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22 January 2015 @ 01:17 pm
Final Fantasy Reminiscences  
A friend has been replaying FF13 and discussing various parts he's gotten to or finished and items he's collected and tactics he's using. And i realized that i remember far less of that game than seems reasonable given how recent it was. Which led to two thoughts.

1: Do i _actually_ remember more about the other FF games, or do i just think i do because i'm not comparing my knowledge against someone currently playing the game?

2: Is there any correlation between how much i remember about the other games and how much i liked them?

So i decided to experiment and write down what i could remember about each Final Fantasy game and see how those lists compare. At first i figured i'd just write them all up and then post about the whole thing, but then just writing up just two of them took far longer than i initially estimated, so i decided to split it up and post over a couple of weeks or something. (Hey, more posts that way! =)

So here's my notes from the original Final Fantasy, as best as i can remember.

Final Fantasy 1

Times played: 2-3 (Complete) 2-3 (Incomplete)
First played: 1990
Last completed: 1995 or 6?
Last played: 2000ish? Maybe later?
Last seen: Watched a Let's Play by Sulla through the Elf town part a couple months ago.


Four blank slates
Princess and King of Cornelia(?)
Greedy Elf Prince
The Crescent Lake(?) Sages


I'm going to put a cut here, because this is obviously spoilers and moderately long. (And maybe others want to play along, who knows?)

• You go fight Garland (don't get knocked down!) and rescue the princess.
• Then you get the intro to the game (awesome music!)
• Then you go to Matoya's Cave (awesomest music ever!)
• Then you go to the town where you fight the pirates to get a ship.
• Then you go to Elf town.
• Then you go to Marshy cave of Mind Flayer death.
• Then you go get the lens for Matoya? Was that in the cave? Or is it a more extended fetch quest? No wait, i think you get something in the cave to wake up the Elf guy who has the lens?
• I think that leads to getting the dynamite that lets you blow open the channel to the outer sea.
• Then you go to the town in the NW that's rotting, where you go into the dungeon and fight Lich and get the Earth crystal.
• Then you do something or other to get the canoe and go to the town in the SE (Crescent Lake?) where you go into Gurugu volcano (more awesome music!) to fight... Ifrit? That doesn't seem right. (I worry that my memories of the bosses after Lich are being corrupted by memories of the Four Fiends from FF4. Although in FF4 it's not Ifrit either, it's... Kary?)
• Then you get the Airship and get to wander around.
• I think you can immediately go to the floating castle and get the class change? Or maybe that's a little later. In any case when you do collect the rat tail but dodge the mecha!
• I believe you do the air shrine first? And fight... i don't remember. Some generic wind elemental?
• Then you have to get the stuff to go underwater for the underwater shrine. Who do you fight there? Leviathan?
• There are a number of towns you go to of course, but the only one i really remember at this point is the one with the hidden magic shops.
• Then you go back to Garland's castle, which turns into the Chaos temple where you fight the end boss.

So this is kinda of a Throwback Thursday thing, right? :)
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Реактивный микрокиборг / Wingless Angelcorneredangel on January 22nd, 2015 10:25 pm (UTC)
Do i _actually_ remember more about the other FF games

I generally feel like I remember pretty much EVERYTHING about VII - as in, give me a point in the game, or put me *into* a point in the game - and I'll tell you what to do next, where to go, etc.

For VIII and on, only remember snippets and scenes. Same for Xenogears/Xenosaga.

...though, I've been meaning to replay Xenogears for months now. Even started, hell, got as far as hooking up *meeting up* with Elly...
DonAithnendonaithnen on January 23rd, 2015 06:04 am (UTC)
I haven't written it out yet, but i already know that i'm going to be _very_ vague for 7. I hadn't considered Xenogears, but maybe after i finish the FFs i'll try that and Chrono Trigger.
Kirin: tonberrykirinn on January 23rd, 2015 07:13 pm (UTC)
You did pretty good on the early parts of FF1 (I think you jumbled a bit of the elf/matoya fetch quests but whatever). I've got this one much more in my head because I played the GBA Dawn of Souls version a couple times on my DS only like half a decade ago if that.

-- SPOILERS I guess: The fire boss in FF1 *is* Kary (FF4 is Rubicante). You typically do water next (Kraken) and then air last (Tiamat), who's the one in the floating high-tech castle. Class-change is in a cave in an island chain, from Bahamut. There's also several other fetch quests in there (translation stone to the doctor to learn Leifenish, Oxale to go underwater, etc.)

And, technically, you can do almost anything out of order once you beat Lich and get the canoe. I did this in DoS and it's lots of fun. To really break it you go straight to the Ice Cave, where you either pray of save-state a lot because you are hella outgunned by the enemies there, and get the float stone, which you can then take right to the desert to get your airship. You can skip right to class change then, but what you really want is to loot several places like the other dragon caves and especially the tower leading towards the sky castle (which you can't enter yet bc there's another fetch quest) for awesome loot that powers you way way up. If you're feeling ballsy go ahead and do a fetch or two to open up Tiamat first for more awesome loot. You can them curb-stomp everything else in the game at your leisure. :)

--- end SPOILERish

I think I'd do partly well on this idea in general just because all the time I once put into making silly cross-game character lists and such means pretty much all the major characters plus a lot of bosses and summons and stuff are all tucked away in my head. I'd be pretty darn crappy on the actual plot points and quests of II and III, though, and only slightly better on V, as I don't think I've played much of any of those in English, and it's been ages since I've touched any form of III or V. I also feel pretty muddy on middle bits of VIII and IX, haven't done much with those since they came out.