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Posted: 9th September 2020 02:54

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I'm in the beginning of chapter 4 of Final Fantasy VII Remake, which I borrowed from the library as I didn't want to spend my precious money on a remake of a game I didn't particularly care for, but was still curious to see if the remake would win me over.

First, I've got to say that I don't hate the original Final Fantasy VII, but I found the story very confusing and didn't understand what all the hype was about. So I hoped the remake would be better, given that they have more room to flesh out the story.

So far, I think the remake is living up to that potential. I haven't been confused by anything (yet), and greatly appreciated the bonus backstory for Jessie, who I have become quite smitten with.

I did have an issue with the difficulty of the "normal" battle system. I strongly feel that first bosses should not be insanely hard. Well, I ran out of healing items before I even got the boss halfway. I'm sure plenty of folks enjoyed the challenge and there's probably some reading this saying "git gud" but since I play RPGs for the story, I started over the next day on Classic, and don't regret it (though it's almost *too* easy).

I tried playing the original when Remake came out, but bounced off it when I hit Wall Market. We'll see if I stick with the remake but so far I don't see why I wouldn't.
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Posted: 29th September 2020 04:29

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Well, I returned FFVIIR to the library with the rest of the game unplayed.

I had some interesting conversations with my therapist and a dear friend about my gaming choices. I felt some guilt at not playing FFVIIR (I was raised Catholic, we excel at guilt) because I kept choosing instead to play my open-ended games: Final Fantasy XIV, Brave Exvius, and War of the Visions:FFBE.

I thought it was FOMO that was causing me to play those games, because there's always new short-term events happening in them. War of the Visions was doing a FFT event; I have still to play Tactics but I'm familiar with the characters so was hyped for that event and spent a lot of time grinding it. FFXIV had another phase of the Ishgard Restoration going on; it's an excellent way to level crafters plus all my friends were participating so I wanted in, as well.

But my therapist asked if it was really FOMO and not the fact that I really love those kinds of games, and she's right. I do. I actually love to grind! I have a safe file in FFV where I leveled ALL THE JOBS and I had a blast doing it.

And my dear friend pointed out that new things are hard and scary, and this can be true of even video games. Now, I have played the original FFVII so am familiar with it:a story, but that was over TEN years ago so I've forgotten a lot, plus the remake is a new experience with added story to it, so... Yeah. And my therapist also asked if maybe a hadn't wanted to play the Remake because I felt I had to due to the library due date, and there was definitely a lot of that happening too.

I'm under some considerable stress right now, so it's no surprise I'm turning to the comfortable and familiar. I won't even do new MSQ or roulettes in XIV; instead I am leveling jobs on my catboy by doing FATEs.

Finally, I just bought a Switch! I am happily playing Picross on it, as that is relaxing for me and familiar. I also picked up BOTW, FF X/X-2, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. After Picross I might play FfCC; it's a new game for me but I think it won't be too stressful, plus it would be fun to do dungeons with my friends.

I do intend to borrow FFVIIR again, but it will likely be some time before I do, since I have the Switch to play with now.
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Posted: 29th September 2020 06:29

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I think to some extent the idea of picking up a game that you know is gonna be a huge thing just registers differently from picking up a game whose length you don't know at all.

There's just something in the mind that goes through the thought of "what else could I be doing with this time?" or "what other little things should I get done before I can finally sit down to enjoy this?".

Grinding a game requires less mental activity/commitment than starting a whole new story that we want to be invested in.

It was easier when we were younger because we didn't actually know what we were getting into.

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