I had a plan which completely nosedived the moment Valve unleashed its Steam summer sale on me. I find when I make some sort of schedule, or plan, involving playing a single game, it just doesn’t work out as well as I would have hoped. Back in April, I had picked up the highly praised Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii. I had spent a significant amount of time with it for the better part of April, but the moment I couldn’t handle a particular enemy, I shut it off thinking I would go back to it later. I never did.
The goal to complete Xenoblade Chronicles in as few sittings as possible was not realized, and I’m not sure when I’ll pick it up again. Instead, I focused my efforts on smaller games and THQ’s Darksiders, which is faster paced than Xenoblade, although it takes the combat mechanics of the God of War games and the exploration of The Legend of Zelda and puts it in front of biblical lore, so familiarity is the appeal. I managed to see that through to the end, and ended up mostly enjoying it, but I felt as it the team behind it tried their hardest to extend the game where it didn’t need extending. It was worth the $10 I paid for it, nevertheless.
I also tried to put some time in with Final Fantasy XIII-2, which I’d been anticipating for a while despite mixed opinions from a lot of people. I’m enjoying it enough, having played for close to 20 hours. It’s fun when it’s fun. I enjoy the combat most of the time, and sometimes I think it’s too much work to find the right strategy. I don’t always feel clued in to the next objective, since the game’s plot involves a lot of time travel and allows the player to manipulate and change events already experienced earlier. I intend to see it all through to the end, but I think it’s my anticipation for The Last Story, from XSEED Games, that puts me out of focus with it.
I think the lesson I’m learning is to simply play what I feel like. It sounds ridiculously obvious. I do enjoy trying to hammer through a game as quickly as possible, but not to a point where the fun stops. It’s a twisted game in and of itself. It’s why I also went back to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, one of the best games from 2004 I’ve played through twice, and being on PC allows me to enjoy it in high resolution. I’ve also been readjusting to life in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, where my character is now the guildmaster of the Thieves’ Guild. Strangely, she still gets treated like a rookie by the others.
“Play what you feel like.” Did I mention I purchased three Shin Megami Tensei: Persona titles for PlayStation Vita? Oy vey.