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    I recently bought and hacked a PSP and am currently playing Crisis Core.

    If you play it for the story, it's pretty cool-it has a lot of nice references to stuff in FFVII, you get a closer look at the Shin-Ra corporation, etc. Some things don't make sense...(but I haven't completed the game--about to go to Nibleheim...)the missions are really annoying if you're a whore and want to try and complete all of them like I'm trying to, and the random encounters get really annoying.

    The graphics are a bit blocky to me. Midgar seems unfinished, and the invisible walls are frustrating. I attribute a lot of non-exactness to the difference of time between Zack and Cloud's stories but...it's still a slice of nostalgia. I can't wait to see the transition of a certain character falling into madness...unfortunately, I'm going to have to wait ten years after I clear all of these damned stupid missions.

    As for the levelling up system, it can definitely get annoying at times, especially when you're trying to level up certain materia and not others.
    Ti = 19 [][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
    Te = 16[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
    Ne = 16[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
    Fi = 15 [][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
    Si = 12 [][][][][][][][][][][][]
    Ni = 12 [][][][][][][][][][][][]
    Se = 11[][][][][][][][][][][]
    Fe = 0

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    Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly;
    Man got to sit and wonder why, why, why;
    Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land;
    Man got to tell himself he understand

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    Thanks for the feedback on Crisis Core. I have a few PSP games that I don't really play so I think I'm going to trade them in. PSP is great: A-list titles like God of War and Crisis Core are only $19.99. I'm willing to put up with a few gameplay annoyances in order to enjoy a good story...
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    If you get a PSP and are able to hack it, you can play SNES games and stuff as well. Definitely worthwhile then.

    Update: 45 hours into the game, and I finally beat Minerva, the hardest boss. >=D Pro tip: Get Costly Punch asap.
    Ti = 19 [][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
    Te = 16[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
    Ne = 16[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
    Fi = 15 [][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
    Si = 12 [][][][][][][][][][][][]
    Ni = 12 [][][][][][][][][][][][]
    Se = 11[][][][][][][][][][][]
    Fe = 0

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    Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly;
    Man got to sit and wonder why, why, why;
    Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land;
    Man got to tell himself he understand

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    My rankings in order:

    FFIV
    FFVI
    FFVIII
    FFT - Excellent job system, political storyline
    FFVII - Good storyline, emotional scenes
    FFI
    FFX - Beautiful, fun "old-school" battle system
    FFIX - Good game, even better if familiar with FF mythology
    FFV - Awesome job system, odd storyline
    FFII - Nice storyline, but junk leveling system
    FFIII - Not bad, just less memorable, decent job system
    FFMQ - Why did I buy this in '92 instead of FFIV?

    I was raised on Final Fantasy. When the first one came out, it was incredible. I was used to Dragon Warrior's solitary quest, but FF's party of four introduced variety in killing monsters. It hasn't aged well, but for it's time, it was one of the best games on the NES.

    The SNES age of RPG's has a special place in my heart. The characters were no longer two-dimensional (even if the graphics were). The developments were memorable: Kain's betrayal(s), Golbez trying to use Holy (or White), everyone having sidequests in VI. For me, IV edges out VI because I like the story better and I like having five specialists on a team instead of four magic-using warriors (though Genji Glove+Offering is disgusting).

    FFVIII probably touches me the most because of how Squall grows as a character. His change isn't as explicit as a Dark Knight into a Paladin, but he subtly climbs out of his shell. I actually like exploiting the junction system. If you've played through the game before, you can easily become a powerhouse early and breeze through at level 11. It's better on PSP, though. Play some cards, watch Price Is Right, mod those cards, etc.

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    I got Final Fantasy XIII yesterday. I just bought an HD TV set last week, so I'm pretty pumped about seeing a game that can really show off the visuals. My impressions so far:

    Visuals and music are mindblowing as always.

    Battle system is very fun and pretty different from anything I've seen so far. You only control one character, but you use paradigms to preprogram the behavior of the other characters. Then you can change paradigms mid-battle if you want the character to behave in a different fashion. It's a cool system, because you can feel like you are in a fast paced battle while still planning out strategies for how you want the characters to behave.

