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Do you load your progress or start from the very beggining?

  1. I mostly load my progress and replay with all the upgrades/unlockables (13 votes [72.22%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 72.22%

  2. I mostly start from the very beggining (5 votes [27.78%] - View)

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#1 OFFLINE   GregZerO


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Posted 27 February 2019 - 01:20 AM

So i was wondering after completing the games and unlocking pretty much everything,when you want to start another playthrough,do you load your saves and replay with all the power-ups or start from the very beggining?


Almost all the times i do the former,with the exception one time (I think?) of replaying the first game from the very beginning after many years cause i didn't remember anything.But next time I might try to replay FF4 (in a very false optimistic attempt to practise my japanese)  from the very beginning.I would like to play it in nightmare difficulty though but is that an option,or you can only choose higher difficulty if you load a save?I honestly don't remember..


So yeah I would like to hear your opinion and also if anyone remembers if we can play in nightmare mode without load(unlockables,upgrades) it would be helpful.

Edited by GregZerO, 27 February 2019 - 01:21 AM.



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Posted 27 February 2019 - 04:49 PM

I just checked FF3 and you can start a new game on Nightmare mode without loading a previous save (as long as you've unlocked Nightmare mode already), and as far as I remember, FF4 is the same. I assume if you do that you'll have to be careful not to save over your previous clear file, or you'll lose all your costumes and unlockables.


I always prefer a new game plus because I like spending my time exploring, not crying over difficult fights, but I'd be morbidly curious to see someone attempt a Nightmare mode runthrough with no upgrades. Especially for FF3! That would earn its name.

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Posted 04 March 2019 - 02:32 AM

I tend to be halfway through a playthrough when I pick up the game after a hiatus, or i'm showing someone new the game so I tend to start over.

I do have a memory card with my first few playthroughs and all the unlock and ghost list progress for the ps2 games somewhere though!

Edited by MacabrelleEnvy, 04 March 2019 - 02:33 AM.

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 04:24 PM

I'm like Mid, I prefer to load a save game plus so that I have plenty of film and everything, and don't have to stress about battles. I want to own those ghosts and continue my exploring without panic haha.


(who am i kidding though, i always panic when a ghost shows up, even if I have a fully upgraded camera.)

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 02:42 PM

So here I am after almost exactly a year of the original post, I took the decision to play FF4 on Nightmare with no NG+ upgrades practising at the same time my Japanese abillity. I finished the game before some days and it really moved me. I guess nostalgia was a huge factor for that but FF4 always gives me that feeling that it's the most exceptional of the series,despite its (many) noticable flaws. 


Anyway when it comes to difficulty, it still wasn't that much of challenge and I felt that the weakness of the non-upgraded equipment made some fights feel too long when some ghosts didn't give you many chances to "Fatal Frame" them, suprisingly especially at the (in other cases overpowered) flashlight, it was the first thing I upgraded the damage of cause it really felt as a chore. I foolishly died on chapter 3 one time and also once at the Utsuwa/Kanade fight. To complete the game without being in any hurry it took me around two hours longer than my first playthrough and I guess that's the result of the longer fights. When I'll replay it in the future I think that I will choose to play it again like this cause I prefer balancing the "chore" with some minor damage upgrades here and there later on the game than killing everything with 2 hits. In other words it felt more balanced thus more enjoynable to me.


No one asked for but I guess its worth mentioning my experience as an around N3 level of Japanese learner playing it on Japanese for practice. The navigation of the game (options,menus,controls) is pretty easy and understandable. Also the examinations of the enviroments,thoughts of the characters,cutscene dialogues were mostly understandable to me. About the numerous texts,diaries,papers we come across i think that I got around 30% of it and that is a very generous percentage cause the fact that I knew what was going on ( had played the game in English before) helped me get the context of many things that I probably wouldn't have done without that. Especially the medical texts about a non existant illness were hell for me,with some I didn't even bother. I would definetly suggest to someone around my level to play it also in Japanese only, I found it helpful!


These days I'm thinking of replaying FF3 cause I have ages to play it and one side of me wants to try it on Nightmare without the NG+ upgrades but I think that it will be way too hardcore and I kinda wanna enjoy the playthrough after so many years and not struggle.


Update: So I finished FF3 on nightmare mode without using NG+ stuff. It was quite challenging I have to say especially in some spesific parts of the game. I got the game over scene many times and I always had to be careful with the film and the health items. Returning back to the real world to refil everything up was a necessity. Fighting some ghosts required really high attention and precise shots. The stranging ritual ghost and ofcourse Reika were pretty hard . Kei's camera was dreadful, I hated fighting with him cause the battles were taking such a long time. It took me around 17 hours to complete it but that's not only a result of the difficulty, i was taking my time a lot looking around. If you are looking for a  challenging playthrough FF 3 really offers that. With that being said, I didn't like that I had to visit the same spots again and again to get film/health or go back to the real world so often . Taking care and counting every single film made me not risk so much to make combos during "Fatal Frame momments" which was good in terms of the "survival aspect" but less fun for me. So when I'll replay it again I'll probably go for NG+ so I can have more fun with Fatal Framing in battles and not  having to backtrack for items,in a game that its 1/4 is basicaly already backtracking.

Edited by GregZerO, 03 April 2020 - 01:44 PM.



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Posted 30 August 2020 - 09:50 AM


I do this to every game i play.

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