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...uh... right. So, month two of our great Final Fantasy Playthrough Marathon, inspired by the geniuses of [community profile] moogle_university, and I'm already behind.

I actually wrote this post before I started the game, but now I'm eight hours into it. At least six of which were OCD level grinding while stuck on the phone with my Mom (only slight exaggeration). 

Pregame Show: Final Fantasy II


Behold my candy red sword of awesome.

So, February is Final Fantasy II month for our year-long 2013 Final Fantasy Playthrough Marathon!

I am utterly ignorant of this game except that it stars Firion, the dude (?) with a dead bird turban on his head. I've been taken aback by the candy red sword he brandishes on the Amano cover art. I noticed he also rocks a Swiss Armor Weaponry outfit on his Dissidia character design. (See this fan photo gallery of his Trading Arts figure showing all the stuff he's got strapped on: front, back and sides.)

This is the only time I've ever seen a fantasy game character portrayed with all his weapons not hidden in an invisible Bag of Holding. It reminds me of a family trip when I was aged four, told I could only bring whatever toys I could carry, and turned myself into a Shambling Mound of Stuffed Animals by roping them all together into a tyke-sized tent that I wore like an aegis. So I'm wondering how Amano Dude fights with all his weapons strapped on. Wouldn't he trip over the trident?

Which brings me to the one other thing I've learned about this game from the comments on Lassarina's pre-game post: that the leveling is insane, and that you have to become proficient in individual weapons by hitting yourself with them. Or something. (Or, rather, that your proficiency with anything from weapons to spells to stats increases the more you use each thing.)

Once again, I'll be playing the iOS version of this game, which is a port of the remastered FFII seen in "Final Fantasy Origins" (PSX), "Final Fantasy Dawn of Souls" (GBA) and Final Fantasy II (PSP). I have no gamer pride and feel no need to subject myself to the original, harder version of this game.

I have no particular expectations other than the fact that it's early Final Fantasy, so I'm looking forward to nostalgia (and the first bona-fide chocobo and Cid). I confess that I'm dreading the infamous game mechanics in this one. Which means I'm totally going to overdo it on grinding.
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sissyhiyah
Feb. 11th, 2013 07:29 am (UTC)
I love/hate II, mainly because I'm currently playing the PSP remake and the encounter rate is so high it's frustrating. I love battles, love tinkering with weapon and spell combos to see what works best, but good lord. I like to at least remember where I'm going between battles. I hate fighting so much that I forget what part of the map I'm slogging through at any given time.

And that being said, the best thing about II is the leveling. You use a sword, you get better at it. Use a spell, you get better. It's like choosing a career path in high school, except you have to worry about getting eaten by some crazy animal instead of deciding if you want to get a job or go to college. Seems to be the most realistic out of all the leveling systems to me. Work one thing above all else and you'll suck at others. Balance it all out and you're kinda good at everything. Unless you're Guy, who just happens to be able to talk to the birds. Pretty sure that scores him some points with the Cuckoo's Nest crowd.
auronlu
Feb. 11th, 2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
Talk to birds? Oh, I haven't gotten that far yet. Hee!
I just turned Maria into a Tifa/Lulu combo with AMAZING UNARMED FISTS OF DOOM and Thunder/Fire up to level 9.

BWAHAHAHA.

(Sooner or later, I'll get to the plot. I had a fit of level grinding and wandered all the way to Mysidia, and I haven't even gotten around to figuring out how to destroy the Dreadnaught.)


But I totally agree with you about love/hating the encounter rate. YES IT IS A VIDEO GAME FROM THE 80s.

Might & Magic flashbacks.

I keep wanting to turn around and talk to my bodyguard to remind me what the heck I was doing before I got distracted with leveling. Can you tell I just replayed Suikoden V?
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