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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby Pai » Thu Dec 13, 2007 6:43 am UTC

Gunfingers wrote:X-2 was fun in it's way. It had a Charlie's Angels feel to it. It uses the job system, similar to Tactics and V, but you change jobs by playing dress up.

Don't get me wrong, i played it and enjoyed it, but it's a damned girly game.


A game where you look at pretty girls wearing a variety of cute outfits is emasculating? o.O
To me, X-2 is like a great cross-gender game. I mean, everyone gets a little something there.

Anywho, I liked X and X-2. I like the world and lore of Spira.

I found XII a little boring, though I loved the characters themselves.
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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby The Cosmic Fool » Thu Dec 13, 2007 10:19 am UTC

Six is just undeniably the best. Excluding it's younger sister, no other game is revered and remembered fondly with such nostalgia.

Besides. Kefka is king.
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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby Nyarlathotep » Thu Dec 13, 2007 10:50 am UTC

Stief wrote:
Nyarlathotep wrote:It's funny. I used to think that a psychotic clown would suck as a villain. Then I actually played VI.


But...what about the Joker? D:

but Kefka is equally as good ^_^ I especially like his laugh :P


MUWAHHAHAHHAHAHA

he is fantastically evil. And... ok, yes, the Joker.

... damn, ok, if you took away Kefka's magic, who would win in a fight, Kefka or the Joker?
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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby Prole » Thu Dec 13, 2007 11:18 am UTC

Of those i have played

VII>IX>X>VIII>X-2>XII

7 was the first i played, so nostalgia counts for alot.

First game that made me actually care about characters (aeris etc)

9 is just a great laugh, bit quick mind, but funny, likeable characters and world and a fine story.

Ten is more serious, but great-looking and is the game that 8 should have been. Better battle system and the sphere grid makes more sense than the silly GF-magic siphon system.

8 is really flawed i think, bad GF system, pretty shoddy storyline and an awful protagonist.

The last 2 i only played for a small while each, so their at the end of the list.

I would put tactics in a different category to the other FF's. Different game altogether.
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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby pieaholicx » Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:47 pm UTC

Prole wrote:I would put tactics in a different category to the other FF's. Different game altogether.

Let's see, similar job system, similar items, well written story, fantasy setting, nope can't see how it's really all that different. Oh yeah, you have to move your characters around a grid. Yeah, that's about it.
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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby aion7 » Thu Dec 13, 2007 1:41 pm UTC

If Kefka read this thread, he would probably wait a little longer before killing us all and laughing.

I see nothing wrong with Chrono Trigger, for those of you who are finding faults with it. It had a good battle system, the techs were cool, almost all of the characters were extremely awesome, the story rocked, and the music was fantastic. What's not to like?
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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby thejdawg » Thu Dec 13, 2007 2:05 pm UTC

aion7 wrote:If you play longer Setzer has a more developed storyline, no wait. That was Locke again. What about the time when, oops. That was Celes. Eh, Setzer still rocks.


Allow me to read too far into this, if you don't mind.


"The empire made me a rich man, but dare I go up against them on the flip of a coin? Sure, why not." How infuriating would it have been to have a character's backstory filled with nothing but coin-flips and arbitrary decisions?

Setzer, by the very nature of his character, cannot have that much backstory. We know he was a scientist/industrialist/engineer, and a gambler. After Daryl crashed her airship and died, I presume him to have lost his desire to build because he love that which he lost most, his life lost its purposeful meaning, and he began to live on a whim: flying, gambling, and essentially being a quintessential member of the idle rich.

What more were you hoping for? :)



EDIT: The worst part of FFVI was that General Leo never became a member of your party. They tease you with the brief encounters in Thamasa, and then Kefka kills him. That son of a bitch.

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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby SecondTalon » Thu Dec 13, 2007 2:27 pm UTC

Nyarlathotep wrote:... damn, ok, if you took away Kefka's magic, who would win in a fight, Kefka or the Joker?


Joker.

