My college graduation is two days away from the date of this blog post! It's terrifying! I'm about to have essentially an endless block of time entirely for myself (until I get a job, at least). But with one last Ramadan I can participate in without working or being in school on the horizon, i'll be taking a bit of a break - whether I want to or not.
To that end, I've revisited a bunch of games I've never finished or gotten around to and compiled a list of the ones I want to finally finish. There's a running theme here: they're all RPGs. Huge ones, that I never had the time for during school. I figured I'd share the list with you.
Stopped before heading to Prison Island. This game feels like it's 70 hours longer than it needs to be. The sidequests are also largely boring, though exploring is fun in its own right. I'll be powering through this one to get the story that everyone seems to rave about, but if it doesn't get any more engaging in the next 20 hours, I'll give it a pass.
Hey, another Xeno game! I've wanted to play this game for a while but the text scrolls so slowly that I can finish multiple projects for school in the time it takes to finish the game's prologue. I have a tolerance for older games, but it's not extremely high, so hopefully it's fun to play. If nothing else, I at least know the story is gonna be bonkers!
I'll pick up the duology if it goes on sale. Innocent Sin has a PSP remake which will make it easier to digest, but Eternal Punishment is only available on the PlayStation 1, so that's going to be...jarring. But I've heard good things about this one - or at least, better things than I did about Persona 1 - so I'll give it a shot.
Dragon Quest VIII
Dragon Quest VIII is another kind of game that's too long or its own good, even with a fast forward button. It's also the kind of game that you don't want to stop and then pick up later, as you find yourself forgetting everything you did and plan to do. But it's also the one I've liked the most since Dragon Quest V, so I do plan on finishing it!
Trails of Cold Steel 2
Speaking of games you lose track of if you put them off for too long...I really need to finish Trails of Cold Steel II. But I'm scared! It's been months since I've played it, and there's so much I'll need to remember. I'll spend the first hour back in the game just pouring through the game's notebook so I can remember everything.
And the DLC!
I've always been a fan of Vanillaware's games, which is why I'm surprised I've finished every game from them except this one. Probably a mixture of being harder than their other games, as well as some pretty exasperating backtracking. But I've got the time for it now (and the DLC on discount!) so I may as well power through it to get to the awesome combat.
When I first played Chrono Cross when I was about 8 years old, I thought we had gotten the wrong game. I was looking for the sequel to Chrono Trigger, and as beautiful as the music was, I didn't know what game I was playing - where was the Akira Toriyama art? The lightning fast combat? The talking frogs? Instead, I found myself in a bizarre but colorful world that looked nothing like the one Lavos had attempted to destroy all those years ago. Now that I'm older, I know that connections between Chrono Trigger and its sequel come together at some point, and that I just need to go for it a bit longer.
So there's the list! Maybe I'll get through it. It's more likely I won't. Either way, I have a lot of time to find out!