After the disappointment of Bioshock Infinite, I needed to go do something a little more old school that would take me more than a week to play through. I went with the Sonic Ultimate Genesis Collection so that I could play through all the Phantasy Star games. I'm right in the middle of the first Phantasy Star which is an unlockable Master System game on the Genesis Collection.
So I'm using the power of the X-Box 360 to play a 16-bit collection... and using it to play an 8-bit game.
I was worried that all the level grinding would burn me out. I could do all of that back when I was ten but modern games have made me impatient with the believe that I should level up just by playing the game and not by running in a circle for an hour just fighting random enemies. It turns out I'm just obsessive compulsive enough that the grinding in Phantasy Star is relaxing. It helps that I'm not waiting for the game to load every battle.
The pseudo 3D dungeons amaze me WAY more than they should. I mean, these are simplistic things that you can SEE how they did it and I'm used to ACTUAL 3 Dimensional games and I STILL THINK IT'S COOL.
The game is pretty fun. It's definitely an EARLY look at what RPGs could be. The characters are HARDLY characters but the cutscenes are nice. The vehicles require a few too many button presses but are otherwise cool. It gives me fond memories of playing Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior.
So, I'm covered for a few weeks on the gaming front.