And that’s it! By the end it got pretty easy, as I realised that you only really need to make weapons for the main characters and fob off the NPCs with whatever you have in stock that most closely fits their request.
The final hour or two was mainly waiting. Each main customer came in one at a time, wanted “the ultimate weapon” to defeat the Evil Lord, and then came back a little later after I’d forged it. For a few of them, I’d already made the best weapon, but to kill time I forged new ones in case I managed to improve the stats through better forging.
The forging in general was pretty hit and miss (ha!), as it wasn’t always clear which bits of metal you were supposed to strike and which you weren’t. Still, I struggled through without much difficulty, and late in the game I realised that doing badly in forging was actually a bonus as it mean you got more hits in and thus better stats. Which seems a bit backward. Improved things further by making use of the heating up and cooling down options, which I’d ignored early on. Also ignored were the additional “ingredients” for the weapons which supposedly improve them, but I found superfluous and usually just added them at random just because they were there, or just didn’t bother.
Technically, the game was completed once my first customer beat the Evil Lord, but you get an extra achievement (or Feat or Accomplishment or whatever the game calls them) for getting everyone to beat him so I did that. Apart from the coward bloke who just ran away, but it appears that was what was supposed to happen.
Then I found out that I could have avoided all the waiting by holding down the L button to speed up time. Sigh.
It’s like 8 RPGs in one! I chose my first life to be a Paladin, applying the logic that any combat required in the other lives may benefit from my skills as a trained killer. Or something. I’m not very far in, only a couple of hours, but I’m already engrossed in the seemingly endless number of sidequests (which, unlike most RPGs, actually affect your progression in the game in a big way), and the game is both charming and interesting. I think I’ve guessed the real identity of Flutter the butterfly already, though, but then perhaps I’m meant to.
A “doom stone” has just smashed into the roof of my house, which can’t be a good thing. Now I have to go off and find another one.
Persona 4 Golden (Vita)
It took a lot of attempts, but I finally managed to defeat the boss at the top of Yukiko’s castle. Having done so, I asked around about it and it seems that having all your characters on around level 15 (the same level Yukiko is when she joins your party afterwards) is recommended.
All mine were on 10 or 11. Yeah, that’ll be why it was hard.
I’m a bit concerned about the inability to grind and the forced time limit on defeating each boss before the fog claims the next victim, but I’ve been assured that you can still grind as much as you want (until you run low on SP) by revisiting completed dungeons and never leaving. So, after rescuing Yukiko I spent some time redoing her castle to level up. Reached a new boss at the end of it, which can wipe out my entire party in a single hit. Methinks I should probably avoid him for a bit…
Super Smash Bros U (Wii U)
I’ve barely touched it so far, but have played through some of the single player modes a bit, and had a few fights online (which, sadly, were so badly lagged they were impossible to play), but I can already see that the huge amount of content and collectables will keep me coming back. Hopefully it’ll be a return to the greatness of the Gamecube game, as the Wii one wasn’t great (although I put that mainly down to the controls).
Scribble Shooter (Vita)
This may be a demo, but it’s hard to tell. It’s a Playstation Home Arcade game, but there doesn’t seem to be a way to purchase the full version so I don’t know if it’s just very, very short or what. It was quite good fun but over very quickly.
Wipeout 2D (Vita)
Another Playstation Home Arcade game. It’s exactly what it suggests – Wipeout in 2D. It plays like Super Sprint, but the handling feels terrible and I didn’t really enjoy it. Motorstorm RC is a billion times better, and the similar F-Zero themed minigame in Nintendoland is what Wipeout 2D wishes it was.
Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)
Of course. This just keeps on giving! I’ve a single square in Adventure Mode left to open now, and it’s proving pretty difficult. I’m having to level up some rarely used characters to build up to another attempt, but I keep getting sidetracked and hunt for better weapons and stuff instead.
I’ve bought my first Amiibo this week, and, which Hyrule Warriors in mind, it had to be Link. He unlocked the Spinner weapon which is awesome to use. Sadly, it’s only a Level 1 weapon so only does 80 damage. It’s kind of made up for with Link himself being on Level 112, but a 420 damage Spinner would be nice!
Apparently I can use the Amiibo once a day to unlock more stuff, so I’ll be giving that a go.
Hello Kitty Happy Happy Family (Demo) (3DS)
Sadly, not a return to form for Kitty. I was hoping for something more like the fantastic (truthfully) Hello Kitty Roller Rescue, or even the GBA Happy Party Pals game, but no – it’s a sub-Cooking Mama set of rubbish minigames. What a shame, although I did expect this was how it was going to be.
Weapon Shop de Omasse (3DS)
All the Level 5 Guild 01/02 games have been on offer recently, so I picked this up cheap along with The Starship Damrey. I haven’t played it a great deal yet, only through the tutorial and as far as the french bloke and the two girls returning from their quests. Seems quite good so far though – a sort of rhythm action game where you make the weapons and level them up by sending them out with adventurers. It’s pretty funny too, especially the almost Twitter-like Grindcast, which updates you on the quests your customers go on.