Too Many RPGs!

I never thought I’d see the day when I was upset about the amount of role playing games that are available to me, but I’m starting to feel overwhelmed with what’s been piling up on my plate. Even though role playing games are my favorite genre, they can be pretty time consuming, so when they start adding up, that’s hundreds upon hundreds of hours that I’ll need to invest. From older games that I’ve been playing, to the newest releases, here’s the mass of games I’m working on, and anticipating.

Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber has been the game I’ve been working on for my Craig_WK Longplay series, and I’ve got to admit I’ve been really enjoying it. The battle system is a little hands-off which sometimes frustrates me, but Ogre Battle is more of a war game, so it makes sense that the battles are a bit more chaotic. The graphics are solid for the Nintendo 64, the music is amazing, and the story is gripping. The main character Magnus gets wrapped up in a war for independence, and you get to make choices every battle that will put him on the path towards order, or the path towards chaos. Make sure to check out the GameZilla Media YouTube channel to follow along with one of the greatest RPGs on the Nintendo 64.

Octopath Traveler for the Nintendo Switch has been a nostalgic treat, and I’ve loved every moment of what I’ve played. The game is utterly gorgeous, from its soundtrack to the HD effects put on the pixel art, and every time I play, I find myself getting lost it its beauty. The story involves eight different people, who must go on an adventure, as they link up with each other in order to help one another overcome the difficulties their collective journey presents. Objectively, I haven’t played nearly enough of the game to be able to give a fair review, but subjectively I’m totally in love, and look forward to having some time to play the game at length.

Coming out September 4th on the Playstation 4, Dragon Quest XI is threatening to eat up even more of my precious time. Unlike the Final Fantasy series, Dragon Quest has stayed true to its retro roots, though more recent games have had an update to the graphics and have even made sure to use orchestral renditions of the soundtrack and have added voice acting in the West. I’ve purposely made sure to avoid any information on DQ11, so that everything is a surprise. I’ve only seen the cast of characters, (and I’m a little upset that I even spoiled that much for myself,) but aside from that and the trailer from E3, I know next to nothing. The only thing I’m sure of, is that the game will likely be pretty depressing, as most Dragon Quest games can be. There’s a certain melancholy found in the series that I’ve not really gotten out of many other RPG series, (at least as a whole game series.) I’m looking forward to trying to find the time to play it soon.

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While we don’t know the exact date, sometime in September we’re also seeing Undertale release on the Nintendo Switch. Have I already played through the game four times? Yes. Will I be buying it and playing it two more times? Yes, I most certainly will. Undertale is an incredibly interesting game, with it’s odd blend of being an RPG and a bullet-hell shooter. No, really, check the game out. It’s essentially a Bullet-Hell-Role-Playing-Game, as you dodge enemy attacks when it’s not your turn. The music to the game is a phenomenal blend of old chip-tune tracks using the Nintendo or Super Nintendo soundboards and real instruments, which seems like it would be a jumbled mess, but it somehow comes out amazing. Undertale is a surprisingly heartfelt game, and I’m crossing my fingers that it’s the game that wins the next poll, when determining what game I’ll play for my Longplay next.

As you can see, I have a lot on my plate already, and soon enough there will be even more games, and if an RPG aside from Undertale is picked for my Longplay series next, then I’ll be switching out Ogre Battle for a completely different game. I realize that this is a very first world problem to have, but time maintenance is a very pressing matter. This list doesn’t even include other games that I’ve set aside, like Persona 5, and Ni no Kuni 2. Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever be caught up on Role Playing Games.

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Craig Karfis