Friday, 4 November 2011
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (GBA)
Still he got a pretty sweet house out of the deal so it's not all bad.
That furniture is looking a big ragged. I guess they were in a rush, either that or they just assumed no one would be able to notice on a tiny GBA screen.
I should search the rest of this place, maybe Frodo's left more cash lying around.
Okay if I remember the movie right, Frodo and Sam meet Pippin and Merry on the way to the city, so I should find the way out of town.
The enemy gets the first move, but I'm fighting a stick with some clothes hanging off it, so it all it can do is stand there and intimidate crows.
Okay, new plan. I'm going to run away and look for some weapons. I'm just glad I realised I had no attacks before I got into a real fight.
SOME SEARCHING LATER.
So really having Pippin around just makes me 50% more useless in a fight, but at least I can carry more stuff now. I should probably save actually.
Because of the way the character walks around it actually takes me several passes to manoeuvre him into the right position to talk to people, he doesn't always move where I want him to. In fact he occasionally wanders off in the exact opposite direction.
Weirdly there's no shop screen, the shop keeper has their items scattered across the ground instead and I have to pick up items to bring up this 'Buy' window.
Well, it was only a practice battle.
Well I'm done with this town now, I'm off to the big city to meet with Gandalf.
Pippin's down, and Sam's half dead. I'm not sure I'll be walking away from this, and even if I do survive I won't last 2 seconds in the next fight.
Actually that's not really true, these battles play out so damn slowly that it'd take a pack of dogs a while to one hit kill me. On their first turn.
Reward for sitting through a cutscene: level up!
It seems that fighting battles in this is entirely pointless. The enemies aren't even dropping anything, they just make me use up all my very limited healing items. I can't make money from fights, and shop keepers don't seem to get any extra stock, so I could be in real trouble here.
Okay I'm desperate now, so I'm going to backtrack to my house at the start of the game. Maybe I can recover my health in my own bed.
So the game expected me to have found this guy already, remembered his name and where he was, and assumed I'd be willing and eager to backtrack all the way to the very start of the game for no other reason than to get this quest reward.
Well okay the beds don't do shit, but at least now I've got a shiny golden coin to spend on healing sandwiches, so I'm back in the game.
Maybe this means that I'll get some new background music soon. I hope.
Okay I'm going to have to sort my inventories out here to make some room. Each character has their own inventory of 2 weapon slots, 3 equipment slots, and 6 misc item slots. To see what each character has on them I apparently have to bring up the painfully slow character select menu, then switch to their character. Then if I want to move items from one character to another I have to select the item I want to move, select 'give', then choose which character to give it to.
Of course I can't tell if they've got enough room to take the object without switching to their character first and seeing what they're holding, and if I'm moving weapons or clothing around then I'd have to switch to their character anyway to equip it. It's a painfully, miserably awkward slow inventory system and I hate it so much.
So yeah it suits this game perfectly.
Sam is not to be trusted.
It's not like this is a safe place for me to be either. This forest is filled with evil plants and wild dogs.
I can't even retrace my steps, it takes me to somewhere different.
The game so far has been a series of fetch quests broken up by pointless battles. Find the leaves, give them to the guy who makes pipe weed, give the pipe weed to another guy to get a dagger etc. And I had to get the daggers and sandwiches because otherwise I'd have been eaten by dogs, because there isn't much room for strategy beyond 'target the same enemy to kill it faster'. It's just an awkward frustrating game.
And now I'm miserable. Thanks a lot Gandalf.