Hell, give Kefka his whazatoozit, Joker still wins.

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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby Stief » Thu Dec 13, 2007 11:04 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:
Nyarlathotep wrote:... damn, ok, if you took away Kefka's magic, who would win in a fight, Kefka or the Joker?


Joker.

Hell, give Kefka his whazatoozit, Joker still wins.


Seconded...If Joker got set on fire, he'd burst out laughing and smash Kefka upside the head with a crowbar...
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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby Goofy-Boots » Thu Dec 13, 2007 11:32 pm UTC

i liked 7. i replayed the game three times just so i could hook cloud up with tifa on that date in that casino city. tifa was obviously a better match for him than aerith.

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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby Stief » Fri Dec 14, 2007 1:04 am UTC

That's a thing which bothers me...

Aeris or Aerith?

I prefer Aeris...it came along first...
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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby SecondTalon » Fri Dec 14, 2007 2:31 am UTC

Stief wrote:That's a thing which bothers me...
Aeris or Aerith?
I prefer Aeris...it came along first...


It's not English, so it's both.

Aerith's original Japanese name is エアリス (Earisu)This has been transliterated to "Aeris" in Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy Tactics, but later as "Aerith". Both transliterations have basis, as the Japanese "su" (ス) is used when transcribing "s" (/s/) and "th" (/θ/) to Japanese.

So, really.. it's whatever エアリス sounds like...which I suppose is Earisu. Which means they're both wrong.

More importantly, why the hell does it matter?


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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby Torvaun » Fri Dec 14, 2007 4:29 am UTC

Am I the only one who likes FFIX the most? Am I the only one who didn't like FFVII?

For me, it comes down to verisimilitude. VII was a high-tech world, with guns and grenades and all that shit. You do not bring a sword to a gunfight, even if it is hella big. If you do, you get shot in the face, and you die. Final Fantasy VIII made me hate it for the same reasons. Only the sections where you were playing as Laguna made sense. Oh, and the sniper scene.

IX makes sense. Not everyone can use magic, and if you discount magic, swords and spears are about as high tech as personal weapons get. So people use them. And, spellcasting golems make for a kick ass-army of terror. Bust out the eidolons, and there is serious shit going down, and everyone knows and acknowledges that. In IX, there were almost no points at which I was feeling like I was watching a really cheesy movie.
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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby FACM » Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:21 am UTC

No one has yet pointed this out, but the previous post made me remember why I personally hated Squall's weapon.

Its a gun-sword. Using it means you are either so bad with a sword, you have to shoot someone with it to hurt them or so bad with a gun you have to have the barrel already lodged halfway into their torso to hit them with it.

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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby Pai » Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:51 am UTC

I loved the artstyle and mechanics of IX. The plot was too much like the 'lifestream' stuff from VII though. Only with a different strategy of trying to destroy it.
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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby Zohar » Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:58 am UTC

Pai wrote:Anywho, I liked X and X-2. I like the world and lore of Spira.

I found XII a little boring, though I loved the characters themselves.


Yes, I loved Spira. I felt it was one of the most coherent and self-contained worlds in the series. Everything had its place and its context in the grand of scheme of things. I didn't love XII, mostly because of the story.
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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby SecondTalon » Fri Dec 14, 2007 3:20 pm UTC

FACM wrote:No one has yet pointed this out, but the previous post made me remember why I personally hated Squall's weapon.

Its a gun-sword. Using it means you are either so bad with a sword, you have to shoot someone with it to hurt them or so bad with a gun you have to have the barrel already lodged halfway into their torso to hit them with it.


Throwing out the "Using swords in a land where there are guns is the most moronic thing one could do" argument...

See, Gun-Swords exist. In that they're essentially a barrel welded to a sword. The idea is that you either get one shot off on them before they close in, or you can shoot after stabbing them. Given that they were created around the 1600s or so if I remember correctly, they're some horrible marriage of inaccurate guns and swords. Whatever.

