@Yggranya said in So,episode 4's story really IS bad eh?:
I'll just say: since the story has time travel and multiverse crap, it can't really make any sense no matter how much gibberish they put in pretending to explain it. I decided to skip it all. I wish those conversation "choices" weren't there to waste my time. To me, it's not worth my time and i wouldn't even skip through it if it didn't have SG in it. So simply skip through it to get the rewards and forget it even exists.
Ah, I see. This is your first Sci-Fi JRPG, isn't it?
Yeah, pretty much every JRPG with the Sci-Fi sub-genre kind of eventually devolves into technobabble that makes very little sense, multi-dimensional hopping, universe destroying entities, and a little bit of higher dimensional beings thrown in their for good matter.
The key thing to remember, especailly with the Phantasy Star series, is that most of that technobabble makes no sense even to people that are more versed in science fiction, and isn't really supposed to make sense. It's a framework for the villains to be the villains. Even as far back as the original trilogy, Phantasy Star has had some silly sci-fi stuff thrown in there for little reason other than to give Dark Falz a reason to show up every game.
The stories still worth going through all the same. There are some pretty cool moments, and Episode 5's plot does dial back the multiverse stuff significantly once you get to the big reveal of what Omega essentially is. Just be glad Episode 4 didn't go down the route of Star Ocean 3. I'll admit, when I first went through Episode 4, that's literally the first thing that came to my mind, and it was not a good feeling that I had in that moment.
That said, Episode 4 was still pretty much a giant steaming pile of filler crap from start to finish. The only good bits were the final few chapters, and even then they had to ruin that with one of the most forgettable "villains" in the entirity of the series (even Dr. Howzer was better than what we got in Episode 4). Atleast the Episode did give me one of my favorite UQ boss fights (I miss you Deus Esca!).