The Canon: Final Fantasy XII (Part 3)

Welcome to this week’s installment of The Cannon! Each week I delve deeper into a game that is 10+ years old. This week I continue to play Final Fantasy XII on the PS2.

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I did not play much in the past week. My time totaled roughly 20 minutes. Were I to continue at this pace, I would probably still be writing about FFXII a year from now. While my play was short, it was significant. I mentioned in last week’s post that I died for the first time while fighting a boss. Death is inevitable in most video games, but it is inevitability that I have always dreaded. I’ve always had a hard time continuing after a death in a game, and this instance was no different. Yes I was busy, but the issue that was really stopping my progress was the fear of failing over and over again.

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In my desire to keep up with the blog I forced myself to replay the boss fight. I had to face Garuda, a dragon-like creature that hit my allies like a ton of bricks. In my first attempt I found that Garuda was weak to the water spell known by my Ashe character. Returning to the battle, I spent a good 15 minutes on my gambit page ensuring that all my characters were designed to heal Ashe while she hit Garuda repeatedly with the water spell. Additionally, I had to give Ashe the secondary task of replenishing her own MP with ethers when she was low.

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The battle was going very quickly with each spell taking sizable chunks out of Garuda’s health bar. Once Garuda hit around 30% though, my party started to fall and I had to drop numerous phoenix down to save Ashe. In the end, half my party fell and my B-team had to step up to deliver the final blow.

While Garuda was probably an easy boss in the grand scheme of things, I was ecstatic to complete the battle. I feel ready to continue and get more gameplay under my belt before the next post.

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-Peter

 

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