Now, the gunblade thing from the Final Fantasy games is.. I don't know. It's a sword with an odd grip mashed with a gun that does not shoot projectiles. It's.. moronic. Guns do not work that way. I know it fires something that does something to the blade... I never played the game, so that's the best I can call it. Which means you're very quickly going to have a vibrating arm and a weakened blade, assuming the whole thing doesn't backfire in your face since there's no real outlet for whatever the force is. Guns have the bullet which leaves the barrel leaving a nice path for the leftover forces to exit. That thing has.. the gaps around the revolving cylinder? It just seems that the whole thing blow up.
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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby microwaved » Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:01 pm UTC

I thought 8 was good, but I never did end up finishing it. Got to the last dungeon where you lost everything, including my interest in the game, and stopped playing it.

My only gripe with the game, though, was the drawing system. It made casting magic nearly worthless, because your stats would drop with every spell you used, and added a whole new level of tedium to the game, because the only way to up your stats and weapon damage was to spend countless hours drawing magic from monsters. Eventually I just gave up with that and would spam the summons, which would only do any real damage if you mashed buttons as fast as you could. Come to think of it, I'm not sure why I liked the game in the first place.

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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby aion7 » Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:20 pm UTC

Torvaun wrote:Am I the only one who didn't like FFVII?

No. I hate it with a passion. All the characters make me want to strangle people. Cloud is possibly the lamest hero in the history of video games. I'm including Bubsy the bobcat, and even Amy Rose. Sephiroth is in fact the lamest villain ever. He is the total epitome of lameness. The tornado boss of Superman Returns is cooler than Sephiroth. Sephiroth makes Garland look like Kefka.
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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby pieaholicx » Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:23 pm UTC

Torvaun wrote:Am I the only one who didn't like FFVII?

Don't hate it, but I can't say it feels all that special to me. I mean sure it was okay, but nothing great.
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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby Goofy-Boots » Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:24 pm UTC

aion7 wrote:
Torvaun wrote:Am I the only one who didn't like FFVII?

No. I hate it with a passion. All the characters make me want to strangle people. Cloud is possibly the lamest hero in the history of video games. I'm including Bubsy the bobcat, and even Amy Rose. Sephiroth is in fact the lamest villain ever. He is the total epitome of lameness. The tornado boss of Superman Returns is cooler than Sephiroth. Sephiroth makes Garland look like Kefka.


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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby Nyarlathotep » Sat Dec 15, 2007 12:55 am UTC

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Torvaun wrote:Am I the only one who didn't like FFVII?

No. I hate it with a passion. All the characters make me want to strangle people. Cloud is possibly the lamest hero in the history of video games. I'm including Bubsy the bobcat, and even Amy Rose. Sephiroth is in fact the lamest villain ever. He is the total epitome of lameness. The tornado boss of Superman Returns is cooler than Sephiroth. Sephiroth makes Garland look like Kefka.


Eeh, I liked it decently enough. It's not the most heinous game in the series. Honestly, my biggest gripe is how idiotic the fandom is.

it's a good game; it is not TEH BEZTEST GAEM EVAR. If we're talking RPGs, that honour belongs to Planescape: Torment. If we're talking games, the honour now FIRMLY belongs to Portal.
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Postby Torvaun » Sat Dec 15, 2007 2:00 am UTC

YES! Planescape is the best RPG ever, followed by Baldur's Gate (although I haven't played Icewind Dale, so that might be better). I don't know that I could call Portal the Best Game Evar(tm). Yes, it was new, innovative, and fun, but the fun was mostly due to figuring out the puzzles. It doesn't have enough replayability. I'm giving best game ever to Planescape as well.
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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby Nyarlathotep » Sat Dec 15, 2007 8:06 am UTC

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Nyarlathotep wrote:If we're talking games, the honour now FIRMLY belongs to Portal.

AMEN!
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Nyarlathotep wrote:If we're talking games, the honour now FIRMLY belongs to Portal.


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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby thejdawg » Sun Dec 16, 2007 3:26 am UTC

Nyarlathotep wrote: If we're talking games, the honour now FIRMLY belongs to Portal.

