Final Fantasy X / Dangan Ronpa
Today I finally defeated the final boss of Final Fantasy X. This is now the second Final Fantasy, excluding the MMO's, that I've completed. I really enjoyed the story line. One thing that I really didn't like is the addition of the Dark Aeons after you get the airship. It was really frustrating to find out that without spending a ton of time grinding that I wouldn't ever have the entire set of ultimate weapons. It also prevented me from collecting all of the Aeons, which would have been very helpful in the fights leading up to the final boss. I was also very dissapointed in the final boss. There were multiple bosses who were much more difficult to defeat, so to end on a low note felt extremely anti-climactic.
The sphere grid is another interesting mechanic. Instead of gaining levels and getting a different grouping of stats each level, you gain a sphere level. You can then use this level to move one node forward or three nodes back on the sphere grid. On the sphere grid there are three different types of spots. There are empty spots, skill/stat nodes, and locked nodes. Throughout the game you have to gather different types of shperes in order to unlock each of these different nodes. So not only do you have to move your character to a new node, you also have to have a specific type of sphere to activate said node. All of this adds up to not feeling like you make progression very often. You could get to an awesome ability that you've been waiting for, but because you don't have an ability sphere, you can't actually learn this ability. It's a cool idea, being able to sort of choose how you want to grow your character, but it doesn't always feel like it's working the way it could.
I also had the opportunity to play through Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. This game is like a cross between a visual novel, and the Phoenix Wright series. You spend time making decisions about who you're going to hang out with. Then, when someone dies, you spend an amount of time investigating. Finally you have to prove in a "trial" who it is that did the killing.