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It was starting look like the world of Fallout could be that much closer to reality before I actually got around to writing something.  Not that that’s a bad thing – the world of Fallout is endearing, showing the truly amazing spirit that humans have in the face of adversity.  Of course, on the reverse of that, it shows the horrible things humanity can do to itself on a daily basis – even after the worst of human nature almost leads to the destruction the world through a nuclear war.

Fallout love aside my reasons for  absence are far less exciting, and rather than a journey across the Mojave desert, it was a 14 hour drive across mainland Australia from South Australia to Australian Capital Territory, which instead of being home to hordes  of Ghouls,  is home to hordes of public servants.  I guess many would argue that they are one and the same. 

Unfortunately the move has temporarily rendered me computer-less and internet connection-less, so the frequency of posts isn’t likely to increase anytime soon.  But rest assured while you’re finding bigger and better sources of video game rants, I am still aiming to grow the balls to actually sink my teeth into Soul Nomad and the World Eaters.  You know, ‘cause the PS2 was better than everything. Or something like that.

Oh yeah and I probably still won’t be playing my 3DS.

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Can you believe that we’re up to 2008 already?  What a year 2008 was for me, I moved to ANOTHER new city for a new job, and spent pretty much my entire holiday season playing Persona 3.  No, this game is not Persona 3.

2008

I really like Turn Based strategy RPGs.  Although I buy all these JRPGs, I usually only get around through to the end in about half of them during the span of the hardware generation.  Most of these would be strategy RPGs.  Obviously I love the classics like Final Fantasy Tactics, Disgaea and Fire Emblem.  But some of the less popular ones like Jeanne D’arc, Soul Nomad and the World Eaters and the game featured here as 2008’s game in the countdown have held my attention just as well as the heavy hitters in the genre – and in my opinion deserve to be remembered just as fondly by gamers.

And that really is the beauty of portable gaming – it keeps the genres going that ordinarily would be left behind at the onset of the new hardware generation, particularly in the age where its all about graphics and effects because that’s what sells games.  That’s certainly not a criticism because my god is this year’s Vanquish an incredibly pretty game – and is probably better for it.  But I like the fact that I can still pour WAY too many hours into a good tactical RPG because the portable systems just don’t have the horsepower to compete with the consoles.  That and its probably a hell of a lot cheaper to developer for the portable systems, and that’s where its more economically viable to produce these niche titles.

So obviously I’ve gone on this little rant because I really like this game.  The developer has taken the genre and turned it on its head which really makes it a fresh addition to the already crowded array of tactical RPGs in the DS’ catalogue.  The big change is that much of the strategy comes from the fact that instead of placing a character and then attacking, they are essentially incorporated into the same movement – or you ‘move through’ characters in order to attack.  This has a couple of impacts on the way I approached the game, not only did I tend to not crowd my characters into one area like I would in something like Disgaea or Jeanne D’arc, but I also employed a more defensive strategy to ensure that I was getting more bang for my buck when I was attacking.  Of course despite the focus on defence, I still had my party decimated by the AI.  A lot.  It’s one tough game, I tell you that much.

So while the game looks like just another one of those strategy RPGs us DS fans play – when you’re actually sitting hunched over your DS playing the game it really is something quite different.

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