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Final Fantasy V
After a painfully long process, CoN is giving to you today, only five years after its release, our coverage for Final Fantasy V Advance (to accompany, of course, improved coverage of the PlayStation release). While it is one of the less-popular games that CoN covers, it remains a quality release even as it approaches its twentieth anniversary, and long ago we realized that our coverage of the game was the weakest of any game covered on the site.

While it did take us far too long to get this content out to you all, we're very proud of the work that we've done, particularly in the massive, Djibriel-penned walkthrough. The walkthrough was fantastic to begin with, with an immense depth, and having it CoN-nified will make it all the better for you too. We've added to that some more of our great CoN features, with all the equipment and monster data you've come to expect, along with our quality miniguides that make the trickiest parts of the game easy to access and easy to understand.

Final Fantasy V is the only game we cover that I have not personally played from start to finish in any of its incarnations. This section is good enough that I now want to. (I probably still won't, but at least I want to!) While I played my usual role of slavedriver, though, this section really came to be based mostly on the hard work of others. They're all listed on the new Final Fantasy V landing page, and will all get their site awards quite soon, but I wanted to take the time to mention a few specifically: Djibriel, for offering us his fine work and being willing to work with us as we adjusted the tone a bit to best represent CoN; Death Penalty, who continued to push me and put way too much work into the section for someone who doesn't even particularly like the game; and EvilEye, who isn't even on the bloody site staff and never has been, but poured dozens of hours into testing simply because he loves CoN.

I hope that you all take a look at this section today and in the days going forward, and that it helps push you toward wanting to play this game, on PSX or GBA (or even SNES), for the first time or for another time. Thanks to you all for visiting CoN and keeping work like this going through your very presence.

Oh, and if the title of this news article confuses you, you need only look several years in the past.


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NealComment 1: 2012-02-14 18:50
Neal I think my favorite part is the encounter map. Now nothing will ever keep me from finding a Stingray again!

Except its encounter rate, I suppose...
Dragon_FireComment 2: 2012-02-14 18:52
Dragon_Fire Wait, you guys are finally done FFV? That just...really? It just feels like chat won't be chat without Josh looking for someone to do spreadsheets or something. Well, 'grats on finally getting that bad boy out of the way! Woo!
DjibrielComment 3: 2012-02-14 20:32
Djibriel I wrote the first bits of this walkthrough in 2006. It was a different time back then. Josh wasn't a dad. Tiddles was still alive. Ipads were all made of wood. I remember walking all the way to the other side of town to purchase a simple cleaning droid. We've come a long way, baby.

I feel I should have more to say, but I'm just hoping you'll like the content. I can't say I've seen everything yet; that'll come soon, when I get to play through the game again with the CoN walkthrough at my side. But I'm really happy already. This map shows so perfectly what HTML can do where a text file falls flat. I'm excited about the feedback.

Now here's hoping CoN can keep up with my philosophy of updating all day every day forever!
TheEvilEyeComment 4: 2012-02-14 23:10
TheEvilEye Always happy to see more quality content updated. I know there was a lot of speed bumps along the way, but wanted to say great job for sticking with it and continuing to work and improve it to look so great.

Death PenaltyComment 5: 2012-02-15 02:20
Death Penalty
Quote (Dragon_Fire @ 14th February 2012 14:52)
Wait, you guys are finally done FFV? That just...really? It just feels like chat won't be chat without Josh looking for someone to do spreadsheets or something. Well, 'grats on finally getting that bad boy out of the way! Woo!

Oh don't you worry Jav, that won't be ending anytime soon tongue.gif

As the person who arguably had the most contact with the new walkthrough other than its author, I have to say that the document forming the heart of the new FFV section is something quite impressive. Bravo to Djibriel on that; he without a doubt sets the bar as high as any other walkthrough writer I've ever read.

Considering what I've just said, I must insist that Josh's post here is a bit conservative. This is more than just improved coverage for FFV with the addition of GBA names and content; it's a complete overhaul, and I really think it shows. From the new, incredible walkthrough I mentioned above to that neat map magic several of you have already noted to all-new, convenient charts and miniguides, I think the new FFV section is something for CoN to be especially proud of.

