FFX-2 Basic Weapons Pack

Y'know what I think when I think of FFX-2? I think "Jesus, way to hook the adolescent male gamer population, SE!". While there were some...

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Y'know what I think when I think of FFX-2? I think "Jesus, way to hook the adolescent male gamer population, SE!". While there were some neat gameplay elements, half of them didn't come into play very often. Chain attacks, for example - Squall's limit break system was more controllable than those. Oh, and the "ultimate dressphere" stuff was lame. Shoulda just had a summoner class, or a tamer-type class (since the Aeons were, like, apparently dead). One other thing that annoyed me is that they killed off Bahamut, Ifrit and Shiva - the main summoned characters from throughout the series. Other than those few things which would only really annoy long-term fans of the classic (i.e. pre-FF7) games, s'all OK.

(Yeah, screw Valefor and Ixion, they only got in 'cuz Square couldn't afford Fenrir and Ramuh's salary demands. >_> )

*cough* Y'see, there's a classic example of adhering to Shakespeare's #1 proverb: "If you don't know what to say, just talk about some random {beep} and hope nobody notices!"

What does that have to do with anything, you ask? Well, it doesn't, actually. I just couldn't think of a good way to start the review. Don't judge me. :(

Anyway, this pack contains - as if you hadn't already guessed or skipped straight to the screenshots - Paine's Warrior sword, Yuna's Gunner pistol, and Rikku's Thief knife-things from FFX-2.

The first thing I did, as usual, was check for authenticity. Now, where the hell Inyri got her refs from, I don't know, because from the junk I found I certainly wouldn't have been able to model these. Guess that makes Prima guides reliable for two things: being wrong about everything, and providing good reference images. These aren't perfectly accurate - perfect accuracy on these weapons is impossible to achieve simply because there are no perfect reference images - but they're as close as can be, if Inyri had the same pool of references as I have.

One inaccuracy I did find was Yuna's pistol - the fancy-but-impractical design thingy on the back of the barrel seems vastly smaller than in X-2; however, I always thought having a gigantic decoration on the back of your gun was stupid anyway, so I'm fine with that change. Oh, and that same decorative thingy is the wrong color. But whatever, that's nitpicking.

Second thing I checked for was errors. I couldn't find any, of course, even when looking pretty close. That's not to say there are no errors, I just couldn't find them. So, if they're there, they'll have no effect on gameplay.

Most of the things I could pick out to mention are purely aesthetic. Yuna's gun, for starters, seems blocky. Then again, the Q3 engine handles considerably less polies than the engine used for FFX-2, so it shouldn't really suprise me, although I think maybe the detail could have been a little bit better. Paine's sword is accurate enough, the hilt guard just doesn't look exactly right to me - can't explain it, just seems a little off. Naturally, Rikku's weapons have a gameplay imbalance, and don't really look right since the animations were made for lightsabers, but hey - they work, so who really cares?

As an extra, versions of Rikku's thief things are available which seem to have been redesigned for Paine and Yuna.

Two bugs were pointed out in the readme. #1: When throwing/dropping the Paine and Yuna thief things, you'll see the default - this is because of an engine glitch in rendering weapons using the CustomSkin line in the .sab files. #2: This pack will clash with other files that use a modified sp_ingame.str file. To fix these clashes, open this pk3 in Pakscape and delete the file - it's not necessary anyway, just a little extra addon.

Well, for those FFX-2 fans out there, or just general people who like the look of the weapons, download away.

~ Kouen

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Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
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TITLE: FFX-2 Basic Weapons Pack
AUTHOR: Inyri Forge
E-MAIL: inyriforge@gmail.com

FILENAME: ffx2_if.pk3
DATE RELEASED: 16 March 2007
BUILD TIME: 3 days

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CREDITS
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Square, for giving me inspiration, Raven/LucasArts, for giving me the means, and my beta testers, for telling me when things are backwards. Sounds taken from some random site I found via google. Thanks should always go out to google, even if you don't use it. Because some day you will!

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INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
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Dump this is your gamedata/base directory within your Jedi Academy directory.

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DESCRIPTION
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Three weapon models as seen in the game Final Fantasy X-2: Yuna's 'Tiny Bee' pistol (blaster pistol replacement), Rikku's thief knives (3 color variations), and Paine's sword. Yuna's gun includes custom icons and custom strings, so if you have another mod that uses sp_ingame.str you may have compatibility issues. The easiest solution is to delete this file from ffx2_if.pk3, as it's not a requirement for the mod to work (it's just an extra I thought folks might appreciate).

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BUGS
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Paine's thief knife and Yuna's thief knife use the CustomSkin line in the .sab files. As a result, any time the MD3 is visible (saber throw, dropped saber, etc) you are likely to see the default skin (Rikku's). As a result I turned off saber throw on these, but you may still see them if you're clumbsy enough to drop your weapon.

Also, as I noted above, if you have another mod that uses sp_ingame.str you may have compatibility issues. The easiest solution is to delete this file from ffx2_if.pk3, as it's not a requirement for the mod to work (it's just an extra I thought folks might appreciate).

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COMMENTS
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I've been meaning to do all three of these for a looong time. I'm surprised it's taken me two years to get around to doing them, but late is better than never.

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DISTRIBUTION NOTES
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You may use this modification in mods as long as this read-me is included in your archive, unaltered, and appropriate credit is given. You may not distribute *this* archive to any other site.

THIS MODIFICATION IS NOT MADE, DISTRIBUTED, OR SUPPORTED BY ACTIVISION, RAVEN, OR
LUCASARTS ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY LLC. ELEMENTS TM & © LUCASARTS
ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY LLC AND/OR ITS LICENSORS.

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