Illusion of Gaia Log #8: Well, shit.

Dark Gaia -- you're a whore.

Soooo here’s the thing. I’ve come to a complete standstill in Illusion of Gaia. You see, my friends, I’ve gotten as far as I possibly can — which is to the final boss. This is fantastic and great and all, but there are a few things plauging this experience.

The first time I fought against Dark Gaia my ass was beat; rammed; smacked up; killed. I died so hard. And because I was forced to use one of my three herbs leading up to the battle with Dark Gaia (you sorta-kinda have to fight all of the prior bosses BEFORE taking on Dark Gaia) this left my crippled ass with only two herbs. Herbs only recover, like, six or seven hearts. I have 20 hearts. THOSE BALLS ARE INERT.

I do have nine “continues” that allow me to start the battle over again. However, when you start a battle over via a “continue”, your health is reduced to half (ie; ten hearts) and you are not given your herbs back. So, when the herbs couldn’t carry me through the first battle (read: I used both of them within five seconds) and I was beat, rammed, smacked up and killed I was given nine tries to defeat Dark Gaia with half of my health and NO herbs. Hello, impossibility.

“But Britt! Why don’t you just start the battle over again so you can start with your two herbs?”

Oh, faithful reader, I would love to do so — however, I am stuck with 20 minutes of gameplay before the final battle ensues. And, yeah, this fight is HARD, especially when I only have two herbs to my name, so I know I would die several more times before I got the knack down. Do the math, and I’m looking at roughly two boss attempts or less per hour. I would get SO frustrated!

And what’s more — I really don’t care if I finish Illusion of Gaia.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed Illusion of Gaia, but the repetitive formula got a little too tiring for this chick, especially towards the end. The story was simple as could be, I had no investment in any of the characters (hell, truth be told I don’t give two shits about the main character) aaaaand…well, this is a minor bitch, but I swear the game’s soundtrack only had ten different songs. (That definitely did NOT help in the repetitiveness category…)

But I am a completer…kind of…so I will watch the ending on YouTube and then shelve Illusion of Gaia.


    • My excuse, dear friend, is that I don’t give enough of a damn to try and finish the boss. I tried once with 75% health and twice with 50% health. That was enough for me! ;)

      • Well like you said you can probably watch it online somewhere, plus from what I remember it was a tad confusing.  But hey, now you have time to go back to Mass Effect riiiiiiight???

  1. I am utterly amazed right now. I love the fact that you played this game. It sounds like your frustration with that last boss got the best of you! I thought this game was the shit when I was younger. Oh, and I know you may not approve the soundtrack, but the song to that one green looking village. I still kind of remember the song in its awesome happy yet depressing way(which oddly made me love it for some reason). I am totally digging your new look on the site and I am an even bigger fan of yours because of this. You make me want to play more video games.

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