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Postby JUGLIFE » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:49 pm

im replaying final fantasy 7 for the first time in about 10-12 years.
my core group is cloud, cait sith, and barrett aka the Hilarious Krew.
lmao if u dont use cait sith all the time.
im using epsxe and i just got onto disc 2. the first time i fought jenova life in the forgotten city i killed him before learning aqualung from him, and then after i reloaded and fought him again he did aqualung a buncha times and gave me my first game over of this play through. so when i finally killed him after learning aqualung, i had watched aeris die 3 times.
final fantasy 7 is a really weird game. the fighting system is not terribly deep but it does a way better job than ff8 of incentivizing the regular use of magic, especially summons, which at least keeps the fighting system fun.
the dialog is of course a pretty shoddy translation of what im gonna guess is a not terribly impressive original script, but its not without its powerful moments. or maybe the dialog isnt even the problem so much as the sketchy characterization...the game establishes individual tones for each character pretty early on, but then every character ends up saying plenty of shit that seems really out of character, or the in other instances they will say things that seem in character but ill-fitting for the situation. meanwhile the plot itself is super melodramatic, so the sum effect is kind of impressionistic, like you're watching a bunch of free-existing emotions express themselves on screen rather than a linear story about distinct characters.
i think i missed some materia back in golden saucer...alexander? or is that in the #snowlevel part?
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Postby Debbie » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:50 pm

tried to play 7 again and I couldn't

game sucked

I think I could play 5,6,8,9 or 10 again.
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Postby Petty » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:51 pm

I bumped an old thread like 2 days ago. I'm playing it on a PS2. 13 hours in

I'm at Wutai now which as this killer soundtrack



Right now I'm using Barrett and Vincent, thinking about switching out Barrett for Cid, but B is probably better huh?

I bought FF8 on ebay a few days ago, going to run through that after I finished this
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Postby Cronos » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:51 pm

I was playing through this last summer and got to the Temple of the Ancients and kind of got bored and just stopped playing.
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Postby JUGLIFE » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:52 pm

Use Cait Sith Every Day 8-)
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Postby JUGLIFE » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:54 pm

Broncobama wrote:tried to play 7 again and I couldn't

game sucked

I think I could play 5,6,8,9 or 10 again.

i genuinely dont think im emotionally equipped to say if ff7 objectively sucks or not
i do know its very flawed and awkward
but i can say im having a very good time replaying it right now, and i dont think that's 100% related to nostalgia
that said i will note that my chill levels are suspiciously elevated when playing the game
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Postby JUGLIFE » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:56 pm

Petty wrote:I bumped an old thread like 2 days ago. I'm playing it on a PS2. 13 hours in

I'm at Wutai now which as this killer soundtrack



Right now I'm using Barrett and Vincent, thinking about switching out Barrett for Cid, but B is probably better huh?

I bought FF8 on ebay a few days ago, going to run through that after I finished this

i considered looking for an old thread, but ff games are so popular here i think it would be cool to have an ongoing thread detailing our replays
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Postby tex porneau » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:56 pm

i replay ff7 every 1 to 2 years and last year was the first time it hit me that the game had a lot of flaws. mostly related to pacing
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Postby tex porneau » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:59 pm

did another 9 replay a couple of months ago, loved it but I kind of compare it to the batman series

batman begins and ff9 are both good and have very few flaws, but neither are very ambitious
dark knight and ff7 are really flashy and have what are potentially the best moments of any series, which tend to mask a lot of the flaws within them
rises and ff8 tried to do much and so were the most daring, but also contain some pretty glaring flaws with pacing without really having the same features to mask them

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Postby bongo » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:00 pm

pierrot wrote:i love this game from the bottom of my heart. thinking about getting a usb playstation controller and giving it another run thru on my tv. whatever flaws there are dont bother me at all. parades' ff7 twitter bot is my favorite thing in the world right now. the dialog rules.


Cosign all of this but dude just buy the PSN version. It looks pretty good and is $9.
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Postby nakedlunch » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:01 pm

pierrot wrote:i love this game from the bottom of my heart. thinking about getting a usb playstation controller and giving it another run thru on my tv. whatever flaws there are dont bother me at all. parades' ff7 twitter bot is my favorite thing in the world right now. the dialog rules.


