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^^ Experiences like these ( buying something that turns out to be utterly useless making you feel like you've just burned all your money) can be rage inducing and financially depressing. I have probably had experiences like this at LEAST every year. On the same exact products. Video games. This summer was my hit a brick wall breaking point, when I saw an absolutely must- have game for the Wii. The reviews for it were amazing. " Best game for the Wii" one critic persuaded me. " If you sold your Wii already, your going to regret it" another one chimed in. It was a game sent down from Heaven, or so I thought. Xenoblade Chronicles.
^^ Doesn't this look amazing? If it doesn't to you, then I'm sorry, sir. You have a case of extreme blindness. ( Except lets face it, Wii owners... The graphics didn't actually look like that...)
Anyway, I went into Gamestop, clutching my wallet containing 60 dollars hoping to get my greedy fingers on a new copy of my soon to be game (shocker). That minute of my life, 50 dollars (with the beloved tax) flew out of my wallet as I walked out of the Gamestop, saying thanks to the slap happy clerk working there. As I walked into the house, my sister saw the Gamestop bag and Xenoblade Chronicles sitting within it. She took it out and inspected the cover and back. When she put the game back in, she sighed and said, " This looks pretty hard for you. Are you sure you'll be able to finish it?" I laughed at the question and asked why she'd say that that. She replied, " Oh, you know. You barely ever finish any game you buy from Gamestop. You end up wasting your money on something you'll never use". I assured her that Xenoblade Chronicles will be different from the rest. As she walked out room she told me that Xenoblade will be like the rest. A game that I'll only play for like two months than get bored of it. Oh, but she was wrong. I only played 2 hours of it to figure out its flaw.
At about 10:00 at night, I couldn't contain myself. I had to played it. So I crept into my basement and got my dusty controller out ( sadly, I haven't played my Wii since Skyward Sword). I turned my Wii on and started my "supposed to be" great adventure. Cutscenes were amazing. Graphics were alright, but the creative and beautiful settings made up for that. Voice acting was great. Plot was a masterpiece. To any other Wii owner, this game is a must have. The problem I had with it? It was a damn, cheap, overused, money stealing JRPG. Now, some of you probably like JRPGs, which is fine. I, on the other hand, loath them. I hate them with a burning passion. If I could, I'd wipe them off the face of the earth. First 20 minutes of the game, I died ( no joke). Probably because of the worst possible thing in a JRPG: the battle system. My worst enemy. Its so cheap, so amazing stupid that after 2 hours, I just gave up. The game that "fell from Heaven" actually flew up from hell, to give me karma that I didn't need. To rob me of my life savings. Yes, 60 dollars was actually my life savings ( I didn't have a job, me me a break). I mean, really. What to you do in a battle system? Stand there while your friends are being mugged by a monster and choose which move out of a million moves you want to do?! When you finally choose a move, you hit the stupid creature once, and then have to choose another freakin' move! Hell, I could've completed a whole dungeon in The Legend of Zelda by the time I finished 1 battle! It shouldn't take that long! I don't know how many times I died but I lost count after 15. I threw my controller down in rage and went straight to bed after the worst disappointment ever. My friends ask why I never play Final Fantasy with them. Well, this is why. Next morning, I came into my sisters room and said straight up " You win". Never have played it since.
Yeah, I actually blame myself for ever thinking that Xenoblade Chronicles could work for me. I was looking up pictures, the plotline, and reviews on the Internet when I should've been looking up the genre itself. Actually I was quite ignorant, to be honest. When I saw the reviews for the game, I decided to make my own review for it on GIO without even playing the game. And yes, it sucked. I didn't even talk about the battle system because I didn't even know there was going to be one. But I believed in my own review, though, and bought Xenoblade Chronicles. I really never had a purchase as disappointing as it too. I was kinda stupid. I guess I should look up the genre if I sets my sights on a new game, or I might as well be throwing 50 dollars in the trash once again.
Lesson learned... thanks for reading!
But Xenoblade's battle system was amazing...