From last time where I left off, I did make some way into disc 1 and seem to be on track to complete this resolution. This past month, is no different. I went all old-school gamer boy to get my goal, my resolution, my bane of my gamer existence to be completed. In fact, I think I went a little too gamer boy on this past month. It was almost every waking moment that I had that wasn't tied into work and family time I was on my PS3 playing VII.
As far as progress has went, I was certain that I would be finished with the game by June. But I wanted to saver this moment and by the end of the month I knew that I should ween myself back to take in all that need to be taken in. So let me just start that I didn't think I would make it to disc 2 so soon. But before I go any further, let me just start from where I left off.
So onward towards the Nibelhelm's Mako reactor in which what did most people would have expected to happen would be a Cloud freak-out. But alas, it wasn't so. Just a bunch of mid level monster bosses and a tad mention about Sephiroth. But since the game must go on, we climb down on the other end of the great mountains and find ourselves a new plain of field to level up (and man was there some level upping being done, mostly because I was lost.) Our party finally find their way to Rocket Town.
Why is it called Rocket Town you might ask?!? Maybe it's because of the huge friggin' piece of 'failure to launch' sticking up like a sore pixelated thumb. That's my guess. From here you'll get your next member of our entourage, Cid. We finally meet up with the Cid of the game, and as far as Cid's go in the Final Fantasy universe, this one is one of my favorites. He's a formal pilot that got screwed by Shin-Ra when they scrapped the space program for more capitalistic agendas. And now fat bastard Palmer is trying to steal his plane to chase Sephiroth in some other continent (obviously.) So you kick his ass, try to take off in the plane but it gets shot down and is only a glorified water ski that can only go in shallow land. Queue up the Final Fantasy fanfare music we have a new mode of transportation.
So now we go to what is needed to go to which is the Temple of the Ancients which is the other major plot point. But just before that I realize that I am being tailed by some annoying teenage ninja (as if any other character in the Final Fantasy series isn't normally annoying.) I beat her, she joins my team, and we are introduced to Yuffie. And because I know what's gonna happen if I continue to go to the Temple, I decide to go to her homeplace, Wutai. I get there, because why the hell not, let's continue with other people's storylines. Big surprise, it bites me in the ass and the little bitch stole all my materia. And to make it worse, she gets herself kidnapped with my materia by the Turks. I'm almost like, kill the kid, but I want my materia. Thankfully they're on holiday and don't want to get their hands dirty. Let her go and my materia's a mess. I then decided to go back to Nibelhelm to get Vincent but I made a blank at that time.
So I decide to go en route to the Temple, where I then find out the whole damn game up to this point is to obtain some powerful stuff called Black Materia. Apparently it has the power to destroy the world by unleashing a giant meteor and causing the Ancients to heal the earth and eventually embody someone to make their second coming into the planet. Which makes me think why would anyone want to rule the world if they're the only one in it; taking the master of their own domain thing too seriously I think. So to keep things going, the team tries to get to get it before Sephiroth does. But the Temple requires a sacrifice, so Cait Sith decides to let himself be it. The team says, let the back stabbing double agent sunnuvabitch take the bullet. And the team does the biggest mistake ever and let their schizophrenic leader take the materia. Two seconds later, Sephiroth swoop's in and convinces Cloud to give it to him. It makes me sick on how stupid this "Hero" is. Oh, and along the way, Aeris leaves the party to go all Dog the Bounty Hunter and get Sephiroth.
We head north because, well, that's the only untreked placein the game. We find the place that is called the City of the Ancients. Man, these Ancients really get around. This is where we finally catch up with Aeris as she is ready to return to the planet, whether she wants to or not. Yup, THE BIG KILL SCENE where Sephiroth falls from the sky and impales our heroine as she releases her white materia into the pool. We then lay her down to rest and end Disc One.
Disc Two starts with us making way further north to some snow resort where there has been a "Man in a Black Coat" sighting and they want to go down and get them in this snow maze. After getting lost a couple of times, I finally able to find myself to get to the next place in the journey and fight another boss. That leads me into a crater from the last Meteor attempt years ago. We find a bunch of Sephiroth's oompa-loompa's making their way to the center and sacrificing themselves to give him, well, as far as I know, a god-complex boner. No, it's to summon what they call Weapon, it's a beast that the planet created to protect it from harm, no matter what the cost is. Of course I'm playing the American version of the game and there's three Weapons (more on that in future posts.) The team makes it to him and then Sephiroth pulls some crazy jedi mind trick and tells Cloud that he's just a failed experiment and wasn't meant to be. Hojo (the crazy Shin-Ra scientist guy), Scarlett, and the Turks come in and pretty much comfirms that Cloud was a failed experiment. He finally realize that he's a threat to the team and abandons them to be Sephiroth's bitch in his hibernation status.
Oh, and the team gets captured and is prepped for execution, fan-fuckin'-tastic. Well, Weapon comes and causes havoc where the team is being held for execution by Shin-Ra and it causes mass confusion and hysteria. The party escapes and hijack's one of their airships. And that's just about as far as I gotten in January.
I almost felt bad that I went this far and it's only been a month into it. But keeping in mind that this game is a real pain in the ass to complete, it was worth getting as far as I did. We'll see how February pans out and see what comes in next month's update. Until next time...
BootLeG sampler.. signing out...