Oh my, I may have started a trend :) Have fun!
Sorry for copying. It's for love and game. And because you had a good idea when I wanted 'more attention' covering a 'classic'
Oooh, I'm glad you mentioned the menu portraits. They're just gorgeous in FFVII. VIII and X (the other games with drawn portraits) just don't compare. VIII and X tend to have long neck syndrome as well, something VII avoided.
Honestly, since the graphics "were what they were" at the time I thought they were the best and only really impressive representation of the characters for the title (future versions of them aside on the PS2 and in CG film).
I wonder... if FF7 were to be remade, would they go full-realism like Advent children or that in-between like Crisis Core was? But honestly, I'd take the compromise. A remaster
with less shitty character models and HD'd pre-rendered backgrounds.
Leaving Midgar and off to Kalm for a long, long Flashback
In which we listen to a story of how things got fucky
= I love the transition from a highway escape in the high-tech Midgar to... Kalm, a town that looks (and sounds)
like a nostalgic throwback to the last six Final Fantasy titles. ...What with its extremely quaint look and calming music.
= Kalm cutscene takes forever. So long it has an intermission! But it's damn good.
= One thing that's really getting to me this time around is the amount of foreshadowing during the Nibelheim Incident. The fact that parts of Cloud's story isn't recalled well really makes this more than a simple "flashback" you have to sit through. And I like that the party kind-of intervenes with the story because of minor issues and needs for clarification.
= Also, knowing the "big twist" makes it interesting to talk to that one "anonymous" blue-clad soldier.
Cloud is great at believing his own bullshit though.
= Why does the memory take him out of the bar when you go in? Was it just cuz it didn't happen (and you, the player, are making it happen)?
= Any reason people in Nibelheim treat him like ass when he gets there too? Is it just general Shinra hate? I mean, I know the trees are dying and Hojo is doing some creepy shit up in the mountains; but the place hardly feels welcoming.
= Yeah I took the "Orthpedic underwear". What could that possibly even do for someone?? (and do I wanna know?).
= Anyone have any thoughts on the letter in Tifa's room? Who wrote it and why? Or is it just to provide some "worldly context"?
I like fan speculation sometimes.
= I also like that Cloud got a "younger" Menu Portrait where he looks more hot-blooded and facial features are rounder (like his less-pointy chin and bigger eyes) than his older portrait. He also acts a bit more like a younger, eager idiot.
= I love when you meet Sephiroth in the basement when he goes nuts, the drums sound like a heart beat
. His crazy-walk is also kind of intimidating.
= The Makonoids are a severely underplayed and [wonderfully] creepy part of this game. What a shame.
= So... I'm confused, is Jenova an Ancient? Why does she look like that then? What are the other Ancients compared to her and why the turmoil? I always thought Jevonva was...basically a female Lavos (with an eye on her breast). How is Sephiroth related to her (since his real mum is locked up in a waterfall).
= Just this scene.... wow
= So what does the "Fan
think? Is Barret a racist representation of a black man or simply fitting the stereotype for "angry black man" (with a heart of gold)? I'm on the fence here; his cursing and love for his adopted daughter Marlene tickle me in the right ways. But on the other hand, he looks like Mr. T (wait, that might be another thing I find amusing).
Either way, I'm *all* for greater racial diversity in games. Sazh was like one of three characters I liked in the FF13 saga (though the similarities between he and Barret are interesting)
Till the next one...!