i wouldnt mind seeing summons as the new "2hr" so to speak. done right it could be quite fun.
take for example the above suggestion of each individual character getting a summon for their 2hr. you can only have one summon equipped at a time on a character, and they all share a 2hr cooldown (to prevent rotating of summons to compensate for the cooldown).
you have five summons available to you; shiva, ifrit, ramuh, titan and garuda. you can opt to equip one of those at any time, and when you use your 2hr summon ability, said summon comes out, does a bunch of damage with an extra side effect tacked on, and then goes away for another two hours. maybe shiva can lower enemy armor, ifrit can add a fire damage dot, ramuh can lower enemy magic defense, titan can lower enemy strength and garuda applies an attack and casting speed debuff to the targets (these are just suggestions to get the idea across). other summons could be accessed via questing, or some other in game method (preferably questing, unless its like yojimbo, who you would likely pay out the *** for).
each summon has an elemental property to the attack in addition to the debuff (which would last a decent amount of time, say 3-5 minutes or so). depending on the class you choose to play as, your summon choice will change. if youre a tank, lowering enemy attack speed or strength makes good sense, so youll equip titan or garuda. an offensive caster would love ramuh for the damage or the debuff, or shiva and ifrit for the raw damage and support factor. a support caster would likely choose titan or garuda or ramuh for the debuffs they provide.
we could even go further than this and allow customization of the summons to suit each person's invididual needs. a summon could be augmented in such a way as to improve certain stats based on the summon. a melee dps class could have a ramuh that adds lightning damage to melee attacks, or a black mage could have an ifrit that provided his fire spells with their own dot effect. these effects would be constant, and not too powerful, but they would color the choices a person makes based on their job and what role that job is going to fill.
i think it would add a neat bit of customization to the whole thing while also giving everyone access to one of the biggest parts, coolest parts of the FF series.
i doubt it will happen, but i can still dream.
Edited, Jan 11th 2010 3:14am by Quor
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