Done with chapter 1 and onto the next 10 hours of the game!
First off, there is a job called Catmancer.
Just let that sink in.
Yeah, I'm right there with you if you face-palmed at that. It's... a unique choice, to be sure. It is this game's version of a Blue Mage, since they can learn some enemy attacks. Unlike a Blue Mage, the Catmancer is really good at heavy armor, axes and fist weapons, making it a useful and unique combination. Who knew? It's a silly concept, but they made the Blue Mage a better class, rather than a worse version of a Red Mage.
Although, instead of MP, it uses items to fuel its abilities. While I prefer MP, as it is readily renewable, the items thing might be ok if there are plenty available. It gets an ability to dig and get a cat item that varies by location, which is good. Plus, there are special ways to kill some enemies to get more. The best way is to simply buy them if you upgrade the right stuff at Fort Lune. There are also food items that unlock with them... wait, is there a chef class? Sigh...
They are also going all in the Ba'als. I fought one in the story (it was the last boss of the demo), and then they show up at Fort Lune as optional fights. They love that their name sounds like "ball" and pun it up with that. Stuff like "ba'al busting" and the like. Kind of chuckle worthy, but gets old fast (which is weird because I normally like puns). I've also assembled a full team of guests from the daily net invites, so my base is proceeding nicely when I have the game in sleep mode.
Last time I was complaining about the recycled characters, and I'll expand that here with the recycled locations. They do add new towns, but you seem to repeat many places that you went to in the last game. Some may have changed layouts, but I don't think they all did. If there are no changes, then I really don't like just recycling the locations, as it comes across as lazy. I'm fine with reuse if they do something unique with them, or enough time has passed. Two in-game years isn't really enough for much change.
On the progression of the story, the bosses aren't giving me too much trouble. When they start to, I can sock it to them with the Special attacks. Unlocking some of the modifiers for them makes them even better. The special my bow thief uses can easily do over half of some bosses' health. Admittedly, I don't nuke them outright, and try to save the Special for if I need it, or to finish them off when low and I don't want to deal with their crap any more. I probably should do it from the start and just be done with them.
This next part might be considered a spoiler. The last boss of the chapter is a two headed... snake... frog... thing. It's gross looking. It looks like a de-winged Gigginox for anyone that has played Monster Hunter Tri/3 Ultimate. It's one creature, but the heads are separate targets. When one dies, it pops and leaves an...interesting looking hole. Eww.
It worked out pretty well, since I ended the first chapter at just under 20 hours. I'll have to take a break from the game for now, since I need the 3DS to review another game, Langrisser (review coming soon!)
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