Monthly Archives: April 2014

Chocobo Racing – Final Fantasy 10 – Mini-Game

The Final Fantasy 10 Chocobo Racing and Catching Mini-Game is one of the most annoying mini-games in all of the Final Fantasy games.  It is very time consuming, very random, and very aggravating.  Compound that with the fact that you have to actually get a time of 00:00 in order to get Tidus’s ultimate weapon. On top of that, they added a trophy to it as well in the HD-Remaster edition.

Chocobo RacingWith that being said, I have still always managed to succeed, given time and patience. Throughout the time I have been playing the game, I have gotten 00:00 probably around 4 times. Each time I have tried over the course of my years playing the game it has taking gaming sessions close to 6 hours each. Each time I try, I typically have to try continuously for close to 6 hours before finally getting it. A few of the times I had extremely bad luck, and had to do 2-3 series of 6 hour sessions in order to achieve success.

One thing I can say, there are no exploits, or glitches, or cheats or anything else that can be used to your advantage. There are however a small hand full of tips and tricks that you will have to learn after a lot of trial and error. I intend to describe those tips/tricks in an attempt to at least save new players the time of having to learn them the hard way.  Some of the techniques might help make achieving it a lot easier and faster for some people. The Chocobo Racing isn’t meant to be easy, but hopefully some of these tips help.

A few tips and tricks

1. Use the D-Pad instead of the thumb stick. It’s a lot smoother and less jumpy when trying to do the Chocobo Racing.

2. Try to get as many balloons at the beginning section (before the first turn) as possible. The more you get there, the better the chances of success. Note if the initial balloon is closer to her, ignore it and focus on leaning yourself towards the right. Some of the balloon patterns are setup to make it easier for her to get them all, others start by grouping them on the right. If you can get to the right and get the first 1/2 balloons, then getting the rest are pretty easy at that point (at least up until the first turn.

3. Time your first time movement carefully. Once you learn the timing you will be able to clear that first major turn almost perfectly and line yourself up with a series of balloons that immediately appear near the end of the turn (at least on some balloon patterns).

4. After the first turn, dodge birds first and foremost, seconded by getting balloons.

5. Use the directional pad instead of the thumbstick.

6. Try to get as many baloons at the beginning as possible.

Winning the Chocobo Race in Final Fantasy 10 can be a very tricky, and extremely frustrating. Luckily I was able to get it accomplished, and since it took me a lot of trial and error I decided to write this blog post about Chocobo Racing to outline some of the things that got me through it successfully.

Overall more information about the Chocobo Racing Mini-game can be found here.

Now Playing – 4/6/2014

I had a new idea for a blog post series, which I am going to call Now Playing. Occasionally I am going to write blog posts detailing what games I am playing at the time or have played since the last Now Playing update. Sometimes it will be one dedicated game, while other times I will jumping between several games.

Now PlayingI won’t be posting this Now Playing blog series regularly, but just every few months to give you an idea of what games I’m playing at the time. Every few months once I switch to a different set of games, and beat some of the ones I am currently on. Hopefully some of the games I am playing now will introduce you to something you haven’t played yet, or something that sparks your interest.

Currently you will notice I am currently in a major PC mode. My game play moods switch from Console to PC and I do not really favor any over the other. I play all systems, old systems, PC and all handheld systems.  I am an equal opportunity gamer that will play a game regardless of system, always defaulting to whatever console / system seems to have the best version of the game (when it’s a cross platform game).



This is the primary game on my Now Playing list. Currently I am about 60+ hours into this game, and still going strong. I find myself playing it less and less right now than I was because I started a few other games alongside it.  Anyway, the game itself is very good. It’s a new (almost new) genre that hasn’t yet been fully established. It’s currently drawing interest, and becoming a popular genre. Another game very much like it is Starbound. I haven’t tried that one yet, because it’s in Alpha and keeps clearing peoples data currently.

I highly recommend this game. I am still playing it on-off throughout the next month or two, trying to finish building a giant castle and underground city. Even after 60+ hours I have yet to get even one world in Hard mode.  Highly recommended game.


