Optimized party? Like a healer, the bruiser, the mage, and your second damage dealer? Not really. Some people like to play different ways so it's whatever. Final Fantasy NES is a good example where you don't have to chooe the optimized party, but any other party in that game besides the Default or Optimized is pretty much "Choose your handicap"
I'll rather criticize people for reading guides on party optimization instead of trying to figure out things by themselves. They just shouldn't blame the game when they play like a full retard like having a party composed entirely of ninjas.
>>2940546 Tanks in RPGS always seemed to be overpowered whose handicap is mostly lack of magic, and in other cases speed. But that doesn't seem to matter much because sometimes they just hit things hard and can take hits.
>>2940541 This. RPGs have little replay value if you're playing them the same way every time. Challenge runs are the best way to extend the number of times you can replay it and get something new out of it.
>>2940585 fucking this. whenever I play through any RPG for the first time, I don't even bother trying to get the best weapons or armor, or any optimizations for that matter.
it becomes tedious to find all the items and boring to go through the game so easily. the most fun I have with these games is when I can beat a challenging battle. most RPGs (that I've played) thankfully make it possible to run through without a bunch of hidden items
>>2940537 Where did the whole Mallow-is-bad meme come from? You can turn that fucker into a glass cannon if you go 100% SP for his level-ups. Thunderbolt especially will carry you through the entire game as a huge multi-enemy nuke, along with the fact that he doubles as a healer
I used him and Geno in my most current playthrough, with Geno being a POW dump for level-ups, and the entire game was even more trivial than it is normally
Most JRPG's that offer party choice are so fucking easy that it doesn't matter what people use.
The -only- time I would suggest someone a set party is in Breath of Fire 3 because you're basically forced to take Momo along for the last half of the game, so you may as well use her and make her good.
Which really sucks, because you want Rei, because Weretiger + Influence (or whatever it's called) is as close as anyone gets to Ryu's levle of broken-ness so it basically means your party is Ryu, Rei, Momo and Garr (who kind of sucks), Nina (who also kind of sucks) and Peco (who is actually severely under-utilized and is an insane tank with a ridiculous counter attack rate) almost never get used except for a handful of situations where you're required to use them for moving a block or some shit.
GOD TIER: >I chose this character because I like them, I'll make it work even if they're not the best
GOOD TIER: >I chose this character purely based on sexual attraction.
ACCEPTABLE TIER: >I like having a balanced party, so I picked roles accordingly.
SHIT TIER: >I went online and looked up the best characters and only use them because they maximize efficiency of beating the game as quickly and easily as possible, I'm a huge faggot please fuck my face
>>2940532 No, it's a game they can beat it any way they like. You CAN criticize people who say their optimized party is the best or even worse complaining that they can't win while having an optimized party.
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