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Ingram85    4,551

Yeah I've found my groove again too with this now, not hammering it as I'm wanting to make it last so I'm exploring and fighting everything that comes along. Only just made it out past the battery mimic segment so story wise I'm lagging but I'm just enjoying having a look around the world again. I'm so glad the game is being given a second chance and weirdly, it feels quite fresh and new, much less like the weird hybrid risky game it was originally.

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hogso    1,878

Had a hankering to play Final Fantasy Tactics, so got the android version on my phone. What a sublime game it is.

I first played it in my mid-late teens, a copied version on my chipped PS1. Boggles the mind that it didn't get a European release following the success of FF VII - perhaps there wasn't enough time to put a release in to motion, it was only about 3 months between the US FF VII to FFT releases - the EU release of FF VII was during that time.

A shame then that a European audience didn't have an official release of the game until 2003 on the GBA, and even then it was a butchered version.

Not until Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions came on the PSP did Europeans have a real opportunity to play it - 10 years after it was released. I had that version too, although at the time I didn't like it as much as the original. There are very few differences - the main one being WotL replaced some cutscenes that had previously taken place in the in-game engine with cel-shaded and voice acted scenes. Not many, just here and there. I felt it lost something of the charm.

It's a rough game, though. Like any true Tactical RPG, it requires time, dedication, a real understanding of the mechanics of battle, and above all - grinding. You want to beat this thing, then you have got to put the hours in to build up your main chars, and their jobs. I think this must have been the first game I played with permadeath for members of your squad, too.

I spent many hours playing it in my youth, I recall. And I remember the ending very clearly, so I know I beat it. When I came to play it on PSP I could not believe how hard some of it was, with a crazy difficulty spike in certain story battles. I'm hoping to get right to the end again this time, too. It's a really good port of the PSP version too, and worth £10.

Try it out if you never have before!

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Dante_Lockhart    1,448

Got myself a Seitengrat last night, just got back to Rabanastre after unlocking the 2nd licence boards for everyone.

Fran is unstoppable now.

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jacketspuds    1,435
3 hours ago, Dante_Lockhart said:

Is it on sale?

I think so. But some deals were due to end last night. They had Full Throttle and Grim Fandango on offer as well.

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Ingram85    4,551

"I'm Captain Basch"!!!

"Don't listen to Ondore's lies"!

No one heard you

Testify: 2%

Jeez, I'd forgot about that bit. Oh well, at least it signifies the end of the mines.

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Dante_Lockhart    1,448

I had a good crack at it last night. Levelling up is sooooo much quicker in this version, maybe because of the 4x speed. I've just been running through places at full pelt with gambits set to attack nearest visible. Jumped from level 28 to 37 in a few hours by going through the Zertinan Caves. Also got a nice 100,000k gil from selling all the loot.

Also got my 2nd Esper from the Caves. Adrammelech. Forgot he was there, went in and got destroyed. Just got stuck in an endless loop or reviving and curing. Restarted from the auto-save, changed a few accessories and gambits (Basch and Ashe to Foe - Undead - Attack so they can sweep up the zombie things that are spawned) whilst I just attacked Foe - Flying so I hit Adram over and over. Accessories to nullify Electric element meant it was over in a few minutes with no deaths. Hooray for preparation!

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hogso    1,878

Currently downloading the Comrades multiplayer DLC for XV, very curious about it, has all the ingredients to be a competent time sink. 

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Dante_Lockhart    1,448

I'm still loving FFXII. Just been completing all the marks / rare game hunts (Phon Hunters Club) while levelling up and trying to complete some side questing. I know I'm nearing the end story wise so wanting to make the most of the 'guest' party member with me. A team of 4 is better than a team of 3, especially when that guest character knows Holy. Will come in useful for Ultima Esper, Zodiark Esper and Hell Wyrm.

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hogso    1,878

Apparently, not a joke. Literally the whole game, but on mobile. Uh, yeah. 

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Dante_Lockhart    1,448

.... What?

 

Nearly finished my run on FFXII. 7 enemies left to kill and the Bestiary is filled. Then I'll head to the finale. All I'll have left to do then is trial mode and the plat is mine. Has been great fun!

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hogso    1,878

I guess sales of the older games on mobile have been good enough to warrant the production of a chibi style recent instalment, although I must admit that I would not have expected XV to be that game! It's going to be a huge thing to download if this is literally the whole (vanilla) game.

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