Games I Beat in 2016 - #2: SaGa 2
Even if Dragon Quest was the first RPG I played, Final Fantasy Legend II was the first one to make me love the genre. It was likely not until my second or third play through of the game that I even realized that it lacked the experience system found in most other games of the genre. Replaying it this time, I am unsure how I finished the game in the first place, never mind multiple time as I distinctly remember replaying the game and trying not to die so that I would never encounter Odin. I wanted to see if his line was different. And it was.
Replaying such a beloved game is incredibly difficult. There is a worry that the game just might not hold up today. There is a worry that it never was any good and the love was just a result of childhood ignorance. But I still found myself enjoying the twelve hours I spent on the game this time.
The changes from SaGa to SaGa 2 do not seem like much on the surface, but overall it was clear this was clear this was an improvement. I particularly liked the lack of needing to buy items to boost the humans, although my strategy of "Go with the party on the box art." meant there was only one to deal with at all. The additions of Robots made for a nice start to the game, whereas in SaGa I had to rely on the early powerful Monster, getting the Robot to a decent level only cost me some early money, and I was able to let the other three, including the Monster, power up on a more gradual scale.
This was an incredibly enjoyable replay, and put me in a good mood to tackle SaGa 3 for the first time.