Mat Tschirgi's Back (For Real)

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Hey, it's Mat Tschirgi, back to Armchair Arcade for real this time. This is a recent pic of me in my new digs in Portland, Oregon whilst in "beard mode."

Just like last time I made a post a few months ago, I have had a lot of things going on, but things are going in a better direction for me. In the next few months, I will be moving out from my tiny 12 x 9 room to a 1 Bedroom apartment that will be closer to work and in a better location. This will make things less cluttered and so forth. ;)

As for gaming, I have been playing my new Nintendo DS Lite a good bit, particularly with the recent Final Fantas y ports for the GBA and DS. Of particular interest is Final Fantasy III DS, which is a recent remake of an older Japanese console RPG that keeps a high difficulty levels and a number of annoying retro RPG features in a modern take on a game-- that will be getting a review for sure on here.

I've missed you guys-- Mark , ryuhayabusa, Matt, Bill, and the rest, so it's nice to be back on the boards.

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Yeah, FF2 had a very strange

Yeah, FF2 had a very strange advancement system. In fact, the FF's that weren't immediately ported to the states are the ones with oddball systems. (2,3 and 5). They did port them eventually, but you can see why they chose 1,4 and 6 initally on the NES and SNES.

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When I played FF2 in the

When I played FF2 in the re-release as FF Origins on PS1 (or PS2? I can't remember), I didn't like it all that much. It was difficult to level up effectively unless I was willing to constantly hit my own characters. At least, it was faster that way.... but it just seemed weird. I'm so glad they did away with that for FF3, which I am also currently playing on the DS (and have a review up on GrrlGamer)

Welcome back! It's been a while for me too.... :D

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Yes, I had the same

Yes, I had the same experience as Bill with the original FF. I played the game on an emulator and could thus "warp mode" through the battles, but even then it took days to finish. I just can't imagine the hell of trying to finish that game on an original NES. I'd much, much rather have a game that had fewer battles for higher stakes.

Some CRPGs will have seriously underpowered enemies run away when you encounter them (or flee a battle when they're whooped). I think this is a nice touch, though it does suck to have a bunch of enemies wear you down without the benefit of any xp or loot. I think there was even a spell in the gold box games that would prevent them from fleeing (maybe web?)

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I have the new strategy

I have the new strategy guide specifically for the GameBoy Advance version. Also, I don't mind random battles, but FF 1 and Skies of Arcadia border on the obscene, certainly nothing like the great CRPG's that I've played.

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Yeah, that's a common flaw

Yeah, that's a common flaw in old CRPG's, way too much random combat. Somehow, the classic Ultimas seemed less trouble, probably because you could see the monsters on the screen and actually try and get away from them prior to combat, instead getting attacked without warning or chance to avoid it.

The remake of FF1 is a little better than the original in that you don't have to focus so much on leveling for money and power... I remember having to spend a long time in Elfland, hoping for ogres, while I fought to level 9. Later you could take advantage of a flaw in the game mapping system and go to a peninsula at the northeast corner of the southern continent, and at the edge you could fight northern continent monsters, which gave way more loot and experience. Plus fighting Zombulls was great with a white and black mage; they're vulnerable to both harm and fire spells, so the gold/XP to effort ratio was fantastic.

The strategy guide from Nintendo Power is excellent, I've tried to pick one up on eBay once in awhile for the nostalgia, but they don't go cheap. (As in practically free.) Most of the maps should still be usable. Monster names have been changed, as have statistics. Plus, the leveling system is completely different, so don't use their guidelines for required levels. Unlike the original, you gain levels faster, but I think you have to be around level 50 or so to beat Chaos.

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I have the FF 1 and 2 remake

I have the FF 1 and 2 remake for the GBA and have to say that despite 1 obviously being inspired by great CRPG's (before JRPG's became overly linear and "story" driven), the incessant random battles are extremely tiresome. I haven't played a game with so many unnecessary interruptions since "Skies of Arcadia" on the Dreamcast. I don't mind combat, but I don't need back-to-back-to-back-to-back battles. Nevertheless, I will go back to it one day when I have more time and do my best to play both all the way through. I got a free strategy guide for it for subscribing to Nintendo Power, and, while it's unlikely I'll use it, I'll certainly refer to it after I finish it to see if I missed anything.

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I am probably going to start

I am probably going to start with a review of the FF 1+2 remake for GBA.

Haven't picked up Tetris yet, but it looks fun.

Elite Beat Agents was fun, but it has messed up some of my bottom DS screen, so I am probably going to return it. When you beat a level, you have to do a "spinning circle" motion with the stylus. I have a plastic covering for the DS screens (not the Hori brand, unfortunately), yet this motion caused some light scratches, which is a dissapointment. I didn't even press the stylus that hard... :\

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Great things are improving

Great things are improving for you Mat! I'm looking forward to you posting stuff again. The FF rpg series is a very nice one. I am looking forward to your review(s). ;)

I myself have been immersing myself in DS gaming the past couple of weeks. The system really grew on me. Been playing a lot of Tetris online, as well as club house games and Ouendan as well as the Westen Elite Beat Agents. The GBA cartridge containing Zelda the minish Cap is booted up regularly for replay.

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Welcome back, Mat! I'm

Welcome back, Mat! I'm looking forward to hearing more about your experiences with your DS lite. Maybe we'll be seeing one of those cool video reviews soon?

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