Armenius

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Yea I noticed that I was leveling like crazy. I never stop to grind once the entire time. I already had meteor on Rydia near the beginning of the final dungeons. I remember I had to grind a lot to get it on the SNES. I am going to jump in FF2 next. It is the only FF I never beat. As much as I loved FF back in the day I could never get into 2 for some reason. Probably the leveling system was the main reason.
The changes to FF2 actually made it fun to play, in my opinion. The original Famicom version is such a slog with the need to micromanage your stats to ensure you won't get face rolled when entering a new dungeon.
 

Nytegard

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The changes to FF2 actually made it fun to play, in my opinion. The original Famicom version is such a slog with the need to micromanage your stats to ensure you won't get face rolled when entering a new dungeon.
Blasphemy!

Seriously though, I feel I'm like the only person I know who actually liked FF2. In fact it was my fav. Final Fantasy game. But I'll admit I'm a bit strange.

I'm not quite sure how I feel about the dumbing down though. It takes away from the game. I feel they could have at least added an option to play the newly remixed Story Mode where you didn't ever have to worry about gold or XP, and an original mode, with all the grinding mechanics in place.
 

Armenius

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Blasphemy!

Seriously though, I feel I'm like the only person I know who actually liked FF2. In fact it was my fav. Final Fantasy game. But I'll admit I'm a bit strange.

I'm not quite sure how I feel about the dumbing down though. It takes away from the game. I feel they could have at least added an option to play the newly remixed Story Mode where you didn't ever have to worry about gold or XP, and an original mode, with all the grinding mechanics in place.
Not going to lie, I still grinded HP and MP in FF2. Evasion was leveling slowly so I needed some extra cushion at the end of the game.
 

vegeta535

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Spent last night playing FF2 and I am not hating it. It is weird not knowing wtf I need to do to move the game along.
 

gamerk2

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The changes to FF2 actually made it fun to play, in my opinion. The original Famicom version is such a slog with the need to micromanage your stats to ensure you won't get face rolled when entering a new dungeon.
Especially early. FF2 isn't *that* bad once you learn the traps, mainly that you need to prioritize evasion over defense (NEVER use the Genji Armor!) and you need one spellcaster to deal with specific enemies (the Land Turtle being the first one that's absolutely required). Outside of that, natural HP growth did a decent enough job for front row characters of staying in a "decent" range; it's the other stats the often suffered.

I know as of the GBA remake the game gave periodic automatic HP gains; also re-did the magic leveling system to make magic level up faster at earlier levels (which helped a lot early, and in turn helped with MP growth).

Mechanically, FF2 was ahead of it's time; games like the Elder Scrolls series did automatic stat leveling better. But from a story perspective FF2 has a lot in common with FF4; it was an epic story for it's time, but that got lost behind the poorly implemented mechanics.
 
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