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Let's Play Final Fantasy 12 Together - Week 12. Bahamut.

WybornWyborn GET EQUIPPEDRegistered User regular
edited January 2018 in Singularity Engine++
Welcome to the Community Playthrough of Final Fantasy 12: For Grownups



"A masterpiece of epic proportions." -Gaming Target

"This isn't a crowning moment only for the PS2 generation, but for all of the Final Fantasy series." -Detroit Free Press

"Beautiful, involving, impeccably designed and outstanding value, this is a grand game that is difficult to fault." -Sydney Morning Herald

"10 / 10 / 10 / 10" -Weekly Famitsu

"So Final Fantasy XII is a pretty fun game." -Tube

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So what the Hell is Final Fantasy 12?

Final Fantasy XII is the 12th numbered entry in the Final Fantasy series, directed by Yasumi Matsuno, also known as the creator of Ogre Battle, Tactics Ogre, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Vagrant Story. No Sakaguchi or Nomura here; the primary creative vision behind this game is, like Matsuno's other works, both highly personal and highly political. Final Fantasy 12 is a story about interpersonal relationships set against the backdrop of geopolitical turmoil, of warring empires and embattled kingdoms, of brother pitted against brother and love both lost and found, of sorrow and loss and triumph and savagery, of mankind's war against fate and the gods.

OK. So why are you playing it now?

Because it came out almost a decade ago and I was talking about it with the wife recently while I was playing FFX. Then it came up in the JRPG thread, and some interest was stirred up for a Let's Play Together. We're playing it now because it owns, and it's been out for a while.

Cool. Where can I play it?

Pretty much just on your PS2. It ain't been released on the PSN or anything, and it's not on PC like the newer FFs, so if you want to get your kicks then it needs to be old-school.

Wyborn, I got a life. I got obligations. How am I supposed to keep up with a community playthrough of a billion-hour JRPG?

Hey, I feel you! That's why this play-together is designed for grownups. The idea is that we all play at an even, relaxed pace, so you can even play between other games if you like. We all try to get to certain points in the story at the end of each week. If you finish early, Hell, do some hunts! Hunts are pretty cool sidequests with tough bosses. If you're lagging behind, don't worry! Some of the weeks are pretty light, so you'll have some time to catch up (probably).

So what do we talk about in this thread?

The idea is that as we play the game we'll talk about the parts we're playing through. Spoilers will abound, people, but the game has been out for almost a decade so we'll work out the spoiler policy as we go along. If anyone's playing for the first time, we'll be more strict about it.

When does this nonsense start?

To give people time to prepare, we're going to be kicking off next Friday, on the 3rd of July. If you need to dig out your PS2 or purchase a copy of the International Zodiac Job System to apply the fan translation to, now's the time! Let's go, people!

Do I need to sign up?

Sure! Why the Hell not!

CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS:

Wyborn
SilverWind
Screech of the Farg
Devlin_Dragonus
Dr. Flamingo
turtleant
Shen
chocobolicious
Renzo
Didgeridoo
Stilts
Grove
rhylith
CorporateLogo
Ilpala
The Hanged Man
Petesalzl
PrjctD_Captain
Verminion
Angelina
Jeix
TamerBill
stephen_hearts
SageinaRage
Heartfinder
Frem
robotbee
Naphtali
A steak!
cornell
Blackhawk1313
Kayne Red Robe
Maddoc
Cormac
I needed a gnome to post.

THE SCHEDULE

This is a 12-week playthrough, so everyone should have plenty of time to get along and caught up over the course of it.

Open the spoiler to see the general milestones we'll try to hit at the end of each week!
Week 1
Prologue to plans to sneak into the palace (Finish talking to Old Dalan)

Week 2
Sneaking into palace to escaping from palace (Firemane)

Week 3
Prison to hunts to aerodome (Finish preparations and go to aerodome)

Week 4
Bhujerba to arrival at Raithwall's Tomb (Garuda)

Week 5
Raithwall's Tomb to finishing Jahara (Decision to travel to Mount Bur-Omisace)

Week 6
Golmore jungle to post audience with Gran Kiltias

Week 7
Stilshrine of Miriam to arrival at Old Archades

Week 8
Archades to arrival at Giruvegan

Week 9
Giruvegan to entrance of the Pharos (Hydro)

Week 10
Climbing Pharos to Balfonheim

Week 11
Catching up, marks, preparing for the end

Week 12
Bahamut

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The fight for Dalmasca's independence begins now!

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  • SilverWindSilverWind regular Registered User regular
    edited June 2015
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  • SilverWindSilverWind regular Registered User regular
    Also @WeedLordVegeta @PiptheFair @Chocobolicious apologies if I've missed anyone

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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair regular Registered User regular
    I would love to, but I do not have a ps1/2 anymore
    wait, will this work on my ps4?

  • WybornWyborn GET EQUIPPED Registered User regular
    Does the PS4 play PS2 games? I have no idea.

