Whew, this game takes a huge difficulty leap at the end. But I’ll get to that later. When we left off last time, we had reached the place that appeared in our dreams, and a few pieces of the puzzle start being filled in. It seems that a man named Baor used the Medusa’s head to turn these people to stone, but it’s not clear why, or where he went. The people of the area seem to regard him as a hero, although he was chased away from his original home.
When you do finally reach the exact place in the dream, you get an unexplained vision:
|Who is the mysterious woman?|
The next part is a fetch quest which I’ll skip over — we need to find three “blood masses” of the three Furies in order to revive Atlas. It’s not made entirely clear why this needs to be done, but you’re working with King Albion to get this done. We also manage to get the means to call Pegasus, and can now fly around the world. The graphics are annoying, though. I think they were trying to simulate the world being far below you, but it’s all blurry and makes flying around a chore.
|It shimmers as you fly|
Along the way, there is a strange boss fight against Baor, although he’s a titan that doesn’t talk at all. Is this the Baor we heard about? The mystery deepens! Finally, we reach Atlas and try to use the blood to revive him.
|Not holding up anything?|
However, Prometheus comes down to stop you during it, and seems upset that you didn’t do what you were supposed to do (of course, he never explained exactly what it was we were supposed to do). It’s too late now, Zeus is ready to destroy the world with a flood (recalling the myth of Prometheus and Decalion). The flood gets us just as Hercules is returning with our memories. Surprisingly, the entire world is actually destroyed except for one town:
|The shops are all gone!|
Fly around for a while and find nothing, then we get sucked into the underworld. This is where there’s a huge spike in the difficulty of the game, something I never like to see. You go from reasonable progress to doing 1 damage to bosses and having them attack you for 90% of your HP, sometimes with attacks that hit everyone. From here to the end, boss battles become about luck, stat buffing spells/items, and exploiting a bug. Even regular encounters can wipe your entire party out if you’re unlucky.
|Hades and mininons|
The next fight is against Hades, and you have to fight him alone. He comes with two guards that are easy to kill, but revive each other, and Hades can order them to block him. If both of them die, Hades will resurrect them. Hades starts out mostly by draining your MP each round, and then will finally start to attack you once he’s done with that.
|The last boss|
Once again this represents a huge leap in difficulty. All your attacks do 1 damage, and he can do more than your max HP with a single hit and use huge damage spells that hurt everyone. You can see my poor results above. To win this I had to grind up to level 40 to learn the “heal all” spell for the main character and Reion, and also use what I assume is a glitch.
Here’s the plot details, although I would not recommend reading them if you have any intention of playing the game.
Overall an enjoyable game. Review in a couple of days, then it’s on to (sigh) Maka Maka.