Old Grandma Hardcore

This blog is the chronicle of my experiences with Grandma, the video-game playing queen of her age-bracket and weight class. She will beat any PS2, XBox, GameCube, etc., console game put in front of her, just like she always has. These are her stories. She is absolutely real. She lives in Cleveland.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Video 26: Grandma plays Final Fantasy XIII

Filmed yesterday, so it gives you a good idea of how far in she is on her first playthrough. She's still learning strategy, so if you have any tips on how she can improve her battle ratings, she's very open to your advice.

I'm no help. I can't follow what the hell is going on when I watch her, and I'm not going to start a game myself until she's done with the thing.

Also: I did the best I could to avoid putting spoilers in the video, so it's safe for those of us who want to take the journey at our own pace.

Game on!

70 Comments:

  • At 10:30 AM, Blogger Joseph said…

    woot :D go Grandma!

    I think this is the hardest FF battle system yet.

     
  • At 12:53 PM, Blogger Fayorei said…

    Though I'm not the best either at the game, I've found chaining to be the best way to win a lot of the random battles, and letting full combos complete instead of interrupting is good to get staggers done more quickly?

    That, and switching in a medic into the paradigm mix as needed.

    Seems to be a lot of key to getting 5 star ratings is speed, from what I've found.

    Loved the vid!

     
  • At 12:24 AM, Blogger Kim said…

    Damn right, Grandma - at least you got the fucker!

    I was about to head to bed for the night, when I decided to check my RSS feeds for the hell of it and ooh! A new video at OGHC!

    Best nightcap ever. :) <3

     
  • At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Carl said…

    Grandma, this boss has 3 parts a head, a shield on his right arm and a shield on his left arm. Use Libra on each part as this tells your party what he in most vulnerable to. Different parts are vulnerable to different elements. Once you have used Libra on all the different parts press R1 to show the list of what he is vulnerable to and what he is strong against. It also gives hints how to beat him fast.

     
  • At 8:05 AM, Anonymous gih said…

    Haha that's nice. Go grandma, go for it!

     
  • At 8:23 AM, Anonymous denparser said…

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  • At 11:12 PM, Blogger Preston said…

    Grandma and I both think the blue PS3 controller is the best one!

    ...Or her black one's battery died.

     
  • At 5:21 PM, Blogger Phuong-Giao said…

    I was thinking, you should create a Facebook fan page for Old Grandma Hardcore. I would be very surprised if there weren't a lot of people who'd become a fan of her, and it's also another way to update people when she's playing :)

     
  • At 4:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi granma, good to see youre still enjoying yourself.

    In these boss battles I think you should buff your characters with positive effects to boost defense and offense (with synergists), and even (if the enemy is vulnerable) hitting him with negative effects (with saboteurs). The time it takes to get these effects is largely compensated in big boss battles.

    Another obvious tip is, in cases when the enemy is preparing a big attack, have a sentinel to cast provoke and steelguard.

    In short, in big boss battles, Synergist/saboteur isn't a half bad way to start, with the third character being a medic or a sentinel to give you enough time to fully boost your party and debuff the enemy. Then you can proceed with the slaughter :)

     
  • At 6:39 AM, Blogger CtrlAltDelete said…

    Fayorei, Carl, and Anon- thanks for the advice! I know Grandma reads everything when she gets up so she'll know more about what you're talking about than I do.

    I believe she is on Chapter 11 now. It took her four days but she beat Cid Raines (with five stars, which surprised the hell out of her- "I don't know what I did!!")

    She has Alexander now, I know that. She's wandering in an area that looks a hell of a lot like Dalmasca, if that makes any sense :)

    Phuong-Giao-

    You're very welcome to set up such a thing if you like. Grandma is creepy on facebook with her 360. She browses through everybody's pictures.

    Preston-

    She picked up her blue DS3 a couple weeks ago during BioShock 2, I think. She loves the hell out of it.

     
  • At 3:36 AM, Blogger Misterrandom said…

    That's what I love about this game. You can die horribly for hours on one fight then you get the right team and set of Paradigms and wipe the floor with the bosses. It really gives a sense of achievement.

    That and the way that it makes you actually feel emotions in a way that I never really have with any game another than Final Fantasy ones.

     
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  • At 1:16 PM, Anonymous Jessica said…

    Way to go! I just love seeing people have fun with games. That's right. Gaming isn't for kids or boys anymore. People always think that gamers are young, high school aged guys. NOT true! I'm female and in my late 30's and I think I'm still gonna be gaming for a long time.

    Currently working through FFXIII. Was kinda hesitant and a bit scared (360 degree games scare me a bit.). Also, the enemies are so huge and realistic. As well, The battle system kinda intimidated me too. I was having trouble even on slow! However, seeing Grandma go, I'm so inspired! Thanks! I don't give a sh!t if I get low or no stars, as long as I'm having fun!

     
  • At 2:34 AM, Anonymous Sunlight Rider said…

    I do have a question for you Grandma, I'm at the same boss you're at in this post's video. And i didn't pay atention to the upgrading gear so I'm all "fucked up". I would like to know what type of gear did you had while playing against this boss.

    Thank you.

     
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  • At 10:14 AM, Anonymous dodz said…

    cool grandma, don't count the number of your age.. just count the number of relaxing moment while playing FF. hahahah

     
  • At 8:43 AM, Blogger Andrea said…

    Some FFXI Tips:

    Best Group to get is Lighting, Fang and Hope. This is due that these characters gives you all the selections you need (Paragrams System)

    Trash Mobs just go Rav with Hope and Lighting and Commando with Fang. Use Rav/Com/Medic to heal up.

    For Emegncies put Sentiel/Medic/ Rav or Sentiel/Medic/Medic or Sentiel/Medic/Synergist.

    Best to start a boss fight is with Sab and Synergist, to buff your group and debuff the boss in question.

    Best weapons to upgrade are:
    Hawkeye for Hope. It has the best Magic Stats, Hope only needs Magic+

    Lionheart for Lighting. Balanced stats with EARLY BREAK. This will be godly.

    Fang is a preference. You can use Pandora's spear if you like debuffing, or use Taming Pole, since as commando you don't need to break mobs, but keep the stagger from falling down.

     
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    UGH I want this game soo bad! You're doing a kickass job on that boss though! :D Go grams!

     
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  • At 10:47 PM, Anonymous Luke said…

    Go grandma, shame ff has sucked since 7 :(

     
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    I also play that kinda game. :-)


    wfs

     
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    Woo! ahaha... Another senoir gamer, keep going! I hope I still play when I'm older!

     
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    Wow! Grandma, you are already far. I am thinking what will be the game I will play first FFXII or God Of War. Well I will be playing FFXII soon since I will be finsihing God of War sooner. I enjoyed the vid.

     
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