For sure. The Orange Box was worth it for Portal alone.

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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby Ian Ex Machina » Mon Dec 17, 2007 3:31 am UTC

Where is the love for FFIX?
I loved those characters (He was so my kind of bad guy.)
The points abilities and learning skills system was also I feel great, it was like an upgraded materia system.

I also loved FFV, I loved the job system (even if the easiest way to do the last boss was to spam throwing money at it being a ninja). My favourite job was Geomancer, if only there was a new FF with the job system (That wasn't FFX-2).
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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby Lumpy » Mon Dec 17, 2007 3:38 am UTC

Final Fantasy X was my favorite Final Fantasy game. I didn't like playing VII as much, and I got to that cave outside Midgar before my PS2 started to grind discs. It just seemed that there was more emphasis on grinding random encounters in order for your characters to make it any further, rather than having them level up naturally at the same rate as the enemies while the story progresses. Vivi will always be my favorite Final Fantasy character.

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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby TheAmazingRando » Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:51 pm UTC

I prefer IV. I think the 2D style works better for turn-based RPGs, and find the 16-bit graphics endearing.

I don't hate VII, I like the characters and the story, but the graphics have aged terribly and distract me while playing. I haven't been too interested in any of the games since.

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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby Kag » Fri Feb 01, 2008 5:07 am UTC

Let's see,

I never played the first...four?
I love the job system enough to prefer V to VI, but that's a personal choice.
VI has far and away the best story. Kefka = awesome. Probably the best in the series.
VII was okay, most of the characters sucked, and the materia system makes me want to punch babies, though.
VIII is just a continuous stream of /facepalm.
IX has some of the best characters.
X was okay, I feel like Tidus and Yuna took too much of the spotlight. Needs more Wakka, just because Wakka has the stones to fight with what is essentially a soccer ball.
I have yet to finish XII. Much of the plot development feels tedious, and it kills the game for me.
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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby UtopiaNH » Fri Feb 01, 2008 4:46 pm UTC

I've been playing FF for years, but I've only really actually ENJOYED the more recent titles. While the early games were decent, they weren't particularly interesting compared to other offerings in the genre. FFXII however was a fucking amazing game, while FFX was good, and of course being the big Matsuno fan I am, I loved Tactics to death.

I'm pretty neutral about the rest of the series; I was meh, II I enjoyed (being the forefather of my favourite series SaGa), III is my least favourite, IV was again meh, V was decent, VI was good, VII my third least favourite in the series, VIII was mediocre, and IX again was mediocre. X cut out a lot of the crap I hate about the genre in terms of pointless exploration and set up what the series was supposed to do, even if it was still plagued by random encounters, lots of time wasters, and a really cheesy storyline at times; overall though I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. X-2 had decent gameplay but I couldn't stomach the storyline long enough to really enjoy it the way I did X. Tactics has been one of my favourites for a long while now; great writing (despite an awful translation back in the day), some quirky and unbalanced but beauiful mechanics (according to Matsuno many of them intentionally unbalanced), a good artstyle profiling Akihiko Yoshida's art style, and a solid soundtrack of Iwata & Sakimoto. In general I like the game better than Matsuno's previous works (Ogre Battle & Tactics Ogre), although I did enjoy his followups (Vagrant Story, Indirectly Ogre Battle 64, and FFXII) more. FFXII to date, despite being an unfinished game, is one of my top 30 games of all time. It's second besides Vagrant Story in my opinion of the great director's works. It's really too bad that they left him in charge of producing a game with a much bigger scope than his detail orientated mentality was capable of designing in a reasonable timeframe. However I hope his accomplishments in moving the series forward from a gameplay standpoint stick, and we don't see a reversion to the shiite that the earlier parts of the series suffered from.

