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#1 Apr 09 2013 at 9:52 AM Rating: Excellent
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New FFXIV Blog Entry. Didnt see it on the forums yet so here is the link.. feel free to edit it :D

http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/blog



Edited, Apr 9th 2013 12:43pm by Wint
#2 Apr 09 2013 at 12:02 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks! I'll be looking forward to the new trailers/info...

haha, how awesome would it be if they made Viangaa into mobs lol......imagine wondering the wilderness after launch and a Viangaa runs by.....that would be hilarious
#3 Apr 09 2013 at 1:51 PM Rating: Decent
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I only played a couple of the ff games ffxi being my favorite. what was the viangaa from?
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It was an April Fool's joke - combination of the demanded Viera (bunny girl) race and the Baanga, both from FFXII (I think. Were Baanga first introduced in 12?)

it's not a real thing, it's SE making a funny :)
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#5 Apr 09 2013 at 1:56 PM Rating: Excellent
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Tactics Advanced.
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Ah, the one I never played.
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#7 Apr 09 2013 at 2:07 PM Rating: Excellent
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Ah, the one I never played.


Play ittttttttttttttttttt.
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#8 Apr 10 2013 at 12:34 PM Rating: Excellent
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Ah, the one I never played.


Play ittttttttttttttttttt.


They really need to re-release that... to my Vita Smiley: grin I've never played it either.
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emulator is your friend if you don't have the console.
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#10 Apr 10 2013 at 2:11 PM Rating: Excellent
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emulator is your friend if you don't have the console.


Fair enough. But what I'm really saying is SE should shut up and take my money. /fry
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hahaha, true that true!
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#12 Apr 10 2013 at 3:44 PM Rating: Default
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Better yet, they could make a new console Tactics with HD sprites like Disgaea does, instead of hundreds of mobile and handheld ports and re-releases.
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Better yet, they could make a new console Tactics with HD sprites like Disgaea does, instead of hundreds of mobile and handheld ports and re-releases.

That would be epic :O
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Tactics Advanced is incredibly mediocre next to Final Fantasy Tactics, really not even that similar aside from some basic similarities in the gameplay.

I know myself and a million other nerds would clamor for a REAL sequel to FFT, even just a proper spiritual sequel. I can't even call FFTA a spiritual sequel in earnest.
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Tactics Advanced is incredibly mediocre next to Final Fantasy Tactics, really not even that similar aside from some basic similarities in the gameplay.

I know myself and a million other nerds would clamor for a REAL sequel to FFT, even just a proper spiritual sequel. I can't even call FFTA a spiritual sequel in earnest.


Finally somebody else says it around here, Tactics Advance was a horrible title, Final Fantasy Tactics was a true gem, from story, music, theme and graphics it was all great, then here comes TA and it was just god awful.

I have always advocated that SE could have made a pre-quel about FFT set in the origins of the 50 year war and how balbanes and T.G Cid came into power. or just a flat out sequel :(
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I liked both. I can't say tactics advance was horrible. It wasn't a sequel to FFT of course and while i would prefer that i still enjoyed playing it. I guess my standards for a good game are bellow yours.

Edited, Apr 11th 2013 2:01am by Teravibe
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As standalone titles, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2 are great portable tactical strategy titles (and their sprites are top-notch, at that). They are rather juvenile, though. Compared to one of the best games of all time -- not even just within its genre -- that is, to the original Final Fantasy Tactics, yes they're inferior.

Often times, when a sequel is still good, but not enough like the original, it evokes resentment from critics as they vent their disappointment or highlight what they see as wasted potential -- much more so than they would have if not for its namesake.

There are countless examples of this phenomenon, from Final Fantasy XII or XIII (depending upon who you ask), to Diablo III. Taken as nothing more than a Diablo-inspired hack-and-slash, Diablo III is a short, but okay game, sort of a B-minus; but as the successor to one of the most fondly remembered, darkly mystic, genre-defining titles of the last couple decades, well, it's a grrrroawl-foam-at-mouth-F-minus-minus... and so on.

In short: Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is not a mediocre title, realistically speaking it's one of the best GBA games around. It's mediocre next to Final Fantasy Tactics, yes, of course, just like nearly every other tactical strategy game ever made is mediocre to what's virtually the best. Nothing can really hold a candle to that game. Regardless of comparisons, though, calling the sequel (in this case) a "horrible title" is just plain hyperbolic.
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#18 Apr 11 2013 at 4:50 AM Rating: Decent
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Personally I just find it mediocre next to FFT. There was nearly no narrative whatsoever and the gameplay was significantly dumbed down. The progression system held your hand and prevented you from really exploring the building elements of the game. To me, all these things together spell a game that only provides a bearably amusing experience.

I'll grant you that I probably would have enjoyed it much more had I never played FFT, just like I've enjoyed many mediocre or even flatly bad things before I was exposed to genuine quality. Like a bad formulaic story cannot compare to a masterpiece. There are no shortage of people who love Twilight, for example--but they're not usually the ones who have had significant exposure to literature.
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#19 Apr 11 2013 at 7:50 AM Rating: Decent
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As standalone titles, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2 are great portable tactical strategy titles (and their sprites are top-notch, at that). They are rather juvenile, though. Compared to one of the best games of all time -- not even just within its genre -- that is, to the original Final Fantasy Tactics, yes they're inferior.

Often times, when a sequel is still good, but not enough like the original, it evokes resentment from critics as they vent their disappointment or highlight what they see as wasted potential -- much more so than they would have if not for its namesake.

