I swear to god
I have never wanted to ragequit a game as hard as I do Vagrant Story.
This game is ridiculously unforgiving.
Maybe not if you’re playing by a guide, but I, the fool, want to do everything blind, and so I’ve had to figure out most of the stuff by myself - every stat, every map, every puzzle…
I’m going crazy
That was the funnest part for me when I first played, stumbling through the game, delving into all the menus, trial and erroring my way through item crafting and making at least good enough weapons to get me through, and I managed to learn almost all I know by simply playing and replaying the game. It wasn’t until much later I looked up guides and saw the best weapons and their drop rates and making perfect equipment, which I’m still working on. But all that process, and all the content outside of the game mechanics like the writing, the story, the setting, the art direction and character design, the glorious Minagawa UI, the magnificent soundtrack, among many other things, made it my favorite game of all time.
Yep - nod. This is how I like playing games too. I tend to be a bit slow on picking up on story (sometimes I look up playthroughs on YT or my own stream post-streaming to revisit the story just to make sure I didn’t miss anything) so there’s always something I miss during my first run - or, what I’m really trying to say is, I miss a lot of stuff on my first run. I always try to revisit the game at least a second time to try to do it more streamlined. It’s incredible how much time I can end up spending on my first run :(
I can’t say what it is about the style of both XII and Vagrant Story that appeals so much to me. It’s a mix, I guess, of story, imagery, music… I went into XII not knowing a thing, and so just 5 minutes in I’d had amazing cutscenes, a city conquered, a prince dying and his wife committing suicide. (Grin!) For some reason I just knew I loved it - same with VS (although I guess knowing it’s Yoshida had primed me pretty well) - I was impressed already by the menu screen video. Even for how much it frustrates me, there’s still something about it that mesmerizes.
Some things just feel tight and well done and… you just love them.