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I've been seeing a lot of young people express love for Final Fantasy X lately (even so far as "that is my favorite RPG"), which is pretty interesting, because I think people my age discounted it for not being like Final Fantasy VII or Final Fantasy VIII. It is like whatever Final Fantasy game releases when you are in middle school will become the Final Fantasy of your generation.
I loved FFX at the time, and I'm pretty sure I might still do. I liked the hell out of that weird ballgame, and I got really into those characters and their world. I think you're right that your "generation" of FF will be your favourite sure, but I never hated on FFX.
I actually really liked FFXII too, I thought it was unfairly overlooked for falling between platforms. It had a complicated world, but your character was kind of just the street rat watching huge political events unfold around them, which was interesting.
Up until the latest wave of non-starters, the only Final Fantasy that had left me totally cold was FF9. Monkey tailed bullshit.
I never hated FFX, either. Though, I hated that ballgame. Because I sucked at it, and I didn't understand what I was supposed to do. (I never quite understood the card game in FFIX, either.) FFX was the first one that I beat. At the time, I had only made it to the final boss battles on all the other ones, and then just gave up because my characters were not strong enough.
I actually really liked FFIX, because of how "old-fashioned" the world was. There was something very ornate about it. Dark City Treno is probably my favorite place in the Final Fantasy world... I liked FFXII a lot, too. I haven't beat it yet, but I'm pretty sure it is another RPG in which I made it to the last battle and didn't want to level up anymore.
I liked a lot of things about FFXIII. I thought Lightening was a cool character, like Cloud or Squall. But that game seemed to require more grinding than all the others, and there was such a dismal selection of enemies (same enemies, but different colors) that it just wasn't fun to level up.
Yeah. I liked the FFXIII characters, but that was about it. It wasn't even fun to explore, it was just super tedious and linear to play.
How did you feel about the paradigm system? I actually really liked that about the game, especially how it made the combat really fast-paced (even rewarding speed). Sometimes it felt a little paper-scissors-rock, but overall, I liked how the characters progressed and fought. I just wish I could have used that against more interesting enemies.
But you're absolutely right: It was not fun to explore. In fact, you practically couldn't explore until you reached that big place with all the crystal mission-givers. But that wasn't until later, and the only thing you could really find in those "explorations" were a bunch of boring enemies. And then "bosses" that were just the same enemies you kept fighting, except harder and with a different color scheme. I thought that was very lazy.
Nevermind, I was thinking of VIII's card game which made sense and was fun to play.
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I'll be honest and admit that FFVII and X were the only ones I beat. I normally end up beating some side quest or optional boss in RPGs that dwarfs the actual storyline boss of the game and I lose interest in it before I actually complete it. I'm one of those poor idiots that needs to complete every fucking side mission before I actually complete the standard and easy storyline...I rarely ever finish an RPG.
Anybody excited about the Steam Summer Sale? It allegedly begins tomorrow. I'm not sure that there's anything I want, except for maybe The Binding of Isaac, which would probably be like $2 if it went on sale, because it's already cheap as it is. I've heard good things about it.
There would definitely be more that I'd be interested in if I had a good PC. I just have a PC laptop and a Macbook, but hardly any games are made for Mac, and my PC laptop kills itself just trying to play a game like Torchlight.
Nerds build Westeros in Minecraft. Beheadings ensue.
Anyone got way too much money and want to buy this mega bundle of stuff?
Ive played through FF7, 8 and 12. Got halfway through 10 twice and I got distracted and dropped it both times, arg. I'm on the last chapter of 13 but haven't had the time to finish it. Played a bit of 1, 4, and 9 but nothing too significant. I'd love to make time to play through all of them and replay 7 and 8.
I enjoyed 12 a lot, it is hard to go back to 10's permanent camera angles vs being able to move the camera in 12.
i've played all of them except for FF4 and FF13 and FF11/FF14 (neither of those count in my opinion since they're MMOs). I have to say that 6-9 are definitely my favorite though.
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Blitzball from FFX was only enjoyable if you got the Jecht Shot early in the game. If you miss it, it's a bitch to play because the other teams start out so much better than you. Oh, and IX's cardgame is absolute bullshit, made worse by the fact that it came after Triple Triad, which was fantastic.
I've beaten VII through X, and was very unhealthily addicted to XI for a solid three years, but I haven't really given XII or XIII an honest chance. Maybe sometime.
My girlfriend bought us a Wii. Why? I don't know. Other than Zelda I probably won't use it much and even then I'm never really home enough to use it.
Bring it to camp.
To Camp? oh Canada.
In other news. OUYA!!!!
I beat Uncharted 3. Another fantastic game. I read that Columbia Pictures are trying to make an Uncharted movie. Hmm... I don't know about that...
I recently found Bioshock 2 for $8 (PS3 Version). This gives me an excuse to finally play through the first game. I had been enjoying the hell out of it (the beginning of it, at least), but I think I got it around the same time as Red Dead Redemption, which preoccupied my video gaming for a while. And then I didn't have video games for a while, and then Skyrim came out... et cetera... It's time to finally do this. I'm going to start over from the beginning.
EDIT: Also, my cousin and I recently brushed the dirt off Unreal Tournament III (PS3). Freaking fun game. It actually had mod support! You could download mods from the Internet, put them on a USB stick, and then install them onto your PS3.
It's really great. I never played the story, but the death matches and all that are worth it on their own. I had bought it back when it came out, which was still in the early days of the PS3, I believe. I remember I got it because I wanted a cool split-screen shooter to play with friends, but it didn't have split-screen. But then, a while later, they patched the game and added split-screen and mod support. I never felt so loved by a video game company.