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Out of town trip - what to play?

redwing42redwing42 Classic Console JunkieFull Members
So, I'm taking my daughter to hockey camp a week from Monday, which means that I will be spending significant amounts of the day with nothing to do. I am planning to take my X360 along with me to alleviate some of this issue (and so the two of us will have a game system/movie player for the evenings), and I'd like some advice on what to play while there. Since I will potentially have 25-30 hours of gaming time for the week, I thought it would be a good idea to knock out something from my backlog. I'm deciding between picking a game I haven't touched before and working on that, or trying to finish up several games that I have previously started, but fell off of for whatever reason.

Here are the choices for a fresh game: Lost Odyssey, Infinite Undiscovery, The Last Remnant, FFXIII, Tales of Vesperia, Enchanted Arms, Star Ocean: The Last Hope, Brutal Legend

I have several in the "to be finished" pile, such as Resonance of Fate, Nier, Dead Island, Dark Star One, and so forth. I could potentially get two or three of those knocked out.

Results will certainly not be binding, but I welcome the input. Thanks.

Comments

  • ClixClix Listmaster Full Members
    Hilariously, while 25-30 hours is a ton of time, most of these JRPGs will take double that. Of the unplayed list, I highly recommend Tales of Vesperia. I still think it is the series best, and it's especially friendly if you are not exactly a Tales vet. That said, it's 60-80 hours of content, easily.

    I also like Lost Odyssey, though please make sure you install the discs one at a time. I also have a slight soft spot for Enchanted Arms, though it is really rough--make sure to play it in Japanese, because the dub skirts just past hilariously bad into just down-right bad.

    Finally, I have heard nothing but horror stories for The Last Remnant on 360. I am not even sure that installing helps; it seems to be best as just a PC title.
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  • severinmiraseverinmira Managing Editor RPGamer Staff
    Infinite Undiscovery should be around a 25-hour title, but yeah the rest of those fresh RPGs are 40+. Expect something ok, but not great from IU. It's certainly not the best of that list, I'd agree with Clix that Vesperia is my favourite from that set.
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  • redwing42redwing42 Classic Console Junkie Full Members
    I don't feel the need to finish a game while I am there if I get a healthy start on it, so that isn't necessarily a factor. If I put that much time into one, it should hook me enough that I will finish it when I get back home. Having that big of a block of time, though, gives me a nice chance to try a new game without getting distracted by something else in the early going.
  • daveyddaveyd Turn-based lifeform PAFull Members
    edited July 2016
    I'm not very familiar with any of the games on your lists, but I'll throw this suggestion out there:

    Boot Hill Heroes

    It's an Earthbound style indie JRPG set in a "Spaghetti Western" setting. (RPGamer review here). And apparently it has optional 2 player co-op so you and your daughter could even play it together.

    I haven't played far in it but what I have seen is pretty cool. It has a total playtime of 10-15 hrs. There's also a short DLC campaign on Steam for a buck; not sure if it's available on 360.
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  • smacdsmacd Full Members
    You really got a list of mostly meh to bad games there, though a couple good ones.

    Resonance of Fate - no plot, battle system never evolves
    Infinite Undiscovery - main plot feels like what would have been a side quest in another game
    FF13 - ugh
    Enchanted Arms - probably the worst game in the generation by a long shot

    I've heard nothing good about TLR on 360, or SO4, though I haven't played them. I have no comment on Nier, Dead Island, Dark Star One, etc, or Brutal Legend as I haven't played them.

    So it really comes down to Lost Odyssey or Tales of Vesperia. I liked both of them, so I'd recommend either. ToV is probably the most forgettably generic of the Tales games to me, but that's not to say its not good.
  • redwing42redwing42 Classic Console Junkie Full Members
    The fact that most of the list is underwhelming is part of why they are games that I haven't gotten around to yet. I've generally heard good things about Vesperia, but the only other Tales games I have played are Abyss (very good) and Phantasia (not very good). I've also heard good things about Lost Odyssey. Brutal Legend and FF13 I've heard mixed reviews on, but sometimes I really enjoy games that aren't as critically lauded.

    I did enjoy my previous time with Nier, but didn't pick it back up after the halfway point. Resonance of Fate has so much style that I just love looking at it, and it is fun for a couple hours at a time. Dead Island was neat, but Dying Light was a much better version of it. It might make more sense to poke around on the shorter/partially completed games, but I wanted to consider all my options.
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