Saturday, January 25, 2014

A Tale of Two JRPGs

With my recent involvement with Namco Bandai's Tales of Xillia on the PlayStation 3 may have started off wonderfully but things are starting to wind down a bit for me thanks to some of its rather annoying characters. I don't mind silliness in my Japanese role playing games but sometimes, I yearn for some kind of believably. There are just some things that I just don't care to understand in the game, like how quickly strangers begin to trust each other before deciding to adventure together. This is a common theme in the genre however but I can't help to think back about my favorite game in the series - Tales of Symphonia - and how convincing the start of the game was in terms of the creation of the initial adventuring party. I do plan to continue playing Xillia of course but I had to pull myself away from it and concentrate on another JRPG. For some reason, Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria came to my mind thus I booted the game up and found myself really enjoying it. Perhaps I am just glad to find myself in the midst of a darker, more well-thought storyline. I have played Silmeria many times before but I have never completed the story before. I plan on doing so this time around.

It's hard to take these guys seriously sometimes...

The screen resolution may be lower but Silmeria is the graphically superior game here.

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