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Why do people say FFXIII is just "mash x" ?

#1kkTheKiller42Posted 1/24/2013 5:46:18 PM
Don't you have to press X (or whatever confirm button) in the FF series to choose a command ? Like in almost ALL RPGS.
#2ShadianVisePosted 1/24/2013 5:48:16 PM
Mashing X also won't even get you past Chapter 4.
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#3Nata5ha5Posted 1/24/2013 5:49:42 PM
You can get by in most random battles, and some bosses, by mashing x because it's auto-battle.
#4MerisYakiPosted 1/24/2013 5:49:46 PM
Stagger enemies. Repeat.
#5majin nemesisPosted 1/24/2013 5:50:36 PM
because they didn't play the game
Swann:This is the last time.I'm tired of running damage control every time he makes a mess
Campbell:Right.You're the control,and if that fails,I'm the damage
#6kkTheKiller42(Topic Creator)Posted 1/24/2013 5:52:49 PM
MerisYaki posted...
Stagger enemies. Repeat.

That requires L1 to shift to ravager and L1 again to get back to commando.
#7userfrigginamePosted 1/24/2013 5:53:32 PM
I think the argument is that you can just press auto-battle. However, this interpretation is just a misunderstanding of the combat system. All other RPGs I've played besides Resonance of Fate, Lost Kingdoms, and Kingdom Hearts involve flipping thru some menu and pressing an execution button. The paradigms you set up before battle are just as important as how you execute and time paradigm shifts during battle.
#8FungumPosted 1/24/2013 5:54:15 PM
Because you mostly just mash X. Sure, you have to use L1 to paradigm shift sometimes, but most random (lolnotrandom) battles you really can just hit X to win.


I platinumed and 1000/1000'd the game and have over 300 hours on it. Yeah, I know how to play it.
#9Draconas_LyrrPosted 1/24/2013 6:02:32 PM
You can use auto-battle for a lot of fights, but it's nowhere near as efficient as putting in your own commands.
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#10king_maddenPosted 1/24/2013 6:18:59 PM
ShadianVise posted...
Mashing X also won't even get you past Chapter 4.

just pressing x got me through the whole game really, only time I absolutely HAD to do more was the final boss fight, maybe one other fight, cant remember specifics so long ago, but I know it wasnt that much.

you could use it and get through all the fights, if you actually put in the commands yourself it just made it easier for the most part.