After posting last week I started with Lost Odyssey which is a great game. Unlike Blue Dragon this game actually felt like a Final Fantasy game. I really enjoyed the game from start to finish (although I still have some side quests left), but the game has some major problems.
First of all the boss battles: Because you cannot level grind in the game, you more or less will always have a certain level fighting them. Unluckily some of the bosses aren't well balanced and if you are unlucky and they use a certain attack too often, it's game over for you. I would have had no problems with hard boss battles, but those boss battles simply rely on luck and losing them only gives you the feeling, that it's the game's fault and not your's for fighting poorly.
Second there is the start of the game: The beginning of the game is terrible. I tried the game shortly after release and hated it very much. At the beginning there is nothing to like about the main character Kaim or any of the other characters you have control of. On top of that the beginning is very cutscene heavy with a lot of characters, that aren't important for the story later on. Especially the council meeting scenes are rather long and pointless filled with unimportant characters.
By far my favorite moment in the game is what became one of Chad's Memory Card moments
. The whole scene near the end of disc 1 and all the events afterwards were really emotional for me. Especially the collecting things after the scene, although you would rather not and just cry for yourself, was really clever. I was a bit sad, that the emotions in the game peaked so early in the game, because after that scene I actually wanted more of that.
Anybody know if the DLC dungeon is worth the Microsoft points?
Other than sinking 50 hours into Lost Odyssey, I played a bit of XBLA games and also tried out Lips.
Although Lips sounds like a really good idea. Everything besides the singing in the game doesn't work very well. The motion sensors in the mics are pretty bad and often don't work. Making sounds in the game via motion sensors or pad is stupid and sounds bad. The scoring for important songs has nothing to do with the song at all. Also using anything but the original music video looks incredibly misplaced. All in all it's a beautiful SingStar clone with a lot of useless stuff added unto, that adds nothing to the game but rather disturbs the game.
What really angered me with the Lips experience is the fact, that there is no easy way to import mp3s to your 360 via USB. Although the manual of Lips says, that Zune, iPod and other mp3-players are support, ONLY Zunes and iPods are supported. Unlike the PS3, where you can easily copy mp3s or videos from any USB device to the internal, Microsoft decided to not allow players to easily copy things over, which is annoying. Anybody who says, that the 360 is more user friendly or a better media center than the PS3, is stupid.
After finishing some more side quests in Lost Odyssey, I may try out Infinite Undiscovery, although all I heard about the game was really bad.