Final Fantasy Chrystal Chronicles: My Life as a King

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  1. ConraDargo
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    Edit: <b>THIS GAME HAS <i>NOTHING</i> TO DO WITH THE GC OR DS GAME! IT'S JUST THE SAME UNIVERSE AND GRAPHICS - THAT'S IT, GAMEPLAY IS <i>TOTALLY</i> DIFFERENT EVEN FROM THE FF-GAMES THAT YOU LOVE!</b>

    OMG I can't even begin to tell you how <i>awesome</i> My Life as a King is. Shit. The game's just amazing, I've been playing it almost non-stop since WiiWare was released 10 or so hours ago and if it wasn't for my strong disciplines then I wouldn't be sitting here right now, getting myself ready to hit the sack but instead - stay up all night playing the game. It feels as if I've not even worked myself through the surface yet - the micromanagement is really in-depth, way more than I ever thought it would be. So far I (the king) have built a couple of houses (brings more citizens which equals money and adventurers), a bakery for improving the town's overall Morale (improved morale means tax-bonuses, that more Quests can be posted by me, and better relationships between families), a Weapon Shop as well an Armory Shop where adventurers (employed by me) can upgrade their weapons (which is a necessity since the dungeons where they go to gets tougher and tougher), and a small Park where adventurers may go have a break inbetween their dungeon crawling (because a fatigued adventurer is not very likely to be of much use in a dungeon). I've learned some about hiring adventurers and sending them out on quests, about morale, shops, and lots of other stuff that I can't even remember right now. And tomorrow I shall learn about the "House+" building, which will introduce bigger families and thus raise the population quicker than regular houses does.

    Gosh there's just so much I could tell you about the game that I don't even know where to begin. Like how every adventurer sent out will provide you with information on where he or she went, what monster(s) he fought, how each and every fight went (turn 1, turn 2, etc), how much gold he gained from the fight(s), how much of the game's only resource he gathered (for building), and more. Then there are individual stats for every adventurer (skills, items, medals) and I can award them with a medal for completing a quest that will boost their stats... gawd just <i>trying</i> to summarize it all makes my head spin <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/happy.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="^_^" border="0" alt="happy.gif" />

    Again, totally awesome and totally worth every penny.

    Here - I'll throw in some of the pics that I've snapped while playing it (I've got like two dozen more):

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    <b>Edit:</b> If you're looking for an in-depth explanation, then gameplay is as follows:

    Right then, here we go. FFCC: My Life as a King is all about building a town and in order to do that - you need materials, or resources rather. There's only one in this game and that's a crystal called elementite, hence the "Chrystal Chronicles" in the name <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> So you need to gather these in order to expand your town, but since you're the king and your adversaries would rather not see you head out into the wilderness - you're gonna have to let someone else gather the crystals for you: adventurers. Every house in the game generates a family consisting of two people: a parent and its child (more like teenager), and every "child" is a potential adventurer that would just <i>love</i> to work for you! Anyone who wants to become an adventurer will line up in front of the castle doors and remains there until you either employ them or reach the cap of how many adventurers that you may have working for you - a cap that can be raised at the Guild Hall for a fee (I currently have 16 adventurers). Before hiring someone you can check out his or her profile to see what stats they have etc.

    Now that you've got one or more adventurers to do your bidding, you can start exploring the outskirts of the realm where forests, plains, deserts etc can be found. Most of it are dungeons though <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/happy.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="^_^" border="0" alt="happy.gif" /> Either way, every place will let you gather a number of elementite until depleted, after which you'll have to search for more elsewhere and there are <i>plenty</i> of places to go (more and more becomes available as you play the game and some can even be purchased, such as the Dungeon Pack I got for 300p which unlocked like 10 new locations). You do this by posting a so called "Behest" but I'd much rather call it a request or Quest, but that's probably just because I haven't ever heard of the word before <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":P" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> Anyway, so you post a request for your adventurers to go somewhere on the map and it could be <i>anywhere</i> of the places that you know of, even if some would mean certain death because just like the skillfulness of your adventurers are measured in levels - so is the difficulty for each location. So sending a level 5 Warrior into a lvl 9 dungeon would probably not do you (your kingdom rather) nor him/her any good. And only one request can be made for each Bulletin Board that your town has, and you start out with one - meaning that your adventurers cannot visit more than one location at a time. Or rather - <i>do your bidding at</i> one place at a time. Because if your adventurers are heading towards cave 7 (they’ve actually got nifty names in-game so don’t worry about that) but will first need to go through desert 3, forest 1 and both cave 5 <i>and</i> 6 in order to reach that location, then they will do just that. So yeah there's always a chance (though it's very slim) of an adventurer failing to reach the location where you wanted him or her to go do your bidding.

