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FFIII: I can be late too! (Intro)

After two months of discovering the joys of FF games I've never played before, it's back to one of my recent favorites, Final Fantasy III. I and my iPad fell in love with this game last year, thanks to the remaster graphics that melted my cynical Grinch heart and won me over with the Power of Cute.

This doesn't happen often. I was deeply suspicious of Mr. Rogers as a child, for Valefor's sake, just because he was a little too saccharine. However, something about this band of heroic superdeformed polygon people managed to win me over to the point that...

Final fantasy trading arts mini figures

*hangs head*

Once you start down the chibi path, forever will it dominate your destiny.

Anyway, I have never seen any particular fandom with this game, before today, when I discovered this:

by ~satsuyurami on deviantART

Which is awesome, because I always approve of obscure characters getting cosplay love. It's obviously based on the opening FMV added to the Nintendo DS remaster a few years back:

I have to say: Luneth, Ingus, WTF? I don't recall any particular friction between these two characters in the actual game. Guess I'd better pay more attention.

Nonetheless, I love this FMV for all the Final Fantasy Nostalgasm imagery rendered so magnficently: airship, chocobos, characters who like each other (this makes me happy), Behemoth, Aerith praying, the crystal, some of Uematsu's glorious music,* and for once some actual costume changes, thanks to the Job System, giving us updated 3D renderings of some of FF's original character classes: white mage, red mage, black mage, fighter. Most of all I love Arc with his nose buried in his books, studying, and that simple image of the party doing party things in camp, which FF games seldom show.

(I will, however, boo Squeenix for giving the White Mage job to the girl. Really? Don't you ever get tired of that? Oh, right, you finally wised up with Lightning and Fang. Sigh.)

*As a matter of fact, I first saw this FMV projected behind a live Distant Worlds concert performed by the San Diego Orchestra. Yay!

All right. I'm starting to get into recap mode when I haven't got my recap together. Hang on, we're in for an ADORKABLE journey!

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Mar. 9th, 2013 04:44 am (UTC)
I had this game for DS but I regret to say that I couldn't stick with it. I really liked the job system and I thought the characters were super cute, but the scarcity of phoenix downs and healing items made it punishingly hard. ::hangs head in shame:: Is the iPad version just as difficult? I would really like to give it another chance. (I gave away the DS version so I don't have it anymore.)
Mar. 9th, 2013 04:57 am (UTC)
I think the iPad version isn't quite as bad; all the healing items are available in shops except for Phoenix Downs (which can only be stolen from one monster, grrr).

The saving grace is that there are "Revive" pools and "Restore HP/MP" pools that will resuscitate your characters for free in many of the towns and castles. The trick is finding them and remembering where they are. Here's a list of their locations.

Plus, after a short time, you get White Magic including Life so you're not quite so dependent on items.

I remember being a little frustrated in the beginning, but it ceased to be a problem fairly soon in the game. There's a 0MP-cost Geomancer random "heal everyone in the party lots!" spell that I relied upon in the middle game until my White Mage racked up so many MP that he could Arise anybody.

Edited at 2013-03-09 05:03 am (UTC)
Mar. 9th, 2013 04:46 am (UTC)
P.S. also WHAT is going on up there? Is that Giant Auron stomping on Chibi Auron? Hahahaha.
Mar. 9th, 2013 04:57 am (UTC)
Yes :D
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