Monday, February 25, 2013

My Month with Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime, Part 3

Hold on to your hats, folks, as what I'm about to say may just may blow them of your pretty little heads. I ... have ... finished one of my "Bye-Bye, Backlog" games!

I finished it--Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime, that is--yesterday, in fact.

And when I say I finished it, I don't just mean that I beat the final boss; I also mean that I rescued all 100 of my slime-napped friends.

As for how long it took me to accomplish this feat: putting the game's antagonist, Don Clawleone, in his place, once and for all, pushed my playthrough past the 20-hour mark.

This post nearly wasn't so celebratory, by the way. That's because I was this close to giving up on Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime early in the week--after I became hopelessly stuck on a specific late-in-the-game tank battle.

I sped around that bump in the road after re-tooling my tank and re-configuring my crew, though, and then gleefully raced through the rest of this wonderfully captivating game.

Or maybe I should say "through the fight with the final boss," as the game never really seems to end. (A handful of side quests and a "Tank Masters Tournament" can be completed after the credits roll, plus every stage and tank battle can be re-played to your heart's content.)

Unsurprisingly, I'm still playing the game, even though there are no more slimes to rescue and no more tanks to beat to smithereens (well, other than those that are part of the Tank Masters Tournament). That's how much it has wormed it's way into my heart.

I'm going to continue enjoying Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime--and Fire Emblem: Awakening (which I have to sheepishly admit I've yet to start)--through the end of this coming week, and after that I'll switch to my next "Bye-Bye, Backlog" selection, which at the moment I'm thinking either will be Half-Minute Hero (PSP) or Super Mario Sunshine (GameCube).

In the meantime, feel free to share your heartfelt opinions of Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime in the comments section below.

See also: Previous 'Bye-Bye Backlog' posts


apricotsushi said...

Wahoo! Congrats! I've yet to finish one of my backlog games, so if this were a contest, you'd certainly be beating me ;)

I'd be really excited to see you play either Half-Minute Hero or Super Mario Sunshine, but with the amount of negativity surrounding Sunshine, I think it'd be especially interesting to hear your thoughts on it (not that you're asking for opinions on what to play next or anything!). Would you believe I actually have a digital copy of Half-Minute Hero on my PS Vita that I've yet to play? Just another game in the backlog...

As for Rocket Slime, I think I'm definitely going to have to check it out one of these days! said...

Thanks, Anne! And, believe me, I'm not trying to compete with you when it comes to our respective backlog projects. I have a feeling I'm going to finish very few of my selections during the allotted time--in fact, this may be the *only* one I'm able to finish. We'll see.

Also, thanks for chiming in on which game you'd like me to play in March. I know I didn't explicitly ask for peoples' opinions on the matter, but I definitely hoped people would share them anyway.

At the moment, I'm leaning toward Super Mario Sunshine--just because I tend to like 3D Mario games and I can't believe myself that I've never played this one. Also, like you said, it'll be interesting to see if I end up disliking it (like some folks) or enjoying it (like Justin, I believe).

As for you owning a copy of Half-Minute Hero that has yet to be played: Of course I believe it! You and I are two peas in a pod when it comes to our backlogs, after all :)

Hell, I've owned my copy for some time now (maybe more than a year), and I've barely looked at it let alone played it. Sigh...

apricotsushi said...

Oh, I know it's not a competition! I was just kidding... but if it were, it would be an extremely casual one, anyway! ;)

Will you plan on getting around to both Half-Minute Hero and Super Mario Sunshine over the next 10 months, regardless of which you pick to play in March? said...

Ha ha! Yes, I think it would have to be a casual one--if it were a competition, of course :)

Also, yes, I'll definitely be playing both Half-Minute Hero and Super Mario Sunshine sometime in the next 10 months. Those games are "locks," as far as I'm concerned.

I'm also definitely going to try to finish playing Deadly Premonition and Xenoblade Chronicles in that time. Not sure which other ones will make the cut, though.

Do you have a pretty set schedule for your backlog project at the moment, or are you kind of winging it, too?

Espiga said...

Congratulations on finishing Rocket Slime! It was a great game, but I've admittedly not played it in years. I've not played it since shortly after it came out in America, but I remember having a lot of fun with it. But, I didn't really bother with any of the extra side stuff... I'm not sure why, but I'm guessing I just had a ton of games on the backlog I needed to burn through.

...I guess some things never change in that regard, eh?

Justin Difazzio said...

Congrats! That's awesome! Glad you loved it. Umm...I just started Half-Minute Hero, too. I'm sort of...meh...about it so far. Play Super Mario Sunshine! said...

Thanks, Espiga! There's nothing wrong with not doing the side stuff in this game. I only did it myself because I loved the rest of the game so much and I wanted to see all that it offered. said...

Thanks, Justin :) Which version of Half-Minute Hero are you playing, by the way? The PC/Steam version? I don't think you have a PSP or 360, do you?

As for Sunshine: yes, that's probably what I'll play.