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  • RedSwirl 7:51 am on January 29, 2012 Permalink
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    @feenwager Y’know, I’m not even gonna pick it up either, despite liking a lot about the demo. It technically does clear up just about everything that was wrong with XIII mechanically, but something about the glitz and glamour and commanding presence of Final Fantasy isn’t quite there with XIII-2.

    On the subject, I started up XII again recently and yeah, it’s still the best modern Final Fantasy game. All I really want is just this game in high definition.

  • RedSwirl 8:46 pm on January 25, 2012 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo Oh no I enjoyed parts of the game. Otherwise I wouldn’t have finished it. The problem is with how little there is to enjoy and the relative monotony of the experience compared to most RPGs, J or W.

    If you haven’t played it yet, FFXIII’s problem is that the game encompasses an enjoyable combat system… and nothing else. I enjoyed huddling my guys together for a football play with each new fight that actually required me to use my damn brain to finish, especially the final boss, but that alone is not enough to sustain a 60-hour game. You wanna go off and do something else? Go kill these extra monsters. That’s it. At least dungeon crawlers have the decency to make equipment and loot gathering a compelling part of the experience.

    I’m thinking of going back to XII because that game still has the smoothest and most advanced battle system in Final Fantasy (not that XIII’s wasn’t great) and because there is actually shit to do. I miss walking around a map and visiting towns and talking to people in console JRPGs (I’ve been playing all the western stuff on PC). I think XII still represents the most advanced execution of this type of gameplay, and I’m just pissed that Square Enix and FF fandom as a whole treats that game as an anomoly.

    Anyway, if you’re still interested in getting into the franchise proper, you gotta ask yourself what you look for in an RPG. XII is definitely the most similar to WRPGs in terms of combat (which some people compare to Infinity Engine games) and even the world. FFV also offers a combat system that feels fun and liberating to this day. And then of course there’s Tactics, considered one of the deepest console RPGs ever.

    Anyway, game suggestions for the next week? I’m thinkin’ about Sonic CD (which I’ve never played). Actually, thinking about this now, I have very few games that I bought last year and didn’t beat. I think my backlog of new games grew by less than five titles. But there is one other thing I’ve been thinking of getting to… reading a goddamned book.

    If you know me you know I’ve read probably two whole books in the last 10 years. Well, someone suggested me Stalingrad this past week and the sample is already in my iPhone. Anyone read it?

  • bowlisimo 4:41 pm on January 25, 2012 Permalink
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    @redswir1 It says a lot about that game when you compare it to prison. It doesn’t sound like you enjoyed it at all, were you just playing it out of spite at some point?

    I know I’ve said this before, but as far as that series goes, FF12 may be my best hope of ever cracking those games. It’s one of the last widely revered gaming series left for me to dig into or forever be ignorant about. Maybe after MGS4 (which is great so far), before Mass Effect 3 hits.

    @unmanneddrone Call of Pripyat / Misery done. I feel like after all that time, Pripyat was the low point of that game, which is weird considering the game’s name. As interesting as visiting a long abandoned town with a history like that is (and you can tell they spent a lot of time making it accurate), it just wasn’t interesting to be a Stalker in it. The narrative thread there really unraveled quickly and wasn’t very satisfying at all. Although, it was nice to get a little SoC closure, and I did enjoy the character focused “where did everyone end up” final scenes. I managed to keep all the important people alive without knowing it would matter in the end. They did right by me in that regard.

  • RedSwirl 6:21 am on January 25, 2012 Permalink
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    Finishing Final Fantasy XIII feels like being released from prison (not that I know anything about that). Now I’m just thinking about how to spend the week I have left until Soul Calibur V comes out. Anyone gonna be game on PS3?

    I mean, I’ll try my best to give XIII-2 a shot. I got the demo, it’s on my GameFly Que, but I’m tired. I will not be taking it for the long haul unless it immediately impresses me as a sho-nuff keeper. I’m not even tired of RPGs, or JRPGs, or even Final Fantasy, just Final Fantasy XIII and everything to do with it. Tomorrow I’m probably gonna boot up XII just to make myself feel better. I’m even thinking about going back and seeing if I can finish IV to maybe get myself on a roll of numbered FF games.

  • RedSwirl 10:48 pm on January 23, 2012 Permalink
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    I don’t know why, but I’ve chosen to chain myself to Final Fantasy XIII until I finish it. I’m technically at the final boss, but will have to retrain one of my characters in a new class from the ground-up

    Edit: Actually I’ve figured out why – FFXIII is the first console game I’ve played in a while that actually feels like a legit challenge. We’ve said a lot of crap about Japanese games on this page, but on the whole I appreciate most of their games not holding our hands this gen as much as every AAA western game does. I appreciate that I’m actually having to think up various strategies for beating FFXIII’s final boss when in most games today beating it just feels like a foregone conclusion.

  • impynickers 3:59 am on January 17, 2012 Permalink
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    @Redswirl I never beat XIII. I believe there are 13 chapters, I think I stopped around 9.
    The battle system was cool, true, but everything else was so flamboyantly uninteresting. If that is possible.

    @mjpilon Chrono Trigger took me almost 30 hours, but a normal JRPG player could probably do it in under 25. I am the smell the roses type sometimes. Great game.

  • RedSwirl 3:38 am on January 17, 2012 Permalink
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    Okay, You guys who finished Final Fantasy XIII, does that game start to get any better after Chapter 11? How much is there left in the following two chapters?

    I’m trying to see if I can finish this before trying out XIII-2, but more and more I’m thinking of just YouTub’ing the rest of the game. I’m on Grand Pulse right now doing does Cie’th stone hunts because I can’t progress to the yellow exclamation point on the map without getting stomped on. People said this was when the game “got good”, but all it’s done is trade linearity for backtracking. It still doesn’t solve the game’s main problem of having no NPCs, towns, or any semblance of an actual playable world outside of combat. The combat is good for what it is, but that alone just isn’t enough to keep me engaged, and the more I play this game the more I wanna boot up XII.

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