So, I'll just start rambling and hope I become coherent at some point.
I guess I could talk about what I've been playing lately.
I've been jumping around all over the place really. For some reason I have gotten it into my head that I WILL learn to play Strategy games. I've been DYING to play Crusader Kings but everyone says its super complicated so, I thought I'd start simpler and work my way up.
Honestly the only Strategy games I had played til recently weer LOTR Battle for Middle Earth 1&2, never finished the Rise of the Witch-King expansion, cause it was hella hard and made me cry with frustation.
Strategy is a genre that I come into even less prepared than any other type of game. I've said this before and I'll say it again, I am absolutely terrible at games, I am also utterly impatient at times which doesn't help matters.
If I were to be grilled about my gaming knowledge I would probably be decried as a "fake geek girl" in a heartbeat, because my approach to games is....different, maybe even shallow some might say. (of course in return I'd say they are elitist assholes and I can play however the hell I want, but that's neither here nor there)
But, I guess I should explain it a bit better so you can see why it is that I just picked an impossibly hard genre for someone like me to try to branch out to.
most people playing a platformer: --> jump, --> jump, up jump, etc.
me playing a platformer --> <-- --="--">. jump ,<-- --="--" fell="fell" fuck="fuck" i="i"> <-- --="--">. jump ,<-- etc.="etc." fell="fell" fuck="fuck" i="i" p="p">While everyone else just moves and jumps I spazz the fuck out think I'm not gonna make it, try to compensate, end up dead.
So, I really like FF4 and I played a lot of the DS remake til I got stuck forever. So, I went and read a walkthrough on gamefaqs. Here is the strategy someone posted for defeating Golbez:
Strategy by Duminas: " An alternate way to beat Golbeza, that has likely been mentioned at least on the Boards already, is to use any number of characters (though bringing Rosa up makes this a load easier, at the very least). Cecil and Rydia are the key players here, though. Once you've revived other characters (or just Rosa, or no one, depending on how brave you feel), simply have Cecil use "Libra", and then have Rydia sit on "Attack", or "Black Magic". Once "Libra" connects, take an action (i.e. put the "Attack" cursor on Golbeza, or select whatever spell you want and target him) - though don't attack with it. Take a look at his weakness in the Help window at the bottom (the first line of two across from his HP indicator), and use the appropriate summon - Black Magic is something I'd not recommend, since you don't have ~ga-level spells yet. Once he's hit with his weakness, you'll need to "Libra" him again, and have Rydia use the appropriate summon. Two or three of these end it easily; I got him in a "Shiva" and "Ifrit", personally. I'd also personally relegate Cecil to entirely support here, regardless of strategy used; his melee attacks are too weak, when compared to a "Charge" x3 attack from Yang. Have him "Shell" your party, and keep using Curaga to take some of the weight off Rosa's shoulders. And as an aside... using "Hermes Sandals" with Yang can make the pounding go a lot easier, if you're going the direct damage route, and ignoring Golbeza's "Elemental Shift".
My "strategy" :fucking press attack and every random magic I can find, cross fingers, end up dead, reload, do it again. Do this 10 times, rage quit. People start talking about the number of damage points on attacks, materia, magic, summons, hit points, blah blah blah. to me its like an adult on Charlie Brown. Complex math and shit do not mix with me and gaming.
Fighting games:Others memorize and practice long sequences of button presses to execute amazing combos and destroy you.
me: button mash til i fucking win! Only game where I know a few combos is Soul Calibur because I've played it for years.
Most people: controlled shooting, lined up shots, headshots left and right, sneaking, sniping, strategizing.
me: run out and spray bullets in every direction til things stop moving, either me or the enemy.
Fuck that i'm too stupid for puzzles.
So you see, I'm a terrible gamer. I totally spaz and get killed more than my 8yr old does. Actually, he is a pretty decent gamer already. Better than me at many games.
I read stuff on game sites and people start spouting these algebraic equations full of complex calculations and a bunch of acronyms and my eyes glaze over. I don't understand any of it.
I'm perfectly ok with being a total ignoramus, doesn't really stop me from gaming or loving all sorts of different kinds of games. It just kinda excludes me from a lot of game related conversations.
The reason I bring it up is to illustrate how the Strategy genre would probably be the worst fit for me ever.
