Final Fantasy II: Soul of Rebirth Part Two

August 17, 2017: Lord, Josef dies a lot. I must not have used him much in Final Fantasy II.

I think I stripped Minwu of all of his equipment before he died because he started with nothing in SoR. So stripping these guys of their equipment isn’t such a good idea after all in FFII.

Though maybe it ultimately doesn’t matter because you will get more equipment than you know what to do with in SoR.

Holy is a pretty spell. Continue reading Final Fantasy II: Soul of Rebirth Part Two

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VGJ Quickie: Final Fantasy II: Soul of Rebirth Part One

Final Fantasy II: Soul of Rebirth

Developer/Publisher: Square Enix

Platform: PlayStation Portable

August 16, 2017: Minwu: “Go… through the door. You must… take Ultima.”

A light. Continue reading VGJ Quickie: Final Fantasy II: Soul of Rebirth Part One

Friday Favorites #7: Favorite Video Game Tropes

In no particular order:

1. Relationship Values

I like it when video games give you chances to deepen your bonds with other characters. Getting to know your party members better is often the best way to learn things about them that you otherwise would not.  

Favorite Examples: BioWare games, recent Persona and Fire Emblem games, and in Harvest Moon. 

2. Dialog Trees

Related to the above, dialog trees can be a lot of fun. I always like opportunities to impress my personality upon a game (those poor games). Dialog trees can impact a game’s story, characters, and endings. They can also affect what items you get and which areas you will go to. A nice addition to dialog trees is the integration of quick time events as seen in the Mass Effect series from 2 onward. These force you to make instinctual choices.

Favorite Examples: BioWare games, the Fallout series, Telltale’s games

3. Multiple Endings

I like these for similar reasons to the above tropes. What could be better than your decisions shaping your ultimate fate in a game? Of course, you run the risk of it not being the fate you want…

Favorite Examples: Shin Megami Tensei, Silent Hill

4. On-Rails Shooting Sections

(Possible?) Hot take: I like these when they pop up in third-person shooters and action games.

Favorite Examples: Metal Gear, Resident Evil, Uncharted

5. Training Modes That Teach You All of the Moves

These modes in fighting games seem to be unpopular with some, but I rather like them… until I get about halfway through a character’s move list. Then the combos start to make me crosseyed. 

Favorite Examples: Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken

6. Create-a-Character

These can be fun to mess with for a while, especially to recreate characters from other sources, or to see what kind of twisted creations you can make…

Favorite Examples: Soulcalibur, WWE games

7. Randomized Dungeons

I like these in action-RPGs and roguelikes because they add some variety to the game.

Favorite Examples: Dark Cloud, Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon

8. Skill Trees

The Sphere Grid

Skill trees may only offer an illusion of freedom, but I’ve loved them ever since I played Final Fantasy X. The more freedom, the better.

Favorite Examples: FFX, Tales of Xillia 1 and 2, Xenosaga III: Also sprach Zarathustra

What are your favorite game design tropes?

Final Fantasy II: Final Stats, Thoughts, and Trivia

Is Final Fantasy II the worst Final Fantasy game? Not in my mind, not in terms of the one I enjoyed the least. FFII is a JRPG with decent gameplay, but it feels very dated and bland in certain aspects. FFII introduced a lot of tropes and elements that were refined in later FF games, such as:

Named characters with defined personalities (though Firion is pretty bland)

A character named Cid

Chocobos

A back row for characters in battle

The deaths of several ally characters

Dragoons and the surname Highwind

The Ultima spell

Continue reading Final Fantasy II: Final Stats, Thoughts, and Trivia

Final Fantasy II Part Six: Hellraisers

May 19, 2015: You can go back to Deist and tell the dragoon widow about Ricard. “Ricard’s gone, too, then…” She cried into her hands. “He was a… a noble dragoon. I’m sure he was… pleased that he could… d-die in the name of honor…”

The woman decided to take her son and leave Deist at last.

There are too many painful memories within these walls,” she said. “Oh! I meant to thank you for saving the wyvern egg and for giving me the chance to see Ricard one last time. That’s why I want you to have this. It was the most treasured possession of the dragoons of Deist: Excalibur. With Ricard gone, you should be the ones to wield this sword.

