Salutations, my little whispers in the darkness (yeah, I’m running low on creativity). It has been an incredibly busy week on the work front, which has led to a downturn in the amount of time I have had to spend here with you. For that, I am sorry – I’m sure you have all missed me. But on the bright side, after less than a full year practicing law, I am taking an issue before the Ohio Supreme Court. Despite many, MANY character flaws (which if you’ve followed me this long should be readily apparent) I’m not normally one for bragging much – it feels uncomfortable. But this is a pretty big career milestone, especially in this short of a time, so I am quite proud of it. Given how extremely low my self-esteem has been for the past several months, it is gratifying to feel good at something.
But you didn’t come here to hear about me! Or at least, not that bit. I mean, this is all really about me and my thoughts. So you kind of did come here to hear about me. Huh. I’ll be damned. Again. Anyway, another thing that has me quite excited is all of the recent happenings in the game industry, and particularly in the RPG space. I’ll have more thoughts on some of the big announcements (PS4 Pro, etc.) in the coming days, but for now, this month is being extremely kind to my addiction to RPGs on handheld systems.
First off, we have The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II. Yes, the name is a mouthful, but dear sweet mother of god, if you are a fan of turn-based, anime-inspired RPGs, this series is amazing. Trails in the Sky FC and SC were two of the greatest RPGs I’ve ever played on the PSP, with amazing characterization and combat systems. Cold Steel I took everything great about Sky and turned it up to 11. Much like FC and SC, there is one continuous storyline across both games, and I’ve been waiting to play Cold Steel until I had access to both of them because I did not want to get to the end of I and be left hanging until II made it’s way across the Pacific. Now it is here, and I am delighted.
Next up is one near and dear to my heart, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past on the 3DS. This is a remake of the original Dragon Quest VII released on the PS1 around 2000. Dragon Quest is one of my most beloved series, in no small part due to nostalgia – I received the original Dragon Quest as a gift for subscribing to Nintendo Power as a kid. It was the first RPG I ever played, and the second game I ever played after Super Mario Bros. DQ VII is famous for it’s tremendous amount of content – finishing the PS1 original was easily a 100 hour undertaking. I can’t wait to relive it all over again.
Finally, there is Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse on 3DS. A retelling of the story in the first SMT IV from a different perspective, the main character in Apocalypse bears a more than passing resemblance to the Demi-Fiend, the player character in the seminal SMT: Nocturne for PS2. Nocturne is one of my favorite games of all time – I have always loved the dark subject matter and various religious themes explored by the SMT series as a whole, and Apocalypse looks to scratch that itch.
Before I go for now, I wanted to pose a question to anyone still with me – I am wanting to prepare another profile post of someone in the gaming industry. I have a few ideas, but I am very curious to know if any of you have any preferences? Let me know in the comments below. I tend to do most of my research for the profiles from open sources, but I am in no way averse to reaching out to people to see if I can find any information that may not be easily searchable. If nobody has a preference, I can always go with one of my own.
Fare you well this evening, boys and girls, for I must go and continue binging through Pokemon X/Y in preparation for Sun/Moon’s upcoming release as well, but remember – even if the nutjobs are right (they aren’t) and Hillary Clinton is secretly dying (she isn’t), it means that she is spending her last days and remaining strength trying to save the country from a Donald Trump presidency. This doesn’t make her unfit to serve – it makes her a goddamn motherfucking hero. Until next time! – EWE