Resources to gather, strongholds and communities to plan and build, armies to raise and command. A million little details to manage and keep in mind at all times to ensure victory. Numbers matter in all things in these types of game and you have to manage so much stuff at once.
So to that end I've been trying a few Strategy type games see how I do, see what I like and don't.
I tried Civ 5, got totally engrossed in it for hours. It went well except for a misstep when I decided to wage war against the Aztecs I think it was. we ended up negotiating a cease fire. So I guess I did ok, because while I didnt win I managed to not get decimated. I did have a hard time balancing friendships with all the different city states and finding the resources that different groups wanted.
Even still, I can see myself playing more of it and enjoying it and maybe improving.
Next, I tried Elven Legacy. Ok this one I really really like. Played for a while and while there's still stuff I don't understand, I had a really good time sending my archers to smack down some peasants.It wasn't all that complicated and it seems to be a Strategy RPG so, much less crap to remember, or deal with.
With this whole Strategy game boner I'm sporting I was interested in Fallen Enchantress but not for $40, so when it went on sale for half price I picked it up. I also picked up Warlock.
|Not exactly what I expected.|
First the long boring back story for the character I was using in the tutorial and the outdated graphics. Now I'm not a big graphics whore but, I just found it all so hideous. But those are very small nitpicks. My bigger problems with the game started after i had made my character and started actually building up my city and recruiting soldiers and the like.
|A closeup DID NOT help.|
So I tried establishing another city so I could produce things faster, but that didn't help much really. Everything just takes so long. Then, after a while of me trying to figure out how the hell to get enough stuff built, enough recruits, do enough side missions etc. I get my first snarky message from some other country. They basically tell me I'm the crap on the bottom of their shoes BUT they'll be my friend and protect me for some gold. I was so caught up in trying ot replace the fighters that a few trolls had decimated, plus building shit so I was like...yay. protection, sure. I agreed. five minutes later another country sent me the same message. I accepted again and kept plodding away at my sad little cities and non-existant army. At this point I am both bored and frustrated to all hell.
And then it happened...
My "allies" suddenly, randomly, declared war on me and started destroy my outposts and scouts and...everything....and I still had a bazillion turns til I could get a damn warrior or 3. I let out the "FFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU" heard throughout the house, slammed my mouse down and shut that crap down and uninstalled it. $20 down the drain.
But I wasn't done yet! I am a masochist! I started Warlock. Ahh, this was more like it. I'm building shit ina few turns, I can build AND produce fighters at the same time. The game is pretty enough. Certainly nothing to write home about but after Fallen Enchantress it was a bright and pretty game. I played that one for a good bit, I had my difficulties, like these portals you can go through to other dimensions, planes, whatever. I went through one out of curiousity and was immediately obliterated. Ok then. I made treaties with 2 other Warlocks? Witches? Whatevers from other nations and so far no drama. It was a lot like playing Civ, except with magic, and less options, which was fine with my dumbass. I can see myself returning to this one, but I'll probably start over because I was pretty tired and drained from both Fallen Enchantress and the late hour and I made some mistakes that kind blocked some avenues for the future in the game.
BUT! I did not give up my Strategy game roulette just yet!
The other night I hit up Disciples 2: Rise of the Elves. I began the tutorial and got promptly confused, mostly because the tutorial sucks. Also the guy I needed to see was at the edge of the map and because he was on the edge of undiscovered country I couldn't highlight him to read his name and see if that was who I needed to see. Finally I decided just to go there anyway and he was indeed the person I needed.
It seemed to take me forever to get through the Tutorial and I can't say I was impressed but I didn't hate it either. I quickly fell into a repetitive and hypnotic pattern until at last the game told me I had reached my goal.
Tutorial ended I thought I could spare a little time trying the actual game itself.
Shoulda quit while I was ahead.
After listening to a few Elves whine (is there a single fucking game in which Elves AREN'T whining???) I was sent out to get shit done.
5 turns before both my parties were annihilated within view of our Castle/Treehouse/Whatever....On Easy. My leaders had the habit of dying on the first damn turn. It just got on my nerves and I turned it off. Even still, it doesnt seem bad, just incredibly difficult, at least for me. Its another I wouldn't mind trying again sometime. Maybe after having a drink or two. No the drinks wont make me play better but at least I'll find it more amusing when I die...