Final Fantasy XII: Zodiac Age Collector Edition Unboxing

I have played it for several days, and the original PS2 version as well. The graphic is high def now, much better than the PS2 version. They have also made new music although you have the option to use the old ones too.

I highly recommend the game for all FF fans. They made some changes: now each character can have 2 license boards, a.k.a classes. That’s perfect because you have 6 chars and 12 classes in total. You can try all of them in one play through. But my favorite feature of Zodiac Time is the speed up option. You can set the speed up amount to 2X or 4X. Then in game, press L1 to switch between normal and speedy modes. This will affect in game timer but animations, music etc. are not affected.

The game play is now all about strategy, because after setting up gambits, you don’t need to control the fight. You only walk up and your party will automatically fight for you.

I will post more on this game later.


Odin Sphere Leifthrasir – first impression

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Odin Sphere Leifthrasir is an action RPG made by the same developer of Dragon’s Crown, which is Vanillaware. It feels quite similar to Dragon’s Crown, but not as exaggerated in human figure representations. In other words, you don’t see the shaking huge breasts barely covered by clothes which makes you ashamed of playing it in front of others. ‘Tis is a welcome change.

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir tells five books of stories which are intervened. With the fancy drawings and decent voice acting, it feels like a Disney movie, pure and loving, which I quite enjoy. Although I can somehow guess the outcome, I still paid full attention to the story and wanted to see what’s going on next. Part of it is due to the lack of ability to skip scenes or conversations, but I have to agree that the story is still better than many other RPGs. It is simple, but with positive attitude which distinguish itself from many current generation games with violent background.

Gameplay-wise, it uses the same mechanism as in Dragon’s Crown. The visual and sound effect is satisfactory and you can control what skills you use and master, which is an element required by RPGs. You can collect recipes and earn more EXP from the food you cultivated by eating them cooked as opposed to raw. But I feel the skill level is more important than character level. It’s important to focus on only a few skills so that you can use the most powerful ones in battle. I chose those use POW as it recovers faster than PP, which is consumed¬†by magical spells.

In the game, you sometimes need to find hidden items to learn all skills. The good thing is you can go to any of the acts freely, so there is nothing missable. I’m still on the path to platinum it but so far it feels a very pleasant experience.