Essential DLC *Spoilers possible*

#1Deaths_BladePosted 5/13/2013 10:49:17 AM
I want to get this game, but as a general rule i hate buying DLC unless its on offer [one reason I love Steam].

I've read several topics around here regarding the DLC, but I wanted a recent opinion on which DLC is "essential" and which is optional or useless. By essential I mean either story updates or really good value for money stuff. Optional or useless are extra super-bosses, cosmetic changes, more weapons, items etc that do nothing except please the collectors.

I don't care about post-game stuff unless it contributes to the story. Most post-game stuff is simply super-bosses which require extensive grinding, and I can't be bothered with that.

I've heard that the character-specific DLC's are worth getting, as they provide further backstory on the original FF13 cast. However, couldn't I just watch that stuff on youTube and save myself the money?

Thanks.
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#2DantechanPosted 5/13/2013 11:41:24 AM
A DLC collection is coming.


Until then, wait.
#3Deaths_Blade(Topic Creator)Posted 5/13/2013 12:02:01 PM
Dantechan posted...
A DLC collection is coming.

Until then, wait.


I'm planning on buying this when my internship ends in July. Will it be around by then? If not, which DLC should I get instead?
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#4DarkAmdusiasPosted 5/13/2013 12:53:24 PM(edited)
I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be around. On the other hand however, you stand to save money if you just buy the base game and a few choice DLCs. Here are my picks:

Opponent: Lightning & Amodar: Lightning is easily the most versatile Ravager in the game.
Lightning's Story: Requiem of the Goddess - Commando Lightning is one of the best Commandos in the game, and the easiest of the DLC Monsters to recruit.
Snow's Story: Perpetual Battlefield - Valfodr drops rare monsters according to the level at which you beat him.
Sazh's Story: Heads or Tails? - This DLC is the easiest way to earn Casino Coins. You can easily earn 100,000+ in an hour (conservatively speaking) from Poker.

There are a few other cool DLCs, but they're not terribly important to the overall experience.
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#5kewldude475Posted 5/13/2013 1:15:47 PM
Lightning and Amodar (Lightning is probably one of the top 3 Ravagers)

Requiem of the Goddess (builds on the game's ending and gives one of the best Commandos)

Opponent: GILGAMESH - Need I say more? Plus it's a challenging and fun fight.

Serah Costume: Style and Steel - It's free so...

Perpetual Battlefield - Gives two fights (technically 6 actually), and a very good Sentinel. Also Chichu, a normally 1 time only monster can be farmed from this, and he's arguably the best Commando after Lightning

Sazh Heads or Tails - I hear Elixirs can be gotten from this. And Sazh is a p good Synergist I think.

Serah Bikini outfit - Do I really need to say more?

Though in my opinion all battle DLC's are worth getting.
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#6ArmaLeyvatenPosted 5/13/2013 2:05:09 PM(edited)
None of the DLC is "essential" to the main game. Everything is enTIRELY optional. That said, there are a few that are better than the rest:

Lightning episode: This DLC is best saved until you beat the main game because there story spoilers in it, but you get the best COM in the game should you manage to complete it. It's also recommended you do it after beating the main game because V. Lightning breaks what little difficulty is left.

Lightning & Amodar Coliseum battle: This DLC gives you access to Lightning again, but with the Ravager role. She's easily beatable by the time one reaches Chapter 4, but you'll need a solid strategy. She has the best chaining potential of any Ravager in the game. Amodar, on the other hand, is a non-impressive COM, but does have his niche uses.

Snow episode: This DLC gives you access to the strongest SEN in the game, a Ravager that can hit as hard as any COM (minus V. Lightning), and as many copies of otherwise unique monsters as you want. Both bosses are incredibly tough, though, and is best reserved for fully-developed parties.

Sazh episode: Gives you access to two other methods of getting coins (in a certain area later in the game) as well as a decent SYN. Doesn't really tell much storywise, though.

Weapons are a useless buy as there are superior weapons already put into the game. Costumes are pretty much your choice. They're purely cosmetic, though, and don't give any sort of boost in-game other than the satisfaction of seeing them outside their default attire. The other Coliseum battles feature pretty cool monsters as well, but they're either too expensive to raise or are completely outclassed by other monsters in the same role. For nostalgia purposes they have Ultros, Typhon, Gilgamesh, Pupu, and Omega which are all pretty fun with the right builds, but are otherwise not as good as other options available. The fights themselves are pretty fun in of themselves, though, so you could get them just for that purpose if you wanted.
#7CatMutoPosted 5/14/2013 4:29:56 AM
kewldude475 posted...
Serah Bikini outfit - Do I really need to say more?


Yeah putting a pinkhaired girl into a pinkhaired bikini with pink flowers, I'm surprised the TV doesn't explode from pinkness.

If you don't get DLC unless it's on offer, one outfit you'll get for Sera is Style and Steel. It's a free outfit and looks pretty decent.

None of the DLC is really needed.
The Requiem of the Godess is a pretty decent one, it is a huge spoiler to the story.... but you get COM Lightning which is a really, really strong monster. Best COM monster, when it comes to DLC. It gives a bit more insight to the story, but not enough to really need it.

C-A
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