At 7/6/12 03:37 PM, phrozonfire wrote:
I'd really use FFX as a warm-up, because DQ is far, far harder.
At first I was like "nah, a game with cell shaded graphics and crazy voice acting isn't going to be hard at all". Then I left town for the first time and headed off to the waterfall cave as instructed. I couldn't even make it there first attempt. I had to head back to town to heal. Second trip I'd levelled a couple times and bought loads of healing things in preparation. Made it to the cave and had one of the two party members fall in battle.
This game is looking to be more of a hardcore RPG than I was expecting. If a character falls in battle, they're not back to having 1HP after the battle is over and you can just heal them. They're dead. If you want them back you have to go to town, visit the church and have them resurrected. I reckon that this alone is going to make it pretty damn hard.
On top of that, it feels like you have to grind right from the start. I turned off my PS2 for now and I'll go back to it tomorrow, but there's going to have to be some grinding done before I revisit that cave.
Thankfully the cell shaded graphics have aged well, so it's not an awful game to look at. The inventory system is a mild annoyance. As well as having your standard inventory, you can make the party members carry items. If you want to access items in battle, they have to be stored on the party member, not in the inventory. The number of items they can hold is pretty small and things that replenish health don't stack, so you can only use a few per battle. Not that you need that many for one battle at this stage, but I imagine later on you will.
I think I'm going to try and avoid using the strategy guide for the most part. I was using it with FFX and it was good but this seems like a game I could actually get into, so I'd rather explore it for myself, maybe consulting the guide if I get stuck or if I can't be arsed looking over a huge area for items when the guide can just tell me where they are.
Looks like it's gonna be a damn hard game.