The first ever save point in the entire Final Fantasy series no less! I just hope this one doesn't blow up when I get there. He agrees to join our team if we'll help him get to the city of Damcyan to help him rescue his daughter from an evil bard. Maybe my bed's in one of them, won't know until I look. The thing is though, this port was created five years before the other games made it to the PlayStation, so the intro. It felt more like an airship commerical than the start of an epic fantasy story really.
Well the earthquake somehow formed a new mountain range between Cecil and Mist Village, and Kain's nowhere to be found, so all I can do now is continue east and carry the poor unconscious kid across the desert to the nearest town. Get ready for the most challenging role-playing adventure ever. It could've been Final Fantasy I in Europe following that method, but alas us poor Europeans were skipped over entirely once again. Maybe not quite as good as a psychotic water carrot with tentacles, but a close second. He seemed like such a nice bloke earlier as well. Or run off to check a walkthrough.
It's a shame I have to drag his pathetic ass back into the fight to use it though. Cecil, along with a cast of other wonderful, memorable characters, go on an epic quest to protect the crystals from the evil Golbez, and another evil that is darker still. Not until I've stumbled across the next plot trigger hidden inside some unmarked house. I mean, unless I was just playing it wrong or something. Apparently I need to take a rest before I can go on my journey, which is sensible enough except someone neglected to give me a map to this castle. And so the intro continues.
The soundtrack was pretty good. Cecil came back to present the crystal to his king, his mission a total success, so of course the King was outraged and took away his command of the Red Wings airship fleet, effective immediately. Pure fluke, I promise you. I must not complete the games. Unfortunately she's still a pretty low level so she doesn't have much mana and I've got no items on me to recover it between fights.
You guys aren't going to let me leave the castle are you? Cecil embarks on a fateful journey that will bring trials, betrayals, friendship, loss and self-discovery. Oh shit, it's a giant grinning cross-eyed carrot octopus. Though it is missing a bit of the hook of seeing a shiny new sword in the shop and knowing it'll be mine if I work to afford it, as my best gear was just found in boxes along the way. How come the crappy caves never explode, that's what I want to know. I found an oasis town in the center of the desert and it miraculously survived our arrival, though tragedy was only a few doors down the street. Once they execute their move, that character will not have the ability to take another turn until their meter fills again.
Stricken with grief at his own actions, yet burdened by his loyalty to his country and his personal sense of honor, Cecil at last decides to turn from the path of darkness and destruction. I'm pretty sure I outrank you so I order you to move aside! This is actually toned down a bit from the original Japanese dialogue, where they talk about how they just murdered innocent people for it. Unfortunately Edward has plot armour on and is immune to Tellah's vengeance, so the old mage storms out of my party to take his anger out on Golbez, the man who led the assault on the castle, slapping Cecil out of the way as he leaves. Original material is licensed under a permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution. I kept expecting him to do something tricky, like perhaps make it so I had to aim for a specific tentacle, but nope all I had to do was smack him around until he died.
He's also a total pushover, which is always nice. Planescape's definitely going on my list of games to play, though it might take me a while to get around to it. Still, I'm just happy the game actually got an English release somewhere this time, as it'll save me from translating it from Japanese as I go, one message box at a time. I want to nuke the whole lot of them. Crap, it's a frog and it's frogged me! It's okay, I've got the Prince's hovercraft now so I can take a shortcut back and skip the water cave. Yeah, please don't read too much into my Gold Star, it's a dumb and misleading award that basically just means I enjoyed it. For example, each character has a meter that slowly fills.
Poor Cecil's sick of being life's whipping boy though and goes over to slap some sense into Edward, who's currently moping over his dead lover. The game was later re-released under a number of platforms and titles, including: , , and. I guess I've been spoiled by games like and. I may discuss the story and show screenshots of cutscenes and dialogue. For just the price of a cheap retro game you can help me keep writing about cheap retro games! Maybe if I'd played it for the first time in not-2012, I'd have something nicer to say about it. Damn that's a lot of sand. It doesn't seem right somehow to play an Infinity Engine game before Baldur's Gate 1's on the site.
It also doubles as a safe haven where I can use my tent to recover my health. I think there's people in the lower decks still alive, you might want to turn up the voltage. I love this type of battle mode. Rydia's only level 1 right now, so if I can get her through a couple of fights she'll gain a few levels very quickly and then I won't have to worry about her running out of magic too fast. Wow, this is just like the intro, we have come full circle. To prove his loyalty, he must slay a dreadful monster and deliver a mysterious package to a neighboring town. And once the Mist Dragon's dead I'm free to deliver my Package.
Well okay, if they're going to force me to search every bloody inch of this castle looking for my own bedroom, then I'm going to go raid every hidden treasure vault I find along the way and claim the contents for myself. It did at least get that boss battle theme stuck in my head, so everything I do from now on today will be slightly more epic. Well I suppose Fabul's King confiscating my two healers for absolutely no reason probably isn't going to help. I'm sorry Rosa, it's just that it took me until 3 in the morning to find my room and by that time I was too exhausted to even take off my armour before collapsing into bed. Meanwhile, a few minutes ago, Cecil reflects on how he led a team into Mysidia and slaughtered some cute little mages to steal their shiny magic crystal.