There are countless examples of this phenomenon, from Final Fantasy XII or XIII (depending upon who you ask), to Diablo III. Taken as nothing more than a Diablo-inspired hack-and-slash, Diablo III is a short, but okay game, sort of a B-minus; but as the successor to one of the most fondly remembered, darkly mystic, genre-defining titles of the last couple decades, well, it's a grrrroawl-foam-at-mouth-F-minus-minus... and so on.

In short: Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is not a mediocre title, realistically speaking it's one of the best GBA games around. It's mediocre next to Final Fantasy Tactics, yes, of course, just like nearly every other tactical strategy game ever made is mediocre to what's virtually the best. Nothing can really hold a candle to that game. Regardless of comparisons, though, calling the sequel (in this case) a "horrible title" is just plain hyperbolic.


No as somebody else stated, some people just have lower standards in gaming, Tactics advance and tactics advance 2, when compared to FFT are mediocre at best, and as stand alone titles which they are not, because nobody bought Tactics advance as a stand alone title, it was because of the epic status of FFT, they are mediocre at best also, Ogre Battle: Knight of Lodis is a far superior title than Tactics advance, and both titles are childs of Ogre Battle: Let us cling together, a title that is far superior to FFT, in fact sakaguchi brought Yazmat onboard Squaresoft, because of that title, he wanted a Ogre Battle Tactics set in the FF universe hence "FFT" a water down version of Let us cling together.

Also Diablo III was not Diablo II, because it really was nothing akin to Diablo II, it was a softcore game with diablo lore and prettier graphics (A theme we are all too familiar with nowdays in gaming) aslo titles better than FFTA ? Suikoden Tactics, Super Robot Wars Original Generation 1-2, Fire Emblem, Knights of Lodis, Vanguard bandits, Advance wars 1-2 etc etc.

Now are they fun ? Sure! Are they up to any of those titles ? Not even close, FFTA suffers from the "Lets do it bigger because stuff" you got 979797 items that offer 798794646 abilities, and only a few are even worth your time.

Also Play Eternal Eyes, i never played it, and did not even knew it existed until recently, awesome game. Also check Arc the lad 1-2-3 Awesome story if you follow the 3 games.
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I always felt Arc the Lad was underrated, I enjoyed them.
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#21 Apr 11 2013 at 8:01 AM Rating: Excellent
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I must say, i first played FFTA and then FFT so there are people that first played those. The game was not half bad for me, period. It may not be up to par with FFT but that doesn't mean it was "sh*t" . There is a good reason we compare "sequels" to their previous games yes but if someone played it without knowing FFT existed they would like it.

I saw the same happening with Fallout 3 i hated that game cause it had nothing to do with the previous ones. All the rest that never played the previous? Loved it. Because it wasn't up to par with the previous fallouts didn't make it bad, it made it bad only in the eyes of people that knew a little bit of fallout games.

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After how great the Lunar series was handled, I felt Working Designs really fumbled Arc the Lad's localization. The gameplay was decent, but the script felt dry and badly paced and I just couldn't get into it.
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After how great the Lunar series was handled, I felt Working Designs really fumbled Arc the Lad's localization. The gameplay was decent, but the script felt dry and badly paced and I just couldn't get into it.


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I like making the same joke twenty times, too. It's a lot less of a hassle for me having to listen to you people cry about having to think.
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#25 Apr 11 2013 at 12:22 PM Rating: Decent
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No as somebody else stated, some people just have lower standards in gaming, Tactics advance and tactics advance 2, when compared to FFT are mediocre at best, and as stand alone titles which they are not, because nobody bought Tactics advance as a stand alone title, it was because of the epic status of FFT, they are mediocre at best also, Ogre Battle: Knight of Lodis is a far superior title than Tactics advance, and both titles are childs of Ogre Battle: Let us cling together, a title that is far superior to FFT, in fact sakaguchi brought Yazmat onboard Squaresoft, because of that title, he wanted a Ogre Battle Tactics set in the FF universe hence "FFT" a water down version of Let us cling together.

Also Diablo III was not Diablo II, because it really was nothing akin to Diablo II, it was a softcore game with diablo lore and prettier graphics (A theme we are all too familiar with nowdays in gaming) aslo titles better than FFTA ? Suikoden Tactics, Super Robot Wars Original Generation 1-2, Fire Emblem, Knights of Lodis, Vanguard bandits, Advance wars 1-2 etc etc.

Now are they fun ? Sure! Are they up to any of those titles ? Not even close, FFTA suffers from the "Lets do it bigger because stuff" you got 979797 items that offer 798794646 abilities, and only a few are even worth your time.

Also Play Eternal Eyes, i never played it, and did not even knew it existed until recently, awesome game. Also check Arc the lad 1-2-3 Awesome story if you follow the 3 games.

I think Ogre battle is better balanced than the FFT games but imo not better than the original FFT. Square took the ogre series somewhat, simplified it but it made it more dynamic in presentation.

The problem with SE as of late is they think bigger and better is always best. To some degree that may be true. But not if you lose the core of what gamers loved most about an entry. I feel that no matter how FFXIII-3 turns out, even if that were good. Because it strays so far from what fans of the franchise expect. It will be received with mixed criticism. They need less subtraction and more additions or expansions on features.
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There are 3 major differences between FFT and OGBT, Graphics, choices and balance. FFT had better graphics, but none of the choices nor the story deepth that OGBT had, also it was better balanced.

Gameplay > Story >>>>> Graphics. As you mentioned FFXIII HUGE GRAPHICS! Very little story and boring gameplay. Wonder why they get the flock they get for that game :/
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