    So what are those "biddings" then? Well that depends, if the location has only just been discovered then you're only able to send someone in to "Explore" it. That's a really good thing 'cause each location has this "Exploration Meter" which gradually fills up as send people in to explore the place. Sometimes you can even post a request to explore a given location by <i>not</i> going there - but instead asking around about it in the town! So that's a safe way of filling up that meter enough for you to find out where the boss lies. This is bidding #2: kill the boss. Doing so often unlocks something such as blueprints for a new building and more locations to explore, and it's also needed in order to advance the story - <i>if</i> the location that had the boss was tied to the storyline and you can easily tell this because that place will be marked by a tick on the map.
    Other biddings/quests include searching for materials needed to e.g. bring better weapons or armor to the store, and even research magic (this is an assumption though, based on what I've seen while exploring). You can always easily tell which location offers what materials, the monsters that dwell there, and any special rewards such as buildings. You can also tell whether or not the source of crystals has been depleted yet or not. It's all on the map.
    Oh, and <i>you</i> decide who goes where. When a behest has been posted - people hired by you will show up in front of that particular bulletin board in town and await your orders. So depending on class, level, stats and mood you may choose which adventurer is up for the task and who's not. Apart from saying "Aye, go quest!" you may also tell them to simply go out and level up some more (at which point they'll just head to any location that is on par with their level) <i>or</i> even go home and get some rest. Because they need to rest in-between missions, and you can tell when by the smiley-face above each character: if it's showing a blue, sad-looking face then he or she would do better resting for a day rather than getting overexerted. But hey you're the king so it's up to you to decide. Completing a behest will allow you to award that character with a medal which boosts one of the six characteristics (the usual Str, Int, Wis etc) unless it's a Special Medal - which'll give extra traits such as "will never get tired" or "will sometimes receive a discount at the Weapon Shop. Special Medals are given to you by families that are happy enough with how things are generally going with your town (though boosting morale and paying them a visit every now and then helps the most).
    Another thing that can be posted on the board is recruiting adventurers to change their class into something else, once you’ve got the building necessary to unlock the class. Again - you pick who’s suitable for the job change and who’s not.

    Right, so you've sent out an adventurer to do whatever at some dungeon. He or she will eventually make it back, "dead" or alive. It seems that people can't die in the game - they just get "wiped out" as the game refers to it. I'd rather call it "<i>knocked</i> out" because that's what happens; they reach 0 health and are instantly transported back to their house where they'll stay for a few days unless you pay them a visit, which'll sorta boost their spirit and make them come back the next day. Those who make it back alive will wander through the city straight to the castle and get paid for their services. Yes, this means that each and every adventurer can be seen running around the town, both <i>before</i> setting out for an adventure <i>and</i> afterwards - should they return safely (wounded or not). And that's a pretty neat thing <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> Once given orders they'll begin by stopping by at the shops in town to see if there's anything in there that they like (including their "headquarter" for learning new abilities) and <i>then</i> take to the road through one of the town's many gates. This is also where they'll come back later and again - emoticons will tell you how things went (a sad face for fleeing in battle or gold coins when things went well and now they're off to receive their payment, for example). While <i>outside</i> adventuring, small notes will show up in the upper right corner of the screen telling you whenever a character reaches a destination, if he or she is forced to flee from battle, has encountered a boss etc. So you’re always aware of what’s going on outside the castle walls.
    Every adventure can be studied in detail by reading the Adventurer Report, which tells you where the person went (including the shops and whether or not they purchased anything in there), any monsters he or she encountered, the outcome of each battle (turn by turn if you wish), and any gold, items and/or elementite found.
    Once you're far enough into the game and are able to build a Tavern, you can form groups/parties in order to overcome the more dangerous monsters (such as Behemoth) and not to mention bosses.

