Usually when I sit down to write about the JRPGs I played over the past month, I’m a little surprised at how many games I managed to play and how distracted I managed to get from whatever JRPG I’ve been supposed to be focusing on most. In November however, it appears I was very true to my goal of playing a lot of .Hack// G.U. Last Recode as I only played a few other experiences on the side. Thanks to this, I made a bunch of progress in G.U. and I’m thankful for that, although I did occasionally get distracted by my new favourite JRPG mini-game ever and the time I wanted to put aside to get back to Persona 2 got completely eaten by the Alchemist Code’s surprise release. Even if it makes for a shorter video, I feel very satisfied with my JRPG progress last month, so here are all the JRPGs I Played in November.
JRPG of the Month: .Hack// G.U. Last Recode
On top of its captivating story, I’ve been really enjoying watching its combat and mechanics grow and change in small ways in each volume. The active battle system has become more fun by keeping me on my toes a little bit more in each volume and I’ve strangely become obsessed with upgrading my .Hack bike with new parts whenever they’re available and thanks to these things and plenty more, I’m generally having a lot of fun with Last Recode. I do plan to do a full review of it once I finish with it, but Last Recode has both scratched the itch I’ve had to play a .Hack game ever since I tried a different part of the series on PS2 years ago, while also managing to be even better than I expected.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
The Alchemist Codethe Alchemist Code announced itself as finally coming out globally mid-November, so I decided to keep myself free for its mid-month release. While I wasn’t able to have as much time as I would’ve liked for portable games in November, my playthrough of its first few acts has consisted a lot of learning its tactical and character upgrading systems that I couldn’t fully get my head around in the Japanese version and I think I’m just about the point where I’ve gotten the hang of them enough to really enjoy them. What really excited me about it was seeing its unsettling introduction in a way I can fully understand and being reminded of how excited I felt when I first played it. I’ll be sticking with it whenever I can to see where the story goes and I hope I get really comfortable with its systems soon so I can get as far in as I can on the go.
Final Fantasy XV
(Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades)Final Fantasy XV was its quests, I couldn’t help but take a little bit of time to try its new multiplayer expansion Comrades, especially since it’s included in my Season Pass. I entered it with pretty much no expectations as I’ve been generally less into XV over the last few months, but as soon as I saw the familiar faces of side characters from Final Fantasy XV’s universe, I started to remember why I loved it so much in the first place. I won’t spoil the premise of Comrades as it does relate directly to XV’s story, but it works really well as a setting for an online game, with the quests and their purposes making a lot of sense when I think about XV’s world. Although Comrade’s combat is a little simple, I enjoyed warping around and smashing down enemies just as much as I did in the core Final Fantasy XV experience. Comrades is an experience I definitely want to jump back into at some point and I’m glad to see it embracing the quest and character side of things that I thought was the best part of Final Fantasy XV.
Despair Dungeon: Monokuma’s Test
my review of it to see if it’s something you might be into.
December JRPG Plans
Also coming out in December is Final Fantasy XV's Episode Ignis, which I’ve been excited for ever since it was announced. Ignis is by far my favourite character in Final Fantasy XV for his serious and recipe-filled moments and from the trailers, I’m very interested to see how this gap of the story will be filled. I enjoyed both Episode Gladiolus and Prompto, so I feel confident that Episode Ignis will deliver and I’m crossing my fingers it’ll be the best Episode out of the three. It is also thankfully probably going to be only a few hours long, so it won’t take away much from Xenoblade time. But before I even get to either of these, I really want to finish .Hack//G.U. Last Recode since I'm over the halfway point and I probably won't get hard into these two experiences until I do.
Persona 5 or finishing Persona 2 will depend on how long I play Xenoblade 2. I’ve kind of come to terms with the fact I may not finish either of my Persona goals by the end of 2017 and I’m okay with it. There’s still 2018 to continue with old and new Persona experiences, so I’ll be giving as much time as I can to Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Episode Ignis and whatever else without any regrets throughout December.
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