So, I've been watching a YouTuber known as PixiePoison90
do a Let's Play of a game I had on the PS2 called 'Pirates: the Legend of Black Kat'
, which I bought mainly because of the female protagonist. It's a Western RPG, so battle is real time and you have a growing list of objectives to fulfil. Also, the story is minimal. Whilst I enjoyed elements of the game (the minimal story is still interesting and the graphics look pretty good even now), there were things I didn't like/were too far out of my comfort zone, the real time battles being the most obvious example. I found some cheat codes on line and used them to upgrade to the best ship and to make myself and my ship invulnerable. I did not indulge in the ones that dressed Kat in a bikini... Anyway, for all these reasons, I only played the game once but it was nice to watch someone else playing it (much better than I did 10+ years ago!) and to feel a bit of nostalgia.
Then I discovered that Pixie also had a Let's Play for 'Primal
' (not to be confused with 'Far Cry: Primal' or 'Primal Fear'!). Again, a Western RPG, played before I understood the distinction or how to tackle real time battles. This one I know I played more than once but it developed a glitch in one of the boss battles and I couldn't get past it. I did also have a cheat code for invulnerability that I used in the final boss battle. The story is pretty linear and the only sidequest I can remember is collecting Tarot cards but it has a lot of charm. The relationship between the MC, Jen, and her sidekick, Scree the Gargoyle, the fact that it's a 'real' companion game where each character has their part to play, AND the fact that the MC is female. So, imagine my delight when I found out it is available to buy on the PlayStation Store for the PS4! If only I'd known that when I came to the end of Witcher 3. Anyway, the plan is to buy it on pay day whilst it's still available (because I missed 'Legend of Dragoon' - ;( ) and play it when I finish FFXII:ZA.
Speaking of FFXII:ZA, I am about four hours in and rotting in Nalbina Dungeon. So far, I've given Vaan Shikari, Penelo White Mage, Balthier Machinist, and Fran Archer. I'm undecided about whether Ashe or Basch should get Knight, but I think it'll probably be the latter because I'll get the opportunity sooner. I made Penelo a White Mage because she'd already learned Cure - but, of course, I hadn't bought it, so she couldn't use it. Duh! I am just in awe of how beautiful - how even MORE beautiful - it is. The texture on Old Dalan's rugs is ridiculous - they're the background for a (fairly) minor character but they look amazing. It all feels a bit easier than I remember but maybe I'm just a better gamer, now!
Well, that's enough gamer-talk. Time to check emails and then get this day underway.