    Phew, ok so that's how adventuring goes. Now onto building your town and I'll <i>try</i> to keep this short, although I'm not very at that <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/happy.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="^_^" border="0" alt="happy.gif" />' As explained, the elementite gathered by your adventurers makes the world go round. Money (gold) doesn't, funny enough. Gold (or tithe) is "only" for funding your stores to provide better items, spells, abilities, posting behests (aye requesting help is not free, but not very expensive either), raising the cap for the number of adventurers that you may hire, and raising their payment. Phew, I think I got it all covered. Main point anyway was to tell you that gold isn't spent on building stuff but everything around it. And the gold that your adventurers earn by killing monsters is <i>theirs</i> to keep and then spend in shops or on doing stuff (like betting in the Gaming Hall), so they're not your main source of income - their <i>parents</i> are! Yeah because if you wanna live within the city walls then you've gotta pay taxes, so each citizen generates an amount of tithe every passing day and that's where <i>you</i> as a king get <i>your</i> gold from.

    Oh and speaking of time passing and days - there's a clock-thingy in the upper left corner which tells you what time of the day it is and the in-game sun moves accordingly to this, as does the sky (turning reddish towards the end of the day and then gets darker and darker) <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> You're only allowed to stay up for so long so once the clock's "hand" points at "ZzZ", it's bedtime for the king and you won't be able to get anything more done until tomorrow (which can be frustrating at times but that’s just all part of the city planning - how to best spend your time).
    The amount of time that you're able to stay up can be prolonged by raising the town's overall morale; as the people gets closer to their families, they'll leave the lights on longer allowing you to stay up later. Yeah that's how it works <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":lol:" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> Again, making this can also earn you Special Medals as mentioned earlier.

    Back to city building and management. Your town is <i>really</i> really <i>big</i> with plenty of room for you to build on. Can't just point and click though, dropping buildings wherever you see fit. You have to stay to the areas that have a green, shimmering light (on the ground) - telling you that it's ok to place a building here. No need to worry though as there's plenty of them and that way you can't really make any mistakes like accidentally cornering yourself or another building, making something inaccessible <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> So you walk onto one of them shimmering lights, shake your Wiimote and up comes Chime: your closest adversary (yeah that’s her name) who helps you build and demolish. Then you just pick a building from the list, rotate as you see fit and place it down - assuming you have enough crystals for it and that there's enough free space where you're standing. The size of each building is either 1x1 squares or 1x2, 2x2 etc so planning is easily done. Every building can then be entered - be it a house, shop, headquarter or whatever, but you don't get to walk around freely in it. Instead, you'll be greeted up-close by the one living there (or running the place), with a nice little background drop suitable to the type of building, and a number of options. Depending on what type of building it is, interaction changes. Inside a resident you'll be able to see who are living there, what their relations are, and the profile of any adventurer(s), while shops and headquarters allow you to fund them for new items or abilities and look into what items are available for purchase or a list of members. You can also enter the castle to view the latest Adventurer Reports, Financial Report (how much tithe and elementite spent and earned at the end of last day), purchase extra content (also available at the main menu), view special medals, and make the town prosper and grow by using "morale spheres" to develop the realm. You gain these spheres from gathering enough Morale; there's a meter in the upper left corner (along with your current number of gold and crystals) which fills up everytime you talk to a citizen that has something to say - represented by a green smiley face above their head - or whenever a behest is completed and even when citizens are chatting with one another (they too occasionally wanders the streets, purchasing bread or going in-between shops and stopping to chat with other citizens). Once the meter fills up, you'll get a morale sphere and apart from using these to develop the realm - they may also be used to temporarily boost the overall morale of the town. Naturally, good things come out of this; talking to an character before he or she sets out on adventure will give a boost to one random characteristic, and you'll also earn more money from taxes at the end of the day as the people of your town decides to chip in a little more than usual (yeah they'll tip you lol). A really quick way of filling up the meter is by declaring a Holiday; this boosts the amount of morale gathered from each conversation and gives everyone the day off - meaning more people wandering the streets to talk to! But it’s also quite expensive to arrange so it’s not like you’ll be doing this every day - especially since it means that there won’t be any adventuring made during that day, with everyone having the day off.
    Another thing that temporarily boosts the morale is whenever someone completes a behest, so you’ll want to talk to as many people as possible whenever that happens before going to bed.