Our final destination: the Jade Passage, a dungeon cave with crystals all over the walls.

In this dungeon, Great Malboros show their true colors when they attack and inflict like EVERY ailment on you.

A monster in a treasure box is the Blue Dragon! O_O

His box hides the Cat Claw weapon, though. Continue reading Final Fantasy II Part Six: Hellraisers

Final Fantasy II Part Five: Last of the Dragoons

May 16, 2015: Now, we have to shlep our butts back to Fynn… again. Ugh, this is starting to remind me of the constant backtracking in Tales of the Abyss. Some RPGs need more than one world to explore.

There was a cyclone outside of Fynn.

Leila was in the castle. “When the storm kicked up and the ship went down, I got separated from ye. I thought ye were dead for sure. It’s good to be wrong now and again!”

Hilda: “The emperor’s foul magic can control even the winds… Polf, Paloom, Altair, Gatrea… all were destroyed, one after the other. And now the Cyclone is headed for Fynn…

The emperor himself is controlling the cyclone, I’ve no doubt.”

Gordon: “The ultimate magic is in our hands, but what good does it do us? The cyclone will kill us before we even have the chance to use it.

Unless we sprout wings and learn to fly, I don’t see how we can get into that cyclone.” Continue reading Final Fantasy II Part Five: Last of the Dragoons

Final Fantasy II Part Four

 

May 13, 2015: Dude, Where’s Our Boat?

We had to find our boat again. Before we returned to Altair, we took a detour to Mysidia and bought some great new weapons.

Hilda and Gordon set up a Rebel Camp outside of Fynn Castle to retake it.

I parked our boat on the northern part of the Fynn continent, northwest of the camp.

May 14, 2015: Gordon: “You’re to be the heart of our attack. While we hold the bulk of the imperial forces at bay, you’ll slip in and kill the castellan.”

Firion nodded.

Our trio knelt before Hilda, who was happy to see them. “I owe you my life. It would appear you also deserve credit for destroying the Dreadnought. I don’t know how I can ever thank you enough.”

Leila went ahead into Castle Fynn and rejoined us there.

Continue reading Final Fantasy II Part Four

Final Fantasy II Part Three: Lair of the Lamia

May 12, 2015: Dragon Keeper

The Empire poisoned the waters of Deist in an attempt to kill the wyverns. They did Kefka before Kefka was Kefka!

One of the wyverns clung to life, so we had to get water from a life spring in Deist Cavern to heal it.

This part reminds me of how Lenna’s wind drake was sick in Final Fantasy V, too.

Continue reading Final Fantasy II Part Three: Lair of the Lamia

Final Fantasy II Part Two: 2 Lost 2 Furious

January 2, 2013: Kashuan Keep

I’m frustrated with Maria because her physical attacks suck from the back row, but I don’t want use up her MP all the time (though casting spells is fun). I only kept her in the back row because she started the game off with a bow.

Bows do not suffer a damage penalty from being used in the back row.

It is nice how each weapon type makes a different sound effect.

Continue reading Final Fantasy II Part Two: 2 Lost 2 Furious

Final Fantasy II Part One: Baffled in Bafsk

I love how minimalistic the box art for the PSP versions of Final Fantasy I and II are.

Final Fantasy II

System: PlayStation Portable

Developer/Publisher (Famicom): Square

Developer/Publisher (Remakes): Square Enix

Released (Famicom): December 17, 1988

Released (PSP, Japan): June 7, 2007

Released (PSP, North America): July 24, 2007

Released (PSP, Europe): February 8, 2008

A long lived peace…

is at an end.”

September 12, 2011: Hold on. Am I supposed to die right off the bat?

Yes. FFII opens with four young people (Firion, Guy, Maria, and her brother Leon) trying to fend off Palamecian Black Knights.

Firion, Maria, Leon, and Guy with the Emperor looming in the background.

 The Empire of Palamecia, led by their Emperor, is trying to take over the world. The Empire killed these four protagonists’ parents.

At the outset of the game, you are thrust into a hopeless battle against the Black Knights, who leave you for dead.

Continue reading Final Fantasy II Part One: Baffled in Bafsk