This thread hasn't been seeing a lot of activity lately. What are you guys up to that's gaming related?
I've been going through one of those phases where I'm struggling to stay motivated with games, although I think I'm starting to recover from that. I was playing Ni No Kuni, which is a game that I really want to love but I'm struggling. Studio Ghibli have done a fantastic job with the art direction in that game. It's just so nice to look at. What's throwing me off the game though is the party member AI.
I'm not even that far into the game (currently fighting the alchemy pot boss) but I find myself getting frustrated during boss battles because the AI just wastes all their MP shortly followed by getting themselves killed. I know you can switch tactics but the selection I have available doesn't seem to make much of a difference. It's a shame the game is like this because I reckon I'd enjoy this game considerably more if it took a more traditional turn based approach, rather than me having to depend on AI to aid me with the battles.
I did beat Arkham Origins the other day which rekindled my interest in gaming again. Wasn't sure what to expect from that game given that I've heard a lot of moaning about how buggy and broken it is, which aside from the occasional issue, I didn't really experience. I thought it was just more Arkham fun. Really enjoyed this series so far.
From there I started playing 3D Dot Game Heroes on PS3. Really fun game worth checking out if you're into old Link to the Past style action RPGs. It feels like an old game that has been brought into modern times, but it does still suffer from some of the frustrations that games from the era it's imitating had. Will hopefully get this one beaten by the end of next week, depending how much time I'm able to sink into it.
Recently I've also been debating whether or not I want to try and get back into handheld gaming. Nintendo's Gameboy Color and GBA SP were big parts of my youth, especially because of Pokemon. Even though I haven't played a Pokemon game in years, I still have fond memories of Yellow and Silver version. Back then I always imagined that Pokemon would end up on a console and have 3D graphics. I guess Pokemon X and Y is half-way there and the kid in me really wants to re-visit this series and see what it's like these days. Problem is, I don't own a 3DS but I've decided to change that.
Was having a look to see what games the 3DS has available and there's actually quite a few that interested me so I bit the bullet and ordered myself a 3DS XL, along with Pokemon Y, Ocarina of Time 3D, A Link Between Worlds and Animal Crossing. Hopefully all that should arrive tomorrow if Amazon Prime delivers next day, as advertised. I'm really hoping these games take me back to gaming as I remember it years ago. Back when I'd sink god knows how many hours into something like Pokemon Silver and then go back and replay it multiple times. I rarely find myself doing that any more. In fact, I can't even think of the last time I enjoyed a game so much that I had to go back and experience it a second time. A lot of the time I seem to find myself trudging through games just for the sake of saying I've beaten them. I think that's part of the problem that's been making me lose interest in gaming. I've just not been having fun with the games I play. I play them for the sake of beating them, not because I want to enjoy playing them. I'm hoping that little selection of 3DS games will change that, because they all seem like games I'd have played to death when I was younger. I just hope age wont make me find them less enjoyable.
Although Animal Crossing seems like a bit of a weird game for me to by buying. I'd have had no interest in that game at all if my brother and sister hadn't shown the Wii and DS games a few years back. In theory it sounds like such a shit game but when you play it, it's actually quite fun. I don't even know what it's fun. If you were to explain to someone what it is you do in Animal Crossing, it sounds pretty boring. So why is it so entertaining?
Anyway, this post is considerably longer than I thought it was going to be. Just wanted to bump the thread and try to spark some discussion. Just hope my wall of text hasn't scared people away.