Final Fantasy VIII – Sorceress Supreme

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Progress:
Got my sharpshooter and embarked on a mission to either assassinate the evil sorceress, Edea, or die trying! Died. Inserted Disc 2!

Thoughts:
Finally got to sit in for a proper play session! I’ve officially decided to stop actively playing cards and farming items, unless they can be gotten relatively easy, and instead am focusing on developing my GF and junctions, and moving the story forward. So far so good, but honestly I’m getting to “that” point with this game. I don’t want to give it up, so I’m going to keep pushing, hoping that things pick up from Disc 2.

One excellent change from FF7 is how seamlessly and frequently the game switches to and from pre-rendered CG scenes, making major events feel much more organic and enjoyable. As for the events so far, it’s a lot trippier than I remember, with Edea being a legitimately chilling figure. I don’t remember FF8’s story at all from this point, so I’m interested to see where it goes from here!

Final Fantasy VIII – Trainspotting

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Progress:
Attempted to kidnap an evil president, failed. Accidentally botched an attempt when someone else tried to kidnap the same evil president. Getting ready to visit a new Garden!

Thoughts:
This was fun, though the train event wasn’t very well explained and I ended up restarting my game after failing the first attempt. Today was actually pretty slow, and I didn’t play as long as I typically do. I’ve stopped grinding as much, as I can really start to feel the tedium setting in and I don’t want it to ruin the game for me.

Final Fantasy VIII – Waltz for the Moon

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Progress:
Pretty much left the game on all day so I could spend a little time here and there farming for AP and cards, which I think I’m done with for a while. Went on the worst date ever with Quistis (#$%^ you Squall!) and finally met Rinoa on a train.

Thoughts:
Squall’s attitude was fun at first, but at this point I’d rather be playing as Seifer. Even still I’m having a good time and am looking forward to making some quick progress on the actual story. I forgot how great the iconic waltz scene was, and it’s almost enough to make me want to take up the piano again.

Final Fantasy VIII – Taking Selphies

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Progress:
Finally got around to the SeeD exam where I got to beat Biggs and Wedge into submission and get chased by a giant metal car-spider.

Thoughts:
It’s hard, but I’m tearing myself away from the endless AP farming and card playing in order to actually progress the story. I had a good time today, meeting Zell and Selphie for the first and second times respectively. I’m actually finding myself getting surprised frequently by how good the game is, in many aspects. Seifer actually has a lot of personality behind, as do the supporting characters. The game’s also much more technically advanced that its predecessor, boasting much better visuals and use of CG scenes.

Final Fantasy VIII – Trippin’ Triads

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Progress:
Progress? I think I spent 3 hours just playing Triple Triad then went to bed!

Thoughts:
I don’t think I’m playing this game right… I have five and a half hours on the game time and I’m maybe about 20 minutes into the actual game! I need AP to level my GF’s, and I need cards to mod into items to refine into magic to equip to my characters! I really just need to get on with the game…

One thing I’ve picked up on is how fantastically overcomplicated the game’s systems are, and how off-putting that could be for people. Personally, now that I have the capacity to understand everything (and have a guide…) I find things like GF skill leveling and the whole junction system really enjoyable, but I can easily see how it can be a bit much when sometimes all you want is “Buy a better sword, equip the better sword, cast magic until you’re out of MP”

Final Fantasy VIII – Hot for Teacher

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Progress:
Got my ass kicked by Seifer, then went on a date with my professor to the fire cave and convinced Ifrit to hang out with me. Spent the next hour farming AP on the beach… which also counts as being on a date with my professor.

Thoughts:
I feel like I’m a lot happier about playing this game than I should be, and I’m excited to play more. The problem is that I keep getting distracted by the game’s various interconnecting systems… and my hot professor.