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It only happens once a millenium....

...I actually found a video game I like.

And I actually finished it!

This was just the tonic I needed, now that I've finally come to terms with the fact that I hate Romancing Saga: Minstrel Song for the PS2 and think that everyone involved in its making should go straight to hell. elan plus only cost 600 PS Store Points to download, and I enjoyed it so much that I played it non-stop and beat it in four days.

I've always had a soft spot for RPGs with simulation aspects, so it makes sense that I would eventually discover my love of simulation games. I think elan plus is great because it allows the player to choose their gender. Regardless of whether you decide to play as a girl or a boy, you have the opportunity to form relationships with both males and females as you and your fellow candidates train to pass a series of tests to earn the right to pilot a spaceship to investigate elan, a planet that closely resembles the Earth that was destroyed a century ago by mankind's folly. Provided that you earn first place, you can choose either a male or female as your partner. I can't vouch for most people, but as a heterosexual female I'm not really interested in playing as a boy trying to date a bunch of girls...but at the same time, I'm not really interested in playing one of those fluffy girly games like Angelique (not that I've ever tried one, so who knows?). So I played as a girl and flirted with both the boys and the girls. Everyone liked me except for Riko, who hated me so much that if I passed her in the hall I'm sure she would have tried to kill me.

Even though I only placed first in the last test, I earned the most points in the end. Amane was in second place, but I chose Eiji as my partner instead. For some reason. I guess I felt obligated because I'd seen all his events. I actually thought he was pretty damn annoying ( a low-intellect, hyperactive character voiced by Tomokazu Seki, so can you blame me?). But if I had to choose between him and the Wesley Crusher wanna-be shouta who announced to me just before the last exam that he got an email message from his mommy that made him really happy...I choose the skinny headband guy. Even if he sounded like a chicken when he got excited.

The game seems to have a lot of replay value. If I were to try again, I'd play as the female Nao once more and choose Kaname (the bubbly but dependent cousin) as my partner. If I were to choose a girl, at least. I would never choose Tomoe--her whining about not being good enough to go to elan and letting all the people who depended on her down drove me nuts!

Kristen wants to play as the male Nao and get a gay paired ending with Kairi. The game does allow you to do that, so it should be interesting. Now Kairi was a realistic example of a person with Aspergers. ::snickers::

I'm not sure what I'll do next--play Tales of Graces F or try another simulation game? I should know better than to hinge my happiness on how much I enjoy a Tales game.

By the way, Romancing Saga for the PS2 is a horrible, horrible game.