HalcyonDaze00 wrote:remember buying the first one after all the hype, it was rubbish, this looks to be more of the same
I've given multiple games in the series a chance, as well as multiple OTHER games from the same developer.
.....but 99.99999999999% of the game, if you want to actually be able to do all the content, is GRINDING. Just. Grinding. Over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagh. It's theoretically possible for a game to be more boring, but that may involve re-writing some of the laws of physics.
Usually I see grinding as balancing mistakes by the developer, which force it upon the player. But this series.... no. These are DESIGNED around it. For some absolutely baffling reason.
I dont mind doing thigns like, say, the Item Worlds and whatnot over and over again; it's randomly generated, and you never know what it's going to be. It's INTERESTING. But you cant access any high-level stuff by doing that. Because you dont get XP at a sane rate by doing so. Some of the content in these games requires that you get characters to level 9999..... and then re-incarnate them, do it AGAIN.... and then re-incarnate them, and so on, and do this for MULTIPLE CHARACTERS. I've a friend who knows damn near everything about these games, and watching him play them is about the single most boring activity I can think of. Just consists of him doing the exact same map (one of those ones designed to be grinded) 80 squillionty times. Even with spell/attack effects turned off, these games can take hundreds of hours. Just... ugh.
And it's a real shame, because I like alot of the IDEAS in the game, but the EXTREEEEEEME GRINDING TO THE EXTREEEEEEEME just.... argh. I'll never, ever understand how that is appealing or fun at all.