While it might surprise some, I do have rules. One of them is that if a comment runs long, it comes over here to live life in the sun as a blog post. Thus a comment on one of Brother Eric’s blog posts now sits before you in all its glory and majesty. Tremble at its majesty!
Besides, Eric was nice enough to comment on my VRP Madness series. Seems only fair I return the favor.
On Things Chrono
Chrono Trigger starts off his list of favorites. This does not surprise. As I said, it is one of the best Video Role Playing Games (VRPGs) out there. Dated or not, it still rules the school, old son, and very few really compete with it even to this day.
He then mentions the sequel Chrono Cross in passing, which kinda did. I didn’t mention it one way or the other as I talked about the games, and for cause.
But first, let us recall what Eric said on the subject (you did read his post, right?):
An Honorable Mention goes here for the sequel Chrono Cross. I didn’t like it as much, and the color-splash thingy in the combat system frankly annoyed me, but it’s a fantastic game with a great story and what I still think is the best opening music in the history of video games.
Now for the most part I agree. Great game. Unique combat system. Entirely too many playable characters. Excellent story.
But it gets points off for the final boss. Because to win the game, to truly win the game, you need to know information that at no point does the game ever even hint at you needing. There’s a certain room you enter where certain colors flash. You have to remember the order the colors flashed in for your attacks at the last battle, else you get the nonstandard straight to credits end. Nowhere do you get warned of this or told what to do to avoid it.
That, friends and neighbors, is the definition of cheap. And while I love the game… it does keep it off certain lists. Even as an honorable mention.
On Things Final Fantasy
On Final Fantasy 5, though… I mean, wow. Wow, man. This, 3 and 12 are the only ones I’ve played and never finished. Not that there’s anything wrong with the games (well, maybe there is with 12), but still. Would not have expected it.
I’d have been shocked if he never mentioned 4, though. Him and 4 were tight for years. Never understood it, myself. Still don’t. The rails guiding that bad boy’s are so fricking unforgiving it ain’t even funny.
What I find amazing, though, is that he doesn’t even give a nod to Final Fantasy 7. Not even in passing. He gives more love to Tactics than it. This leaves me deeply, deeply curious. Why the dis, bro?
On Things Tactics
Speaking of interesting absences, Eric doesn’t mention a single Tactical RPG outside of Final Fantasy Tactics, and that one only in passing. I found that very interesting. But maybe not surprising. The role-playing aspect in the Tactical sub-genre tends to get the short end of things. Maybe that’s the reason he doesn’t have any favorites.
On Things General
I find it very interesting that neither of us give Dragon Quest much love. That was such a big deal when we were kids, and now? Nothing.
Neither of us mentioned a Breath of Fire in our lists, either, though that’s not as much of a shock.
I keep thinking we missed one somewhere worth mentioning… but oh well.
Anyways, thanks to Eric for his thoughts. Well worth reading, as always!
Now if only I can get him to comment on the Review site…