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Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
« on: May 05, 2017, 07:02:16 am »
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Anyone playing this?  At first I thought it was dumb, but "eh might as well play around with it once and a while".  Then I thought it was dumb but played a lot.  Now I like it :/

It has the annoying limited time-based resource (doing stuff takes Energy, which gets periodically restored), and progressing take other earned resources. It's free to play, but of course has in-app purchases that let you progress much faster.  I've never spent money, though.

It's the same template as a bunch of games (none of which I've played), but basically you summon units (using one of the earned resources), which are characters from (basically) all the final fantasy games ever, and some new ones.  You level them and select a party to use at any given time.  Some characters are more powerful than others, and the more powerful ones are much more rare.  There is a main story line you go through, and also lots of side events and special (limited duration) events.

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Re: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2017, 02:43:53 am »
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Puzzles and Dragons ruins my taste for inferior items in the mobage genre.
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Re: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2017, 02:21:18 pm »
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There's a novelty to it being Final Fantasy themed; it's kind of neat to see a huge mashup of characters (heroes and villains both) from some classics.  There is also some strategy to be found in selecting a party and fighting certain monsters.  Also since it's mobile, and data is stored on the server, and resources are limited and keyed to (real-life) time, it serves as something you can do on your phone during commute/waiting at airports/waiting for code to compile/whatever.

I believe there is also a Fire Emblem version of the same game premise.  I recall some people here had followed that series.  I haven't played it, though.
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Re: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2017, 07:57:12 pm »
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I've played both FF EXVius and FE Heroes, and I wouldn't say the two have the same premise.  Both use gacha character acquisition, and assign stats to beloved characters from console franchises, and both come from console games that are RPGs.  But the vast majority of FE Heroes gameplay takes place in asynchronous PVP, while in my week-ish of playing FFExvius I didn't come across the PvP, if it has any.  The single player content in FE Heroes is rather anemic compared to other offerings in the genre or compared to game's own PVP offering, unless they've added a lot super recently.  So I'd call Exvius a PvE game and FE Heroes a PVP game.  Exvius strives to make your progression feel as much like progressing through a console RPG as possible, which nifty and pretty unique, PAD feels like your farming unsorted content from an MMO, and FE Heroes makes a halfhearted attempt to get the RPG plot feel but definitely doesn't get there (to monetize effectively, I don't think it is mission critical that they get there).  Having you play over the same missions at higher difficulty early on definitely takes away any console RPG feel you might have had.  But within a week or two of playing the game, you hit the level cap and your characters are making all the PvE in FE trivial, so it's a PvP game anyway.  I didn't play Exvius at all, but it seemed to be showing signs that it would take me longer to feel that way about it's PvE, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's later challenges encouraged clever teambuilding.

My biggest gripe with Exvius would be that it gives you extra damage points for selecting your moves for the turn in quick succession.  I HATE that.  I like thinking.  It's my favorite.  PAD gives you infinite time to consider your next move (and a generous 3 minutes in multiplayer co-op), so that appeals to a turn based person like me.

Really the biggest thing coming between me and Exvius is that I can only really play one Stamina (what's the universal term for this? Energy? Real time converted to resources) based game at a time.  I barely made a temporary exception for Fire Emblem because I had a social group playing it, and I only played Exvius because I played it for some time before my discovery of PAD.
I can't even play a second PAD account.  It seemed like a good idea in theory, and there are some people that do it, but I'm too married to whichever energy based game I care most about.  I would have like 55% of my bar left on my second pad account, and 4% left on my main account,and I would be like, man, I don't care about this second account as much, I care care care so much about the livelihood of the characters in my main account instead, I would rather spend an hour plotting the most efficient or clever way to spend that 4% energy than use my unfettered access on this second account.  My foray into Summoners War failed on similar grounds.

It was a counterintuitive result to me, you'd think denying people the ability to play your game would drive them to divide their attention between two or three games.  Possibly even thwarting your entire business model if normal spending habits only amplify your character income by about 2 or 3X!  Which is not far off the mark, depending on the game. 

But it's like that woman who will only go on one date with you a week, maaaaaan.  You just wanna see her again.  And that woman from college shows up at 9 p.m. and asks to spend the night and you're like, nah, I'm just gonna write this woman's name over and over again on the cover of my notebook instead, she's washing her hair tonight but tomorrow night we're going to Denny's.
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Re: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2017, 07:59:08 pm »
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PAD is also Final Fantasy themed, not a differentiator, to nitpick, by the way! Only 1 month out of the year though.  Several major IPs allow the company to pay them 10,000$ or whatever price it is they negotiate to use their characters for a temporary time (if you obtain a character licensed out this way, you keep it indefinitely, you just can't acquire new teammates for them that will have matching licensing once the limited time is over, so if you get Batman better keep going till you get Robin etc.)
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