Final Fantasy XIII

It’s been 5 months. I rushed and bought the PlayStation 3 Slim, Lightning Edition the day it was released.

Because this  is my first PS3 game, it has set very high standards for me. I’ve borrowed games like Virtua Fighter and Tekken 6 from friends and none of the 2 match up to FF13’s graphics. I got sort of turned off at the graphics I couldn’t find myself playing them any longer.

A friend pointed out that it’s because the games are developed in 720p whereas FF13 is 1080p and this made sense.

After completing the story for FF13, which I find satisfying (the storyline), I didn’t see the need to continue playing to complete all the missions and get all the trophies. Then after a while, I decided to work on unlocking Lightning’s PS3 theme.

Since my PS3 has a cool picture of Lightning on it, wouldn’t it be perfect to install the Lightning theme you get from unlocking a certain trophy in the game as well?

So I began working on it. I started off by grinding for CP. And to do that, I would need the Growth Egg that doubles CP received.

To get Growth Egg, I would have to fight Neochu. It’s a tough fight as it has 5-6 smaller underlings that attacks you very fast.

So I tried Vanille – Fang – Hope, SAB-SEN-MED, and spammed Death on Neochu till he dies. Won on second try. I forgot to setup RAV/COM in my paradigms and so I had to slowly kill all the underlings with Death. Took me almost 20 minutes, lol

I went through a few more difficult missions and it’s these difficult missions that got me hooked onto FF13 for the past few weeks. I love the whole system.

I didn’t know until recently that having a SEN in your setup boosts the defence capabilities of your other 2 members and having 3 SEN makes it even better than 1. Same goes for the other jobs. There are times when you need to quickly switch to a 3 SEN setup to greatly reduce the damage from an enemy’s attack.

Because of previous FF games, I had this impression that the summons would be useless in this game as well. It turned out to be not too bad in 13.

When it seems that you’re about to wipe, you can summon and at the end, your party’s HP will be restored. You can also dish out a pretty good amount of damage during the summon. And when fighting Adamantoise type monsters, summoning will somehow cripple them for an easy kill. (゜Д゜)

And to make each difficult hunt easier, you have a range of accessories and hidden abilities (hidden traits that you can unlock based on a combination of weapons and accessories) at your disposal. Also, each of the 6 characters have their own unique weapons, abilities and traits which you’ll need to consider when aiming for a 5-star win on a mission.

Each time I failed a battle, I would go through my character and paradigm setup and equipment, upgrading when neccesary and keep trying until I won. This process is quite enjoyable and the feeling of achievement when you clear a difficult mission is there.

As of now, I only have 3 more trophies (defeat long gui, obtain 5 star on all missions, obtain all items) left to acquire to totally “win” the game!

3 Replies to “Final Fantasy XIII”

  1. So you finished all the missions anyway! Out of curiosity, did they make the Lightning Trophy easier in the NA version? To unlock the Lightning Theme all you had to do was 5 star the last boss fight, which was only moderately difficult even without unlocking the last crystarium level lol, you just had to have a solid strategy. I think it took me 4 tries and I at least got a 4 star every time before that. Maybe they made the NA version easier then if you had to grind to get a 5 star lol

    1. I don’t know about the NA version, I’m playing the JP version. Took me about 3~4 tries with lv10 crystarium. I guess it’s about the same?

  2. Ah, about that. Sanzou and I had a little contest to see who could 5 star it first without upgrading to level 10 Crystarium as a challenge, so we both did it with level 9 crystarium levels. Thinking back, even that wasn’t very hard lol, the only thing remotely difficult was the 2nd form, but with a solid strategy its easily doable.

    I used Fang, Lightning, Hope and started off with 2x Defender 1 Healer, to take that initial Merciless Judgement attack. Then I switched to Healer/Enchanterx2(don’t know the JP name) to get at least haste/atkup/magup on everyone, which are the most important for fast damage.

    After that Triple Blaster gets him up into Break status very quickly. For the first Break, I switch to triple debuff, because during break status all debuffs will land on him and it will last the rest of the fight, making it 3 times easier. As soon as debuffs are on, I switched to Double Attacker/Blaster and went to town on him, using Highwind at the very end.

    His pattern is very predictable after that lol, after the break he’ll use Merciless judgement again so I just switched back to Defender/Healer took the damage, then switched back to triple blaster. I use Renew instead of Summon because I feel that the animation time of summoning (even when you skip) takes too long and it hinders your 5 star lol, besides you can do much more damage without summoning during Break mode. I got a 5 star when I only had to break 3 times and the fight lasted about 5 minutes I think.

    The hardest part was getting unlucky with the instant death move lol, I was too lazy to synth the anti death crowns so I used the default one.

    That was the only hard part anyway, The first form was easy since you were allowed to use buff items ahead of time, and the 3rd form is a joke, just a damage race :p

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