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Re: What RPG are you playing right now?

by Ack Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:40 am

MrPopo wrote:I'm looking forward to see how you feel this compares to the first two, as this wasn't done by Westwood; they'd since split off to make Lands of Lore instead.


Well, I can tell you right off the bat that there are some...interesting design choices in the beginning. I'll go into further detail as I play, but one thing I would definitely recommend is NOT starting a party here. Port a party from earlier games or don't play, because the game literally starts off with ethereal enemies that can't be hit with basic gear.

I'm told that there are some backward steps too, like the game relying heavily on one-way doors, spinners, and stat-draining enemies to provide a challenge. We'll see how I feel as I progress; I recall Rust Monsters in previous titles, and they're the bastard children of asshat DMs, so let's see if this game goes full cheap.
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Re: What RPG are you playing right now?

by noiseredux Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:47 am

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While Dragon (Warrior) Quest was my first RPG, it was Final Fantasy that really made me a fan of the genre. The two games obviously had some similarities, but Final Fantasy allowed me to build a party. I spent so many evenings creating new parties named after my friends. And over the years, I came back to that original FF game many times. Even after having played most of the mainline games - and many spinoffs - I still consider the original game to be in that top tier for me. Admittedly, much of this has to do with how special it was to me as a kid.

The last time I played it was around 2012 or so via the PSP port. And I beat it... finally. I don't know why I had never gotten around to doing so before. Perhaps because I was always so keen on restarting the game with a different party. I'm not sure. But I do know that last time I went with a pretty traditional composition of warrior, thief, white mage, and black mage.

Anyway, I was itching to give the game another go so I picked up the GBA version which is (unfortunately) compiled along with Final Fantasy II. I payed a bit more than I wanted to, but hey, got the manual along with the second game. Which I hate. But whatever. I'm just glad to fire this one up again.

I really didn't have time to get started last night, but I'm rolling with a warrior, and red/white/black mages this time around.
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Re: What RPG are you playing right now?

by BoneSnapDeez Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:09 pm

Ack wrote:BONE, intrepid Paladin of the Church of 2600, who researches ancient tomes far older than any mere NES fan dare go.


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Re: What RPG are you playing right now?

by pierrot Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:22 am

Still having fun with Vay, Boog? :lol:
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Re: What RPG are you playing right now?

by opa Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:03 am

noiseredux wrote:*FFI*

Cool. I'm in the middle of it myself. That was... two months ago? haha Maybe I should finish it.
I used to have the gba and psp versions but I've got the ps1 origins disc now. I think I prefer it even though it doesn't have all the extras of the updated ones.
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Re: What RPG are you playing right now?

by Xeogred Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:35 pm

I still can't get into FF1 NES, but I really dig the GBA/PSX versions. Should only take a dozen hours to knockout!

FF2 wise, I finally had fun with the PSP version for that one. But I don't think it's one I'll ever touch again.
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Re: What RPG are you playing right now?

by noiseredux Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:30 am

Made a bit of FF1 progress over the weekend. Obviously it's a bit easier to do so on an RPG like this one that I've played so many times before. And so I started up by just grinding for a while until everyone was up to around level 5. And honestly, an old JRPG like this is so perfect for playing on GBA. It makes for the kind of grinding I can handle: listening to the TV in spare 20 minute chunks.

The Garland battle was over before it started; the bridge was built; the four warriors of light went on their way.

Went on to the next town, picked up some new gear and spells, and then grinded to level 10 before taking out the pirates in town.

Hopped on the boat and headed south. Did you know about the hidden boat puzzle game? Somehow I didn't until now. It's one of those old tile-sliding puzzles and I'm not good at them. Apparently completing it can net you a bunch of gil. Maybe I'll see if my wife can do it for me - she's way better at these kinds of puzzles than I am.

Anyway, on to the elf village where we paid respect to Link's grave. Did some more grinding around there to get even newer gear and some level 4 spells. My white mage has Cure, Cura, and Heal along with um... Dias I think? The one that inflicts damage on all undead enemies. The black mage is rocking Thunder, Fire, Thundera, Fira, and Blizzard. I can't even remember what I bought for the red mage - a couple spells, but honestly, she's been mostly played like a second warrior class.

We then headed west to a cave in search of some treasure to wake up the comatose elf prince.
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Re: What RPG are you playing right now?

by noiseredux Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:20 am

A bit more progress last night... went off to explore the cave that netted me the elf crown. And then brought it to that evil elf king dude and wrecked him. He opened with a one-hit kill on my red mage, but a couple rounds later he was gone without a sweat. Took his crystal to that witch who lost her eye and she gave me a potion to wake up the elf prince. He in turn gave me the key to the kingdom so I went around looting and found a bunch of good equipment. I was swimming in gil at this point so bought some extra spells and then took a boat ride to that town that's been burned to the ground. Unfortunately my mages aren't leveled up enough to handle level 5 spells, so I couldn't do much in that town yet. I tell ya, Final Fantasy is like riding a bike for me. And it's so perfectly suited for playing in short spurts on GBA between bottle feeds and so on.
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Re: What RPG are you playing right now?

by BoneSnapDeez Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:48 am

I know you're gonna beat the sequel this time, too!!!
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