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  • WeedLordVegetaWeedLordVegeta regular Registered User regular
    i am moving to ireland on the 10th

    so

    that makes things a bit tricky

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  • SilverWindSilverWind regular Registered User regular
    The first two weeks are very slow paced, so it should be easy to catch up. :D Though you could always start playing now and joining in the conversation / playthrough timeline when things have settled down?

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  • Dr. FlamingoDr. Flamingo 49 Gilded Disc Perceives the Sun Registered User regular
    Yes! I will participate! ...Am participating. I've started my play through already, but I'll make sure my discussion stays paced with the group.

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  • WeedLordVegetaWeedLordVegeta regular Registered User regular
    SilverWind wrote: »
    The first two weeks are very slow paced, so it should be easy to catch up. :D Though you could always start playing now and joining in the conversation / playthrough timeline when things have settled down?

    i miiiiiiiiiiiiiight do that

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  • Virgil_Leads_YouVirgil_Leads_You Not on Any Podcast or Affliated Don't Even Own a MikeRegistered User regular
    Hrmmmm

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  • WyvernWyvern regular Registered User regular
    I might have to get in on this. The cheap used PS2 I bought a couple years back has been sadly neglected, and a gradual schedule might be what I need to play a long-as-hell RPG again.

    My only prior experience with Final Fantasy XII is using Fran a bunch in Theatrhythm. For numbered FFs I've only played 1 through 7 and 9. I used to figure I'd save XII for last, since I have higher expectations for it than VIII or X, but what the heck!

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  • AistanAistan Tiny Bat Registered User regular
    I don't think I ever got more than a few hours into it. Might be worth a try again while i'm in this unemployment limbo.

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  • Dr. FlamingoDr. Flamingo 49 Gilded Disc Perceives the Sun Registered User regular
    Wow, my PS2 worked on the first attempt! It usually takes a lot of effort and tears to get it to read my Persona 4 disc. ... I used to have some Persona-hating friends who would have a field day with that info. :P

    SilverWind
  • turtleantturtleant Gunpla Dad is the best.Registered User regular
    @Wyborn you can put me on that list a ma jigger.

    Also, unless I'm misremembering, the week 7 stuff is really long.

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  • WybornWyborn GET EQUIPPED Registered User regular
    Added everyone who's explicitly confirmed, all two of you

    And I promise it's more fun when you play in an environment where you can have good discussion about it, guys. We can give all kind of good advice to each other (like treasure chaining for mad cash!) and help out with things that need doing or feel tricky.

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  • RenzoRenzo regular Registered User regular
    Can't confirm just yet, but this is a great idea! I'm considering getting started early just to see if I can do it.

    SilverWind
  • Dr. FlamingoDr. Flamingo 49 Gilded Disc Perceives the Sun Registered User regular
    edited June 2015
    Collected thoughts. I'm about to break out of prison, so on the schedule I'm early in week 3:
    The royal prince getting shot in the cleavage window amuses me to no end for some reason. And yet no one learns from his mistake in armor practicality. Come to think of it, the Imperial soldiers in their full plate take more damage than Reks does in his Dalmascan half-nudity...

    I really like how the traditional victory theme plays randomly after a decisive while everybody strikes cheesy poses... But I wish that they waited until the next battle to do it for the first time. Firepony was a way more dramatic boss fight. I know there was already a scene after it, but they could have done the victory theme first, and get caught by the soldiers while standing in their dramatic poses.

    Balthier: Ah, the prison repository of wrested relics and raiments.
    Vaan: So our things are in here?
    Balthier: That's what I said.

    Ah, Balthier, I just wanna listen to you say things forever. :tell_me_more: Fran, too. I like her accent.

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  • turtleantturtleant Gunpla Dad is the best.Registered User regular
    Fran's accent is the best.

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  • ShenShen regular Registered User regular
    I'll join in, I never did beat Yiazmat.

    If I burn out and they announce Zodiac Edition I'm going to be very cross with you two though!

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  • ASimPersonASimPerson And they will tremble again at the sound of our silence.Registered User regular
    edited June 2015
    I wonder if my old desktop with the TV tuner card has enough horsepower to stream this.

    Or I could just get a newer dongle adapter thing...

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  • SCREECH OF THE FARGSCREECH OF THE FARG #1 PARROTHEAD margaritavilleRegistered User regular
    Everyone join in and also play IZJS!

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  • chocoboliciouschocobolicious regular Registered User regular
    Got everything setup. I'm in like woah.

    Going with ZJS version. Primarily because I know where that one is. My original version is oddly MIA. Probably locked in a storage box somewhere.

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  • OlivawOlivaw good name, isn't it? the foot of mt fujiRegistered User regular
    I'm excited to hear what other people think of this game

    Because I never beat it but I remember really liking it

    Especially the crazy ultimate attack system they had where it was like one giant quicktime event to do a bunch of crazy-balls bullshit that if you got really lucky you could cheese really hard bosses way beyond your level

    It's my favorite!

