Well allow me to explain why I prefer 6,8 & 9's battle/magic system over 7.
For Final Fantasy VI I love the Magicite set up they have because ANY character can learn EVERY magic & you don't have penalties like you suffer in 7, if anything you actually get perminent bonuses while equiping certain Espers upon level ups so if you're smart & time it right you can max out your characters pretty early. Also an FYI, if you want to make Sabin's Blitz moves even more beastly make sure you pick Magic + 1 or 2 since the game views Blitz attacks as Magic for damage....go figure.
Final Fantasy VIII's Draw & Junction system beats out Materia for Customisation & shorter time to master. Not ONLY do you have greater control of how a character grows (DIRECT stat altering control as well as level up bonuses like in 6) but it also takes less time than Mastering Materia with AP farming. Simply make sure you're spirit stat is as high as possible & you'll be drawing 9 of EVERY spell almost all of the time. Don't want to take the time to draw from enemies? Well then use Magic, Card or EVEN Item refine to do the work for you. There are SOOOOOOO many options to attain magic & stats it's not even funny!! The only draw back I feel is that characters can't hold every type of magic, but really they don't need to & you can stratigies who holds what so it's okay. Plus you can get Squall's ultimate weapon on disc 1...Lionheart FTW!!!! Also you're not limited by MP or summon restrictions.
Final Fantasy IX felt more like an oldschool FF to me which was great, sure I wasn't a fan of the chibi art style/lack of perportions (the older ones worked because that was the size) or the weird animal people like the dumb hippo running a steam shop in Alexandria but it was a great nostalia trip like seeing an old schoolmate after 12 years of no contact. I also liked the learning abilities through equipment, very satesfying for an OCD completionist like myself lol.
And there you have it.......any questions?
( Edited 16.02.2012 17:15 by Vorash Kadan )
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