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First Impressions of Lightning Returns and Sackboy

I finally got around to finishing my finals so I haven’t actually had much time to play Lightning Returns or Little Big Planet 2, which I received as a gift (thanks again!). I have dabbled a bit in both, however, although more so with my favorite emo than cute Sackboy.

After running around and replaying various parts and getting a wee bit frustrated, I realized that Lightning Returns reminds me of Final Fantasy VIII. I enjoyed the eighth entry in the series, perhaps even more than the hallowed seventh, but it could be a very annoying game at times. Specifically all the bosses and enemies leveled up with you. This was an attempt, I’m sure, to force players to actually think and use strategy of some sorts instead of just grinding to become all-powerful. I find I rather just grind sometimes. Only sometimes, though. In the same vein you do not get higher stats in Lightning Returns from battling, but instead by completing quests. Which would be fine if stupid monsters didn’t still appear to chase you down and force you to fight pointless battles. Also, I’ve yet to encounter Fang, not that I know she’s in here, but if Vanille is her better half should be too!

Anyway, on the other side of the spectrum is Little Big Planet 2, whose predecessor I never finished because I got stuck near the beginning. I don’t remember which level or how I got stuck, I just remember giving up and not touching it since. I am hopeful thattumblr_mzs1ms2CTK1rn9i9fo1_250 number two will be a different experience, and I may even try my hand at making me own levels. I had forgotten I had Mass Effect costumes, I must have received them before I went Shepard crazy, so that’s cool and instantly will make playing that much better.

Amazon Doesn’t Like Lightning Returns

I preordered the latest Final Fantasy because I like emo Lightning and awesome Fang. No real clue if Fang is even in the game, don’t care, I bought it anyway. tumblr_mo045tqLKy1s69mplo1_400

Amazon was my retailer of choice despite my Best Buy giftcard (of $6..but $6 is still money) because of their preorder bonus of the Yuna outfit. I have never been a Yuna fan, but all things being equal I figured, hey, why not get it for free.

Welp. Neither I or a bunch of other unhappy folks received the codes (get ready for low star reviews!). No biggie, they’ll send them in 48 hours or whatever. Except some customers are being told the promotion never existed. We are all just imagining it I suppose. Others are directed to call Square Enix, who in turn tells everyone to stop calling them and to call Amazon. One person even had a CS rep insist on sending a replacement game because surely the codes must be inside!

My own experience resulted in a month’s extension to my Prime membership, and an offer to refund or replace should the codes not arrive. I have no idea why Amazon’s reps keep offering to replace the games. That does nothing.

On the plus side, people appear to be enjoying the game. So when I do get around to playing it (this weekend, I hope) I should have a grand ol’ time.

Update: I sent a follow-up email and that seemed to do the trick, and I received the codes finally. They redeemed, downloaded, and installed, so hopefully when I boot up the game everything is cheery.