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Old 09-09-2003, 04:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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FFTA

i played one hour in FFTA and am pleasantly surprised. i made the mistake of reading a review prior to playing that made me just kind of sigh softly to myself.

so........ if anyone cares this is the d/l for the moment.

the story is more kid friendly so far. not really childish, just a lot lighter than Ramza's tale so far.

the graphics are quite pretty and has a neat coloring filter-ish option that adjust to the gba, sp, or tv (via gamecube).

the battle system is very familiar to Tactics players but has some odd twists that is pretty damned cool. you have Laws in every "engagement" that turn off certain options during the battle. one battle will disalow item usage, some disalow the fight command or using a sword. You can break them, however, with bitchslap that looks fairly exploitable so far. basically if it says items and you use an item you get kicked out of the fight and pay a small fee.

now here's the kicker from my POV. i'm playing this via rom and em BUT I own both the GBA and i bought FFTA today so no preachy preachy, my eyes are fucked and i'm not paying money for an items that is 'less fucked'.

great game so far.
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Old 09-09-2003, 06:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Final Fantasy Tactics Advance!!! I just got it!

Hey guys, just got the newist from SquareEnix. Its an awesome game, everyone should check this one out, its for GBA. Its even got multiplayer options for teaming up with freinds, and trading units/items. Square will never stop amazing me. But if you guys have any questions or general opinions of this game POST EM HERE!!
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Old 09-09-2003, 07:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If it's anything like FFT I'm down. That was the best game ever.
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Old 09-09-2003, 10:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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holy shit. i cant wait to pick this up. FFT was spectacular. This will be too.
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Old 09-10-2003, 03:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Play this first before playing Disgaea, you'll appreciate it more..
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Old 09-10-2003, 06:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I picked it up yesterday, fantastic game I played about 4 hours already and I really like the storyline so far.

I still haven't quite figured out what is up with places the pieces on the world map and what the order is all about.
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Old 09-10-2003, 06:46 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Question:

Umm, I failed a mission, where you send a guy out and he comes back later after a few days or after a few battles. Will the mission ever come back so I can not suck?

And I know this is super-lame of me too, but I hate choosing weapons and armor for all my units. Its too time consuming. I know, I know, its part of the game, and it unlocks different abilities. But still, I'd much rather just toss them on a map and kill a couple of fools than spend a few minutes customizing my guys/gals.
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Old 09-10-2003, 11:05 PM   #8 (permalink)
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If you fuck up a mission, according to a book, it will pop back up in a few days.

The equipment is a turn off.
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Old 09-11-2003, 06:11 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Oh good, thanks Z. I don't want those kids being stupid on my behalf

Why can't they do their own studying!?!?! Who really needs a (slightly used) ancient medal!??!
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Old 09-12-2003, 08:49 AM   #10 (permalink)
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sometimes i think these developers simply try too hard. try so hard that they fuck up what seems like a simple plan.

i am really into FFTA but...... the fact that only certain races can have certain jobs pisses me off. and the ability system is the same as vandel hearts 2 - thankfully gold is plentiful.

it's like a beautiful person with a huge mole on their forehead.
bleh
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Old 09-12-2003, 01:22 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I plan to buy this as soon as I get some extra cash.

Does anyone know if the number in the TV commercials for FFTA is real or not? It's 1-866-PLY-2WIN or something like that. I might try it myself, but since I'm at work right now, I'll wait a bit.
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Old 09-12-2003, 05:36 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Yeah, its real. Toll Free, too...
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Old 09-12-2003, 06:25 PM   #13 (permalink)
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"HI, I'm Marche! I blah blah blah"

man... did they get the worst actor they could find to over act or what? hehehe, at least the chicks hot

Back to something else:

JEEBUS. How many times do I get to MURDERLIZE Clan Marble!?!? Hehehhe, if this was real life, I'd almost feel sorry for them. Getting their butt kicked over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, ....
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Old 09-14-2003, 11:04 AM   #14 (permalink)
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um.... ant asked me about the combo system.. i was unsure. now i'm very unsure.

sometimes i can do one man combos..... but nothing else.

wtf?
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Old 09-14-2003, 07:25 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Yeah, I was wondering about the combo system too. I know that you max out at 10 JP's, so no problems there. What I am having problems with is trying to figure out how to increase my chances of Multiple people actually Comboing... Not just the one guy doing his shtick by himself.

