When I played the original FFXIV, it was horrible. The menus were a mess and there wasn’t much of a social element any more.
Now the remake “Realm Reborn”, despite the nasty launch where “early access” was pretty much voided, everything is made much smoother. Having played the original FFXI over 10 years ago the game is also much, much easier and less laborious for an MMORPG in comparison. It is much more casual.
In a way, it’s much like World of Warcraft in the sense that you don’t need to wait for parties to level up, which is good news for Damage Dealers (DD, or DPS) since they usually have the hardest time finding parties. There is a Duty Finder that automatically pairs you up with other players from other servers so it’s quite quick rather than constantly shouting to arrange your own local party.
Hope you’ve enjoyed your holidays. Me? I’ve been enjoying my import copy of Persona 4 Golden. Pretty late but I didn’t decide to get a PS Vita until I ran out of decent JRPGs on the PS3 ^^;
I’ve got quite a few things to say about the PS Vita’s design (mostly bad things) but that’s another story. It was probably a combination of Gravity Daze/Rush and having an updated copy of Persona 4 that gave me the extra push towards buying one.
Anyway, I thought I’d share the notes I made while looking up various guides. It’s pretty much impossible to get a platinum without some guide. Here are some pointers on how to obtain the platinum trophy for this game which still plays brilliantly despite being 4 years old.
Level all your “human stats” as they’ll also be carried over to your second playthrough. For myself, I decided to max out Mari and Adachi’s new social links since they were new content so I got those trophies first playthrough.
Since you’ll be busy level grinding be sure to keep asking Rise for advice to hear 250 lines from her for the “Hardcore Rise Fan” bronze trophy. Maximising her social link helps as she will automatically analyse enemies at the start of and during battles. What counts as different lines? She can say, “There are x number of enemies” or “X has been x” etc so switch between party members. I got mine in the new dungeon towards the end of the game.
It’s also best if you focused on collecting and reading all books for this first run. Yes, READ! If you don’t finish reading them, it doesn’t count. Don’t know why this is bronze when it’s actually missable and requires a lot of time to collect. You don’t really need to start reading until August 4th which is when you get the speed reading book that helps you read 2 chapters at a time so up until then you can work on your social links. Getting the books read this playthrough means you don’t have to wait until August before maxing out the basketball/soccer club members for the second playthrough.
Most books can be bought from the shop but some are via quests and social link events. DO NOT level Kouji/Ken (Sports) to Rank 4 or higher before August or you’ll miss the following 3 books that they give you when agree to hangout with them over the phone!
Choose “I’ll Take It” to get the “Witch Detective”
Go to your room at night, accept invite -> 7/17, Choose “Can’t do” to get “Fun with Numbers”
Accept the invite and choose “I’ll have it” to get “The O-Cha Way”
Quests you need to get the others are…
#18, book exchange for “The Youdou”
You should have got the White Peach from Teddy(Kuma) at Yukiko’s Castle
#20, feed the cat to get “The Gaidou”
You can either fish or get fish from Tanaka Net TV
#34, get hard boots to get “Pest Book”
Sauna, 5F-8F. Dancing Hands… They’re pink and come with muscle guys. Quite rare. Took 2 hours to get 5 skin drops. Sell at the shop and buy the hard boots. They’re a weapon for Chie.
#40, Get a nice plate to get “I Love Puzzles!”
Rise 9F. Lightning and Wind Balances. Not as hard to encounter and collect as the Dancing Hands. Get 3 pretty saucers then go back to hand them over.
#45, Remember book contents “Know A Lot book”
Questions about the books you’ve read – Answers “Effectiveness of skill”, “Witch Doctor Comes With Illustrations”, “1 Insect on Page 2″, “Me”
There is also one book “The Noodle Way” that you can only get by eating at Aika 8 times. Eating there raises your social stats so it’s another reason why you should focus on maxing out social stats and reading all books first.
Finally got round to picking up the half done translation. Pretty hard to believe it’s been two years since then. Time flies, eh?
If I wasn’t a software developer myself it would have been quite tricky translating all the parts about programming. Other than the finished translation, you’ll also find I’ve added Shinkai’s Twitter feed to the bottom of the site and also a new guestbook feature! Anyone still remember those? You know, those days of dial-up 56k modems and before social media sites took over, it was a page where you left a little message for the website owner and its visitors.
Anyway, as with the previous stories, it contains a lot of new material – a lot more which should help clear up any questions you may have about the final episode of the movie. You can view a detailed comparison if you can’t be bothered reading through the translation. In the afterword of this novel, Shinkai notes that he started writing this novel when 5cm first premiered 2007 March in Shibuya and acts as a supplement to the movie.
Since then, there has also been a Manga version of the movie which I haven’t had a read yet. Other 5cm fans say there is new material in there too but maybe it’s just the same as the novel. There has also been another novel appropriately named as “One More Side” where a different author (under the supervision of Shinkai) takes a different approach to 5cm – mostly from Akari’s perspective instead of Takaki’s.
500 of you have said you want to see an official English version since the launch of my site. It might be worth asking Shinkai on Twitter about this too if you have an account.
Anyway, Takaki’s back story can get pretty depressing in the novel so don’t expect a heart-warming Christmas story!
I always end up thinking “Anime” instead of “Animation” but then I just noticed this K-ON poster is written the same too! I guess “Anime” does mean animation in French but I still prefer it means Japanese animation when used in English.
It seems the trophies for Persona 4 Golden/Vita has been leaked. Don’t read on in case you’re worried about spoilers!
If you don’t know what trophies are, they’re basically “side quests” for games on the Playstation 3 and Vita that you can fulfill to get a nice icon on your online PSN profile… Sounds pretty pointless but, I think they help extend a game’s lifespan because the next time you decide to pick up the game again, you’ll have more goals to go for. It also shows how much you enjoyed a game and let fellow gamers know.
They’re also very handy for finding out what a game has in-store since each trophy comes with a description. So according to this, you’ll be saving Marie the new character… I keep thinking Marie from the Evangelion 2.0 movie ^^;
Click on the image to view the full list of icons from the original source. Thanks to Kita-san for all the Persona franchise related news as usual.