While I'm downloading the demo for Final Fantasy 13-3, otherwise known at Lightning Returns, I'll take a moment to do this blog thing. The audio of this can be found HERE. The first month of 2014 is almost over, and it's gone by pretty quickly. This past week, I've been playing a lot of Skyrim, on the PS3, because I didn't realise I was pretty damn close to my plat for that game. Well, I got it, but now I'm into the Skyrim groove, and decided to work on some of the other trophies in the DLC. Skyrim is my seventh platinum for the ps3. Other things I've been playing this last week are Morrowind, and Pokémon X. Apparently, the Pokebank is coming out soon (TM) since it was just re-released, today, in Japan as a whole new download. I'm hoping it will be soon so I can unite all my Pokemans in one place again.
I've been pretty focused on Skyrim so there's not a lot of other games I've given any real time to. My nephew, Bill Kerman (360 tag) got Dark Souls, on the 360, so I will probably do some playing with him soon since we don't have to use the same 360 copy to play, and can finally group up for some double chosen undead funtime action time. That will be great. Man, collectively, over 700 hours I've got in that game (spread across three systems), and it's still amazing, and fun. It's like a parasite that has attached itself to my spine, and convinces me I love it so it can continue to live on through me. But... I love it... so I'll let it stay. O_O
I wasn't really too hyped about Final Fantasy 13 since I dislike Lightning a lot, and she is probably my least favourite protagonist of any Final Fantasy game. She is certainly my least sympathetic..alising... character in any Final Fantasy game... er... I don't sympathise with her at all. This came up, recently actually, on reddit about protagonists in games, and, of the list, I didn't even have to consider any of the others. I really, really am bothered by her. I didn't like her character growth, personality, choices, storyline, or attitude. And superficially, I didn't like her voice actors (both JP and ENG), outfit, combat style, weapons, costumes, and direction (if you can call it that).
The choices were Firion (FFII), Cecil (FFIV), Bartz (FFV), Terra (FFVI), Cloud (FFVII), Squall (FFVIII), Zidane (FFIX), Tidus (FFX), Vaan (FFXII), Lightning, of course, (FFXIII), Ramza (Tactics), Yuna (X-2), Zack (Crisis Core), Ashe (FFXII), and Serah (XIII-2). First of all, there were two there for Final Fantasy 12 when the clear protagonist of that game was Balthier O_O Come on. Anyway... upon reflection, though, Serah might almost eclipse Lightning in pure retardation, complete stupidity, and lack of story, but not quite get the leg up.
Oh man, I got derailed... that's perhaps better ranted about in another post. Anyway, now that the demo for the game is actually downloading... I'm kind of looking forward to it. It is another Final Fantasy game after all, and I am terribly addicted. Sigh. I mean, it's not like I didn't like Final Fantasy 13... the game was great, but re-playability is a must, and I just don't get it in 13, and I don't get it in 13-2. I can personally vouch for lack of replay in 13 because I got it on the 360, originally, and got all but two achievements, and I think you can guess which ones those are, and it took me ages to beat again, when I got it for the PS3... well, ok let's take a step back.
I didn't have a PS3 when 13 came out so I got it on the 360, but then when 13-2 came out, I did have a PS3, and the graphic quality, which is a big thing for me, was so much better on the PS3 that I got it on the PS3 instead of the 360. And so, because I'm kind of insane about having whole series' on the one console I got 13 again, so of course I had to beat it, and it took me ages to beat again because it was so boring the 2nd time around. I haven't even got near the trophies/achievements that I got in the 360 version. Man, 13-2 was the same, kind of. I wanted to replay it so 13-3 would be played soon after 13-2, but man, I just feel bored thinking about playing it again. Eugh. I really don't want to be let down by 13-3, but I just know I will be. Even if it's a good game. Eugh.
Well, the demo is done downloading now, and I'll install it and have a go. I did pre-order 13-3, but not a collectors edition or anything, just the game. And quickly, before I finish this... why do the Japanese always get better cover art than we do here? Have you seen the cover art for 13-3? It's goddamn amazing. Just go check it out. Go look up the cover art for the Japanese version of 13-3, and the cover art for 13-3 for everywhere else in the entire world. Man, it's really annoying.