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    I remembered if you do it right, you can avoid the fixed encounters though. Need to enter a secret room or something.

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    So this went by fast. Just beat FFIX, and I just couldnít put the game down. Itís another one of those games that just gets better every time I play it. Now Iím warm and fuzzy and canít even find the right words lmao

    I beat Ozma and generally did most of the optional stuff, which Iíve been pretty good with on this marathon so far. Next up is FFX, which might be long or very long, depending on whether I actually try to beat the Dark Aeons and Penance this time. Then a quick playthrough of X-2 NG+ and Iíll be venturing into unknown territory with XI

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    FFIX is relatively easy. The dark aeons in FFX may require you to get your stats to a certain level which may take some time.

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    Ok so big update. I beat FFX! And also, I beat Penance! Iím happy I did this, it was a terrible experience!

    Iím honestly glad I got this out of my system because I always felt I was missing something by not doing the FFX post game, so now I finally did it I know what Iíve been missing out on and it was an absolute travesty. Honestly, in this run of FFX I actually appreciated the story a bit more but the battle system has completely and utterly failed me. I was bored out of my mind through most of the game, then spent literally half my playtime grinding in the stupid monster arena, hoping everyone was right and the CTB system would really shine with the optional bosses, but it never did. In fact, that section only exposed how deep the flaws of CTB go and I just longed for death. But now Iím finally done and never have to go back to it ever again

    So now Iím doing NG+ in X-2 and Iím honestly just so burned out on Spira. I just want to move on to XI so I hope I can make this quick

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    Yeah, I don' know what it is, but the Spira entries are weird for how much acclaim their battle systems are when they are in fact, not terribly good or better than what came before them. I still argue that Xenosaga 1 and even 2, do the CTB concept better. Hell, SaGa Scarlet Graces has a much better version of the system as well.

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    Itís all the aesthetics, honestly. CTB has all the aesthetics of strategic gameplay without actually giving you in-depth strategic turn-based gameplay we now know is possible through stuff like Megaten. X-2ís iteration of ATB is all about the aesthetics of fluidity, later evolving into XIIIís ATB, but ATB is a hybrid system thatís meant to be a blend of the speed of real time and the depth of turn-based battles, and those two elements just skew it way more heavily towards action - meanwhile, XIIís ADB feels way more like a natural successor to that, but itís also less flashy. So yeah, aesthetics

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    I got so into XI I forgot to update my status here lol

    So I finished X-2. By doing NG+ and only doing what you need to do, it took a measly 8 hours. So a personal record. It was pretty fun. Having everyone use a mastered Mascot completely wrecked the game and Shuyin went down in one single hit My opinion hasnít really changed. Itís still a decently fun game with a campy vibe, though once again I donít really understand why people love the job system as much as they do when thereís better iterations of ATB in the series, but thatís all subjective. Good dumb fun, overall, and the 1000 Words scene always gets me. On that note, by now the soundtrack has well and truly grown on me.

    Now Iíve moved on to XI and having fun there! Rolled a tarutaru red mage. Will probably post more in the other thread WK made and come back here once Iím done with that and start XII. This will take a while

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    Alright, Iím cheating a bit but life gets in the way lmao

    So Iíve spent the last two months of my life in Vanaídiel. I got very near the end of the Rise of Zilart expansion, but lost steam due to my vacation, and combine that with me not wanting to spend too much on my subscription and others Iíve played with moving on from the game, I just kind of decided to call it quits for now and move on to FFXII within the next few days.

    I did very much enjoy my time with FFXI though! But I have to say it wasnít exactly what I expected. I went in because I had been told for a long time itís one of the better FF stories and I felt dumb missing out on it. What story I got wasÖ ok? Certainly above average for what MMOs usually are (I assume), but it wasnít something that would really justify staying in this game for so long on its own.

    What really works for FFXI is itís exceptionally realized world and, surprisingly for me personally, the multiplayer aspect. This world is sometimes too big for its own good but itís still very fun to experience it first hand since it really feels like a lived in place with its own smorgasbord of cultures. And even though there are now trusts to help you out a bit, this game is the most fun when youíre playing with others. Whether theyíre alleviating the boredom of the grind, helping you find your way through one of the many intentionally confusing dungeons that youíre not meant to beat alone, or joining you on that epic story battle, FFXI truly shines brightest when youíve got someone to play with. I almost feel like I did myself a disservice by playing with others - playing alone after that just felt super empty every time

    So I stlll need to get some stuff in order and enjoy the rest of my summer break from work, but fairly soon the marathon should be back on track as I move on to FFXII: the Zodiac Age, one of my all-time favorites!

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    Just got out of the Barheim Passage and I am having a blast. Almost went broke buying gambits - I forgot theyíre pretty much all available from the start in TZA lmao

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