^ Aeo, yeah, you pretty much took the words out of my mouth, so thanks. I actually have some good thoughts about Eiko as well coming up.
Being honest though, even if I am fitting into my girlie stereotyping
, I love a good shopping trip and I especially like a good love story (you'll see me pulling a stupid little smile whens something sweet happens). The FF series has always been pretty good at separating romance with goals, but I agree things get simplified (for the worst) when love becomes the sole purpose or a strong character completely defrosts into a sap as soon as she's bit by a love bug.
Still, Freya is a pretty interesting case. She left her Kingdom to go find Sir Fratley (I love saying his name) and she's like a Shakespearean-devotee to him ("All that was left of you were rumours of your death; but I will search the world if I must to prove it wrong"!
), but I honestly don't see her much weaker for it and she's still this sort-of "retired knight" who's willing to come back in times of need. Lenneth (Valkyrie Profile) was similarly not a character made "weak" by her love; if anything it gave her that extra mileage to an otherwise stoic character. Both of these were "tough girls" too. I find it funny that FF13's Lightning didn't have a love interest, but really no plot especially to make her very interesting.... besides her sort of soliloquy-ing her way through the games to appear deep. I'm not saying she needed a love interesting, but I still find her a soldier-character done poorly because she wasn't interesting to begin with (and the plot zig-zagging about didn't help define her either). Samus was great but she's still hurting from Other M's plot wounding her. :P http://youtu.be/SFyKLnOgOk0
Here's that FMV cutscene on Pulse with Lightning and Snow.... maybe this shouldn't have been a full CG scene, nothing really happens that a normal cutscene couldn't have done and FMV's might have more constraints than a normal in-game moment. This pretty emotional event is packed into 2 minutes, Lightning gets angry for some reason and pulls a sword, and the usual hodgepodge of Japanese "we will meet again" dialogue is said for about a minute but without contributing anything interesting or different and basically serves to make you look at the pretty graphics. If Lightning is fighting for her sister, it's barely convincing. And not knowing her past through JP-only novels doesn't help either.
^ *clicky!* ^Part III: Of Mice and Men and of Character of Dubious Genders
= Old Man NPC: "Go away! I'm trying to remember what I have to do". That'd probably be me as an old man too.
= I love Zidane and Freya's first meeting due to the implied history that they know each other somehow and from some place; again it plays well to Zidane's being a "man about town
" style. It's also great they meet while Zidane is flirting with a waitress at a bar. I'll bring this scene up again later though.
= Seeing Steiner think he was also under the sleeping potion that got the rest of the party's food makes me think he'd get "drunk" from non-alcoholic beer. I'm sorry to keep making points about the guy, but I honestly think he's one of the best comic reliefs ever.
= Well Zidane won the Tournament. I would have rather gotten Freya's prize (iirc it's useful against the twelve bouts with Beatrice coming up). but Zidane missed his first attack (and he deals about 600 HP against a foe with 1500 HP) which kinda fucked up the timing of all of it. :( Freya's "Jump" is surprisingly underwhelming too.
I'd reload an old save, butt fuck it.
= I really love when Zidane goes to meet Garnet on the palace balcony. And it's not for their interaction (though the telescope sight-seeing was cute and very first-date-ish). What I love is when the game looks at what everyone else is up to while Garnet sings:
- Cid can't make airships because his Oglop mind just "isn't the same"
- Vivi watches kids playing with dolls and ponders about the other Black Mages he met and whether or not they're something alike
- Steiner finally second-guesses what his Kingdom is doing behind the scenes (while looking at a "spiffy" piece of armor)
- Freya is worried about her long-lost beau.
that this game remember's its characters and doesn't leave it up to THE MAIN HERO to go visit everyone
individually. Sometimes people need time to be alone, to think things through, and sometimes you need that private time and let your mind consider matters you just can't open up about (yet). Most of these "thoughts" characters have get revisited later too and gives them a lot of depth in the meanwhile (or, y'know, gives you something to laugh at).
The scene (if you were wondering... or completely forgot about it): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ5qk48kRyE&list=PLB94DFCB60C828F29#t=1238
(sorry, I searched for 15 minutes for an FF9 LP that DOESN'T have commentary, this guy was the least obnoxious)
, for reasons I'll totally get into later, DO make a really cute couple. Besides the beautiful and tear-jerking finale of FFX, I'd go so far to say one scene of Garnet and Zidane demonstrate way better chemistry than most of Tidus and Yuna's interaction (*throws up the flame shield*)
= Fer real
though, we need a Princess character that has a shitty
singing voice and her song make the birds poop on her instead of flock to her. It's a really, reaaallly tiresome trope.
