April 19, 2012

Legend of the Ghost Lion - End Game

*cue Fanfare for the Common Man*

Finally, it has ended.  The game lies prostrated before the might of Nung.  His unshakable will has proven victorious over the ass that is LotGL.  Channelling all of his ki into an orb of raw mental power, Nung unleashes a torrent of sheer energy at LotGL.  He does not relent until every last fragment of essence is destroyed.  Now if he could only somehow destroy his memories.

Melodramatics aside, my happiness got +5 points after finishing this game.  LotGL now holds the record for highest days spent to hours played ratio (two weeks:eight hours).  The last leg of the journey was just brutal.  Stacks of three monsters become very common and they usually consist of the biggest assholes of the game.  You got the 3/4ths of the time attack avoider and now he's got a pal that can throw up an attack repulsing shield.

I'm going to get the fuck outta Dodge.

One thing keeping the difficulty high is the inability to grind for some power.  No experience is gained for killing monsters.  Instead, levels are gained by finding *sigh* fragments of hope.  This ensures every dungeon gets explored fully as well as capping Maria's power.  This idea has merit and I hope to see some future RPGs implement it a little better than here.  I suppose I promised some screenshots so here's Maria prancing on a bridge made of a rainbow.

Hey, where the heck is violet?
Maria!  It's a trap!

K, one last bitch about how much everyone sucks before I get into the magnificent surprise that lies at the final boss.

A creature made of iron can
dodge?  Come ON, ref!

All the BS endured up to the final engagement with the white lion was made worth it for the gloriously intense battle that ensued.  The level capping really paid off for this was one of the best end boss fights ever.

Aww, let's all pet him instead!

As Maria struggled to bring forth her companions, the White Lion wasted no time in bitch slapping Maria down to half her courage in two rounds.  It was only the elf companion's repulsor shield spell that kept Maria from biting it.  It's not always effective though and soon Maria is down to 26 Courages!  One more hit and that's it, man, game over!  She can't even spend a round eating a fucking bread because it only heals 50 Courages and Whitey is hitting for 200+.

Tremble before my mighty albinoness!

The only solution is to start declaring half of the companions on the battlefield to defend Maria.  Even then, the Great White STILL manages to get through but is stopped by the shield still in effect.  The next round, he finally pays attention to all the wounds he's been receiving and is defeated.

Arrggh!  Damn you all and
your precious melanin, too!

The lion then transforms into our old friend, Twana (he's the second companion that joined Maria).  At one point, Twana was lost in a predetermined storyline fight and quite frankly, I had forgotten all about him.  Apparently, it was him that was responsible for this whole fiasco.

Better get ready for round two, you dick.

He blabs on about how brave and strong Maria has become but I know he's just some old freak who likes to see little girls get repeatedly beat up by dream monsters.  Hey, we've all gone through that phase in our lives but don't try to sugar coat it with your big empowerment speeches.  Just admit you hate Maria.

After Twana gives Maria an amulet (probably cursed) and takes off, Maria wakes up from her dream to find her mother scolding her for almost drowning in the river.  She doesn't believe any of the story Maria tells her, of course, and yells a little bit more at her.  Maria becomes dejected and hangs her head only to see the amulet still hanging around her neck!  What does it all mean?  Maria has some deep soul searching to do.

Screw you, Maria.  Screw yoooooouuuuuu.