Current Game: Final Fantasy VIII
Current Play Time: 0:10
Total Play Time - 534:55
Current Game Overs - 0
Total Game Overs: 59
Where I Currently Am: Balamb Garden
Stuff Did Today: Beat up Minerva... Beat up Genesis... got killed by the ShinRa army... and that was just in Crisis Core. I then loaded up Final Fantasy VIII to find out I need to go over to the fire cavern... and yeah, I saved and took a little break
Squall - Lv 7
Status & Notes:
Okay... so bunch to talk about today. Let's start with the end of Crisis Core... mission 9-6-1 will seriously go down as one of the most annoying boards I've ever played... that being said, I like the difficulty. You have Cactuars... which at this point in the game is really the only think that can legitimately kill you when they randomly use 100k needles. So, you always have to have a Phoenix Down on, and on top of that, you have these annyoing worms that just stop you all the time even through Ribbons... which give the Cactuars more of a chance to use 100k needles. So, yeah, that was annoying. Once I actually made it to Minerva, honestly I didn't even need to use the SP/Gil Trick... I had plenty to max out my stats... from there, its just a long fight to wittle down her 10 Million HP... That's right... she's second probably only to Yiazmat... oh we'll get there eventually... Her attacks are annoying, but with maxed stats which again, was no problem to do, they were not life threatening... just needed to Curaga once in a while. I've heard she can cast Ultima to one shot you unless you block, but that never came up for me. She does attack more rapidly as the fight goes on... again which is nice. I guess this would be a good endurance challenge without max stats, who knows, maybe I'll give it a try sometime.
The ending of Crisis Core(aargh, not Chrono Cross), was good. Really good. Really Really good.... it was good, but in such a brutal way. To actually make you play all that out, just kills you... even though you KNOW from the beginning it is going to happen. Cute little twist revealing the time lapse as well... Plus, seeing Cloud really "inherit" Zack... that was pretty neat too... though one question I have is... WTF HAPPENS TO CISSNEI AND WHAT IS HER REAL NAME?!?!? Sorry, no more caps.
Okay, on to FF VIII. This game... both beloved and hated... and for legitimate reasons. It has one of the better stories of Final Fantasy games... the first real love story that came out of the series. That said, we have some theoretically great mechanics which just do not pan out very well. We have card refining... yeah, that's broken. Junctioning... actually a very neat idea... broken by card refining. We have monsters levelling up with you... yeah, that was the worst idea ever. Not to say that if you play the game in the manner you're expected to you can't have a supremely enjoyable experience... its just, really, this is a Final Fantasy, the chances that even the first time through you're going to play it the way you're MEANT to is slim to none.... So, yeah.
Basically, today, after I finished up Crisis Core, I got all the kinks worked out with the Steam version, including figuring out how to play Chocobo World again... so now I can move forward. To lay out my plan with this game, yes I am going to Card Refine, and am going to eventually collect all the cards, I am going to do all the tricks to play the game overpowered... because really that's what this game is now... so why not... also its fun maxing out stuff right? So, with that in mind, there's ALOT to do before we move forward with a lot of plot, and we'll see how my Current Setup evolves through the playthrough...
Let's just see how it goes...