EDIT : just read a faq on gamefaqs (not reading the walkthough... like I really need it for all the Missions Just kill everything that moves!!!)

Quote:
Q: How do Combos work? Are they all the same, or are there some differences?

A: If a unit is equipped with a Combo Ability, that unit can use their
accumulated JP to perform a 100% accurate attack, in which other units may
join in. Extra attacks from other units can 'miss', but will increase the
damage caused by the Combo substantially. The animation, range and damage
of a Combo is determined by the weapon equipped. But the active range
for nearby units to participate in a Combo is determined by the type of
Combo they have equipped.

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Old 09-14-2003, 08:17 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I heart Final Fantasy!

Can't wait to get it for my GBASP when I get some money.. Oh wait.. I have to send money to Hal too! Damnit.. There goes all my money

Seriously though FF kicks ass.
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Old 09-16-2003, 01:15 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Yeah, I was wondering about the combo system too. I know that you max out at 10 JP's, so no problems there. What I am having problems with is trying to figure out how to increase my chances of Multiple people actually Comboing... Not just the one guy doing his shtick by himself.

EDIT: just read a faq on gamefaqs (not reading the walkthough... like I really need it for all the Missions Just kill everything that moves!!!)
Yeah. Must have other people with the combo ability. To get them to get that, find their Mithryl weapons and get them to learn the ability.

I've done it for my white mage...found the Mithryl Cane. Thats about it so far...
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Old 09-16-2003, 09:20 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I'm playing to get this so I have something to do incase the power goes out during the "big Hurricane"

Looks good, and I've been needing a good GBA. Last one I got was Metriod...
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Old 09-17-2003, 08:47 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I'm playing to get this so I have something to do incase the power goes out during the "big Hurricane"
Make sure you have plenty of batteries!
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Old 09-17-2003, 08:49 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Make sure you have plenty of batteries!
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Old 09-18-2003, 11:14 AM   #21 (permalink)
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This game is just awesome. Alas, I too haven't had success in getting others to join in my combos...and I know at least a couple of my other characters have combo abilities. Sigh.
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Old 09-18-2003, 12:09 PM   #22 (permalink)
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i want this game sooooo bad but i dont have a gameboy advance
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Old 09-18-2003, 05:08 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Playing it right now.. its an awesome game.. it did start kinda slow.. but once your used to it.. its all good... i'm hating the second boss battle though -_-
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Old 09-19-2003, 06:17 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Alright, I've played the game forever, completed nearly 180 battles. Still have no idea how to use law cards. I know what they do, just not how to use em. Any help?
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Old 09-19-2003, 12:51 PM   #25 (permalink)
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After a battle starts(you've already placed your guys and pressed start), press B, then Start. Then go to the Law Cards menu to see which laws are in effect. Then press A on that menu to bring up your cardlist to start negating laws or adding them.

I think you can do it while placing people, but you just press select while doing it.
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Old 11-12-2003, 02:16 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I've been addicted to this game for about a week now. Have 24 hours of play in. Love the job system, slowly building up my characters. Avoid playing missions and just build up by fighting other clans, its so addicting.

I wish my friends had some money to do the same, so we could duel.

Oh and make sure you select LCDB if you have the GBASP, while LCDA is for the original and not-as-cool GBA.

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Old 11-12-2003, 04:25 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I finished the game a week or so ago, like the original, it was pretty slow-paced and monotonous for the first few hours, but once your clan members have a good selection of skills the game gets a lot more fun. The law system was more of a nuisance to me than anything, I found I was wandering around the map waiting for a day with decent laws before I would take on a mission.
I liked the race/job system, but I found it heavily favored humans, especially since they were the only race who could learn the almighty Double Sword ability (which lets you learn 2 skills at once, or one skill twice as fast).
The game seemed imbalanced by the end, moreso than the original. There were very few challenging battles, and the only challenge from some of them was making sure you stole every rare/unique item before killing everyone (the last time you fight Ritz's clan)
Overall, I thought it was a great game with tons of flexibility and replay value. I hope Square Enix decides to make another Tactics on a home console soon.
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Old 11-12-2003, 05:56 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Man, this thing has kept me locked away with my game boy for so long. I had to leave it in another state to break away from it. Sweet game, but addictive as heroin.
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