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09 March 2010 @ 07:33 pm
Um, wow  
Uh, unspoiler warning for FF13 or something? A public service announcement for those playing the game anyways.

I loaded up my game from last night, and during and/or after the loading part in started scrolling text. It looked like general recap stuff except that it said stuff that didn't make much sense.

It turns out that was the latest Datalog Event i'd uinlocked.

They tell you about the Datalog very early, and i read the first one or two Events, but they seemed really boring and repetitive, so i just gave up on them after that. However now i'm learning that a little later on they start containing IMPORTANT information that the main game itself DOES NOT TELL YOU.

I'm not quite sure how this fits in with the idea that FF13 was focused on telling you a streamline story, but whatever. Apparently they really suck at facial expressions and relating things to you in cutscenes, and this was their way around it i guess

Wait, Hope hates Snow and lusts for vengeance? But how does he know Snow "killed" his mom? He wasn't there!

Going back a little further, "eyes filled with rage and loathing"? I didn't get that AT ALL! He just looked kind of confused to me.

Even further back, "From afar, the boy witnesses the moment of his mothers death," so why the hell didn't you show us that in the cutscene? Neither shelleycat nor i remember anything of the kind. Maybe we were tired and missed it. That and the "rage and loathing" in his eyes, and whatever other clues they should have provided in the game itself.
Current Mood: surprisedsurprised
Pava: Ur Mom - PWjmpava on March 10th, 2010 04:47 am (UTC)
oh yeah. The role of 'generic towns-person NPC providing you information about the world has been replaced with the datalog.' You know, like XG 1 ;->
Laura Parkinson: Sephiroth2stormfeather on March 10th, 2010 04:54 am (UTC)
You missed it then. (I almost didn't read this because of the spoiler warning, then figured I'd glance and see if it was way past where I am... but it's *just* about where I stopped latest)...

Anyhow yeah, when they were all doing the Slidey Thing off the bridge, Hope and Vanilla Spice... er... Vanille were in the robes watching off from the distance. They like cut to them a couple times, and show Hope being all shocked and crap... it cuts between basically the falling and them a bunch. :p They were all robed and hooded and stuff though, so you might just not have realized who they were.
DonAithnendonaithnen on March 10th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
Oh! That's what that was! I didn't miss it, i just didn't realize what it was =P

Like you said, they were robed up so i didn't really realize it was them, and i didn't realize that they could tell from there what specifically was going on. I just thought it was just the refugees in general gaping at the massive destruction of the bridge.
Laura Parkinson: Vincentstormfeather on March 10th, 2010 06:07 am (UTC)
Well, now you know!

And knowing is half the battle.
Pava: Osaka Sez!jmpava on March 10th, 2010 06:55 am (UTC)
I was trying to realize how you could miss that was then. Then I realized that unlike me, you probably didn't turn on char names in the subtitles (if you turned on subtitles at all). That made it REALLY obvious ;->
Kirin: BalthierFran-cheekykirinn on March 10th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
Hah, I haven't even started playing the game yet, but I already turned on all the subtitle options. Don't trust my ears that much.
DonAithnendonaithnen on March 11th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
I _tried_ to turn them on from the start, the damn designed-for-HD font fooled me for a little bit though :)