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23 March 2004 @ 02:51 pm
Question about FMA PS2 game...  
Well, I just successfully modded my PS2, and of course this means I can finally import other games ...

Sooo basically I was wondering how much Japanese skill is really needed to successfully play the FMA PS2 (or the GBA) game. Mine is incredibly limited (just what I've gleaned from watching anime, and I know kana, but very very little kanji), and I've been debating whether or not it's worth it to import it or just wait for it to come out domestically (I imagine that it eventually *would*, since it's by Square-Enix, and the anime's so popular it's just a matter of time...) but who knows when that will be ...

Any help'd be appreciated. Thanks!


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Allison M: shake itammo on March 23rd, 2004 12:14 pm (UTC)
I haven't had any problems playing it (ps2 game) ... I can't read J very much at all, either. If you're semi-familiar with action-ish games with a few rpg elements, you'll be fine. I'll admit, there's probably some items in my inventory I'm not utilizing to their fullest (figuring out which are health-recovery items wasn't too bad, and the game won't let you "waste" anything if it can't be used), and I probably have better equipment for Ed and Al than I realize :P but I've only run into a few problem spots, and those were really only with troublesome bosses, and getting lost on a few missions. The message board at gamefaqs isn't highly active, but I've managed to see some help offered there, and last I knew, someone had started a small faq that could be of assistance... besides, it's really fun to see the gang's game-versions, and the animated cut scenes are really nice! I think it's pretty fun, although I've not had time to finish it... *le sigh* Nor have I made it to the two "hidden" bosses near the end of the game.. although I can't wait. ;D
kouryokukouryoku on March 23rd, 2004 08:56 pm (UTC)
I kinda doubt there'll be a local release. As for how much Japanese you'll need to know, well... it's an action-adventure RPG-type game, so you probably don't need to know too much Japanese to play. Hit and miss with the menu's will get you through (although you may well find a GameFAQ or some such about it.) and other'n that, you'll be able to do the gameplay whilst having blissfully no idea what the hell they're all talking about. ;D

I wanted to download this game, myself. I did so for Ghost in the Shell for the PS2, and also the Naruto PS2 game. Both, well. I don't understand a lick of it, but the gameplay works fine. Plus the Naruto game is hellaciously fun. Very Super Smash Bros. like.

But anyway, if you just want to see the gameplay and the pretty anime cut scenes, then you should be fine. Buuut you probably won't have a clue as to what's going on. But hey, it's FMA goodness!
ミランlinna on March 24th, 2004 02:34 am (UTC)
Hmm...Well I have a GBC Japan game and I was able to play it. There wasn't any kanji in it, just hiragana and katakana, though it might have been because it was Pokemon (my dad bought it for me because he thought it was cute --;;;). I think on a GBA at least, it would probably be strictly hiragana/katakana. More than likely for the PS2 it'll include kanji as well.
Maria'sanmii_chan on March 24th, 2004 03:19 pm (UTC)
is there no one that has the ISO btw?