Or at least I suck at Ys: The Oath in Felghana (and I’m pretty sure I’ll suck at the other games in the series). Went in thinking button mashing works (and it does for the first dungeon’s regular enemies), came out dead. The bosses are heaps stronger than the ordinary enemies, which aren’t exactly friendly starting exactly from the second dungeon. Multiple flaming projectlies are the least of my concerns. All the bosses I’ve died against multiple times (and I’m up to the 4th one, where I just died), so the retry option is a godsend. If I’m getting my ass kicked on normal, I don’t want to imagine Nightmare or Inferno.
Ys is hard in a fair way though. I started off dying before knocking out 1/4th of a boss’ HP, but repeated practice and memorization of the timing of the boss’ attacks finally let me beat it and it gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling. Even if it is the first few bosses. The only one that was truly a bitch was the second boss, so I ran back to town, bought new equipment, and kicked its ass. I’m going to try and finish the game, even though I have a feeling it’ll just get even harder. It’s a good change of pace from turn-based, but os still really fun.
I also refuse to select “retry on Easy,” because I have a feeling I’ll die on Easy anyways. I chose “retry with reduced difficulty.” I still died to that bitch of a flying fire dragon on the bridge. Good thing you can keep reducing the difficulty until it stops being a bitch. Now I just have to figure out a way to get back my pride…
In short, I need to play more action games and do manry training. Ys is definitely no button mash. Maybe one day I’ll be masochistic enough to play it on Nightmare or Inferno.