I beat Okami about two weeks ago now. I fed all the animals and collected all of the beads. I tend to get stuck right before beating a game if there are crazy-hard sidequests that I insist on finishing. Sometimes I actually finish, sometimes I give up, sometimes I let the game languish so long I can't get back into it without starting over. But with Okami, the last two beads actually weren't that bad. In particuar, I was worried about the race with Kai, since I suck at Okami controls. But as it turns out, the race wasn't that hard. Not in the sense that it didn't take me like ten tries, but in the sense that even my winning run had mistakes, and it was still enough to win.
So now I have the String of Beads for my New Game+. It makes you invincible, gives you infinite ink, and increases your attack by 10x. Why would anyone ever use an omni item like that? I don't know. I don't have the patience so soon after beating the game to get through enough of the beginning to really test it out. (I'd have to go through all the intro stuff, the in-story tutorial, get the first brush technique, and get to the first set of enemies. Meh.) But I'm curious whether it makes it invincible against non-battle hazards, too. Because, I feel like half the damage I took, excluding bosses, was from scenery, not from enemies. Things like, hitting ice blocks, falling down cliffs, falling into poison liquid, etc. etc. Yeah, I am not very good at the kinds of games where you have to hop around accurately.
But after Okami I can
kind of handle real-time battle, a little bit. So I've been thinking that, while I still have a bit of a feel for it, I should start another RPG with real-time battles, rather than switch back to turn-based.
I.e., I should finally go and beat Kingdom Hearts.
I gave up on the Kingdom Hearts games a while ago, and it is still kind of daunting how many they have spawned, but I really wanted to know the story. So I was reading the manga, but those haven't been coming out fast enough. The other day, though, I started reading the manga for Kingdom Hearts II again, up to the part where ( spoilers happen. )
When KH2 first came out, and I realized they had switched away from Sora to some guy who looks like him, I was kind of annoyed and really disliked Roxas. But he grew on me in the manga, and by the time I got to that point, I felt really bad for him.
I also really, really wanted to know the whole backstory, and the manga wasn't moving fast enough for me. So I went to the Kingdom Hearts Wiki
and spoiled myself silly about everything
And I have to say, holy crap. I thought Kingdom Hearts was supposed to be some innocent, fun-filled Disney romp, even with the Square influence. In actuality, it is a huge, dark, twisted Square monstrosity, and they can keep spinning off facets of people to create sequels and prequels to make more money. The Disney characters and everything are just scenery. They don't really matter to the storyline at all. (Except maybe King Mickey, I suppose.)
But now that I have kind of a grasp of the ridiculous story, I kind of want the Disney romp part. It is cool to see how they condense down the worlds and design the Heartless to fit each theme and so on. So I think I should give Kingdom Hearts another try. And keep pushing on through Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts II, too. And I should play 358/2 Days, since it's about Roxas, though I don't really like DS. Plus, Roxas in his ( spoiler form )
is really hot. ^o^
So that was the plan. But then, before I could go home and pick up Kingdom Hearts, I decided to try Tales of Phantasia again. ToP is one of the games where I got stuck on a sidequest (Moria Gallery) for so long that I couldn't finish the game anymore. So now I'm starting over.
I guess it's not turn-based. But it's not helping my real-time battle skills any. Actually, I really hate ToP's battle system. Namco managed to refine the system in later games, so it's fine in, say, Tales of Destiny, but in ToP I feel like I can't get Cless to do anything I want. I hate it when there's a high-flying enemy and he just kind of stands there and waves his sword around ineffectively. WTH am I supposed to do?
So I should really start Kingdom Hearts while I am in the groove, and maybe split time between the two games. What's annoying is I have to start all over with Kingdom Hearts, too. I've had two false starts there. One, I got pretty far (Halloween Town), but that playthrough is beyond hope. The second, I'm still on Destiny Island, but I don't remember where I am storywise and what I'm supposed to do next. It sucks because that one I had been training to beat Leon, and I hate to lose all that EXP. I'm split right now about whether I should train again or just get my ass handed to me like I'm supposed to. Maybe I'll just go find a YouTube video of beating Leon. D: