« on: January 24, 2013, 03:33:09 PM »
oh man, saturn controller brings back memories
Anyway, it doesn't have enough BUTTONS for my set up. At least for the non-Arche characters. Change spellbook and select spell X are only needed for characters that aren't Arche, but for using said characters I would hate to play without them mapped. but it certainly can be done. Especially early on when they don't have many spells to choose from anyway. magic select cycles through the ones in the current spellbook one by one, and you can pick which ones you put in each spellbook
Follow mode is mostly needed for doing puzzles. get your party members to stay in formation, to go wherever they please in combat, or to stay put ("Stand on that switch and don't move.") You can get by without it if you don't mind reaching for the keyboard every now and then after clearing out nearby enemies.
Switching characters is mostly needed for puzzles, but it can also be nice in combat when your current one gets disabled (sleep or confuse) and you don't trust the AI to win without you (or with your character actively fighting against them in the case of confuse. I find it's often game over if Arche gets confused and I don't take control of one of the others)
POV is used for looking off screen. like "is that a bottomless pit or a shaft to a lower area?". you hold it and press a direction to shift the camera. I use it from time to time, but it's not essential.
I also switch the view mode whenever I swap to one of the casters (long range mode, so I can see what I'm firing at before it gets close) and never use it aside from that. and of course and swapping it back to centered on character when I switch to Arche
Action doubles as examine when no weapon is dawn, so you don't need to bind that
Magic is used by holding the attack button, so you don't need/can't have a separate button for that. and different sword moves are used by combining attack with different direction combos
After Jump, attack, menu, and draw sword/magic select, which are absolutely essential, you have 5 more buttons, which is enough to bind everything except POv, pause, examine, and select spell X, which are the ones I'd leave off if using that controller.
For what it's worth, I use a PS3 controller (identical to X360's in function) and bind everything
notably, right analog and the 4 directions for spell 1-4, and L1 and right analog for spell 5-8
everything else is mapped to a button
I also map the dpad to the keyboard arrows so that I can use both analog and digital for movement/menu nav. It doesn't support that by default for some reason.