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I just beat FF1 in Japanese. Made an LLTVG entry for it, too.

If I ever play FF1 again, I'm not taking a White Mage. Useless motherfuckers. Battles are too short for their assist spells like AFIR to be useful. Need to heal? Use HEAL potions between battles. Poisoned? PURE potions. Turned to stone? SOFT potions. Did somebody die? Don't let them die in the first place, dummy. You're really only likely to have problems with death in the Ice Cave (the only place I had Game Overs), and lemme tell ya, having a White Mage did not help very much there (especially if the White Mage himself died). Better to grab the Floater ASAP, use it to go to Gaia and give everybody Pro Rings, then come back if you want the treasures. And while it's nice to be able to warp out of a dungeon with EXIT, you can teach WARP to a Red or Black Wizard instead and live with having to use it more than once sometimes. Sometimes you're really glad you have a White Mage -- but I bet on the whole you'd be even more glad to have the extra firepower of another Fighter. Those guys can stand up to anything.

I'd say the ideal party is probably Fighter/Fighter/Fighter/Red Mage. My Black Mage/Wizard was kinda nice to have, but ultimately he just didn't do much a Red Wizard couldn't handle. Even the almight NUKE spell is rather weak, considering you'd rather save it up for boss battles, and then against said boss it's usually not much stronger than whackin' at 'im with a Knight.

I thought of doing Final Fantasy Legend next, 'cause it's supposed to be short, and I like short things, but I dunno. I'm hearing some bad things about it...
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From:simonbob
Date:March 23rd, 2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
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Don't SOFT potions only work out of battle, though? (Then again, maybe so does the spell. I forget.) I was also going to bring up ARUB but then I looked it up and it's a 7th level spell, way too late in the game for you to use it against Astos or the Eye. Those guys are always my roughest fights: the auto-death spells are massively annoying in a game where you can't revive people in battle.

However, I will definitely quibble with your lack of a Thief, because Ninjas are awesome. Their attack is just as good as a Knight's with a katana equipped, and there's places his extra spell slots come in handy -- a second LIT2 backing up your Reddy in the underwater dungeon, for instance. They're the ultimate growth-prestige class. (edit: or having another guy casting FAST, so that both of your Knights are speedy out of the first round. Best buff in the game.)

Is there a patch out there for the Japanese version of the game that makes it English but without adding all the glitches that were in the NES version? I'd be interested in playing the game with the elemental swords working properly against the right enemies and Black Belts not becoming horrendously overpowered.

Edited at 2012-03-23 06:47 pm (UTC)
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From:furrykef
Date:March 24th, 2012 01:40 am (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure the Japanese version had all the bugs too. You might be thinking of the MSX version, which was only in Japanese and did fix many bugs (I don't know if the elemental swords work better though), but I was playing the Famicom version. I don't know if a translation patch exists for it. Probably not much demand for it since we also have Origins and Dawn of Souls.
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From:simonbob
Date:March 24th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
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I don't like those newfangled ones tho, I want that OLDSCHOOL CHARM when I play Final Fantasy. I threw away the DS version of FF4 because it wouldn't let me rename my characters, even.
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From:furrykef
Date:March 24th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
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Threw it away? You could have given it to me. :P
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From:simonbob
Date:March 25th, 2012 06:22 am (UTC)
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well by "threw away" I mean "took it out of my 3ds and put Chrono Trigger back in" but if you want it I'll mail it to you!
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From:furrykef
Date:March 25th, 2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
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Nah, you can probably find somebody who'd appreciate it better than I could.
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