After a lot of waiting I can't believe I'll get to play the game! I'm getting in as a gift from my girlfriend for easter.
It may sound weird but where I live people trade chocolates but since I'm not eating them much these days she wanted to give me a game!
So, before looking for pages and pages posted here, I'd like to ask a simple question: She I keep changing jobs all the time of stick to some? Like always having a white mage.
Also, are there some preferred abilities people seem to agree are must have?
Abilities can vary, IMO, depending on the boss fought. Some better than others, but it really depends on the situation... Dual-wield is always fun, and I hate Red Mages but they get good shit too.
This game is a bit of a dick about levelling. The better your job level, the more proficient/effective that character plays. It's better to stick with it, but change. The JP is only so good at the start of the game, then it just starts to throw it at your after Ch 5. And if you Abi-Link with other players you'll have instant access to a bunch of skills, so that makes "the grind" a bit less tedious. Play it by ear.
If I had to pick a few for early game:
= Angelic Ward is probably one I can easily recommend. Works half the time for a cheap cheap price (White Mages have it).
= More Money (Cuz mo money means less problems)
= Auto Aspir Blade (I like it because I don't have to worry about MP)
= Just generally speaking: I think Summoners and their abilities, while cool sounding/looking, suck garbage.
= Salve Masters, on the other hand, are really fucking handy. Greats skills, great abilities, ok attacker.
= If you've ever played an class-based FF game before, the same general rules apply about how classes do their thing.
(on that note, I find it so strange that Job Lvls 12, 13, 14 all require 7,000 points and all levelling for the last, oh I dunno, TEN levels has required exactly 70,000 exp points... it just kinda stops escalating... I was wondering why I was still consistently getting decent level ups from just grinding against the same batch of enemies ---- yes, the Florem area Rafflesias. I kind of admire that; again, this title works in a strange way asking you to really milk its combat...cuz things get tricky for there).