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Thread: ATB vs. Turn-based battle

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    ATB vs. Turn-based battle

    As you all know FF used the turn-based battle system until FFIV, which was the first game to introduce Active Time Battle. Although you didn't see the ATB meter in FFIV if you just stood around enemies would keep attacking you. This system continued from IV to IX, and then in the turn-based system was brought back in FFX. Personally I preferred ATB because it makes the battles seem more "real" in the sense that there is constant attacking and commands taking place between party members and enemies. Although some games were not as seamless as others (compare the agonisingly slow ATB in FFIX to the smooth integrated ATB of X-2).
    When I played FFX I found it a little bit too much like chess...I could sit around deciding what to do forever while the enemy just parked off watching me until it's turn came. I could take this system in the old FF's I-III but somehow in X it just didn't feel the same. I was so relieved when ATB was brought back in X-2.
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    I also liked the ATB system better, because it required fast actions.
    the TB system (my own name for Turn-Based ) found in the NES games was alright, but not that exciting; you basically gave all of your characters their orders and watched them execute the orders.
    Bah.
    The TB system found in FF10 is a tad different, IMO, because you control your characters one by one, rather than the whole party in one go.
    That system wasn't too bad, although I would've liked to see the ATB bars and stuff.

    However, I still prefer Real-Time battles to everything else.

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    I generally hate turn based and prefer the ATB system and the system in FFXII. That said, I loved the turn based system in FFX. Not only was it one of the more strategic systems, it moved quickly. Granted you could sit there and plan your moves for as long as you wanted, but it was rarely necessary. Those battles were some of the fastest outside of FFX-2 which made it a lot of fun for me.

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    I prefer taking the time to plan my moves, locate where everything is, rather then having a mad rush of enemies are attacking me, i can't find what i want, the bam, i'm dead.
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    I really like X's battle system. It's pretty fast, faster than most FFs with ATB at least and like said before: you can plan your moves should you need it.

    XII's ADB is good too. Certainly fun for normal enemies, but somehow I find it frustrating for bosses, but that's probably just me messing my gambits up and all. In general I just prefer inputting my commands (YES pressing X over and over again, that never bothered me), but the lack of random battles were a great thing though.

    Which makes me curious for XIII's battle system. It looks fast, yet they still promised that it could be played strategic as well. We'll see, we'll see...

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    Yeah i didnt mind X's battle system either really, although i voted for ATB, because it's more realistic and faster.

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    I like ATB way better. DQ is for turn based.

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    ATB, active. It makes the game harder, and feel like kinda gives you a rush, sorting good players from great players.

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    Strictly turn-based combat is incredibly boring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenboko View Post
    ATB, active. It makes the game harder, and feel like kinda gives you a rush, sorting good players from great players.
    just what i was gonna put till i saw you put it

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    XII's is the best ever! But ATB is good as well.


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    How does XII's battle system work?
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    I prefer turn based.
    ATB encourages button mashing imo...

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    How does ATB encourage button mashing? Perhaps holding the confirm button down at times, but the ATB system was made so that you would be on your toes most of the time.

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    If an enemy keeps attacking you (more than once) while you are thinking what will be the best strategy and your party is almost ko'd before you have finaly decided...someone (especially someone new to this kind of play) will start to keep pressing the attack button or overlevel his/hers characters in order to win the hardest enemies.
    On the contrary turn based battle,i think encourages the player more to think and to form strategies in order to beat his enemies.

    Anyway,both systems have their cons and pros...

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