> > I've played FF8 but don't notice anything especially cool about the combat,
> > are you referring to?
> Well its one of the only games in the series that has a last boss thats actually
> a challenge. FF5 is the only other game that springs to mind, but that battle is
> much shorter.
> Its not like in FF7 where 1 summon of KOTR can kill the last boss, or FFX where
> its pretty much impossible to die.
Ah, yeah heh
> > I liked the story/characters of 8 as well but it got too far out at the end
> > (although the ending itself was good)
> Agreed. I remember finishing disc 1 and thinking "this is amazing", but then
> things just went downhill from there, and once all the time compression shit
> started it felt more like an episode of star trek then a FF game. But yes, the
> ending was great, probabley the best in the series.
I liked that the ending in 9 actually had an epilogue, wish the other games had had this, but other than that yeah it wasn't as good as 8's, which is probably the best
> To each his own, i just found that very little stuck out about the game compared
> some of the others. I mostly remember the humour (especially Quina), not much
Well I guess I didn't give such a good idea about what I like about the characters... Steiner's always wanting to protect the princess attitude was pretty well done and humorous, Cid (frog) when he sent you on that mission to find the potions that in the end do nothing was pretty funny, Zorn and Thorn were odd but good villains that were pretty entertaining and unique. The way they always avoided describing/showing Vivi's physical form was funny, and his unknown origins etc made for a cool story.
I liked that the main character was full of himself and rushed into things, that Vivi was the underdog, Steiner was an ass but he really knew better and was also really good friends with Vivi, it's pretty cool, you saw relationships develop in the group that weren't always revolving around the main character. Bah it was just interesting, heh. The Black Waltz mages were great too. Kuja was well done and had a wicked theme song.
I guess you could argue other FFs have had stuff like this as well. I guess it must just be preference... I must be in the minority though, not everyone seems to hold FF9 in high regard, it seems like out of all of the FFs, it's the most unnoticed.
> > Don't seem so interested in Xenosaga... they should have just named it
> > else and not hyped it based on Xenogears.
> Put it this way, it was 45 minutes for me before i got to make my first save.
Guh... well it just doesn't seem as interesting as Xenogears to me anyway, I didn't even play it because the characters looked stupid. I don't feel like I'm missing much and I have too many games to play as it is. I might pick it up in the future or something...