some reason, the primary screen it uses is the bottom screen of the DS.  It's not the first DS game I've seen do this, but Pokémon and Virtual Console games use the top screen as the primary screen.  This means I have to cock my head lower than I'm used to when I play the game.  Also, maybe I'm just getting old or the DS had a bigger screen than the 3DS, but the sprites are really small and the backgrounds are extremely busy for such a small screen.  It's like it was designed with the 3ds XL in mind.

Then, of course, we have the issue with Game Over.  As far as I know, this is true of most, if not all Final Fantasy games.  Basically, if your party dies, you get a Game Over and have to reopen from the last time you saved.  This is one of the primary reasons I never finished Final Fantasy X.  I'm used to games like Pokémon, where you just get thrown back to a safe area(Pokémon Center) and lose half your money.

At the end of the day, it's just another game where your adventuring party fights monsters.  There may or may not be a good story or good combat mechanics, but I don't know if I'm going to get that
far any time soon.

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