Mar. 9th, 2019

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For a decade or so, all I knew about this game is that it was THE WORST FINAL FANTASY EVERRRR, the one that we got instead of Seiken Densetsu 3, the franchise-attempted-murderer no one wanted to remember. The one so easy that Japanese people mockingly called it "Final Fantasy USA".

Well, y'know, it's actually not that bad? It is absolutely the "RPG for Beginners" it positions itself to be.

(Or, it would've been back in the SNES days. Hilariously I've now played RPGs that felt easier than Mystic Quest unintentionally, just by dint of their design choices!)

That said, having a lighter, more casual JRPG out there isn't actually a bad idea. Having battlefields where you can go to grind and level up takes some of the agitation out of the genre, and it is again funny that while one of the complaints at the time was that it didn't have random battles like a REAL RPG did, there's been a steady push to kill them off completely from genre fans.

In general, time's been kinder to Mystic Quest's goofy, self-lampooning plot and laid back gameplay mechanics than I ever figured it would be. I'm glad I finally sat down and worked through it.

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