Friday, 13 June 2014

Ishan't

I know, I'm a quitter. There's just something about the Ishar series that I'm really not feeling. They're all glacially slow, but that's to be expected of role-playing games of the time, and isn't too much of an issue. But I think it's that combined with the bugs that are doing it for me. I hit another one last night when playing Ishar 2 where I ran into a bad guy and the attack buttons just stopped working. I could still spin around on the spot, and the enemy could still attack me, but I couldn't fight back at all. It'd been ages since my last save, and I just can't face loading it up and going through all that again. It also doesn't help that there's barely any story to speak of in these games. Sure, there's a general overarching kill the big foozle quest, but that's literally all it is. It's very hard at times to know where to go or what to do, and there are a lot of dungeons and towns where every wall texture looks exactly the same, so it's incredibly easy to get lost. Actually, for the towns you can call up a map, which helps a lot, but the map interface itself is really slow to use, so it's not the kind of thing that you want to do every other step. I used to absolutely love the Eye of the Beholder series back in the day, so it's not flick-screen dungeon crawlers per se, there's just some thing about Ishar that rubs me the wrong way. At least, I hope it's that rather than me turning into a grumpy old man that doesn't have the patience for these games any more! So, I'm going to move on to the last game in the series. I had a quick look at a let's play on youtube for Ishar 2 to make sure I wasn't missing any important story revelations at the end, but you literally just get a screen saying The End, so I don't think I missed much! I think I'll actually switch to Hard Nova next, and then come back to Ishar 3. Hard Nova's another RPG of a similar age, so it might cause similar frustrations, but it's going to be nice to have a bit of a change of scene. Of course...there may be a small delay in proceedings while I spend every evening watching the world cup instead...we'll have to see how that goes.

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