Well almost two months to the day after I started Xenosaga I can happily say I've beaten it. It started slowly and drags abit in the middle but by the end I really came to appreciate Namco's vision for this first of three game. I could wish for more character development but since I hear that's mostly what episode 2 is about I'll not complain too loudly, for now. I will say that I enjoyed the ride and at a hair under 45 hours for completion time I feel quite satisfied with my purchase.
Who or what is Chaos? How many and how deeply do Shion's emotional problems run? How much of KOS-MOS's true power have we seen and where did it come from if Shion and Vector didnt program it in? Will Allen ever have the nerve to approach Shion? These and many more questions do I have as I finish one and look forward to two.
For now, I think I'll wait on starting number 2. Digital Devil Saga 1 just arrived and I've heard alot of great things about it so it will probably be what I work on next. So many great RPG's and only so many free hours during the day. Sigh.
In my previous post I began talking about my personal RPGQuest. I want to explain that I am not setting a time limit on this and indeed with the volume of games I have in front of me it may well take a year or more. But that's ok. The object here is the experience and enjoyment of these games and not some virtual badge of honor. I come late to this RPG Party. I am 32 years old and have for most of my life been an action/adventure fan with the occasional RPG thrown in for good measure. (And admittedly, most of those I did not finish).
It's only as I've gotten older that my taste in games has changed and Ive discovered after a long day at work I simply dont have the mental energy for many "twitch" type games. I still enjoy Unreal Tournament and Warhawk online and had a great time beating Ratchet and Clank, Half Life 2 EP2 and Uncharted. I'm not going to stop playing those type of games but I definitely feel the change to a slower, more tactical type of gameplay is the way to go. It has, in fact, already begun.
It all started this past October the 15th. That was the day I bought my PS3 60gb. The idea had been in the back of my mind even longer than that, of course, but October the 15th was the day the idea became a possibility. See with a fully backwards compatible PS3 I realized that all of those quality PS1 and PS2 RPG's I'd missed (I was a Sega and then Nintendo fan-boy for far too long!) could give me hours of gaming bliss at relatively small expense.
And so I started soliciting advice on the worthy titles and collecting them the very next day. So far I've managed to round up Xenosaga 1, Persona 3, Digital Devil Saga 1 and 2, Atelier Iris 2, Growlanser Generations, Shadow Hearts 1, Okami, Dark Cloud 2 and Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter. Although I still have many titles to go, I'm already very excited about this, my personal RPGQuest.
Currently I'm closing in on 30 hours played on Xenosaga 1 and (I think) nearing the end of the game. I've enjoyed my time with Xenosaga and will post a more thorough missive on my time with it once I actually finish. For now, I'm just going to buckle down and finish it and then tackle the more difficult job of deciding which game to play next!