BUT, I do respect that at least Garnet isn't the typical "I WANT TO BE FREE" Princess, rather she wants
to go home and wants to do good for her people.
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Track: Quina's Theme
= Quina the "s/he". ...Not even your Master knows. I kinda prefer it as a 'she', because it would certainly be a first for a female to appear to.... strange (and relating to what Aeo and I just mentioned about how females are otherwise typical drawn; but I'm assuming they might be asexual or reproduce ...like worms...or I'm over-thinking Qu sex... yikes.
). Getting off-topic, I'm surprised how infrequently my textbooks used "s/he" and stuck to "he/she"; I won't lie going with the former (thanks to FF9) helped me to lower my page count for several University essays. :P
= Oh Quina. You so fine, but so simple.
I love Quina, I really do. S/he isn't a complicated character, and the small details are really all that are needed (probably my favourite character theme too, which is surprisngly not-silly sounding at ALL and uses some cool 8-bit-like sounds). I do like that you can borrow him/her for a "trial period" for Disc 1 before the mandatory join in Disc 2 (the area around Qu's marsh having a ton of enemies with "Eatable" skills); and being without a proper white mage right now, it's super helpful to get at least some blue magic (anyone else think getting White Wind AND Big Guard so early was intentional?).
= ^With that in mind, I really wish "Potions" were less useless in FF games. "Tales of" games have apple gels (healing a percent than an amount) are way more useful long-term. But healing 100-150 when characters are hitting WAY above that as a max HP just stinks.
= Another fantastic iteration of Cid joins us at...quite an interesting cost. I love that he's an Oglop, and I love the 'shameful' circumstances that got him where he is. It's somewhat surprising for what's usually a noble character that he'd cheat on his wife. He still is noble, but I do like this moment of weakness for an important NPC, and in general, infidelity isn't often brought up in games.
= I love Choco-Hot/Cold. It's fun, addictive, and a great Chcoobo-related minigame. I love that it's one part mini-game (to a a GREAT tune
), one part exploration, and it actually develops into exploring land, then sea, then sky.
I DON'T like that you get a TON of the best equipment through it (half of the party getting their best weapons through it, the other half in Memoria). I like when character equipment is from all corners of the planet (oh wait....I mean, TECHNICALLY the minigame DOES take you to all corners of the map, but you get my drift). FFX, as shitty as the minigames were, at least offered a ton of variety.
= I hate this part of the game. The enemies hit hard but die fast. Vivi's magic sucks doing the same or a LESS than Zidane is with a normal (non-MP-consuming) attack and eagerly NEEDING a "-ga" level spell, and Freya's stuck with her first weapon while the party has no adequate way of healing itself. Quina is so either/or dealing either Mage damage or Melee damage (she sometimes hits for 50, then sometimes hits for 500...)
= I really like the South Gate scenario with Garnet and Steiner. Again, it's played up well as a nice little break from the fighting. I don't
like that Steiner can "check up on the other side" of Garnet getting changed in order to keep 'securing the perimeter'; but I DO like that it's a choice only offered for a short second before it disappears (giving you barely
enough time to decide) and even if when he DOES pass her getting changed, he's a man of honour and runs right passed her without looking or flinching in order to, indeed, secure the perimeter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbRUXIPtBNU#t=379
If you want to see for yourself
= Damn Burmecia is lovely looking. I love the "former glory" look, the rain, and the music is so powerful and sorrowful. It's also one of those tragic gaming places you will ONLY see in ruins and I love that the grandiose statues within the place are all of the most epic looking rat people.
= .... :(
= Kuja appears!!! She is still the hottest male villain ever. Being honest, I hate that "beautiful male" stereotype in Japan, where roses pop out of nowhere, and they do the fabulous hair flip, and get angry at being less beautiful because of a small injury *groan*. The Suikoden tends to have one of these per game, Ghibli's version of Howl suffers from this affliction, and every otome game gets one too... It's gotta be a cultural thing, but it doesn't do a thing for me. Anyways, I love his "Millennium" theme adding the "We Will Rock You" beat to a pretty awesome party KO that finishes the first disc.http://youtu.be/XMLiqEqMQyQ
= So...do you guys know better than me? Is it EVER worth Stealing from normal enemies or is basically saved (unfortunately) for bosses?
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Track: Hunter's Chance (Distant Worlds ver.) -- For Dincrest!
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