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09 June 2004 @ 05:48 am
More FF9 stuff  
I finally beat the game! :)

On first viewing i'd have to say that's the best ending to an FF game since 6 probably.

It took me until the last few hours of the game to realize that not only does Amarant have really kick ass support abilities, but his No Mercy attack is really cool as well. It's no Thievery or Dragon Crest, but at level 70 it's doing about 7000-8500 damage, and it looks really awesome, especially when he gets the killing blow :)

My last save is at 2 hours and 49 minutes in the red. I have no idea how long the last few battles took.

The plot did get a little weird towards the end. Of course one must put it in the perspective of the other FF games :) I do think it would have been a little better if they'd left off Necron. The crystal bit and shared memories stuff seemed a little forced as well. The "oh, we need to go save the bad guy" thing was a little dumb, but it seems like he probably died in the end anyways, so i guess that's okay.

So, question for those who have played it. I'm thinking of playing FF10 next (as opposed to Skies of Arcadia or Disgea or a few other RPGs i've got lying around) How badly does FF10 punish you for not using a FAQ? Specifically, if i just play through the game without always knowing i should check place A at time B, how much stuff is there that i could theoretically permenately miss? As in stuff that i can't get later in some other way type stuff.

It would be nice for once to be able to play through the game without paying attention to a FAQ and not worrying about missing stuff.
tierceltiercel on June 9th, 2004 08:40 am (UTC)
Re: FF9 - I have no idea what the whole Necron thing was about, but it was really stupid.

FF10 - Hmmm. I think you should be able to play all right without a FAQ; the one thing I would recommend is that you specifically check a "Al Bhed Primer" FAQ so you don't miss any of those - there's a few that you only get one chance at. Other than that, you can get by without. It's a very, very linear game right up until the end.
DonAithnendonaithnen on June 12th, 2004 04:19 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tip, although i'm not sure if i really need those primers since i'm such a geek (see my latest post) :)
Kirinkirinn on June 9th, 2004 09:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, in yet another series reference, FF9 pulled out the ol' FF4 end-plot gambit of "Oh look! A character we've never heard of until the last hour of the game wants to destroy everything!" Heh. It did have a pretty good wrap-things-up ending, too, for those of us who like that sort of thing. Though I do think Garnet would've been fairly justified in outright decking Zidane at the end there. ;)

As Tiercel already said, I don't think there's much you can permanently miss in FFX except a few Primers (each one of which translates a single letter of Al-Behd speech), which aren't terribly important. The one other thing people fret about is that in order to get one of the final optional summons, you need to have gotten a special treasure from each temple, and for a while near the end of the game some of them go inaccessable. But it turns out they open back up before the very end, so you're never completely screwed.
DonAithnendonaithnen on June 11th, 2004 11:10 pm (UTC)
You're exagerating. In fact, you're exagerating in both directions :) Zeromus was introduced around the Tower of Bab-il section, much more than an hour before the end i'm pretty sure. He was also introduced as the person who had been controlling Golbez.

On the other hand, Necron was introduced in the last five minutes of the game, not counting the ending. I'm not sure if you even learn his name before the last battle actually starts, and if you do it's only by a matter of 30 seconds. And on top of it he had absolutly nothing to do with anything that had come before.

FF4: Golbez, Golbes, Golbez, Golbez, ha! Golbez is controlled by Zeromus! Zeromus, defeat Zeromus, end.

FF9: Queen, Queen, Queen is controlled by Kuja! Kuja, Kuja, Kuja is controlled by Garland! Garland, Garland is betrayed and defeated by Kuja! Kuja, Kuja is defeated. Hi, i'm some guy you've never heard of who decided to show up out of left field for a mostly inexplicable reason. Oh, my name is Necron. Defeat Necron, end.

And yeah, Garnet would have been justified in clocking him. She does in fact pound on his chest a bit, for a second it almost looked like she was trying to stab him a la Mononoke Hime :)