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[Jan. 29th, 2009|03:18 pm]
darkskywatcher
So I my plop myself down on the couch today, hoping to enjoy another rousing round of FFXII, and discover to my consternation that my Playstation 2 won't start. I haven't touched it in days, and it was fine the last time I did. The light is on, I have no idea what's wrong with it. Any ideas?

The official troubleshooting has suggested the problem is static(there has been a lot in that area, come to think), and that the solution is to completely unplug it for a while. Giving that a try.
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[User Picture]From: nathan_lounge
2009-01-29 09:47 pm (UTC)
We're in the midst of FFXII. I really really like it.

I'm also playing Puzzlequest, but I think that's more of an addiction at this point.
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[User Picture]From: darkskywatcher
2009-01-30 04:05 am (UTC)
So, XII or X? At least based on what you've seen so far.
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[User Picture]From: nathan_lounge
2009-01-30 12:59 pm (UTC)
XII far and away. I'm really digging the story, but the open-ended (mostly) world, coupled with all the extras really make it fantastic. I was hesitant about the battle system when I first read about it, but it's honestly the best combination of real-time and turn-based I've ever played. Em likes it too, which is saying something.

The only grip I have about it is that there are a few too many things to do in battle and most of them become useless after you get a handle on a basic strategy. This includes having 3 characters on the bench. I mostly just use Vaan (all-purpose), Bauch (Tank), and Penello (Healer/Fluffer) all the time, then switch to the B-team to farm gil/loot and keep their leveling on pace.

Yourself?
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[User Picture]From: darkskywatcher
2009-01-30 02:12 pm (UTC)
X. Other than some very minor oddities(Blitzball, for example), I find Spira to be the most coherent Final Fantasy world ever, especially aesthetically. XII made the mistake of setting itself in Ivalice, the world used before for Final Fantasy Tactics. This is a problem because other than being told of the connection, there aren't any similarities: for example, FFT never mentioned the possibility that there were other sentient races living alongside humans, much less showed five (and counting!) of them. FFT being in serious contention for my favorite game of all time, I find this disconnect unnerving.

The combat system of XII irks me for several reasons, most of which are only relevant to boss fights when there is real danger of characters going down. One is the camera: it likes to get stuck so that I can only see a tiny portion of the field. If I want to see what the boss is doing, I can't see anything else. If the character I'm looking at is up against a wall, the camera may zoom in on them so much I can't see anything. While I like having position sort of matter, I don't like having to stop and try to figure out who is where.

Number two is retargeting, above and beyond the call of gambits. I had a boss fight recently with a flying boss where Balthier's #1 gambit was to attack fliers. But after the first shot, he retargeted the worthless minions on the ground! I ended up having to micro him to keep him shooting at the right thing. I've had the same problem elsewhere, where a character will ignore the wounded monster next to them to target one 10' away for no obvious reason.

Number three is the Queue. Maybe this is just my perception, but it seems to sequence actions, even the same action, together more slowly than Gambits do. And that pisses me off when shit goes haywire and I need to deal with unexpected problems.
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[User Picture]From: batmiles
2009-01-30 12:09 am (UTC)
PS2s are dropping like flies. They're pretty much all ancient at this point. Sometimes I suspect planned obsolescence on Sony's part.
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[User Picture]From: darkskywatcher
2009-01-30 12:23 am (UTC)
Mine's only a year and a half old! That's not ancient!
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[User Picture]From: batmiles
2009-01-30 01:13 am (UTC)
You found a new PS2 a year and a half ago? Seriously? I'm not talking about new to being used, new as in recently manufactured. Are they still making PS2s?
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[User Picture]From: darkskywatcher
2009-01-30 04:05 am (UTC)
Yeah. I have one of the silver ones, which I seem to recall discussing with the clerk were new at the time: he couldn't even sell me a matching 2nd controller because they didn't have them in stock yet.

I don't know if they are still making them now, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were. The component cost has to be next to nothing by now.
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[User Picture]From: batmiles
2009-01-30 04:16 am (UTC)
Holy crap, I had no idea those existed. Is it still under warranty, maybe?
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[User Picture]From: darkskywatcher
2009-01-30 05:19 am (UTC)
Nope. Only a 90 day warranty.
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