And next Friday, we can say that the it was Fragments of the Forgotten Past Friday the past Friday.
Played about 20 minutes, and already I'm impressed. Like in all the recent DQ games, the writing is top-notch. I've got a great idea of the main characters' personalities with just a few lines of dialogue, and the NPCs are similarly colorful. The lack of orchestrated music is kind of a downer, but the synth they use is at least nice-sounding (and the compositions are strong too).
Where're you guys? I'm about 5 hours in, at the second unlocked island, the volcano area. So far I'm really liking it, it's a vibrant, atmospheric game with great writing and already some really good storytelling. The first major quest had a solid amount of emotion and I'm excited to get into the more in-depth aspects of the game such as the jobs and Streetpass stuff.
I have one moderate complaint so far (besides the music not being orchestrated)--it's too easy! Hope it gets tougher than it is now, because one of my favorite things about the DQ games is their difficulty. It really helps the strategic elements of the title when the monsters pose a threat, and also helps the game feel more rewarding as you get stronger and learn new things.
I'm throwing around the idea of picking this up and seeing if I can play all the way through an RPG again, but then I remember being told that VIII will be right up my alley since there isn't so much character customization.
And then what about Bravely Default? Anybody think that's a better game than DQVII?
For what it's worth, I started up VII and the intro is just borderline insane with how slow it is. I was starting to wonder if this game even had battles And even when you start the actual battles and leveling up, it probably takes even longer before you actually get into the meat of things with customization which I still haven't seen. They really stretched things out in this one at the start... I just hope it picks up at a faster pace!
@VofEscaflowne Yeah, the beginning is crazy slow. I especially found no joy in going to the graveyards and getting the weapons and armor. What was the point?! Regardless, once I got into my first Slime battle I perked up a bit.