but i think that's why i like these games: when I'm at my worst, they give me something to focus on and break down step by step, and this intensely aggravating fight is weirdly giving me some inner peace for a few moments.
even as i yell "what the fuck" for the 38th time
the only issue is that my hands have been shaky enough that i haven't been able to hold a pencil for the past week, so skill and precision are kinda lacking for me. apart from a couple of attacks, i know i can do it, but it's a lot harder with the state i'm in.
i played sekiro with the cursed charm on my first playthrough and fought Sword Saint Isshin for hours stretched out over two or three days. this part reminds me a lot of how much i struggled and how satisfying it was to finally beat it.
malenia's a fascinating fight, but i can't deal with phase 2 yet. i've gotten absurdly close.
i'm almost done with this game at around 70 hours, and the amount of Stuff i have is absurd. but i won't be satisfied til I can knock this fight on its ass.
the haligtree is easily the hardest area i've gotten to. unnecessary, yes, but the enemies are often incredibly overwhelming even at lv130; you have to rely on a lot of skill and patience and pattern recognition, more so than before.
it's fun and i yelled a lot.
been playing a lot lately to keep myself occupied and made it to Malenia, who i have yet to beat
completed damn near all of Caelid, Altus Plateau, the Mountaintops, the Consecrated Snowfield, and strongly considering just doing the Dung Eater stuff after this
one tangential thing, since i've been kinda playing games as a way of coping: got recommended a free game on itch called FRANKEN (thanks @ClosetExtrovert@twitter.com ) and it's a really good and short JRPG pastiche. strong recommend to give it a spin.
this is coming around the point that Yoshi-P is becoming something close to the next Sakaguchi for SE -- not the same role, obviously, but definitely someone who holds some genuinely respectable clout in the industry as someone you can rely on to deliver something interesting
while i don't particularly care to share affection for a corporation of any kind, even the ones that had their name on some of my favorite games of all time, it does just. get under my skin watching stuff like this happen almost in real time. it's a predictable shame
like, as soon as the Business End of SE touches something, it now has a very good chance of going to shit, but the Creative End of SE seems to at least keep moving just fine, which, i mean, who could have foreseen such a thing, my god
i wouldn't be surprised if a lot of licensers and third party studios start looking at SE as a problem, something to be VERY wary of if they try to strike up a deal, cuz that's a lot of their already shaky good faith lost in a short amount of time
but anything to do with studios and licenses outside of their core properties are just. being destroyed. it'll be unlikely Platinum would work with SE again, at least any time soon, regardless of which side cuts those ties
like, if i had to make a guess: its internal studios are doing Fine -- Yoshi-P has announced that FFXVI is basically done apart from bugtesting, which is wild since it wasn't THAT long ago it was announced, and plenty of internal projects are apparently trucking along fine
like, babylon's fall tanking catastrophically comes at the same time Yuji Naka blasts SE for poor management, SE dumps its IPs for crypto a day before the NFT market tanks (and continues to decline), etc
and it's starting to look like SE just
does not have its shit together
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