    The game is less about managing resources compared to previous games. There is no mp, and you heal after every battle. Heh I didn't realize this early on. I had taken a lot of damage one battle and I tried to use a potion afterward and couldn't figure out how to do it. Eventually I gave up, but then I realized I was at full health at the start of every battle.

    The spacing of enemies matters for area effect attacks. You are still in a special battle screen, but you characters and the enemies move around as they attack each other.

    The story is cool so far, but it takes a while before you can get into the battle system. I wasn't able to start using paradigms until I played the game for a few hours.


    So far my initial impression is that it's pretty fun. It will be interesting to see what I think after I've completed the game.
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    I'm glad I read this thread.

    I seriously thought something was wrong with me over my obsession with FFVII!!

    I seriously was going to drop out of school over that game. I think it's the best RPG ever played.

    I haven't played the other FF games, (I tried 8 but it never got me like it's predecessor).

    So I'm going to look into what the group is overwhelmingly recommending in this thread.

    And I thought I was the only one who caught feelings in that game!!

    I'll have to replay it; I think enough time has passed where I don't know where anything is. LOL. I hate replaying games the second time knowing where everything is. You build up so much experience and power/money/points by wandering around aimlessly trying to find out where to go next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IZthe411 View Post
    I'm glad I read this thread.

    I seriously thought something was wrong with me over my obsession with FFVII!!

    I seriously was going to drop out of school over that game. I think it's the best RPG ever played.

    I haven't played the other FF games, (I tried 8 but it never got me like it's predecessor).

    So I'm going to look into what the group is overwhelmingly recommending in this thread.

    And I thought I was the only one who caught feelings in that game!!

    I'll have to replay it; I think enough time has passed where I don't know where anything is. LOL. I hate replaying games the second time knowing where everything is. You build up so much experience and power/money/points by wandering around aimlessly trying to find out where to go next.
    Heh, FFVII was a great game. I think FFVIII is near the bottom of my list for ranking the Final Fantasy games. If you like VII I'd recommend these in order:

    VI - If you can handle the 16-bit sprites then it's great game. The world is probably the most similar to VII compared to other Final Fantasies, and it has arguably the best storyline of any of them. (It is at least one of the best.)

    X - I'd say this one is the next most like VII in the game world, feel of the story, characters, etc....

    IX - After you've tried the top two, I'd go for this one next if you are looking for more. At this point this game and the other Final Fantasies start to be pretty different from VII, but I'd try this one first before you try out the others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Liquid_Laser View Post
    Heh, FFVII was a great game. I think FFVIII is near the bottom of my list for ranking the Final Fantasy games. If you like VII I'd recommend these in order:

    VI - If you can handle the 16-bit sprites then it's great game. The world is probably the most similar to VII compared to other Final Fantasies, and it has arguably the best storyline of any of them. (It is at least one of the best.)

    X - I'd say this one is the next most like VII in the game world, feel of the story, characters, etc....

    IX - After you've tried the top two, I'd go for this one next if you are looking for more. At this point this game and the other Final Fantasies start to be pretty different from VII, but I'd try this one first before you try out the others.
    Thanks! I'll check them out

    Do you have a good website or store where I could get these games? I'm sure they are real cheap at this point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Liquid_Laser View Post
    VI - If you can handle the 16-bit sprites then it's great game. The world is probably the most similar to VII compared to other Final Fantasies, and it has arguably the best storyline of any of them. (It is at least one of the best.)
    Ah, now that was my favorite. The characters, the story, espers system, just everything about it. Truly the holy grail of the franchise in my book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IZthe411 View Post
    Thanks! I'll check them out

    Do you have a good website or store where I could get these games? I'm sure they are real cheap at this point.
    I would check Ebay or Amazon for the ones I listed. Final Fantasy VII and VIII are also available for digital download onto a PS3 or PSP at the Playstation Network.
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