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Pre-Crisis Final Fantasy VII All content for Before Crisis and Crisis Core focusing on the 8 years, leading directly up until the events of Final Fantasy VII.

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Old 03/28/2015   #181
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I have not found a way to rip textures through Noesis yet, so RINOA will have to do for now. There are a few corruptions, due to how imperfect the RINOA software is.

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Three times the size:


Open each picture in a new tab to watch with a white background. The text may or may not be easier to read. Either way, I think it's impossible to make out all the symbols with 100% certainty even if I found a better way to rip the texture.
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Old 03/28/2015   #182
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the last word of the second sentence looks like にげ??る (which is some variation of 'escape') and the last line looks like 今は、その?????見つけ?すしか ('now, [i] have no other option but to find those ?????'?)
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Old 03/28/2015   #183
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Thank you for taking a look at this text hito. Seeing this fragment of an unused BLOOD TEXT makes me squee

Just to be on the safe side I looked through the Complete Guide and the Ultimania to see if the full wall text is revealed anywhere, but I could not find it in any obvious pages.

Also, I updated my previous post about the speculated "secret path". Checked the models for the Depths of Judgment in both the Japanese and English game and there is indeed no secret path behind that wall. Bummer.
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Old 03/29/2015   #184
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This may be of interest to this community...
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Old 03/29/2015   #185
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@ExMajik

That is really out of this world. How did you come across this beta intro?
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Old 03/29/2015   #186
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The escaped test subjects are obviously those five Makonoids, but doesn't it almost feel like more was meant to be done with them?
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Old 03/29/2015   #187
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Indeed. At the very least, I wonder if there is an extra layer of religious references here. Maybe references to the Book of Genesis? I have no idea and I don't have a bible in my apartment to look this up. If one really wanted to make sure that all grounds were covered, one would read The Divine Comedy and the Book of Genesis...neither of which I have read.

It is curious how each test subject has their own story. Something deeper may well be at works here.
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Old 03/29/2015   #188
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- Even though I'm on Lv99, the numbers in the DMW reel lined up to 777 (which is what happens when you level up). I had forgotten this could happen.

- For 4 1/2 hours I've been playing Crisis Core now, trying to unlock the remaining DMW cutscenes in the English game. I did make some good progress in just over an hour, unlocking four scenes out of five, but the last one just refuses. >____<

What remains is the Tseng DMW scene where Zack walks out of the Modeoheim bathhouse. This is more frustrating than the Magic Pot ventures.


*EDIT*



Finally unlocked the last remaining DMW scene in the English game!!



For completion here is a snapshot from the Japanese game.



I have save files from both versions so that you can easily view this reward message at any time.


What this means is that I now have snapshots from every DMW "character cutscene" (summons and creatures thusly not included) in both the Japanese and English game. Not counting the Genesis DMW snapshots (which I placed in a separate Genesis folder), I ended up with exactly 1000 snapshots showing all these cutscenes (the number was not intentional, I swear). Sometimes I took really few snapshots and spared only the bits with actual text, sometimes I really went overboard by taking 2-3 pics per second.


- Click here to download a zip file with the aforementioned 1000 snapshots


Random observation: The fifth Tseng DMW scene is the only time we see Zack with the Buster Sword on his back while still having his 'young self' or 'puppy self' haircut.
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Old 04/01/2015   #189
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- Turns out you can't sell Super Ribbons or any Genji equipment. I was kind of surprised at the Super Ribbon not being sellable, just like with the Fury Ring.

- Currently farming SP in preparation for the Minerva battle, trying on my own to figure out the best farming spot. So far, my best spot is mission 2-5-3 which is only available from the last chapter. Mover EX enemies appear with decent frequency and grant 8000 SP upon defeat which is of course done with a single Costly Punch.

Usually however there will appear Iron Claw (Death Claw type) and Jack o' Lantern (Dorky/Funny Face type) enemies. But I then noticed that this wasn't actually a setback.

Equip Mog's Amulet so that items dropped and stolen are always rare. Jack o' Lanterns will drop Stop materia, each of which can be converted to 3000 SP. Iron Claws will drop Silence Blade in high frequency and each one can be converted to 1000 SP. With Steal or Mug equipped, you can steal one Hero Drink from each Iron Claw. You'll have no difficulty building up to 99 Hero Drinks for ATK bonuses in Materia Fusion. If you can afford it, equip Brigand's Gloves so that a steal is always successful, thus saving you some time.

With the above equipment, make sure that you steal a Flare from each Mover EX, as one Lv1 Flare is convertable to 10540 SP.

