I sure played a lot of games last year...

... and you know what? I don't think it was enough. That's the stack of games I finished last year.

Several things to mention, Halo and Perfect Dark are missing as I played the Xbox 360 digital versions of those games. While the Metroid Prime Trilogy is in the picture I only finished Metroid Prime but not 2 or 3. Peace Walker has an extra chapter to play through after the credits roll so your mileage may vary whether I finished that game or not.

In total, I finished 27 games last year, my personal best. Usually I finish about half or a little less than that number.

However, most of those games I bought this year but that's not all of the games I bought. Just take a look a my loot posts and see how many games I bought last year.

Plus, I have literally hundreds of games in my backlog. My backlog spans at least three generations, both consoles, handhelds and PC. The games spread across seven different consoles and three different handhelds.

That's why I said even though I never played as many games in one year before it was not nearly enough.

I seriously own and buy too many games. I wonder though, how much more would I buy if I didn't buy figures as well.

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March Loot

March has finally come to an end and so has my "March Madness", and I have this loot to show for it.

As you can all see this month is almost all games with a couple of manga volumes. The main reason for that is delays, Alter's Yui got pushed to April, so did Gift's Reimu and by extension Stand By Nanoha that was going to ship with her.

Besides, I'm a gamer first and foremost and my figure collecting can and has taken a back seat to my gaming hobby.

I got a few things to say about some of these games.

First up is Fragile, I been wanting for this game to be released since I saw it at a TGS a few years back.

What caught my attention was the atmosphere of the trailers and the theme song. I will admit I have yet to play this game; however, what I have heard is making look forward to it.

In particular Pete Dorr over at Youtube said something quite interesting, he compared the story and atmosphere being similar to 5cm per second and Voices of a Distant Star.

If you watch anime you probably you heard of Makoto Shinkai and his acclaimed films and know they are worth watching. Just with that comment it made my already high interest go even higher.

One last thing, again contrary to popular belief the Wii does indeed have games worth while playing Fragile is one of those games in my opinion.

Next up is the PSP Lunar Silver Star Saga remake Silver Star Harmony. If you played games and RPGs in the 90s then you probably know or heard of this amazing Sega Saturn RPG and it's later legendary release by Working Designs for the PSOne.

I heard so much about this game that I been wanting to play it for a while. Never really owned a PSOne until its last couple of years and rarely indulged myself in PSOne games. Add to it the high price the PSOne release carried back then and I never played this game.

Luckily for me, xseed brought this over and I bought the special edition that includes the game, the soundtrack and trading cards depicting the some of the female characters from the game. I'm looking forward to playing this.

These three games should need no introduction. This month for some reason I got this urge to buy some Dreamcast games.

Funny thing is, I already own Skies of Arcadia and Soulcalibur on the Gamecube and Xbox 360 respectively and owned Crazy Taxy and sold it.

I have played through Skies of Arcadia three times, and the last time I did it was a nearly 100% run. Even so, I find owning the original version of this RPG appealing. This is probably one of the best RPGs of the past decade if you haven't give it a go.

As for Soul Calibur, I prefer this over SC4 on the PS3 and 360 although SC2 on the Gamecube is my favorite in the series. The one released for the 360 already came with everything unlocked so there is not really not much for me to do in that game other than playing against other people.

I must say the original Soul Calibur is still fun and looks great on the Dreamcast. If you haven't played the original and liked later incarnation I suggest picking it up on the 360 if you are able to.

The last game I want to talk about is GunValkyrie for the original Xbox. I liked what I read about it over at the racketboy about its difficulty and gameplay add that this game is dirt cheap and I had to pick it up.

You may wonder why I added Chiaki-sama to the picture, the reason being is that that's how I feel about this game.

The reason behind that is that I don't own an original Xbox only the 360. The Xbox 360 does not offer full backwards compatibility since it uses software emulation.

You can probably guess what happened, my 360 cannot play this game. Therefore, until I obtain an original Xbox I probably wont be able to play this game.

That's my rant about this loot, don't forget I finally got into Twitter and you can follow me to know when I make new posts @Miettechan.

That "Linear" Game AKA Final Fantasy 13

Oh boy! Final Fantasy 13 reminded me why the western gaming masses are sometimes so out of line with my personal opinions.

Before the game was released everyone was pretty much letting out the hate for various reasons, mainly with the game being linear or statements made by the director or the developing staff.

Since this annoys me even more after playing the game I will use this post as my outlet.

1. Linearity

FF13 is as linear as FF10 was, if you didn't have any problems with FF10 you wont have any with FF13.

When I speak of linearity I mean in the way you progress in the game. Much as in FF10 you are at the whim of the plot as to where you go.

As far as physical progression it is a linear path with a few branches here and there.

In my personal opinion this gets rid of a thing I tend to dislike in RPGs in general, going of the main path to only find myself a dead-end and only having a few more battles as my reward.

In the end you probably wont notice, the battles and views you get progressing through the world will most likely be what catches your attention.

2. No Towns and Shops

Man was this so misinterpreted in my opinion.

This is not a rogue-like RPG where it's just dungeon crawling and grinding.

Unlike previous FFs or RPGS where you went from town A to dungeon B and reached town C in FF13 you progress from location A to location B the trip peppered with story sequences once you reach a predefined point.

FF13 does indeed contain several cities and towns in which you have to make your way through. The only difference is you don't need to talk to random NPCs to unlock the next dungeon or know where to go.

As for the shops in the save points, you will seldom use them it really is irrelevant for the most part. Besides the save points are frequent enough that if you so desired you have access to the shops quite often.

3. ATB

The battle system is ATB at it's best in my opinion and it's quite fast paced and fun. Only downside is it takes quite a bit of time until all the different components are unlocked.

While you do indeed not control all the party they perform the appropriate actions given their current job and situation. Other than healing them every now and then in some battles you wont have to worry about them.

There is also an auto battle option that also performs quite well in choosing the most appropriate actions during a battle. If you desire so, you can also input your commands manually.

4. The Characters

Much like FF6 or FF12, FF13 doesn't really have a main character and is about this group of people and their actions concerning their situation.

Much to my liking there is no whiny main protagonist, and even those few characters who start out like that have their valid reasons for being so.

However, all characters grow through the story becoming stronger and better people over all.

The voice acting is quite well done in my opinion, some dialogue does sound a bit cheesy though.

For the people who have or will complain about Vanille I simply got to say that the genki, happy-go-lucky girl archetype just doesn't work out in English.

That's all got to say as far as my opinions go about FF13's complaints. This is indeed a streamlined RPG that does get rid of some of the old and tired RGP tropes that people complained about. Now that they are gone, they complain about their absence. There is just no pleasing everybody.

If you like FF10 you will like this game, if you hated FF12 you will probably like this as well since it's practically its opposite in terms of game design.

I do believe RPG and FF fans should give this game a try without any previous misconceptions as unreasonable as that might sound.

This game does have one of the best battle systems in an RPG and if anything people should try it out for that.