|There are a fair number of self-important dicks in Celapaleis.|
It's really easy to see how some people draw comparisons between this game and Final Fantasy XII. The way one navigates the world is very similar, using a world map with various points of interest gradually opening up as progress is made. Once you enter one of these areas, they feel a lot like a zone from an MMORPG straight out of the early 2000s, at least in terms of structure, the graphics are a lot prettier, though. The structure of these areas, the map, farming creatures while hunting rares, it all smacks of a jolly romp through Ivalice circa 2006.
|My first sighting of a rare monster in the game, Dominator.|
It kicked my ass...
I'm also enjoying exploring the game world. It's fairly linear on the whole with branching paths here and there to venture down. If anything, it's more akin to old school dungeon crawling during the 16-bit era than wandering some vast expanse like one would find in an Elder Scrolls game. It's more precision poking around, especially when looking for rare monsters that don't always spawn when you enter an area, so you need to come back now and then in hopes of finding them.
|Fighting some land dragons!|
As for the actual adventure itself, Rush is still a bit thick in social settings, though I'm guessing David actually finds the level of informality between him and Rush refreshing. Most of the people he talks to are his soldiers, retainers, and the like. He doesn't really get the chance to make a lot of friends, so maybe Rush is filling that void. The big bads are starting to be fleshed out a lot more too with Wagram getting more screen time, and being keen on using the worlds powerful Remnants (basically ancient technology with the potential to cause great destruction). He appears to be working for someone with powerful political connections, so they may have some rather evil ambitions indeed. Like I said in my last post, it's all very typical anime fair as far as the story goes, but I do love this stuff. I just happened upon a mysterious man with long hair and a red robe that Rush inexplicably felt was important. What does it mean, man? What does it mean? =p
|Sometimes it's fun to go to new towns just to see what kind|
of giant Remnant they have looming overhead.