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  1. Guitar (pseudo)God

    Guitar (pseudo)God Red Wings Commander

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    Sorry if I'm LTTP here, but I'd recommend you check out the DS (or PC/mobile) version when you've finished the original. I played the original to death when I was a kid, but as an adult (most of the time), this quickly became my favorite version. And this version will put up a decent fight too.
     
  2. ScienceNonfiction

    ScienceNonfiction ShinRa SOLDIER

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    I'll think about trying that version. The interface is a big turn off for me there though, at least for the mobile/PC version. Haven't looked too much at the DS version. I'm talking about the battle menu by the way. Honestly if I ever get the urge to replay it I'm more likely to try out the SNES version or just replay the PSP version.
     
  3. Guitar (pseudo)God

    Guitar (pseudo)God Red Wings Commander

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    I have the DS and the mobile version. Believe it or not, I prefer the mobile version. The mobile version replaces the DS touch screen implementation (Whyte...urgh) with something I consider more non-intrusive (the Eidolon adventure). The mobile UI is pretty decent, all things considered. I played it on my iPad and I didn't find it hindered the game. The larger screen helped too.

    Regardless of version, the augment system really freshens up the game and well worth the price of admission.
     
  4. llazy77

    llazy77 Sphere Hunter

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    The waiting game.
     
  5. ScienceNonfiction

    ScienceNonfiction ShinRa SOLDIER

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    I'd be a lot more willing to try the mobile version if I had a tablet, but I don't. And I doubt I'll be able to navigate the menus fast without buttons, so I'd have to put it on wait mode. So if I ever try any version of the 3D FF4 I think it'd have to be the DS one.
     
  6. Guitar (pseudo)God

    Guitar (pseudo)God Red Wings Commander

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    My baby is tube-fed through the night. During the hours from when it starts to when I go to bed, I'll sit with the iPad and play the mobile iterations of the FF series. I've completed them all. So I see Romancing Saga 2 in the store. I have fond memories of Romancing Saga 3 and Saga Frontier (warts and all), and this game had a generation system. I decided to give it a shot.

    It's like Phantasy Star III and the SaGa series had Rosemary's Baby. I have no goddamn idea about the mechanics of this game. I put a party together. When I got to the first slime boss, I realized I needed a mage. Okay, so back to the castle. Can't change the party - the hell? I have to kill off a party member to add somebody else? Ain't nobody got time for that.

    After trial and error -- and a brief FAQ perusal -- I have an idea of the game's systems. No clue how techs spark or what the hell global levels are, but I'm plowing through battles with ease. My party of a Holy something-or-other, the 3rd generation Emperor, a wind/water mage, a spear user, and a monk are laying waste to even the toughest dungeons.

    Then I hit Dantarg. This series is known for wild-ass difficulty spikes, but this is something else. And he's in a one-way dungeon to boot.

    Yeah, fuck this game.
     
  7. AnGer-dono

    AnGer-dono ShinRa SOLDIER

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    Elite Beat Agents (aka the western versio of Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan.)

    Just... <3
     
  8. Sgtsarge

    Sgtsarge Yevonite

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    I'm currently playing through Catherine on my PS3. It's a game i've wanted to play for years now and it's probably been one of the best games i've played where you make moral decisions. Very ambiguous and really makes you think about what choices to make. The block puzzles are a lot more difficult than i was expecting also, quite a unique game! I'm also carrying onto play KH Unchained X (I ended up watching the story translations on youtube to catch up, looking forward to back cover now) and am a few hours into Final Fantasy VI on my phone. Trying to whittle down the days until the release of Playstation VR and FFXV.
     
  9. ScienceNonfiction

    ScienceNonfiction ShinRa SOLDIER

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    Careful, it's addicting!
     
  10. Guitar (pseudo)God

    Guitar (pseudo)God Red Wings Commander

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    I decided to give Romancing Saga 2 another shot after one of the 7 Heroes laid waste to my party. I finally bit the bullet and let another emperor ascend to avenge my foul and most unnatural murder. Turns out, this is what the game wants you to do. The best formations and techs in the game come from emperor experimentation. All global levels and items carry over, so there really isn't too much of a penalty, though you will need to re-spark skills.

    The next emperor was a monk, and he came with a battle formation that tied everyone's speed to his. The random encounter difficulty went down considerably, even as the enemies scaled upwards. Good thing too - most enemies can one-shot all characters, and LP is at a premium in this game. But this party fell when Rocbouquet trapped me against an unwinnable fight against a stone guardian boss.

    But I was able to build the Magic Lab and the Academy. And magic is INSANELY useful in this game. The Academy unlocks the best mage class in the game.

