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Somehow I've managed to bumble my way through this game and I'm in the Moonbase, but now the fights are getting incredibly frustrating, especially against machine-gun enemies and ones that fly. I have no idea how to pull off any combos besides the easy two-hit one you get from tapping one button, and I hardly have any time to dodge.
What am I doing wrong, and how can I do better at fighting in this game? I'm trying hard to like it, but the oddball combat system is frustrating me to the point of profanity.
It'll grow on you. The whole point of those robot enemies is pretty much to obliterate you, but they give you Peppita and it really helps to have her along there. Once she learns Power Dance, use it to double your ATK. Your best bet is to avoid 'em whenever possible, though.
The battles in Moonbase and Styx (that's coming up next and it will be a lot worse) are intended to be brutal. It's kinda like the story battles Star Ocean 2 was notorious for, except it actually gives you a chance to win in SO3. It's just bastard hard, unless you exploit item creation.
Edit: The beauty in this game lies in all the things you can discover to make your characters more powerful. You can get 'em pretty godlike if you know what you're doing, but most of the best stuff becomes available right before the final boss. Most of it.
I'm sorry to say I don't have Peppita in the group (she's there, but didn't offer to join). My party consists of: Fayt, Cliff, Nel, Maria and Sophie. Right now I'm trying to get Sophie's level to match up to the others', but it's slow going.
@Mad Cartoonist I just arrived at the Moonbase and I'm at the save point in the auditorium. Presently I'm just running north and fighting the chainsaw robots, then going back and healing, then repeating the cycle. I've never made any useful weapons and I'm not at a place I can go back and recruit inventors, so I'm stuck with the gear I've got.
My advice for any battles involving robots is to not fight them at all and escape ASAP if you run into one. I've never had enough success trying to kill them to make leveling against robots worthwhile.
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