Emergence wrote:I really came to enjoy the AI chatter. It was poignant as often as it was whacky and inappropriate. Ever since this announcement, I've had this overwhelming urge to play this again. It was just the perfect combination of Western RPG and JRPG concepts. It dawned on me that it may actually be one of my favorite games of all time, I just sank so many happy hours into it, especially Everfall. Going after the online Ur-Dragon was a daily event for me. The memories! The title theme!
It's deeply flawed in a bunch of places though. It's really poorly balanced (Red and Blue vocations range from terrible to mediocre with Mystic Knight being the only vocation without yellow to actually be good) the damage formulas are awful (which BBI makes abundantly clear) the story is well concieved but poorly executed, the characters are pretty flat, everybody looks weird, numerous items are outright game breaking and the stats/leveling system heavily penalises people for playing the class they actually want to play unless you're playing an assassin or sorcerer. It speaks volumes about just how good the combat and environmental design is that the game can be so good in spite of the many problems. (I have 3 level 200 characters who've done at least NG+ and they've all done BBI a bunch.)
I maintain that if they'd gotten an extra year and 5 million more dollars it would be the best game in the genre.
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