    The next emperor was a pirate, and she taught the most abusive formation in the game. Everyone, regardless of class, goes before the enemies. Of course, if this formation is broken, by surprise attack or a character dying, it will royally (heh) suck.

    Other observations:
    • In yet another Saga tradition, physical defense is damn near useless. Magic resistance and status immunity is far more useful.
    • When a character says that "I'm good with X", that means "only use X".
    • Bows, clubs, epees, and martial arts were, at best, situational usages. Swords, axes, and spears were my weapons of choice, but mostly I casted everything to death.
    • There's a bonus dungeon that unlocks very early in the game. It's not very difficult. The blue path gets the parts for the Seven Sword (FFLII vets remember this one) AND skill/item drop enhancers. The red path nets the Ninja job class, which is very overpowered.
    • All magic is useful up to level 15-ish, so you can unlock fusion spells. But above that, I found only Light and Water were worth going above that. The ultimate Light spell is a massive AoE attack. The Last water spell is Hasten Time. It costs 36 MP to cast(!), but it cancels enemy actions after its casted. Of course, if you have a formation that ensures you go before any enemies act...I had no qualms about abusing Rapid Stream/Hasten Time, especially against Dantarg. And Wagnas. That guy sucked.
    • The bard side quest is nostalgic for those of us who grew up with the FFL Game Boy games. And it ultimately unlocks a hidden village that reveals more of the lore of the game.
    • The final boss - whew. That thing requires mastery of all the systems of the game. I tried to fight it straight up, but it gets progressively more powerful. Finally, I settled on a "strategy" of two water magic users and surviving until form 4, then Hasten Time-ing it to death.
    So glad I gave it another shot. It's a charming and very surprisingly deep game. Plus I can't be too mad at a game that let me be a lizard Emperor for 3 straight generations.
     
  11. Lulcielid

    Lulcielid Turk

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    I´m playing FFV for the first time and I´ve been stuck on the same boss fight for days.
    The F***ING Garula >.>
     
  12. Guitar (pseudo)God

    Guitar (pseudo)God Red Wings Commander

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    Part of the fun (and frustration) of FFV is figuring out party and job synergies.
    IIRC, there's a couple of easy ways to handle that fight. There's an ice rod you could have gotten in the town prior. Breaking that rod will one-shot it (though you may want to save it.) I haven't replayed it in a while (though my 10-year-old is going through it right now), but I used monks to brace and counter, and kept them alive with white mages.
     
  13. Lulcielid

    Lulcielid Turk

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    Is it on a shop of a hiden chest?
     
  14. Guitar (pseudo)God

    Guitar (pseudo)God Red Wings Commander

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    It's the port town, right before the North Mountain section. There's a rod in a chest near one of the docks. Make sure to play the piano while you're there too.
     
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  15. AnGer-dono

    AnGer-dono ShinRa SOLDIER

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    Still EBA with some Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai sprinkled inbetween. On PC, busy with Aselia the Eternal and Sora no Kiseki 1st.
     
  16. Sgtsarge

    Sgtsarge Yevonite

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    Definitely, probably the most amount of time i've sunk into a mobile game!
     
  17. ScienceNonfiction

    ScienceNonfiction ShinRa SOLDIER

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    Nice, one of my top FF games. I think I'd rank it as my second favorite. Such an underrated gem.

    And oh man, if you think that's bad just wait until all the other random difficulty spikes like
    the airship cannons, atomos, and the pyramid. Oh lord, the pyramid. I was stuck there for so long.

    If you're having a lot of trouble, one of the best places to level up jobs is in the basement of Val (or Bal, depending on which translation you're playing) Castle. Though you still have quite a way to go until you get there.

    Same here! I've played it nearly every day for about 3 months now. Actually I recently stopped playing cause I'm completely walled right now on the mission where you have to defeat Cerberus (mission 314 I think). But I still log in every day for the free jewels.
     
  18. Guitar (pseudo)God

    Guitar (pseudo)God Red Wings Commander

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    Omega, Shinyru, Wendigo, and the final boss also hit hard. But the game is rather simple once you figure out the job system. And speaking of the Pyramid at Moore, bards, in this game, are very powerful. Ain't no Edwards in this game.
     
  19. Chocobocoholic

    Chocobocoholic Yevonite

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    Valkyria Chronicles on PS4. I used to have this game on PS3 but I got stuck, rage quit and traded it in. When it went on a digital sale I bought it again, and I've just got to the part where I was before. I attempted the fight last night and lost...I was so close >.>
     
  20. Shin Kazama

    Shin Kazama ShinRa SOLDIER UFFSite Veteran

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    Playing ReCore. I'm enjoying it quite a bit so far, but it seems like everyone did for the first few hours so... we'll see.
     
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