Operation Backlog Completion 2024
Aug 102018

With localization confirmed for Inazuma Eleven Ares, I’ve once again been thinking about the series.

A couple years ago, I included Inazuma Eleven on a list of games I wish I loved. When I think about it, it still sounds like the sort of game I would enjoy.

I love JRPGs and story-driven games, and I enjoy games by Level-5. Inazuma Eleven seems like a natural fit, even though I’m not a big fan of sports and sports games.

When I tried Inazuma Eleven, I enjoyed it right up until the soccer matches became more prominent. I can’t remember if I was bad at them or if I just didn’t find them fun, but they were the reason I quit playing the game despite liking the rest of the content I’d seen.

So I put it aside. But from time to time I see it recommended for RPG fans, and that gets me wondering about it again.

With Inazuma Eleven Ares coming to the west next year, should I give the game I have another try? Is there anything I should keep in mind about the gameplay that might help?

(And while we’re at it, I keep wondering if I should give Okami another try, too…)

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  4 Responses to “Should I Give Inazuma Eleven Another Try?”

  1. I had an Inazuma game on the DS and enjoyed the chunk I played of it a lot, but not enough to finish it, I guess. The football playing parts weren’t very good, but at least they were easy. Maybe a new one would have much more fun matches.

    Funnily enough, I stopped playing Okami after the first false ending too. The game felt too long for me as well, and Issun’s voice got SO grating after a while. I wanted to love it too, but never could. It was even less enjoyable to go back to it after a long break because the combat felt dated years later, but I did manage to stick with it until the end after returning.

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