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Sometime life gets in the way of composing posts. When those moments of Life™ pass, well, here we are.

The short update is that I have been playing Final Fantasy Record Keeper on and off, and somewhere along the line I got two more of my characters to level 99. But what I am doing on FFRK isn’t the interesting part of this post. But, since I am speaking of FFRK, right now I am still just bumbling forward, hitting everything with the few hammers I have, although it is now clear that strategy needs to be applied for the high level battles. I just haven’t done much of that yet because when I have been play FFRK, my brain has been in “off” mode. Sometimes I think my iPhone lulls my brain into “off” mode. >_<


So, here is the real meat of the post:

It is interesting how I, in 2018, equate mobile games with “whatever runs on my phone or, perhaps, my overly large tablet (an iPad Pro).” Yet, with all of the recent ShinMegamiTensei/Persona excitement in my life, I remembered that mobile games were something I once played on dedicated handheld consoles.

Last night I dug my ancient PSP and my equally ancient Nintendo DS out of a box. I rummaged through my games – hardcopies – and made mental notes of which games I probably have in digital form from the playstation store, and then set everything up to start charging.

This morning, I re-engaged my brain with an ongoing less-than-satisfactory relationship I have been forming with my current mobile device of choice (an iPhone) and with the ever-ticking clock.

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I plan to begin using my Mobile Gaming Monday posts as a means to KEEP MYSELF HONEST. Sort of like giving up cigarettes. Mobile gaming, in whatever form it takes each week, needs to become an alternative wasting time in crap apps, and, frankly, I feel bad calling some of those news/essayist media apps “crap apps” because a handful of them are dedicated to doing actual journalism but … as I said above, when I think of the limited hours of the day as the ever-advancing clock and calendar in a Persona game, a lot of stuff that feels Important™ in the moment is really just a waste of my personal, limited time when viewed across a period of months or years.
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Life required too much of my time for the past 2 weeks, which meant almost no gaming either on mobile devices or on one of my larger gaming devices. But gaming did occur, and starting tomorrow I'll also add a What I'm Playing Wednesday post to my weekly posting schedule -- a post that isn't about mobile games BECAUSE WE NEED MORE GAMING LOVE ON DW. :D

I'll also start x-posting these to Tumblr effective immediately.

Okay. Belated Mobile Gaming:

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Mobile Game Monday!

Monday, 21 May 2018 10:37 pm
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[personal profile] seventhe came up with this idea and with my painfully overbooked life, mobile games is where it is at for me until summer. Although given the number of old faves that have been re-released on mobile, mobile gaming might become my primary gaming platform for a while? TBD. 

Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia (DFFOO) has been my main mobile game in 2018 on my iPad Pro. Between the nostalgia factor each time I recruit a character (any character!), my general sense of joy regarding the soundtrack, and the lighthearted feel to the story, this game is my current happy place. 

After a slow start late in March and on-and-off gaming whenever I could squeeze in the time, I finally caught up last week and finished Chapter 7. I have also played the bits for some of the extra recruitable character story lines that aren't part of the main chapter sequence. I haven't yet inventoried who I am missing but I have recruited 39 of the characters so far. Of them, I have only managed to level up ten characters to level 20 or higher. Only four characters -- Yuffie, Tifa, Cloud, and Yuna -- are developed far enough to hold their own in difficult battles. For instance, Yuffie is at level 38 / crystal strength 24, and Tifa, Cloud, and Yuna are pretty close to her in level. Vincent and Setzer are catching up. I have lucked out on item draws via gems won through level grinding, giving me quite a few 4 star and 5 star weapons and armor that have bonuses for specific characters. AND JUST LIKE WHEN I BEGAN FINAL FANTASY RECORD KEEPER DURING THE DIRGE SPECIAL EVENT LAST YEAR, my item draws in DFFOO are suspiciously friendly to Vincent. I had most of Vincent's 5 star gear long before I started Chapter 7.  Oh, and, lololololololol, Chapter 7. It is very much all about how the FFVII gang thinks that Vincent can get a little stupid when he wanders off on his own, away from his friends. Overall, the cuteness factor in DFFOO is seriously high. Not sure any of the intent behind the characterization in each of the story chapters would make much sense to someone who isn't already familiar with this characters from their respective numbered FF games (e.g., what is going on with Vincent yammering about His Sins(tm) and what he is actually trying to do) but the main gist of each characters' personality comes through for everyone I have collected so far.

Unlike some of the other "collect all the characters / grind in battle" mobile games I have played, DFFOO speaks to me because the battles require tactical play if you want to max your score and win all of the rewards. But you can also just plow your way through and accept whatever score you get. For the first few chapters, I was really just making sense of how the battle mechanics worked. 

Now that I am caught up on the main story line played at normal mode, I'm ready to grind grind grind. Plan for upcoming week+ is to start replaying the main story in hard mode and also grind away in daily/limited time quests. Not sure how much time I will have but I want to get at least my top  4 to 6 characters high enough for very difficult battles.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper (FFRK) was my main mobile game on my iPhone from when I first downloaded during the Dirge of Cerberus special event, after [personal profile] auronlu  pointed it out to me. So, when was that? August 2017? I think? I need to get back to FFRK but haven't had time. 

When I last left off, I was in that uncomfortable place where my main party of characters have excellent gear but were at still at a middling level and FFRK really doesn't have any strategy/tactics in the battles. Either you are tall enough to win the hard battles or go grind some more at mid-level battles until you are tall enough. I still have a lot of grinding ahead...

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius (FFBE) <-- started this a few weeks back and hardly had any time to put into it past the initial tutorial and set up. I still haven't really figured this out. Some day? Because more grinding. More collection. More final fantasy nostalgia joy.

Sometime in the future... I need to replay all of the old Final Fantasy games that have been released for mobile (FF1 - FF9, minus FF8. Why did they not release FF8?! I need my silly military high school drama and endless hours of triple triad!  I wouldn't mind doing a long slow series of me playing through various old FF games and posting a Let's Play blog with meta. Although I need to do that for Dirge of Cerberus first ... summer.


(as for other things, my life will continue to burn the candle at both ends for the next few weeks. sad sigh. will catch up with things here and on Tumblr as I can)


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