OK, the other day I talked about what FF Jobs where justifiable. Now I’m wondering what Job system (that is, the way the characters learn their jobs) is best. Here’s a list from every FF game that had one (please note, I have NOT played some of these games yet, so I might have some details wrong- corrections are welcome):
FF1- You choose the Jobs of your four characters at the start, and can’t change them later (but you CAN upgrade them- Black Mage to Black Wizard, for example.)
FF3- Your characters start as Onionkids, and you gain access to new jobs by finding the famous FF Crystals. You CAN change jobs at will, but you have to spend points each time (I need more info on this, btw.)
FF5- You start as “bare” characters, then earn jobs from crystals ala FF3. You learn a job’s abilities by going up in levels, but you cannot use them while in a different job UNLESS you “buy” them first, with points earned in battle. You can change jobs freely (out of battle.) Note, the “bare” job has no abilities to start with, but can use any abilities you have mastered. So you can mix-and-match.
FFTactics- To gain access to a job, you must meet the prerequisites, usually a level in another job. Abilities can be bought with points earned in battle ala FF5 (except these points are gained from doing things in battle, not from killing monsters.) Again, you can change jobs outside of battle. Your main set of abilities depends on your current job, BUT you can set up auxiliary abilities from other jobs (Ex: If you’re a Black Mage, you can use only your Black Mage spells, BUT you could set up your Samurai blade-catching ability to protect you in battle.)
FF11- You choose your race and job (any race can take any job.) When you’re high-level enough (and fulfill a quest) you can switch jobs at will (but you start the new jobs at first level.) Abilities are gained by leveling up, and you can choose one of your jobs to be “secondary.” That means you can use its abilities while on your main job, but only at half your main level. (So, if I’m a 20th level Black Mage and a 5th level Mage, I CAN use my WM abilities while a BM… but only at level 10. ) You also can’t learn new abilities for your Second Job uinless you switch back to it and level it up. You switch jobs at your home base (the Mog House.)
FF Tactics Advance: You choose your race and Jobs (and there are some race-specific jobs) but most jobs require prerequisites ala FFT. You learn your job abilities from items, buying them with points, ala FF9. You change jobs at will (out of battle.) You can also set up auxiliary abilities here.
FFX2: Not sure yet, but I hear you gain your jobs from the spheres you find, and you CAN switch during battles. More as soon as I find out.
So, which system do you prefer? I haven’t decided my favorite yet; will post my choice soon.