The Five – Jaw Dropping Plot Points

This is one of the lists that I wasn’t sure I could pull off, since I don’t like spoilers. That said, I am confident that I can make my choices here as spoiler light and/or free as possible. Each of these had my jaw on the floor when I witnessed them for the first time. To me, they represent some of the best storytelling moments in RPG gaming history. Each has its own merits for execution, and emotional impact on the player. On that note, here they are.

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The Five – Jaw Dropping Plot Points

Skies of Arcadia Legends Playthrough Journal #2

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Time Played – 10 Hours, 8 Minutes

The Story So Far

After meeting with a beautiful dancer in the town of Maramba, Vyse, Aika and Fina have found a ship that will get them the Temple of Pyrim. Their long and perilous journey through the ruins led them to the Fire Moon Crystal, which was immediately stolen by the Valuan Empire. Valua wasted no time in activating the first Golem, which was hidden under the temple. All hope seemed lost for our pirates until a familiar face rescued them. The Valuan general was defeated, the Moon Crystal was reclaimed, and the Golem was silenced. Vyse and the crew are now headed westward, where they hope to find the Wind Moon Crystal.

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Skies of Arcadia Legends Playthrough Journal #2

Happy 20th Birthday to Suikoden

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Twenty years ago today, Konami released Suikoden. This was the start of a wonderful RPG series that proved several points.

  • You don’t need to re-invent the wheel with each installment.
  • It’s actually possible to use the same world, and characters when appropriate, in later installments.
  • When you decide to re-use characters, planning ahead makes for a well drawn out back-story. For example, Georg Prime.
  • Properly showing the consequences of war is a great way to develop a story and the characters of those affected.
  • Good storytelling is more powerful than any current-gen graphics engine.

Once again, happy birthday! May you continue to be remembered as one of the greats.

Happy 20th Birthday to Suikoden

Playthrough Journal – Skies of Arcadia Legends #1

Play Time: 6 Hours, 20 Minutes
Average Character Level: 12

Most Recent Plot Point

Vyse has offered to help Fina with her mission to find the six Moon Crystals. Their first stop is to the city of Maramba, in the desert island of Nasr. To their dismay, our heroes have lost their mode of transportation. They must now start looking for a new ship, while gathering information about the Fire Moon Crystal’s location.

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Playthrough Journal – Skies of Arcadia Legends #1

New Plan – Playthrough Journals

As you may or may not have noticed, I haven’t had a lot of activity in the last month. It’s been a busy time with work and other projects, so I am hoping to post more in the near future.

With that, and idea was formed. (It was not my idea, but I like it!) Since my biggest focus right now is playing Skies of Arcadia Legends to review, I thought I would share my journey with you all. Starting with this, I will start posting playthrough journals, highlighting where I’m at in the game, and my impressions so far. I will likely do this with other games as well. I still plan to do more “The Five” lists, and review other games as well, so stay tuned for more of that.

As always, I will refrain from spoilers as much as possible. I realize the games I review have been out for a long time and most people may already know the story, but I do firmly believe in keeping away from spoilers for those who haven’t had the opportunity.

I hope you will follow my journeys through my different RPG experiences!

 

New Plan – Playthrough Journals