Posts Tagged ‘Infinite Undiscovery’
I haven’t updated my blog in over a month, which is strange given I’ve been playing my Xbox a fair bit.
I finally got into Gears of War 2, in particular the multiplayer mode, Horde. My friend and I are (very) slowly co-oping our way through the campaign thanks to intermittent connection problems, and the fact Horde is so damn fun the temptation to play it overrides that of the campaign itself.
I happened to buy Gears of War 2 during one of the crazy Anniversary weekends (or something), so the Epic developers had decided to multiply XP by 8, which saw me level up stupidly fast, and change every 9 waves from being a mixed bag of enemies to simply Tickers. Having never played Horde I didn’t know that 9 rounds of Tickers was unusual, and it certainly wasn’t as fun as it is when you have Boomers, Maulers and Bloodmounts attacking you from every angle.
Yes, I like a challenge.
With that said, by the time we had reached Wave 40-odd the Anniversary weekend was over and Horde returned to its normal formula. There’s a good tactic for facing the higher level waves on a map called Stasis, where you kill a couple of Maulers and block the steps with their shields. We managed to complete Wave 50 on Normal using this tactic.
2009 was to be the year my concentration for gaming dwindled to a considerable low. People say that gaming is a hobby you inevitably grow out off, but the fact I returned to it on my 19th birthday after a 4 year hiatus, and have since spent a lot of time doing, proved to be the opposite for myself. However, something odd has happened to me over the past 12 months, and I find myself notably less excited about gaming than I ever have been. Where did it go wrong, and why?
On January 25th, my birthday, I found myself having “the talk” with a guy I was seeing. You know the talk, the awkward one where you’re furtively investigating how serious you’ve become, whether you’ve made the leap to exclusivity or are still seeing other people. For whatever reason, having a boyfriend who didn’t game meant that I also paid less attention to my Xbox, especially as only a few months earlier I had finished with a guy who was as big a gamer as I. It was at this point I was playing Skate 2, the follow-up to one of my favourite games of 2007.
Skate 2 was meant to have me as hooked as the original, especially as Black Box had done a great job of building on and improving the foundations of Skate. Somehow it failed to be the game that had me itching to finish work just so I could freeskate around San Vanelona, which was odd as it was undoubtedly an improvement over the original. It wasn’t logical… I loved the original, and now I was playing an improved version of that, so there really should have been no reason I was struggling to get excited about Skate 2. Yet I was. Even though I had put my inability of getting hooked on Skate 2 as a direct result of my new relationship, it was to set the unfortunate tone for the coming year.
I know, I know… I’ve used the Tom Cruise analogy before. Anyway, I get asked a lot for JRPG recommendations on the 360. Most people, though, admit they lack the time needed to put the leg work in. JRPGs typically last a good 40+ hours longer, at least, than your average game. Couple that with recent searches of “How long does Infinite Undiscovery last?” directing people to my blog, and I feel it’s the perfect time to turn those with pressed time towards Infinite Undiscovery.
Infinite Undiscovery is an under-appreciated JRPG that does take a good bit of time to get into. It was only at about 8 hours in that everything clicked for me and I found myself gripped, and by the time I had hit the 9 hour mark I was already prompted to switch to the second disc. There are three discs in total, therefore I’d say you’re looking at 30-40 hours gameplay time. Nothing like the 110 hours I put into Lost Odyssey, and thus perfect for those looking for a short flirtation with the quirky and camp nature of JRPGs we’ve come to know (and for me, love).
Note: I made a boob. IU is only two discs, not three.
Infinite Undiscovery is completely different to all other JRPGs I’ve played, solely for the fact it’s real time, not turn based. It’s been met with a lot of weak reviews, and as with any RPG, it’s difficult to comment having only put a handful of hours in. While nowhere near as strong as Lost Odyssey, I’m still enjoying my journey as the unassuming hero, Capell.
I’m a little fond of Japanese Role Playing Games, especially of the turn based variety. I like quirky characters, immersive story lines, secrets that can only be uncovered with 40+ hours of gameplay, and hunting for hidden treasures. Yes, I’m a geek. The next rainy day (or night, rather) that comes my way will see me begin Infinite Undiscovery, a game I had listed on my wish list way back in July. Before I begin, however, I want to turn my attention to all the other great JRPGs I’ve played on the 360, and while I have missed out on a couple so far, a lot of people still ask me what I’d recommend. Oh, and I must point out I won’t be going into any of the plot details here, simply because JRPGs generally follow the same, cliched story line, OK? So, in no particular order, let’s begin.
Enchanted Arms was the first JRPG I played on the Xbox 360. Despite the awful criticism it was met with (at the time my publication of choice was X360, and they awarded it an embarrassing 4/10), I still took my chances because there weren’t a whole host of other options at the time.
I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Resident Evil started off brilliantly, and I was really enjoying myself, but now I can’t muster up any enthusiasm to play it. I’m finding myself in a bit of a gaming slump to be honest. But I know what the cure is – for me at least; to lose myself in a Japanese Role Playing Game. Oh yes.
Originally I was planning on going back to Lost Odyssey for a second run through (if you’re a JRPG fan but haven’t played LO, get on it!). However, a friend said he had a spare copy of Infinite Undiscovery if I wanted it. There’s a lot of mixed reviews about it, but I love playing a game you expect to be shit. You’re always pleasantly surprised. And JRPGs always have the funniest and campest dialogue. So, expect a video review (providing it runs in bloody Pal 50).
Yes, I’m sad, I have a ‘Holiday Gaming Schedule’. It’s not laminated or anything. Far from it. In fact, all it is is a vague list of games floating around in my head, with a vague time frame to play them in. It goes a little something like this:
Finish Fallout 3 by Christmas as I will then have two new games to get stuck into; Tomb Raider Underworld, and – a bit of an oldie – Grand Theft Auto IV (both from my rock n’ roll Gran). My priority lies with Tomb Raider, being a big fan of the series. I’m not sure how long it will take me to complete it, but I point blank refuse to reference a guide for those inevitably sticky points, so it should hopefully take me up to my birthday, which is nearing the end of January.
By this point I can either console my lack of gaming birthday presents with Grand Theft Auto IV, or drop enough hints to secure myself a JRPG or two (Infinite Undiscovery and/or The Last Remnant would both put a smile on my face). Whatever games I don’t get round to playing immediately will be confined to The Big Drawer of Gaming for a rainy Sunday. Sounds like a plan, right? What’s your Christmas gaming agenda?
Wow, I almost didn’t give a second look to Far Cry 2, but with all the fantastic reviews that have been cropping up it’s hard not to take notice. Then again, today I’ll be picking up Fable II, then it’s christmas just around the corner with Gears 2, Fallout 3 and Underworld all on my wish list. And I’ve still got Condemned 2 to begin, with Infinite Undiscovery on my to-buy list. Argh!
If the release calendar over at GamePlay is anything to go by, September is going to be a very difficult month for myself in the decisions department. Looking at my wish list, September alone has 7 titles out which I’m desperate to drop some cash on and invest some serious time into.
Fortunately I can’t jump from one game to another without completing whatever I started, so I won’t find my bank balance taking too much of a hammering. I am, however, completely stumped as to what I should buy.