Yes, now that I’m done with FF IV: The After Years ( and yes, I DID enjoy it, for the most part, SG, though I will admit they really dropped the ball in the final dungeon) I’ve started playing Phantom Brave (I found it for like 7$, so I said, heck why not? I found some of my favorite games, like PERSONA, in bargain bins.) For those who don’t know, this is another semi-humorous fantasy tactical RPG by the people who brought you DISGAEA (In fact I hear that some Dis characters are hidden in this game). The story (as far as I know- yes, believe it or not, I’ve resisted the temptation of looking up spoilers ) involves an orphaned little girl who can see ghosts, and her protector, the soul of a friend of her parents, as she fights to be accepted in the (tropical-island inspired) society that superstitiously fears her. I imagine there must be more to it than that, but I’m willing to be surprised for once.
I’m of two minds about the gameplay; on the one hand, I find it surprisingly easier than most tactical RPGS I’ve previously played; on the other, THERE’S SO MUCH BLASTED STUFF TO FIND AND MAKE it drives me nuts!! after a few hours I gave up and downloaded a Gamefaqs guide to find them (because as you know, I’m the kind OF PLAYER who has To find everything in a game.) In fact I have restarted the game TWICE now because I decided I just wasn’t playing it “right”. Yes I know how dumb that sounds. Still can’t help it. In particular, the item-creating system seems to be pointless- the stuff at the store is random (??) your items can be stolen or destroyed in battle, etc- I soon decided just to IGNORE that part and focus on the story. ( But I WILL get all the hidden characters! )
On the other hand, so far I’m really enjoying the Anime-like animation, the voice acting, and the dialogue. Oh and the music too, especially the violin-using themes!
So anyway, I’m barely starting, I’m up to the part where you look for Putty, whatever/whomever that is. Comments and tips are welcome. In particular: are there classes that can only be made by fusing characters together, or is that just a way to insert any abilities you want in the characters? If the former, I MUST get them!! (Why yes, I play Pokemon, why do you ask? )