Friday, July 8, 2011

Final Fantasy VIII - Queen of Cards Quest on Disk 4

One of the most tedious, time consuming things to do on ffviii is to complete the queen of cards side quest. It can take many hours of moving between towns and losing rare cards. However it is well worth doing if your a game perfectionist as it gives you access to 5 new rare cards: Chubby Chocobo, Phoenix, Doomtrain, Kiros and Irvine.
Fortunately once you have made it to disk 4 you can simply challenge the queen of cards and she will play each of the rare cards. The only catch is that she is (in my opinion) the hardest card player to beat due to the fact that she combines plus, random and other rules with boss, player, and GF cards. However it is still much quicker to acquire the Chubby Chocobo, Phoenix, Doomtrain, Kiros and Irvine cards this way.
To find the queen of cards on disk 4 go to the bottom of the Esthar continent and look for an area called the "Abadan Plains". You cannot see it from the world map but there is actually the crashed lunar escape pod from disk 3 on the tip of the Eastern Peninsular. Run around near the tip and eventually you will bump into it. Here you will find the queen of cards standing next to the crashed lunar escape pod.
As previously mentioned she can be tough to beat, to stand a chance of winning you are going to have to have a basic understanding of how the plus rule works. If your not sure how it works not to worry, it's pretty simple. Basically if a card is placed next to 2 other cards and both sides that are touching add up to the same number plus will occur. For example if you had a card that had the number 6 that was touching another card that had the number 4 and another side of your card had the number 7 that was touching a card with a 3 both sides add up to 10 and hence plus would occur. The game has a pretty decent card tutorial with pictures so make sure you check that out if you don't understand. Elemental does not effect plus by the way.
I highly recommend you save before each card battle as the plus and random rules may cause you to lose your rare cards to her which you definitely do not want. Also make sure you save after you win a rare card from her.
If you are having trouble finding the queen of cards on disk 4 you are welcome to freely download this guide which has screen shots and some other useful information. You can find it here: ffviii
Thanks for reading, good luck!

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F1 2011 revving up Sept. 20

ust last week, Codemasters' racing game F1 2010 took home the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' top award for a sports game, beating out juggernauts FIFA 11 and Gran Turismo 5. Now, the developer--on the heels of the strong debut of the original--has announced and dated the next game in the series.
F1 2011 will arrive in North America for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on September 20. In the UK, the game will ship on September 23.
Additionally, Codemasters sent word that versions of the game for Nintendo's 3DS and Sony's Next Generation Portable (NGP) are in development and will sport features unique to the systems.
Like its predecessor, F1 2011 will include every circuit, team, and driver from the forthcoming 2011 FIA Formula One Championship, including Sebastian Vettel, current World Champion.
Additionally, F1 2011 will premiere the 2011 Formula One Grand Prix of India, raced at Delhi's Jaypee International Race Circuit, as well as the German track Nurburgring.
For more on the series, check out GameSpot's review of F1 2010.

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