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So I've never actually beat this game, but I know it has a New Game+ feature and getting 100% is extremely difficult.
Can I play through it once without using any guide whatsoever - probably missing a ton of stuff - and then on later playthroughs accumulate enough completion for 100%?
Absolutely, yes. Keep in mind that the game keeps track of what you already did over multiple playthroughs, so you won't be rewarded extra % by watching the same scenes. I believe there are 105% in total that you can collect (you won't see any "extra", it's capped at 100%), so there's a bit of a leeway, but it can still be tricky, especially for the last few bits. With that said, I wouldn't worry too much or stress over getting 100%, all you get is an extra 2 min scene or so that doesn't add much imho.
If you must, a good general tip for getting most % without using a guide is to leave hotspots for last, visiting every other area beforehand (without skipping scenes, of course). IIRC there's a single instance in Chapter 3 when a new event unlocks in a non-hotspot area after completing a bit of the storyline, but that's about it. Most stuff you'll most likely miss without a guide (%-wise) will be in Chapter 4 or by some "obscure" or otherwise complex stuff like the whistling scenes and the Chocobo Ranch.
Regardless, good luck and, above all, have fun~
contrary to how FFX-2 is often discussed, that is the entire point of this games NG+ function. You arent supposed to get 100% in one playthrough, finishing 100% of the storyline on a NG+ is much easier and will probably take the same amount of real world time to complete over 2 playthroughs as it would to do in one (even if it doesn't show that on the gameclock)
100% storyline completion also doesnt comprise all the games actual content. Over the 15 years this games been out and almost 8 since its remaster, id wager 80% of people who go for the 100% in one run end up disliking the game or considering it too grindy, and that could be because they chose to play it in the most grindy way possible. NG+ will give you a fair amount of 'extra' percentage points by making different storyline choices, and youll find some of the optional/endgame content much more doable with some better carryover equips from a NG+
Regardless, good luck and, above all, have fun~cant stress this enough. enjoy your playthrough and then come *back* with an elaborate guide to fill in all the gaps. For a first playthrough I would use the guides for the big secrets and morw struggle sections, but I wouldnt follow any 100% guides line by line or you will burn out
The only thing ill say definitively is a repeat of the above, dont skip scenes, or dialogue with anyone who... talks for a really long time. Otherwise, have at it!
Learning something new everyday
Ok, that's great. I didn't even realize visiting non-hotspot areas would do anything.
Now I have to figure out the best version to buy, I've got this on PS2, but I'm really interested in the Japanese/international content we didn't get in the US...
Do you guys have any recommendation on that? I have a PC, PS4, and Switch in addition to my PS2.
Also thanks for the help!
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I personally own the PS2 and PC versions and don't regret buying/playing either of them. The remake/remastered versions added quite a lot to the game (I can only imagine how much it'd be worth in DLCs if it came out nowadays...), mostly in the form of the creature creator. If you like X (hopefully X-2 as well) and has some cash to spare, I'd definitely recommend it, though if you want to save some money it might be worth playing the PS2 version while waiting for a discount in one of the ports (you won't be able to transfer the data, but I didn't had any problems with it. YMMV).
While I can't say what would be the best port for you to buy (or whether it would make any difference for you at all), if you are really commited with the 100% idea, I'd suggest the PC version, if only because of this site made by meth962 [ http://rngeoff.com/FFX2SaveViewer/ ], where you can check what you missed. From what I've heard in the other board, the site was down for a little bit, but it seems to be back now.
You can find it so cheap (~$20 or less), so it's worth it for the extra content
That save viewer seems super useful down the line so I will probably go PC, especially if I can get it off Steam or something. Thanks!
I ended up going Switch so I can play this in bed or on my TV >_> (and totally forgot about the 100% guide for PC...)
Only thing now is I'm having trouble finding a guide on which dress spheres to use, which abilities are best/useful, etc. I know the game is supposed to be easy but this stuff could still be handy! (I suck)
As a general tip, I'd suggest you to just use the ones you find more fun to play as. Use Wait mode and maybe lower the ATB speed in the settings so you have more time to think/input your commands. Not sure if I'd call the game "easy" per se - it does gets a lot more manageable if you know what you're doing, but until then, you might struggle a lot given how fast-paced the battles can be.
With that said, even though you can beat the game using whatever you want (i.e. disregarding superbosses and stuff), not all dresspheres are equally balanced (and this isn't just about Mascot). While I didn't experiment all dresspheres to their full extent, here are my thoughts on each of them:
Did you type that all for this post? I'm impressed and appreciate it!
First off, I'm a dolt and I had ATB set to fast for some reason. I guess I was thinking the speed of dialogue and not the speed of battle. I set it to slow and now fights are much more manageable.
I'm probably going to refer back to this a lot. I'm still in chapter 1 and I think I have every DS you can get in chapter 1, I've just been messing around a lot, slowly visiting each location, etc. Most fights are trivial because I leveled a lot and I haven't advanced the story (I'm not sure where to find a tough fight now without doing that...), but I found for tough fights I usually have one character as black mage, one as white mage, and the third as songstress, and then cast tier 3 elemental spells, heal, and use whichever dance is best to avoid attacks. I know this won't work in every situation, but so far it feels pretty solid if I'm struggling. Firaga is just busted this early, I guess.
I've been confused for the longest time over whether darkness/silence dance or the Matador song is better; I've been using the dances mostly because the song takes MP.
Never knew you could cast reflect on your party and then cast black magic spells on them to deal more damage to one enemy like that, that's awesome.
I'm using Psychic, Gun Mage, and Songstress/Warrior right now. I really like the Psychic's style and Gun Mage is pretty neat as well. Psychic does seem a bit limited in active abilities but it also seems like it will be pretty good vs elemental magic eventually. Gun Mage is just fun to me because I like to scan everything. And my third is Songstress mostly but also Warrior because it's Paine. I probably would use her Festivalist more to test that, but I'm not a huge fan of the look.
And of course when I get to chapter 2 that opens up more options anyway...
I will probably comment more later; I just can't write a lot at once and I'm early in the game.
Thanks again though!