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Talraen, July 10, 2009 6:51 PM (edited 7/10/09 2:51 PM)

Two Weeks of Blog, One Week of Games (if that)

Mood: Exasperated
Tags: Gaming, Guitar Hero Smash Hits, Rock Band 2, Final Fantasy XI, Guitar Hero: Metallica, Final Fantasy, Rock Band Unplugged
I was too busy messing with my FF1 database to post last week, but it doesn't really matter - these were two weeks of light gaming. And mostly music gaming, at that, though I did at least try to use my weekly stuff up in FFXI.

Guitar Hero Smash Hits
Guitar Hero Smash Hits
Still enamored with my shiny new GH guitar, I decided to use it to play some more GHSH. Though not Free Bird. That way lies madness. But now that I've learned about tap strumming and a few other neat tricks, I can have some fun with GH songs. Unfortunately the playlist isn't all that huge, so that got kind of played out before too long. But not to worry! There are other games in the series.

Rock Band 2
Rock Band 2
Of course, I do also have a relatively new Rock Band guitar, and since I was on a guitar kick I had to whip that out and play some songs. But lacking the touch pad made me sad, so I took out the drums and played a little bit of that. It was going well, too, until I lost on Won't Get Fooled Again, which really just made me sad. But last weekend Cuzzdog, SweetiePop, and Lovely Rita were out, and we played a bunch with the full band. It was pretty fun, even if someone tried to justify not liking the Ion drums. Not naming any names here...

Guitar Hero: Metallica
Guitar Hero: Metallica
We closed out the night with a little GH Metallica, which I at least enjoyed. Dunno about anyone else, but whatever. I played a bunch more after, happy for the excuse to play some more guitar. Apparently there were a lot of Metallica songs on the game I hadn't played, which surprised me. Well now there are a lot fewer! Though I still think I haven't played a single non-Metallica song on the disc.

Final Fantasy XI
Final Fantasy XI
But it wasn't all music games. I did occasionally take out my dark knight with my NPC to go level as well as improve her armor. I hit level 28 by the time Draethor asked for help breaking his destroyers. I used my NPC for that as well, and not only did we succeed, she was really close to having max heavy armor. A few more calls with the dark knight got me to my goal, as well as level 29.

At that point I was free to fight anything I wanted with her, which was nice, but it also took this long to realize that blue mage was a good dark knight sub. I had been using dancer at lower levels (like you do), then switched to ranger for the accuracy and to find the specific mobs I needed to level my NPC's armor. Dancer gets amazing again at level 30, so only thinking of blue knight at 29 was just embarrassing. Truth be told, it might still be a better solo sub at 30, but it's more effort, and I'm lazy. In any case I did hit 30, got myself some souleater action, and am generally a lot happier with the job. Now I just need to come up with somewhere other than Qufim to do Fields of Valor the rest of the way.

Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy
I did finally start actually playing Final Fantasy this week, as well. Last week I did a bit of testing, such as confirming that mindflayers really can stun and kill you even if you resist paralysis and death. What a bunch of jerks! Of course they also tend to run away from you at high levels, and you rarely see them, but meh. I made a few final tweaks to the database since someone had posted a FAQ collecting info from all the sources I was using and then some (I wish that had been up a week earlier!), and then I was ready to play.

Unfortunately there's no way to pause the game clock, so my general plan of action was to comment on all the items, monsters, and encounter tables each time I save. It's a bit slow-going, but I'm only to Pravoca and I've already learned a lot I didn't know. I've decided to do two playthroughs, in order to cover all six jobs. I'm starting with a party I've never used but which has been highly recommended: warrior, monk, red mage, white mage. The idea is that the red mage is basically as good as a black mage anyway, especially early on, and so far that's been true. Spell selection has been very interesting, especially since usually if I have a red mage they're my only mage. After this playthrough I'll do it again with warrior, thief, white mage, black mage, mainly because they're the only party that can use every item and spell in the game. And hey, thieves may kinda suck, but ninjas are at least a lot of fun. Even if realistically they're dark knights except in appearance.

Rock Band Unplugged
Rock Band Unplugged
Finally, there were some nice new releases for Rock Band Unplugged, so I picked that up. I was initially surprised at how off my timing had gotten, but I got into the groove relatively quickly. I even went back and finished up some of the songs I Had skipped. Except the Dixie Chicks song, because it's crazy. And the new Dream Theater song also defeated me. But everything else was fun! Actually both those songs are fun too, just freaking hard.
Re: Two Weeks of Blog, One Week of Games (if that) – July 10, 2009 7:09 PM (edited 7/10/09 3:10 PM)
Cuzzdog (1522 posts) Head of Gamer Corner R&D
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Hey, you can name names. That's fine. Although, I didn't have so much a problem with the actual drum set, which seemed very nice, so much as it was perfectly molded to fit a Dowd and no one else. Of course, playing a song that used more than just the red pad (the pad I was having the most trouble with it's position) could have helped win me over as well.

Seriously, WTF Cranberries?!

Edit: Your font size tag clearly does not go teeny tiny enough.

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