Feb. 18th, 2007 05:57 pm
moonwise: (dude wtf)
Dear FFXII Entites of All Kinds,


I just spent the better part of half an hour wandering around the Giza Plains looking for the entite that I KNOW hangs around in the area, and the bitch won't appear. But it was awfully friendly when my guys weren't high enough to take it on.

Gah. This loot system is for the birds sometimes.
moonwise: (snowflake)
Got together this weekend up in New York with [livejournal.com profile] jaina and [livejournal.com profile] fadingembers for a peek at [livejournal.com profile] jaina's new digs and a very belated Christmas. It was my first trip to the gargantuan Palisades Mall, which is like an entire block of surburbian big-box stacked four stories high. That having been said, we had a fun trip to a Japanese restaurant where the dishes travel along a conveyor belt and you are charged based on the number/color of plates you have at the end. Mitsuwa definitely makes better udon, but the overall experience was very entertaining. We also hit Kinokuniya, and I resisted the urge to buy every book on kimono in the store and instead settled for another Cosmode, a book, and a Bleach cell phone charm.

Husband is in Scotland for the week, so I'm on my own to sit in front of the TV and eat Cocoa Puffs out of the box. It's lonely, but I am taking the time to clean some crap out of the attic and decide whether it belongs on eBay, on [livejournal.com profile] garagesalejapan, on the giveaway table at work, or in the trash. The giveaway table at work continues to astonish me - I have put some of the strangest shit out there to take, and someone always picks it up.

Chugging right along in FFXII. If I didn't want to do any more hunts or sidequests or find any better weapons, I could probably finish the game in another night or two. The loot is getting better, and I was very pleased with myself to have won a Diakon Halcyon, until I read that all it gets you is one lousy Holy Mote. One thing I want to know, who is it that's carrying around all that Foul/Maggoty/Festering/Forbidden Flesh? You can bet it's not Mr. "I Want A Bath Now, Biatch" Balthier. Maybe it's a very elaborate hazing prank they are playing with Vaan. Also, my mind needs to stop making Suzanne Vega's "The Queen and the Soldier" into an Ashe and Basch song.

Just to see what all the fuss is about with "old-school" FF gamers, I bought "Anthology" and "Chronicles," partly to stave off the acquisitive part of my brain that wants a DS or a PSP or both. I haven't started them yet, so we'll see whether a recent fan can appreciate the old stuff. If they don't pan out, I'm definitely going to run through VS again. :D
moonwise: (pokey stick)
1. Is it wrong that I want one of those shiny Final Fantasy XII Potions? It is a silly item, but the blue glass is pritti! And I could put it on my windowsill and no one would know it was actually nerdy!

2. I am fully expecting Balthier or Fran to smack Vaan in the back of the head at some point in this game, and I will laugh and laugh. Not that I dislike Vaan, but he's so very clueless. (hint: never ask a lady her age. Never.)

3. One of the biggest laughs at Ohayocon was Vaan's Clueless Moment when Balthier suggested he might trade something else for the ring.

4. Those little bunnies hopping around are too cute. They squeak and wiggle. I can't kill them.

5. All the Viera are bunny-ladies. Where are all the boy bunnies? They are, after all, bunnies. You know.

6. It has become very clear that the game designers watched the original Star Wars trilogy several times and said, "Hey! George Lucas stole this plot from Japan; let's steal it back for a Final Fantasy game! We'll have an Empire and Jawas and everything!" Because Balthier "watch your mouth kid, or you're gonna find yourself floating home" = Han Solo, and Fran = Chewbacca, and Vaan "aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper" = Luke Skywalker, and Ashe "if money is all that you love, then that's what you'll receive" = Princess Leia, and Basch "you're my only hope" = Obi-Wan Kenobi and Penelo is.. er.. ok, I don't have an equivalent for that one.

7. When I first met Balthier, I thought he was strong in teh ghey, because all FF males are teh ghey until proven otherwise. I don't think so now. He's metrosexual. Furthermore, to quote Jay and Silent Bob, he's a "smooth pimp who loves the pussy." I'm sure of this.


9. We need a cameo by Arseley. Seriously. That would rule.


Dec. 27th, 2006 10:07 am
moonwise: (lala ru rain)
OK, I'm late to the party, but I have FFXII.

Am much enjoying the small resemblances to Vagrant Story, especially Vaan's spellcasting move (though, come to think of it, Squall did the same thing) and the little sparkles surrounding the spellcaster. I have noticed one glaring deficiency, though: NO ASS PANTS. We need a male character with Arseley-brand ass pants.

I'm not very far along in the game yet - don't even have Gambits yet - but it seems from many of you other players out there that Gambits seem to allow you to walk away from the game if you set them right. That's not very exciting. It seems like a complete 180 from FFX-2, where if you were not Button Masher Supreme, the monster would eat you before you got your Super Duper Mega Pretty Pretty Princess Attack off. (Though I am ashamed to admit that I spent a good portion of yesterday working through the FFX-2 Chocobo dungeon.)

Husband asked whether it's hard to go from a game where you have many of the good powerups back down to a game where you're still a rookie, and whether it was more fun to be the rookie. Nah, it's fun to have the powerups.


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