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The June 2017 RPG Reload Play-Along: Final Fantasy 5

06-01-2017, 04:37 AM
#1
Joined: Jul 2013
Location: Ibaraki, Japan
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The June 2017 RPG Reload Play-Along: Final Fantasy 5

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload Play-Along. Each month, we'll be playing an iOS RPG together, sharing laughs and tears in equal measures. The post on the front page is basically here to announce the game in question and give a few tips on getting started. The real action will be happening here in the TouchArcade forums, where you'll find a thread dedicated to each month's featured game. Sign up if you haven't already, post your screenshots, ask for advice, or just chat about your misadventures with others. We've got a great community of RPG fans here at TouchArcade, so let's make the most of it! As a little incentive, at the end of each month, I will randomly pick one of the participants and send them something small and silly from here in Japan. All you have to do to be eligible is, well, play along with the Play-Along!

Well, Reloaders, we've got a little bit of a fuzzy pickle this month. The featured game is one of my very favorites, Final Fantasy 5. I chose it for June to coincide with the annual Final Fantasy 5 Four Job Fiesta so that anyone who wanted to try the special rules could do that. One little problem, though. The pre-registration for the Four Job Fiesta started today, but the actual Fiesta doesn't get going until partway through June. Uh-oh! If you're playing the game the normal way, no worries. But if you want the tasty zest that comes with the Four Job Fiesta rules, you'll either have to start late or get creative.

In case you aren't familiar with it, the Four Job Fiesta is a charity event that challenges players to go through the game with a randomized set of jobs. It's probably not the best way to play Final Fantasy 5 if it's your first time, but those taking a return trip will likely appreciate the challenge. In Final Fantasy 5, you unlock new sets of jobs at certain points in the game. Ordinarily you can mix and match these jobs, and their abilities, as you see fit. The idea is to match your party to whatever the situation calls for, or just to play the game in the way that is most fun for you. The Four Job Fiesta assigns you one job at each point in the game, giving you a total of four when all is said and done. You can use any learned abilities from those jobs with the other jobs available to you, but you must have at least one of each job type in your party at once.

For example, if you pull the Knight from the first set of jobs, you must then switch to four Knights. Suppose you get a Time Mage next. You can have one Knight and three Time Mages, three Knights and one Time Mage, or two of each. Characters can switch jobs at any time, so long as you adhere to the "one of each" rule. The idea behind these rules is to force the player to consider new strategic options. The game is technically winnable with any combination of four jobs, but some of them are certainly more difficult than others. The mobile version of the game has some differences that make it even tougher in parts, depending on your party. Still, it's always possible.

If you want to play these rules for this Play-Along, you have a choice to make. You can wait for the official site and get started very late. The official event kicks off on June 19th, so you might find it to be a bit of a pinch. The game is about 30 hours long, and that's if you're fairly quick about things. If you want to adhere to the Play-Along schedule and play Four Job Fiesta rules, you can get a set of jobs from this unaffiliated site. Personally, I'm going to wait, but it's up to you. Just remember, you don't actually have to finish the game before the end of June. And I promise, July's game is fairly short by comparison. If you choose to wait, you can at least start the game and play as far as the Wind Shrine. That's the point where the first job comes into play.
06-01-2017, 05:49 AM
#2
This is the only FF out of the first 10 that I haven't played. The job system FF games have always been my least favorite. I like clearly defined characters better I guess. However, the Four Job Fiesta sounds interesting to me. I won't have to worry about customizing characters or try to figure out which jobs go with which situation if I'm forced to use the jobs I'm assigned. I was going to take this month off but now I'm not sure.

06-01-2017, 06:07 AM
#3
Joined: Jul 2013
Location: Indianapolis
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When I remembered that the Fiesta was in June, I figured this would be the pick over FFT. It's a bit shorter (typically), and I remembered a while back when Shaun and Eric did a Reload podcast on FFV (and discussed the Fiesta too, of course). I've never done the Fiesta, so I think I'll try it this year now that I'm actively using a Twitter account. The timing's a little weird for me, since I'll be at an intensive work training program from the 19th through the 23rd and I'm not sure how my Internet access will be then. But I'm leaning toward waiting for the Fiesta.

I've played FFV 3 times, so it's pretty familiar to me. Never done any 'challenge' games like I used to do with FFT, though. Looking forward to it.
06-01-2017, 06:15 AM
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Originally Posted by RHess00 View Post
This is the only FF out of the first 10 that I haven't played. The job system FF games have always been my least favorite. I like clearly defined characters better I guess. However, the Four Job Fiesta sounds interesting to me. I won't have to worry about customizing characters or try to figure out which jobs go with which situation if I'm forced to use the jobs I'm assigned. I was going to take this month off but now I'm not sure.
Yeah, Fiesta rules can certainly help those who suffer from choice paralysis. It can be tough in places but having seen your skills in previous Play-Alongs, I'm sure you'll do fine. Plus, this is my favorite Final Fantasy game! You have to play it!
06-01-2017, 06:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Shaun Musgrave View Post
Yeah, Fiesta rules can certainly help those who suffer from choice paralysis. It can be tough in places but having seen your skills in previous Play-Alongs, I'm sure you'll do fine. Plus, this is my favorite Final Fantasy game! You have to play it!
Ok. You talked me into it. I saw on the website that jobs are being voted on. Does that mean everyone gets the same 4 jobs or are they random for each player?
06-01-2017, 08:55 AM
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Joined: Dec 2008
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Of the first six Final Fantasy games this is and III are the only ones I haven't played, so I'm excited about this. I've been jumping about since the Final Fantasy I play along and playing through the other games, but now it's time for FFV.

I likely won't do the Fiesta as it's my first go at FFV and I really want to explore the jobs.

Here we go...
06-01-2017, 10:15 AM
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Location: Eos
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great choice! will start mine up asap
06-01-2017, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by RHess00 View Post
Ok. You talked me into it. I saw on the website that jobs are being voted on. Does that mean everyone gets the same 4 jobs or are they random for each player?
Random for each player. The vote is for the party of whoever is doing the kick-off Run this year. Usually people try to saddle that person with the worst possible party, haha.
06-01-2017, 11:04 AM
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What always gets me with this one is how the animation of the characters in the dialogue box looks almost nothing like the characters especially Bartz. Is there a reason for this that I'm missing doesn't really bother me it's just odd. Already 30 mins in yay
06-01-2017, 11:04 AM
#10
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Originally Posted by Shaun Musgrave View Post
Random for each player. The vote is for the party of whoever is doing the kick-off Run this year. Usually people try to saddle that person with the worst possible party, haha.
Ok I get it now. Sounds fun. I don't do social media so I don't have a Twitter account but I guess I'll make one just for this. I'm going to wait until the official kick off so I can catch up on some Switch games.