April 2nd, 2013


Final Fantasy III Recap, Ep. V: A Little Help From Our Friends

(I finished FFIII two days ago, but a snarky write-up can't be rushed.)

Before we finish off Final Fantasy III's endgame, here's a rare video: the original Japanese FFIII in its entirety.

Note that whoever did this somehow replaced Luneth's sprite with one of the Four Old Men sprites, and a couple battle sprites are scrambled. Nevertheless, it shows the NPC storylines are all here, except for the individual friendships with particular party members.

As with Final Fantasy I, it seems that original FFIII presented the party as a blank slate upon which we could project our own character development, dialog and proficiencies, while the world and NPCs were at least somewhat fleshed out. Again, this mimics old tabletop RPGs and D&D, in which the game master provided the story, world, and npcs, while the players were in charge of their characters' histories and development.

We've gotten so accustomed to games that create the player characters for us that we've quite forgotten the original strong distinction between PCs and NPCs.

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Final Fantasy IV Pre-Game Post

Well, here we are. The last main-numbered Final Fantasy game I haven't played, besides the MMOs. This is a bittersweet moment, in a way, since I'm notorious for always leaving "one more" for later. (I managed to hold off reading Sayer's Gaudy Night for decades.) Therefore, I feel some trepidation at breaking the seal on this cask of wine.

On the other hand, I've heard good things about FFIV, and many of my fandom friends love it. So I'm looking forward to learning what hooked them.

I'll ask y'all not to spoil things that I haven't reached yet. I've heard tiny snippets about Kain and Cecil, but I've managed to dodge spoilers all this time. I enjoy trying to come to games with as few preconceived notions as possible. (This made FFXII, XIII and XIII-2 quite enjoyable.)

I'll be playing FFIV on the iPad. SCREENCAPS SO EASY.**

I will, however, try to take fewer of them. I'm afraid that FFIII's charming graphics made me a little screencap-happy!

Speaking of graphics, I need to play enough of FFIV tonight to make myself a userpic for these entries. :D

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