    And that's it (I think)!
     


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    I have to admit, I was a bit sceptical about this game when it was first announced. I mean, I wondered how exciting it could be just sitting around on a throne all day, making proclamations and listening to the other characters tell you about adventures THEY HAD. But after hearing some more about it, it looks pretty cool and I'm looking forward to it.
     
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    I'd buy it, but the DLC makes me mad.
     
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    i didn't enjoy the crystal chronicles games on the gamecube or DS so i won't be downloading this one.
     
  5. chaseincats

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    this one isnt like those at all

    reminds me more of sim city in the crystal cronicles universe

    I really liked the ones on DS and Cube so this one is not my style but since you didnt like them, it might be yours
     
  6. ConraDargo
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    Doesn't matter what you thought of CC on the GameCube and DS. Those were RPGs and this one isn't [​IMG] Read my post throughly if you haven't (I'd say you only read the topic and the decided to share your thoughts on the previous games).

    This is totally different. It's like MySims vs. Final Fantasy. Totally addictive, totally cute and totally fun [​IMG]

    Finally I'm awake and can continue playing. Who needs more than 8 hours of sleep anyway and I am feeling rested so, that's what matters (that and My Life as a King).

    Edit: Doh I edited the wrong post! >
     
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    Wooh recruited my first thief! [​IMG] And donated some money to the Gaming Hall (the thieves HQ) in order for them to teach their members some skills/abilities. I've got two right now; one increases the number of resources gathered when in a dungeon, and the other gives the thieves a better sense of finding their way around in the dungeon - making it impossible for them to get lost whilst exploring (which would otherwise abruptly end the adventure).

    And soon, very soon, I shall be allowed to build a White Mage Temple and we all know what that means *excited* [​IMG]

    I'mma start uploading a few more pictures in a minute [​IMG]

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    if you find a video review or can make one yourself i might consider trying it out.
     
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    Writing in English is one thing, speaking it another [​IMG] I don't have the guts to make a video review, would probably stutter a lot and often get lost for words [​IMG]
     
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    I hated the gc ffcc. I don't really like the ds one, but you're making me want this game.

    rah, I'll buy it.
    I hope I won't regret.
     
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    Well since it has nothing to do with FFCC on the GameCube I'm sure you'll be able to enjoy your purchase throughly [​IMG]
     
  12. zeckyD

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    Deep gameplay, really good "simcity" game ! [​IMG]
     
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    Yep been playing it non-stop so far. I thought I would be playing Lost Winds (which initially looked far better) alot more but FFCC: My Life as a King has some kind of charm that constantly draws you in. It's a strangely addictive game and well worth the money. [​IMG]
     
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    Sounds interesting, will test it later today [​IMG].
     
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    How many blocks does it take up? I'm down to 200 free [​IMG]
     
  16. armand66

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    I started the game earlier this evening, and initially, the constant stop, start, stop, stop of all the early tutorials was getting boring (but necessary of course) and i was about to turn off the game for the night (usually a sign i don't come back to many games lol) but i kept at it, and, still am at it lol.

    The stats, and the management in the game is really well done. I'm surprised how addictive it is, it pretty much is like a "My Sims" meets Final Fantasy.


    Still early days for me, but, very well put together title, a lot of depth from what i've seen so far, i don't know how or why, but it is addictive i gotta admit.
     
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    Hey, Im upset. I paid for the points, went to download, it starts, then towards the end I get an error message. this was last night, i will try again later, but I want to try this already! Anyone else have the same prob? I dont have any hacking on my wii or anything, so it cant be that....
     
  18. manias

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    so you tried once, it got an error n you ran here? connection problems happen dude just try it again [​IMG]
     
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    So nobody has a block size for me? Just curious if I'll have space before I pull out me credit card for no reason.
     
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