So, I started to look at Romancing SaGa for the SNES.
I was warned that there were a bunch of issues with the game. For example, you need 30,000 gold for a quest, but you need to sell an item when you have 9,999 gold to get a jewel (representing 9,999 gold.) Any excess gold while you have 9,999 gold is lost. I was warned that the final boss would probably be impossible for me to kill. You cannot get all the items to weaken the final boss (since some quests weren’t finished.)
I wasn’t expecting that the music is lovely in the game. I wasn’t expecting that the graphics look a lot like a mix of Final Fantasy IV’s towns with some pretty complex battle sprites. I wasn’t expecting to feel as lost as I was.
To be more specific, you don’t pick a character in the SNES version. You pick your gender, and then your character. Then you pick the jobs for your character’s parents (which effects your stats, not that you can tell exactly how save from the the titles.) Finally you pick your dominant hand. Then you’re given a pretty world map, and then you’re shown where you are in the world.
In the case of Gray, you start on a ship with two other characters, and are left, almost penniless, in a remote town. Asking around town tells you that there’s a dinosaur egg that could be sold for tons of cash. So, your character heads out, dodging triceratops to attempt to steal an egg to escape the island.
Or you would, if you didn’t get ambushed and find out that it scrambles your turn order so certain characters can’t attack. It’ll take me a while to get something actually interesting out of this game, I fear. It’s still fascinating to try though.