Congrats and thanks to everyone else who made this project successful! flag-red.gif
ILoveMoombas!Comment 6: 2012-02-15 04:22
ILoveMoombas! Great job to everyone who worked on this! flag-red.gif
I made use of Djibriel's walkthrough on GFAQs when I replayed the GBA version of FFV not long ago, it was an excellent and informative resource and having it alongside CoN's easy to navigate data and mini-guides is just wonderful.
I'll definitely be checking out CoN's updated FFV section should I play the game again.
MogMasterComment 7: 2012-02-15 09:54
MogMaster Well, I guess I have to play the game again. I might actually even use the Blue Mage for once. That map is mighty nifty looking.
NealComment 8: 2012-02-15 16:43
Neal Yeah, I haven't played 5 advance yet, so I will probably have to add that to my backlog. 5's job system is great and it's one I don't mind replaying.
sweetdudeComment 9: 2012-02-15 17:17
Quote (MogMaster @ 15th February 2012 10:54)
Well, I guess I have to play the game again. I might actually even use the Blue Mage for once. That map is mighty nifty looking.

That's exactly what I was thinking when I read it. I can't believe how good some of them are. Great walkthrough by the way, it's a lot of fun to read.

Congratulations on adding more stuff to the site. It's a really great addition.
TiddlesComment 10: 2012-02-15 18:35
Quote (Djibriel @ 14th February 2012 21:32)
Tiddles was still alive.

Hey, man, I'm still alive... just working on other things.

I'm thrilled to see this out there because, even though I really did nothing on it myself, I've been close enough to it to realise what a huge undertaking it's been and what a brilliant piece of work has resulted. Congratulations to all involved. Now let's remake FF7 on the PS3.
Allen HunterComment 11: 2012-02-16 21:03
Allen Hunter Nice work. It's one of my favorite FFs out there and it's good to see more effort and dedication put into the game here. I liked how the World Maps could be zoomed in and zoomed out too.

If you guys want to add full maps of locations, I have a vintage Japanese strategy guide (for the Super Famicom version) that I could do scans of if you'd like.
PerigrynComment 12: 2012-02-16 22:33
Perigryn It's an FFV remake, an' I helped!

Seriously, though, glad to see it's up and running, and I'm happy to have been a part of it, even in a small way!

Definitely looks pretty awesome and I love all the features contained therein! Good work, all, and it was fun reading your work, Djibriel, while editing it!
Rangers51Comment 13: 2012-02-17 14:25
Quote (Allen Hunter @ 16th February 2012 16:03)
If you guys want to add full maps of locations, I have a vintage Japanese strategy guide (for the Super Famicom version) that I could do scans of if you'd like.

Thank you, but if we were to add more maps we'd almost certainly either locate or hack together a dumper to pull them straight from the game. Scans aren't really the quality we'd be looking for. Additionally, the version in your guide wouldn't have maps for any of the added content, so we'd still have an incomplete collection.

Appreciate the offer, though.
Rangers51Comment 14: 2012-02-21 16:58
Rangers51 At user request, I just finished writing up shorter versions of Dji's massive boss strategies to be included on the Bosses page. For the best and most detailed info, you'll still want to go to the walkthrough, but this will give you quick hits when you just need to get past a boss. Enjoy!
BasComment 15: 2012-02-23 01:37
Bas Nice story bro.

Na seriously, "keep up the good work and we stay at friendly terms."

Somethings to note:
The chicken's knife gets also a damage boost by agility. Actually, for my game it become as strong as Apocalypse or even stronger than that!

"For the Chicken Knife, M is Strength Factor + Agility Factor + 2. For the Brave Blade, it's Strength Factor + 2. If we assume Strength is equal to Agility and that the stats are significantly more important than the added constant (these are lategame weapons, after all) you will notice that the value of M for the Chicken Knife is pretty much twice as high as it is for the Brave Blade. So that is where I get "that idea"." <- LOL! Swift Song rulez smile.gif

"Fact: Max pwoer chicken knife is STRONGER than max power Brave Blade due to how the algorithm works - Chicken Knife gets extra damage from Agility and (assuming similar value on strength and agility) does roughly double the amount of damage as weapons with the same weapon attack as it.

It applies to the Man Eater too, which also for some reason gets the *2 damage bonus on Jump for spears."
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