I feel like I’ve been spinning my wheels a bit on this game. It can be hard to find out what quests you can access. There’s no real place you’re “supposed” to go; you just have to blunder around until you can find something. As I mentioned in the last post, you can’t freely travel. You can only go to spots on the world map that you’ve heard about, and you can’t travel between regions without paying for ships to take you there. This is particularly troublesome when it comes to equipment — shops have very limited inventories, and it can be weak or strong stuff. So it’s easy to get stuck in a place where everything is way too expensive.
Money is very limited in the beginning so I haven’t bought much yet. I’ve been trying to get some spears and bows so that I can have 6 people (2 per row) all able to attack. The only magic I’ve bought are two basic heal spells.
The way your characters advance doesn’t make much sense to me. The only clear aspect is that if you attack with a weapon, you will eventually level up the weapon, which gives you special attacks with it. Am I right that the weapon levels are tied to individual weapons, and not to weapon types? Maybe I’m wrong about that. In any case, beyond the weapon levels, advancement seems totally random. I had one character at the back of the formation, guarding every time, and she got gains in all of the stats.
So last time I had just finished my first quest, defeating a cultist group under Merubiru. After this, I didn’t see any other quests in the area so I tried taking ships around to various places. It took a few tries because several of the ships took me nowhere interesting.
|This jungle area had really strong dinosaur monsters|
|Spread out a little, maybe?|
The other characters have no real character or backstory, they just give you a little line or two about who they are, and then they join.
I now have Katarina, Grey, Albert, Shif, Jamil, and Aisha. Shif and Albert come with swords; Albert is weak but I stuck him up in front with Shif and Grey. Katarina now has a spear so she’s in the middle part, and Aisha and Jamil are in the back until I can find a place that sells bows.
After I finished this quest, it was time to look around again for something else to do. Although the Crystal City continent had a number of towns, I couldn’t find any quests, so I once again headed out on ship, where I found West End. Here I got a magician to replace Jamil, and was able to buy bows for Aisha and the magician. So now everyone can attack, at least.
West End is a very annoying town, though. There are all these thugs and kids wandering around who accost you, wasting your time. I ventured under the sewers where I found a catacombs with a number of graves. After fighting a bunch of dead spirits I found a holy grail, and was told to defeat a vampire. The townspeople mentioned a vampire but I don’t know if I talked to the right person because there’s nowhere I can go on the world map related to that.
|The tombs of West End|
I’ll stop there for this post. Right now all the enemies are really easy so I imagine there will be a strength boost coming soon.