I'm pretty opinionated in all these matters, but I accept plenty of people enjoy the other titles for various reasons; that being said I find a lot of people cling to some extremely archaic gameplay features for nostalgic and rather of-times silly reasons. Complaints about linearity of X, or the lack of a world map in either X/XII, make me want to slap people in the face. Talk of how great the materia system, or the esper system, or whatever simple mechanic made the old titles so amazing while overlooking the extremely bad, time consuming random encounter, and inflexible ATB is really, honestly, sad. These are features that were designed to deal with limited technology, and the ability to progress past them putting the games in a more realistic environment allows for designers to do much, much more with the content.

Anyway, I'm only commenting on the major releases in the series; the SaGa titles (Final Fantasy Legend), FF: Mystic quest, the first Seiken Densetsu (Final Fantasy Adventure), the VII spinoffs (such as Dirge of Cerberus) and even FF:Tactics Advance are honestly their own series at this point; and XI isn't really catagorizable in the same way as the rest of the primary series (not that it's not a decent game, it's just an outdated MMO at this point and shows it's age faster in the quickly evolving genre).

In the end, there are a lot of different brilliant people that have worked on the series, and despite it's ever increasingly "varied" use of the name, it will continue to showcase talent. Personally I'm extremely excited for the FFXIII Versus from the KH team as Nomura in the director chair has really moved the integration of gameplay and art together, and I'm curious to see what he'll do without the rather... tiring chains of the KH series weighing down his creative interests. I'm also excited for FFXIII, partly because it's Masashi Hamauzu (my favourite composer), in charge of the soundtrack.

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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby mosc » Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:09 pm UTC

My favorite is 6. I really enjoyed 10 as well though, very good game. I also fell in love with 4A for the GBA (fixed about half of the oh so many bugs) which had character specific trials tacked on which I still say is the best 10 hours or so of gameplay in any FF game ever (A GBA exclusive port. LOL)

I also have a fondness for 8 for some reason and 7 never really made me a fanboy but it was pretty awesome. I didn't like 3, 5, 9, or 12. 12 in particular highlighted many of the things I didn't like about FF and riped out many of the good things. I LIKE ATB.There, I said it.
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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby Indon » Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:38 pm UTC

FFV is my favorite, followed by VI, III (You have to bear in mind that even the DS version is a remake of a Nintendo-era game), and IV respectively.

The original deserves an honorable mention.

"WTF 5's your favorite when 6 has such an awesome plot with ensemble characters, etc, etc?" Yeah. I only partly play a game for plot - if I want plot that badly I'd watch an anime, which is what the plot of your average JRPG is. For mechanical reasons, I prefer 5 (and yes, its' plot was decent), though 6's plot is what gets it to second over III.

Though, I have to say villain-wise, 6 was superior to all others.
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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby ZZCat13 » Sat Feb 02, 2008 7:24 am UTC

FFVII was my first video game, period, which is kind of remarkable since up until then I was a pretty normal girl, and I don't think VII is particularly suited for absolute beginners at video games. However,I'd have to say IX was my favorite. Great characters + great music = pwnage. The fantasy reborn piano remix of Melodies of Life has to be my favorite song ever, and You're Not Alone performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic sends shivers down my spine. After IX, VI and X tie.

I think VIII wins for single best scene, though - the one where Rinoa's silently floating in space just made a huge impact on my memory for whatever reason.

I actually really liked the battle system in VIII, as I'm not the type to level all the way up to 100 and collect every little thing in the game, so being able to go through the entire thing without grinding was a huge plus. Of course, FFXII wins in the battle system department for just overall greatness. My friends complained that it got too boring since you could set gambits and just watch your characters fight, to which I replied that you could just turn OFF the gambits and do it yourself...
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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby Rook » Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:59 am UTC

I never finished VII until just recently, until after I'd seen Advent Children in fact (even though I'd attempted it before), and I have to say that if I had finished it before getting the closure that AC gives to the game, I'd probably have been left hating it, the ending at least. The words 'open ended' come to mind. Sure, you find out that Red is still alive; 500 years later. Arrgh.

