Now Playing July 2020

Beaten

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance – full post coming soon. I don’t know that I am going to work it into my post about the same so this feels like a good place to explore my history with it. I was a huge fan of Final Fantasy Tactics. I had never previously encountered any kind of strategy rpg and was only vaguely familiar with the Final Fantasy job system before I stumbled upon a copy of FFT. I didn’t even own my own PS1 at the time, I had traded my cousin for my N64 for a couple of weeks. I instantly fell in love. When I heard that not only was Square coming back to Nintendo consoles, but they were doing so with a portable FFT follow up, I was over the moon. At first I was very resistant to the changes it made to the game, but I still enjoyed it. Enjoyed it enough that I snuck my GBA into school and played it behind my algebra book during class. I didn’t beat it, though. Sharing one copy of the game and one system between several brothers was a problem and my save got lost along the way several times. Despite being generally familiar with the game and having made attempts to play it numerous times in the last 15 years, this was the first time I actually beat it.

Ongoing

Final Fantasy 9 – I broke down and bought this for my Switch, about two days before it went on sale. I have since played through the first couple of hours. Final Fantasy 9 has long been a favorite of mine and I am enjoying this so far. I’m happy to have the port, but I wish it could get a fuller remake/release to fix some of the problems that are kind of inherent in designing around the limitations of the PS1 that it was pushing against.

Upcoming

Fire Emblem Three Houses – This is my reward for myself for taking the bar exam. I intend to get started and get into it real soon.

Yakuza 4 – I started this a little bit ago, and I want to get back to it. I don’t really think too highly of this particular entry in the series, but maybe a replay will change my mind. I will also probably move on to its sequel.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered – It doesn’t hit until late in the month, but I will be playing it.

More Final Fantasy – I’ve got FF9 going, FF7 about halfway done, I started FF2 a few months ago and made some progress, and a big plan to replay the whole series. I will keep working on that.

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