I have a terrible memory for everything. That is a fact that I’ve known for… pretty much my entire life. Even then some times I still get surprised about how what I remember and what is fact ends up being different.
Case in point Valkyria Chronicles. My memories from the first time I played the game I had an easy time with the early missions and could easily get an A or B on them. Now I decided to play the game again, restarting from zero since I could barely remember anything about the gameplay or the story and the results have been pretty different from my memory.
I only got grade A on the first mission because I still remember more or less the strategy to get that result (which required a bit of recklessness). The other missions so far I’ve only got B or C. Some times even requiring to do the mission again because I did some terrible mistake.
With Skirmishes, which are kind of an optional content, the result has been pretty much the same. The difference is with Skirmishes I can at least replay them as many times I want and try to get better grades (and more XP and money).
At least this has helped me to remember why I stopped playing the game the first time, besides the usual “I got distracted by other games”. On my first try the missions were getting so hard that I was barely being able to finish them with a D or E rank which gave very little money and XP. That was making me very salty since the only other sources of those would be to grind the aforementioned Skirmishes and other optional content and I am just not a fan of grinding in general. :p
This is not the first time this happened though. Another example would be the Megaman series. I always knew I was terrible at jumping in games, since the reason Pitfall stuck in my mind all these years is exactly because of how frustrating it was for me to get those tricky jumps.
Despite that I somehow fell in love with the Megaman franchise and my memories of the first games are that I wasn’t that terrible at them. Granted I never finished any of them but that was something that never bothered me as a kid.
When the first Megaman Legacy collection was released I knew I had to buy it as it would be a chance to relive some of my favorite games from my childhood. It was only when I went to play them that I realized I how much worse at these games than I remembered.
One could give an excuse that I am older and my reflexes aren’t just the same anymore. I prefer to believe that isn’t the case and that I was always just terrible at them. I just remembered different because I was having so much fun as a kid. Having said that, thank gods the Megaman Legacy Collection has Save Estates!
There are probably other examples I could come up with but those are the only ones I can remember right now. It always amuses me though when incidents like this happen and it makes me wonder what else I am misremembering. At least with this blog I have a place to register some of these memories so I can always fact check later if I feel curious enough. 🙂