I was wondering who was behind that twitter it's awesome
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Postby JUGLIFE » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:02 pm

musette and drums wrote:i played through final fantasy v in french as a supplement to the french class i was taking last semester and it helped a lot.

i seriously dont know why nerds have done fan translations of ff6 and chrono trigger and yet haven't even touched 7 which is barely coherent the vast majority of the time.

wow thats a great idea. i shoulda been doin that shit in high school.
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Postby tex porneau » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:03 pm

its hard to replay xenogears just because its soooo fucking long, but its the best game
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Postby nakedlunch » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:03 pm

I started ff8 recently and basically all i've done is play triple triad
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Postby bongo » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:03 pm

It if Square doesn't get it together to remake FF7 one of these gens I'll be pretty angry until I die.
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Postby Petty » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:03 pm

Who did you go on a date with Jugdish
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Postby bongo » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:04 pm

nefarious wrote:
people like it because it was their first ff.


We went through this in my "thread for when you replay ff7." It's still not true.
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Postby endless dave » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:06 pm

during the Final Fantasy sale last month on PSN, I ended up buying everything. So now I have 1-9 among various formats. Thinking of doing a run though of them all, but I feel like I'd get bored and stall by FFII
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Postby tex porneau » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:06 pm

12 will never get the respect it deserves
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Postby bongo » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:07 pm

Yeah it's pretty great - saving is a bit annoying but other than that it's flawless. Sold my PC version for like $120 when it came out.

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Postby nakedlunch » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:07 pm

tex porneau wrote:12 will never get the respect it deserves


so much better than any of the other games after 9
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Postby tex porneau » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:10 pm

oh hot damn, can i enter gameshark codes on ps3? that would change a lot for me.

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Postby bongo » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:10 pm

nefarious wrote:
I know.

And it's still true. There isn't anyone who played 4 and 6 and then thought 7 was better.

...well not anyone who isn't retarded.



What a ridiculous assertion.
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Postby JUGLIFE » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:11 pm

Petty wrote:Who did you go on a date with Jugdish

aeris -_-

i know you can go on a date with red xiii which ive always wanted to do but then i forget to look up how to make it happen
also cosign on 12 being amazing. i want to replay it and write about it. maybe ill do that next.
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Postby Pokemon Mastah » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:12 pm

I wouldn't mind playing through FF9 again at some point in the near future. Thought the game was tons of fun and had probably the best writing and characterisation in the series (not that that is saying much, but y'know)
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Postby Petty » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:13 pm

pierrot wrote:i love the art design in ff7. the loveless posters set the tone of that game so well. nibelheim mansion has incredible music + enemies and the accessibility of the games "secrets" are perfect for blowing adolescent minds. i cant think of a single location that i find unstimulating. while all the other FF games that i play seem like "games" to me, ff7 feels like falling thru the rabbit hole into some strange + romantic world. total fever dream.


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Postby tex porneau » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:13 pm

nakedlunch wrote:
tex porneau wrote:12 will never get the respect it deserves


so much better than any of the other games after 9



the only things that i didn't like about 12 were
i) story was pretty basic. its like the overcompensated for how melodramatic X was
ii) way too easy to exploit the gambit system to level up
iii) once the star wars comparisons were made i couldn't get them out of my head

otherwise its pretty much perfect
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Postby bongo » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:13 pm

Jugdish wrote:
Petty wrote:Who did you go on a date with Jugdish

aeris -_-


Pff.
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Postby bongo » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:14 pm

Petty wrote:
pierrot wrote:i love the art design in ff7. the loveless posters set the tone of that game so well. nibelheim mansion has incredible music + enemies and the accessibility of the games "secrets" are perfect for blowing adolescent minds. i cant think of a single location that i find unstimulating. while all the other FF games that i play seem like "games" to me, ff7 feels like falling thru the rabbit hole into some strange + romantic world. total fever dream.


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I'll remember this post for that "posts you remember" thread


Yeah this is a great post. Articulates why it's my favorite FF pretty well.
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Postby Pokemon Mastah » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:16 pm

I wish more of FF7 had been set in Midgar
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