It seems I did a rather poor job of selling the excellence of War of the Lion’s new localization in last night’s post, so I apologize for my failure of language in praising someone else’s excellence therein. I guess it’s just one of those things you have to experience for yourself in the gestalt; an isolated bit of text from here or there doesn’t quite convey the point. Plus, most of the best-written dialogue takes place during battles and works as a complement to the on-screen action. But anyway, it’s good. Really. Still, I am a little sad to report that your FF Tactics characters no longer get a good feeling when reporting completed tasks. Instead they talk about how the stars were with them from the outset or some such.
Sometimes, less dopey isn’t better.
And speaking of dopey — or at least nerdy — here’s more on Tactics.
My playthrough has me in chapter two now, building up to Lionel Castle. And to one of the game’s three big choking points (along with Dorter Slums in chapter one and Riovanes Castle in chapter three). Yes, it’s that awful battle that pits Ramza one-on-one with Gaffgarion (the Fell Knight formerly known as Gafgarion). I’m determined to have Ramza take him out alone this time without relying on helpful black magic from the other side of the gate. My current plan is to go in as a monk with Equip Heavy Armor and Adrenaline (formerly Speed Save), with Mettle (formerly Guts) as his secondary skill set. That’ll let me use Focus to crank up my strength, which will boost the effectiveness of the monk’s Chakra and make it possible for me to recover from several turns’ worth of Night Sword (or whatever it’s called now) each time I use Chakra. Meanwhile, liberal use of Pummel (formerly Repeating Fist) should wear down Gaffgarion’s HP pretty quickly — hopefully.
The one shortcoming with this plan is that I can’t figure out how the hell Pummel’s damage is determined. It may give me an estimate of inflicting, say, 60 HP, but the outcome is rarely in line with the estimate. In one battle I experienced yesterday, the same character’s Pummel delivered 10 HP on one turn and 112 the next. So… anyone know what’s up? Or care to offer a better strategy? I’m all ears.