I have been slowly working through a “Perfect Game” of Skyrim. There has been no real rush or time limit. I have been playing it on the side as/when I am in the mood. I am currently about 40+ hours into what is going to end up being a 500-600 hour game. Every time I beat another game or two, I stop and put some more time into Skyrim (20-30 hours each time I get back into it), slowly crawling myself towards that perfect game.

Sleeping Dogs

This is a great game, which is plagued by errors, bugs, and very horrible controls. Still the overall game play and combat mechanics keep me coming back. I am not entirely sure if I am going to beat (and get a perfect game on this) anytime soon because I am only loosely addicted, but overall it’s a great game. Each time I pick it up I find myself working through a few events, favors, and story missions. Slowly working myself through the game. Still have sessions of slaughtering everyone in my way when I start getting slightly bored. I have to take breaks from it, because it’s not “digging” into my like other games sometimes do, but it’s a great game and I expect to play it through to completion. Overall though, this is the one I am “currently” playing the most out of all the ones I am currently playing.

Just Cause

This is a good game. Graphics are pretty raw, but that’s because it’s an older game.  I am not really “feeling it” right now… so I am kind of, but not, playing it at the moment. I got through the first tutorial mission into the free-form part of the game, made my way through the map doing a few things and getting use to it. Some of the mechanics are not very well built, but the game itself can be very fun.  I don’t see a need for it at the moment while I am working on some of these other games, however… it is in my list and I might end up playing it after I beat a few of these other games.

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

This one I am about 19 hours into, and about 70% done with the game. This one is very good, and is one of my primary focuses right now. I have been stuck at one part for a few days, and every time I am in the mood I give it a few tries. Once I clear that part, I can easily finish this game in under a day. Once I beat this one I will be done with it for awhile. Very good game, but under rated, buggy, and overall sloppy mechanics. The game itself though is very fun, and has a very strong strategic element once you really get into it.  I plan on beating this one within this upcoming week if possible.


That’s about it for now. I have 5-6 more that are downloaded/installed on my PC since I am in a pure PC mood, but none of them I am currently actively playing.  I might release another blog post in 1-2 months detailing what I am playing at that time, and which ones of these I stopped playing by that time.

Note: Any game I have played, I tend to go overboard on getting perfect. So I tend to learn (or can easily learn) anything about that given game. So any questions about any of these games, feel free to load up in the comments.

Now Playing Series

This blog post is part of a series. Here you can find links to the Next post in the series.

Final Fantasy 10 – Thunder Plains – Easy Lightning Dodge

I recently found myself tackling with the lightning dodge mini-game in Final Fantasy 10.  I spent several hours attempting it (like I always do when trying to get a perfect game on Final Fantasy 10).  however, this time I decided to spend some time doing research on this.  So I ran across two things online, that made the overall attempt very easy. One of them made it almost full-proof. To me, it feels just sort of an exploit (albeit a welcome one).

Final Fantasy 10The first thing I found was a very well laid out map, which can be found here: Thunder Plains Map  This map is very detailed. It showed both Northern and Southern Thunder Plains, as well as lightning strikes which details out how many strikes happen in each area subsequently.

Another thing I ended up finally running into was this post: How to dodge lightning bolts  Which also had this video linked to it: Final Fantasy 10 Video

So basically after doing a lot of research, this was the ultimate solution here. I was able to clear the Final Fantasy 10 thunder plains lightning dodging game, without even realizing. I looked at my clock and it was 5:30. I did not even count, I just started doing it. I messed up a few times.  Then it went smooth when I got the rhythm down. I kind of zoned out, and when I looked back at the clock it was 6:08. I figured at that point I must be done, so I headed back to see my numbers, and I was up to 585 lightning dodges.  Very easy and smooth experience.

To get it precise watch the video and see the exact pattern he uses. If you play around a minute and run a little lower than he does but at a diagonal angle you will find a spot that triggers the lightning strike even slightly faster than his video, making it even quicker than that.  Very easy and good technique to use to get you past the annoying lightning dodging mini-game.