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Lassic wrote: »
I've started Final Fantasy II today and I've just finished the Mythril mine. (Never been this far)
The leveling system is still atrocious: after each battle I'm crossing my fingers that someone in the party gained some MP or a stat boost. Otherwise that battle felt like a waste of time due to the lack of a complementary exp system and the abysmal amounts of gil the non-goblin enemies drop. The lack of an ingame indicator of how and when you get a stat boost and the seemingly random nature are the main culprits and completely unacceptable as this a remake. There were also a few farcial situations were I was almost begging the enemies to attack Maria as she was extremely lagging behind in HP. (33HP compared to Firion's 112HP or Gus' 150HP)
I will probably play some more tomorrow and go to Bafta or grind a few hours to get the Mythril equipment. But at this moment it's obvious that Final Fantasy II is a decent game (for it's time) dragged down by an awfull leveling system.
Shinseitori wrote: »
I hear ya. I had no problems with Dimensions on my Android tablet, but it did not run FF6 well. Took me by surprise.
And, unfortunately, "straying too far and getting your butt whupped" is exactly what has been happening to me in FF9. What I remembered disliking about the game was the poor pacing. While that's there, I forgot about being straight-up punished for even slightly going off the rails. In a game--so far--with save points often tucked away in side rooms, this is not good. A couple other things have been driving me nuts, too, but they might get better. We'll see.
Wheels wrote: »
I'm not sure you're quite getting the open minded aspect of this challenge. FFIX, at least a large portion of it, is very much linear and intended to be so.
Complaining about punishing you for going off the rails kind of misses the point. Get back on the rails and come back with complaints if you don't find them to your liking. I'm serious when I say I'll be chucking all entries with typical complaints for any given FF.
Approach the games for what they are, not what you'd like them to be.
smacd wrote: »
That's true. With FF9, it is really mostly a linear game, although I think it disguises it better than X and XIII.
However with FF2, what I meant is that there are several places early on in the game where you can walk a little too far north in a forest and all the sudden find enemies that hit for hundreds rather than tens of damage. I know that there are techniques using these areas to basically break the game, but I'm just going to save often and hope I don't accidentally stray too far.
Shinseitori wrote: »
That wasn't my point, and I hope you're not expecting totally flowery responses from your entrants. I know this game is very linear, and I don't mind that about this series. At all. Hell, FFX is one of my favorites in the series. My complaint, if you want to call it that, isn't that the game is linear, it's that, as I wrote, even slight deviations aren't supported.
I'm talking about things like dying to normal-difficulty-then-suddenly-superpowered trash a couple of times because I tried to pick up a Blue Magic spell. Or, not realizing the book in Castle Alexandria's library was going to wipe the floor with me (and it's a battle you can't run from).
Me going into this game with an open mind was accepting the pacing problems and looking past them. I'm enjoying the more high fantasy than usual setting and the skill system, despite a few early hiccups with that. What I've recanted here are things I either completely forgot--it's been more than ten years since I've played this far into it and I have zero memory of much so far--or things I was not bothered by before.
Clix wrote: »
You can't pay me to replay FFIII. No one can pay me to do that again.
Wheels wrote: »
It does not, maybe give it another chance by trying the DS version?
Tintaglia wrote: »
Mpfh. People should stop giving so much attention to this overrated series and play some underrated ones instead. It frustrates me to no end that any Final Fantasy title will sell better and get so much more attention than more deserving titles, just because a long time ago Final Fantasy was synonymous with JRPGs. There are too many good RPGs out now to waste life on this. But that's your time wasted and not mine, so knock yourselves out.
DarkRPGMaster wrote: »
Answer: They wanted to re-use assets from the first one without much work.
Aurian wrote: »
When FFX first came out, it was the first fully voice acted game I played, so there is still a bit of inherent wonder to it. Its my favourite game of the series, so I guess my upcoming replay via VITA HD remake would not count for this challenge
Unfortunately, the games I did not enjoy in the series, I have since sold so I don't want to subject myself to those games again and pay for the experience. I'll pass on playing FFXII, FFXIII, and FFXIII-2 again, thanks (and just skilled FFXIII-3 entirely). I don't play MMORPGs so FFXI and FFXIV are out. I am hoping that (for me) the bad streak ends with FFXV, otherwise I think I am done with the series.
Wheels wrote: »
The series changes often so can't see any reason not to keep checking back in. This isn't Call of Duty, XV or XVI or XVII etc. etc. etc. could be something right up your alley.
Spartakus wrote: »
I agree, but I'm feeling more pessimistic about the series than ever. There were variations before but there was always a sense of underlying quality and narrative integrity, which I've felt wavering in the later installments, especially XIII-2 and XIII-3. The writers don't seem to care about making the stories come together anymore and you end up with a lot of stylish absurdity instead. I'm playing the FFX remaster these days and the contrast is clear in how despite the story and the world being bizarre and alien (respectively), it all fits in the end and makes sense based on its own internal logic, which is something the series has stopped doing.
smacd wrote: »
I'm also in the very negative on Final Fantasy camp, and I don't think FFXV will be any better. Everything I've seen about it tells me it also has all the elements that I feel are really tearing down the series for me. When, over the last 17 years since the beginning of the PSX era, they have had only two games that I actually liked (FF9 and FF12). I'm still planning to play through 13-2 and 13-3, but after I finish those I'm really questioning whether I'll ever bother with FF again. I do agree that each game is different, and that leaves open the opportunity for good games to come, but as long as they look like the awful games (7,8,X,13) or are MMOs, I won't bother. I don't like generally like futurey or modern settings, and guns don't belong in my fantasy games. And I'm also done with ports/remakes of the older games I did like as well.
Final Fantasy simply rarely offers me what I'm looking for, and there are other series that do more often.
That said- Bravely Default seems so far to be the Final Fantasy game I've wanted for almost 10 years now. I hope Square realizes that those types of games are actually good and sell well, and continue making them. I'd have no problem dropping FF altogether for more Bravely Default games.