Using this method I was able to move up from 2 million SP total to 6 million SP in about 3 hours. Steve recommends that you have at least 10 million SP before the Minerva battle, so that the effects of your SP Master materia (which draws SP to increase your attack and defense) will last for a decent amount of time. So while some grinding is required this method is still better than I expected. You will quickly max out your materia inventory so make sure to SP convert often.

Flare is the rare steal from Mover EX, with the normal steal being 2x Mythril. If you have the patience, unequip the Mog's Amulet for a while so you can accumulate Mythril for SPR effects in Materia Fusion which will be very important for the Minerva battle. This will heavily slow down the SP farming process because you rarely get Stop and Silence Blade drops anymore, but you have to farm Mythril at one point or another anyway.


In the 9-6-1 and 9-6-3 missions you can steal SP Master materia, each convertable to 24010 SP. However the battles in these mission will last way too long, making the 2-5-3 mission the superior SP farming spot thus far.



- Another note about Steve's guide: Have his bestiary change the enemy name "Jack 'o Lantern" to the correct one which is "Jack o' Lantern".
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Old 04/01/2015   #190
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Old 04/01/2015   #191
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Shademp wrote: @ExMajik

That is really out of this world. How did you come across this beta intro?
It's on a beta Crisis Core build I own. It has many differences from the final retail build. Sorry the link I posted didn't work. I tried to fix it but this forum doesn't seem to allow regular users to edit posts...
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Old 04/02/2015   #192
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You need to make either five or ten posts (I don't remember which) before you can edit your own posts.

Do you have a forum where you discuss and pick apart this beta build? This is the type of discovery I'd expect to see on the TCRF forum or on Qhimm, but clearly no 0.9 version is being discussed there.
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Old 04/02/2015   #193
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- I can certainly understand how I appear as a bit aloof as I keep pointing out imperfections in Steve's guide, when I could just keep a list of what-needs-updated to myself. But I want to show everyone just how much work I put into the CC research. Plus it's better if I wait until I've played through the English American version too before I message Steve about the corrections and updates, so that I can safely say where the differences are and aren't when comparing the American and European version.

- It is a lesser known fact that rewatching the BBC series The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is an excellent pastime while you are farming for SP in Crisis Core.

- As it turns out, Steve's guide pointed me to a better SP farming spot: Missions 9-5-2 and 9-5-3 has the enemy Three Stars which is the most powerful Mover enemy. Each one grants 20000 SP upon defeat. Not only that, but I noticed that for each consecutive kill you make without Zack receiving damage, the battle spoils get multiplied with the total number of kills. So in some battles you can kill four enemies, then kill the Three Stars and get 20000x5 SP! Very fast process. Though the 2-5-3 mission was still good for farming Hero Drinks, Mythril and gaining a lot of Rune Armlets (from the Mover EX enemy) that one could sell for a decent price.

Mission 9-5-3 is the best SP farming spot, as the Three Stars enemy only appear as the boss of 9-5-2. You get a lot of Mythril Armlets from the defeated Three Stars, which is useful because they sell for even higher than Rune Armlets! Rune Armlets sell for 4000 gil while Mythril Armlets sell for 10000 gil each!
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Old 04/08/2015   #194
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- Today is a tragic day. Turns out...I missed one mail in the Japanese game. ......Way back in Chapter 2.

The mail was "Personnel Announcement 0012". You get it when you step into the northwest section of LOVELESS Avenue in Chapter 2. This exact spot, right when Zack aligns with the wall parallel to him:


You don't need to go here for anything in Chapter 2, other than getting this mail. What this means is that most of my Japanese saves now have the imperfection of not having the Personnel Announcement 0012 mail. >_____< Freck it all.

Personnel Announcement 0012









- According to The Complete Guide, there are a total of 119 mails one can receive.

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However, in my final save in the English game I have a total of 117 mails. 116 in the Japanese because I missed one. The anomaly appears to be in the レアFC [Rea Fan Club(?)] folder, titled Hero News in the English game. In my saves, there are three Silver Elite mails and three Zack fan club mails, adding to a total of 6 mails in contrast to the number 8 in the mail pie chart.

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Clearly there are two mails that I have not read. I wonder if these are part of some "lose" scenario, like if you don't join the Zack fanclub or if you join the Silver Elite too late?

I'm guessing that the maximum number of mails one can have in a save file is still 117 but that the total number of mails add up to 119 when including all the variants.
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Old 04/08/2015   #195
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レアFC [Rea Fan Club(?)]
'rare fan club'

there's three messages in the rare fan club set where you will only receive one depending on certain conditions being met. so the max number of messages you can actually get in the game is 117
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