Missions missions missions

More Vesperia? Don’t mind if I do! This weekend was basically full of Street Fighter and Tales of Vesperia, more the latter than the former. Most of the time I ended up grinding for synthesis items so I could be fully outfitted with all the Skills I could possibly get. I did get most everything except for the current best armor, mostly because I was missing a certain item that you only get from a monster in the area you’re supposed to go to. I’ve since got all the items I need from them, but I’m kinda stuck at the end of the dungeon (though I could go back if I wanted).

Most of my problem is trying to get the boss’s Secret Mission. For those not in the know, every boss (or most every boss) has a “Secret Mission” associated with it, in which you have to do something specific in order to cause a scene to occur during the fight. For instance, in the latest boss fight, the Secret Mission involved knocking the boss character off of the stage. A lot of people seem to have trouble doing it, but on my second try, all I had to do was corner him and then use Overlimit to knock him off. There’s also an achievement associated with every Secret Mission (only worth 5g, but every point counts!).

The current boss’s Secret Mission involves knocking him over when he rears up for an attack. It’s… a lot easier said than done, though I’ve only tried fighting him once. More than likely when I get home this weekend, I’ll go back to it and get it.

Why am I doing all of them, you ask? For a title/costume change for the main character. Don’t you love Japanese RPGs?

Why all the love?

If there’s one thing I do understand, it’s all the love for Tales of Vesperia. I’ve actually owned the game since long before I actually had a 360, and now that I actually have one, I totally get all the enjoyment and pleasure people have already gotten from what’s been said to be the best game in the entire “Tales of” series. I don’t know about that claim yet, but it is still very awesome.

But what I don’t get is the love for one particular character: Rita Mordio. In terms of gameplay, she’s your basic mage, and a damn good one at that. I’m sure plenty of people have heard about her broken tactics for Grade farming at the end of the game. However, in terms of personality, she’s an absolute dick to everyone (most everyone, at least). Now remember, this is based on what I know of her before the end of Chapter 1 (I think it’s Chapter 1? There’s no actual indicator in-game). Everyone seems to love her character, but I just can’t see it. The only thing I can see liking about her is her gameplay usefulness, which in-and-of-itself is spotty (with her AI not using items on herself when she’s low on TP even if her strategy tells her to). Maybe that’ll change by the end of the game.

I do, however, absolutely love Estelle. The easiest way to put it is that she’s absolutely adorable. Maybe she is the cliché naive princess character, but even that has a certain charm to it. In fact, now that I think about it, a lot of her character encompasses many of the role-playing clichés generally associated with princesses, but tbh, I don’t really mind any of them with Estelle. … it might also be that she’s got a lot of pink and I love pink. I’m not a girly girl; shut up.

Do I have an opinion of Ristelle? Not yet. But even if I don’t support the ship, it’s still cool.

Thought I’d finally mention, welcome to… this. I could never come up with a title for it, so this… is Lily in a Pond. I’ll be crossposting a lot of the time with some other blogs, but for the majority, it’ll be here. Mostly because I’ve decided to make this not only to have something standalone for myself, but also to participate in this “one-a-day” blog thing I’ve seen around. So let’s begin our journey, shall we?