I sort of agree that Sephiroth is not the best villain ever; he appears cool at first, but when you start actually analyzing his motives and background, turns out he was a pretty nice guy, who found out he was [he thought] a genetically enhanced ancient, and subsequently he flips out and starts killing people in an elitist frenzy. Gets thrown into the lifestream, which sends him even more batshit insane, until finally essentially becoming the controlling (and bloody persistent) mind behind the viral form of Jenova, though his goals are no more complicated than hers. Basically just a messed up guy, and not, in fact, evil, to begin with at least.

I quite like XII for the battle system, which 'minded me of SO3 and Grandia, only without cutting to a separate battle screen. Haven't finished it yet though, and can't continue until at least easter, if not summer T_T

And on the topic of gunblades, the idea is you have a hollow tube running up through the blade, as though it's an outlet for bullets, but you essentially fire 'blank' rounds. But at close range (2-3 feet, or contact), blanks do rather a lot of damage, and you could always dope them with other stuff to create a bigger or more fiery bang. Granted, still not much point in real life, since at close range a massive sword will kill someone anyway. But when did we ever care about real life? :P If you want useful, I suggest you take a look at the revolver/straight sabre hybrids of Weiss in DoC (an awesome game, if only for Gackt-ness).
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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby Cheese » Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:08 pm UTC

Rook wrote:I sort of agree that Sephiroth is not the best villain ever; he appears cool at first, but when you start actually analyzing his motives and background, turns out he was a pretty nice guy, who found out he was [he thought] a genetically enhanced ancient, and subsequently he flips out and starts killing people in an elitist frenzy. Gets thrown into the lifestream, which sends him even more batshit insane, until finally essentially becoming the controlling (and bloody persistent) mind behind the viral form of Jenova, though his goals are no more complicated than hers. Basically just a messed up guy, and not, in fact, evil, to begin with at least
Note the bold. Sephiroth could've been given better motives, but his reasons for doing what he does in 7 are pretty much only for self-gain anyway.

On 8 - I only restarted playing it recently, and found that I actually prefer the completely changed system. Materia's great, due to the levels of customisability, but junctioning works quite well in an FF. I'll admit that it's a bit too easy to go through the game simply whoring GFs, but once you realise that there can be strategy behind it, it becomes really quite fun.

So for story, I'm going to say VII>IX>VIII (although I've not seen the end of VIII as I lost the memory card near the end of disc 3, and didn't restart for a few years).
For magic/ability system, probably VIII>VII>IX. I wasn't too happy with the use of equipment to gain ablities. If you're talking about weapons, though, it'll be VII>IX>VIII. I hate the lack of choice in your weapons in VIII... you're stuck with the next upgrade, and there's no variety in it. In VII, you could choose the right equipment for the right time (Final Weapons once you got master materia, the slotless, high-strength ones for the Wutai quest, &c.
Music-wise, probably VII>VIII>IX. There wasn't really that much variety in IX's music, with all the varients of themes being similar - and I disliked the battle theme and hated the boss battle music. VII has some of the most memorable themes I've ever heard, and they all fit their situations well. I only just found Highly Experimental, a winamp-compatible plugin that allows the playback of psf files (as in, ripped directly from the PSX CDs), as MIDI removes a lot of the best bits - notably, the choir in "One Winged Angel".

Overall, I think it's VII>VIII>IX, although VII may just be there from nostalgia and hype.

PS: Note that I've never played anything newer than 9, so don't know much about this 'squares' system of levelling up. That's why I've not compared anything to it.
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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby Endless Mike » Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:21 pm UTC

I don't like levelling systems that breed identical characters, which gets rid of 7, 8, 10, and 12.

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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby delusional17 » Sun Feb 10, 2008 2:44 pm UTC

i love final fantasy vii. main thing i loved was the music, and the length, and the characters grew on me.

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Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

Postby Kag » Sun Feb 10, 2008 7:51 pm UTC

Cheese wrote:
Rook wrote:There wasn't really that much variety in IX's music, with all the varients of themes being similar - and I disliked the battle theme and hated the boss battle music.


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