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  • RenzoRenzo regular Registered User regular
    I bought a pretty small standard-def LCD TV a few years ago specifically to play a handful of ps2 games I wanted to replay, and then promptly got distracted by other stuff because I'm a magpie.

    So last night I set it up along with the slim ps2 I also bought for that purpose. Found my memory cards, a controller, and my steel case collectors edition of FFXII.

    I will also be busting out the collectors edition strategy guide (Basch version).

    I made the FFXII thread in G&T around launch. I was pretty damn excited! I loved almost everything about the game's presentation, setting, music, visuals, and combat. The story and characters ended up mostly disappointing, but I still remember the game fondly and want to see if a revisit with different, less than sky-high expectations will lead to a different reception.

    I played for about an hour last night, so yeah, I think I'm in!

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  • RenzoRenzo regular Registered User regular
    I put all the milestones in my calendar. If I did it right, it means we'll be done by September 25. Is that right?

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  • SCREECH OF THE FARGSCREECH OF THE FARG #1 PARROTHEAD margaritavilleRegistered User regular
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    reminder that the collectors edition steelbook is super rad

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  • DidgeridooDidgeridoo regular Registered User regular
    SilverWind wrote: »
    Yaaaaay <3
    @ing potentially interested people!

    Awesome, I'm definitely interested! May have to skip the first week and play catch up, though (work stuff) but maybe not! I'll try and get to the week one stopping point in time. I've been meaning to go back and play this, great idea guys!

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  • builderr0rbuilderr0r regular Registered User regular
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    reminder that the collectors edition steelbook is super rad

    I had that! Ugh why did I sell it.

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  • WybornWyborn GET EQUIPPED Registered User regular
    Man I loved that tin so much

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  • chocoboliciouschocobolicious regular Registered User regular
    I have that, too. Also the Balthier collectors edition players guide. (Which my then girlfriend wouldn't trade for her Fran one.)

    The retrospective DVD that came with it was pretty rad too.

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  • turtleantturtleant Gunpla Dad is the best.Registered User regular
    I got Fran on my guide.

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  • Romanian My EscutcheonRomanian My Escutcheon Two of Forks Registered User regular
    I still have a copy of this, though my PS2's status is currently ???

    I will see what I can do.

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  • builderr0rbuilderr0r regular Registered User regular
    edited June 2015
    My PS2 is covered in dust somewhere. >< If I can find it, I'll pick up a copy of the game next week.


    turtleant wrote: »
    I got Fran on my guide.

    Fran is one of my game character crushes for sure.

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  • OlivawOlivaw good name, isn't it? the foot of mt fujiRegistered User regular
    edited June 2015
    The only reason I could stand Fran's terrible anime design was because Fran as a character was awesome

    She was the Chewie to Balthier's Han and I loved that their dynamic was always platonic

    (At least as far as I got in the game)

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  • chocoboliciouschocobolicious regular Registered User regular
    Actually I'd argue Fran's design isn't really anime at all. More pulp fantasy than anything else. Maybe you could call the concept itself (rabbit earred human thing.) sort of anime. Even then it's done in fantasy and such though.

    Actually 12 avoided a lot of typical anime design choices.

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  • SilverWindSilverWind regular Registered User regular
    Renzo wrote: »
    I put all the milestones in my calendar. If I did it right, it means we'll be done by September 25. Is that right?

    Yep! The last 'week' will be September 18 - 24.

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  • Devlin_DragonusDevlin_Dragonus Gorgeous Dallas, TXRegistered User regular
    builderr0r wrote: »
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    reminder that the collectors edition steelbook is super rad

    I had that! Ugh why did I sell it.

    I still have this! But... No disc. Gonna see if I can find a replacement

    I got nothing for you now. Try again later.

  • Devlin_DragonusDevlin_Dragonus Gorgeous Dallas, TXRegistered User regular
    Funny note I found out I didn't have the disc when I bought a PS3 fat with the backwards 'guts' from a pawn shop.

    I gleefully hooked it up and searched for my FFXII disc, found the collectors case, opened it and... No disc

    I got nothing for you now. Try again later.

  • SilverWindSilverWind regular Registered User regular
    Funny note I found out I didn't have the disc when I bought a PS3 fat with the backwards 'guts' from a pawn shop.

    I gleefully hooked it up and searched for my FFXII disc, found the collectors case, opened it and... No disc

    It might be in another game's case! I've played case juggle and found a missing game years after the fact. :X

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver regular Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Can you remind us of the chests we are not supposed to open so we can get the good weapon?

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  • Theodore FlooseveltTheodore Floosevelt DON'T call me annie... unless you're my friendRegistered User regular
    ff12 was the game in my ps2 when it was stolen 8 years ago

    never forget

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