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Morning, Sweetheart. 
23rd-Nov-2013 03:58 pm
sort of exhausted really
Yesterday I saw Catching Fire, the second film in the Hunger Games series! I enjoyed it a great deal. It's not a short film, but it never felt padded.

It's odd; in the Hunger Games books I 'ship Katniss with nobody, but in the films I 'ship her with everyone. Peeta, Gale, Johanna, Cinna: bring it all on.


I cannot tell you how much I needed Haymitch and Katniss to make out in that film. What a horrible, perfect pairing. I love it.

(I had a revelation, a little while ago, that I find it hard to resist pairing cynics up with the idealists who make them a little less cynical. I might have to expand that to include pairing cynics up with the cynics who make them a little less cynical, because I don't think there's any universe in which Katniss Everdeen can be called an idealist.)

My replay of Final Fantasy VII continues! I think I'm nearing the end of Disc 2; my plot-related thoughts are behind the cut to avoid spoiling anyone.

I finally understand most of the plot of Final Fantasy VII! (I think. Still mildly confused by the part where we persistently foil all of Shinra's attempts to save the world with the Huge Materia.) And it may in fact be one of my favourite storylines in the series. It's essentially the story of a guy who really, really wanted to be cool. I find it rather charming.

When you revisit Cloud's memories of Nibelheim in the Lifestream, Cloud - who's been curled up in a corner, not speaking - walks straight over to his memory of himself and attempts to line himself up with it. I think that's possibly my favourite moment in the game so far. It really shows Cloud's need for something to anchor himself, some sort of concrete sense of identity.

Slightly heartbroken that I don't seem to be able to tell Zack's parents what happened to him. Those poor people.

In addition to appreciating the plot at last, I'm having a lot more fun with the Materia system this time around. Cover and Counter Attack on back-row Yuffie is my favourite combination so far. I also enjoy the fact that sometimes my attacks will turn the enemy into a frog.

Once again, though, just when it seems that Final Fantasy VII and I are going to be friends, it comes up with a moment of absolutely ridiculous hope-you're-psychic game design. In this case, the offender is the search for the Key of the Ancients. All you're told is that this key is somewhere 'even sunlight can't reach'.

So it's in Midgar, right? It's obviously in Midgar. The plate prevents the people of the slums from seeing the sky; Barret was talking about this all the way back at the beginning of the game. Now, as our quest begins to draw to a conclusion, it's time to remember how it all started.

Nope! The Key of the Ancients is actually in a narrow, difficult-to-locate tunnel at the bottom of the ocean.


Despite my complaints, I've actually been enjoying this replay a lot. I'm glad I gave this game another chance! I think I've been unfair to Final Fantasy VII; it's not the perfect game some people make it out to be, but it definitely has many good points.
23rd-Nov-2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
it is, essentially, the story of a guy who wanted to be really, really cool


Also, I have a 3ds now, and I'm playing Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days game.
23rd-Nov-2013 09:27 pm (UTC)
A guy who really, really wanted to be cool! There is a subtle but important distinction.

I'm delighted to hear you're playing Days! How are you finding it? (I can also strongly recommend The World Ends With You and Ghost Trick.)
23rd-Nov-2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
Aha, I'm finding the controls difficult to remember (I did have the game, and I did play start playing it, but hen my DS broke, and that was... 2 years ago-ish)! But I'm onto day 256 now. And I love Axel and Roxas' friendship, except when Axel is running around being a jealous friend. That makes me sad. JUST SIT DOWN AND ENJOY SEA SALT ICE CREAM WITH ROXAS ALREADY, AXEL. I already have The World Ends With You on my wish list, and I should be getting that with my next payday <3 (yeah, I think I forgot to mention I have full time work now?)
23rd-Nov-2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your work! I hope you're enjoying it.

There are so many wonderful friendships in the Kingdom Hearts series. It's actually one of my favourite things about those games; strong friendship themes are something I find hard to resist.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on The World Ends With You, if you do pick it up!
24th-Nov-2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
Your summary of FF7 is so spot on. XD I usually think of it as "The story of a guy who really, really wanted to matter," but I also have a giant soft woobie spot for Cloud, thanks to fandom shaping my perception of him, and Crisis Core/Last Order contributing to my notion of newbie woobie Cloud.

...Ah yes, it's funny how all the gameplay involving finding something of the Ancients sucks. I would never have figured out the location of the Key of the Ancients if I hadn't been (A) an explorer-type gamer and (B) using a walkthrough for some details I didn't want to miss this time through. I had forgotten about it, in fact...XD;;;

Materia is so much fun! I had more fun with it in this playthrough than before, too, though I was so intent on mastering as much materia as I could that I didn't use as many interesting combinations as I could have. Counter--Morph + Mega All + Yuffie + Conformer = one of the most useful combinations for Morphing in the game, btw (normally, Morphing reduces attack damage to 1/8th of what it would have been, but because Conformer deals damage based on level, it completely ignores that Morphing effect and deals full damage).

And yes, this time through, I was also wondering why the hell we were so intent on foiling Shinra's plans to launch Huge Materia at Meteor. o_O I...guess it's because the Huge Materia is ultra-condensed Mako, and launching it at Meteor would have weakened the Planet by sacrificing some of itself? Either that, or Cloud's group just really doesn't trust Shinra to come up with a viable plan, which may actually be the case. XD

24th-Nov-2013 08:01 pm (UTC)
I just finished the game today! I've developed a bit of a soft spot for Cloud myself.

Yuffie's Conformer is wonderful. I spent ages Morphing all the monsters in the sunken Gelnika into various sources. I generally did a ridiculous amount of preparation for the final boss, because I remembered him killing me to bits on my first playthrough (which I never finished, as I got to the final boss, had the crap thoroughly beaten out of me and then lost my save before I could level up and go in for another try).

So on this playthrough I got to the final boss, One-Winged Angel started playing, I settled myself in for a long and frustrating fight...

...and then I defeated him in about seven attacks.

It's possible that I did too much preparation.

I feel that my appreciation of the ending was slightly impaired by my inability to stop gaping at the screen. WHAT WAS THAT? WHAT JUST HAPPENED?
27th-Nov-2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
gaming, meh. KATMITCH FTW! or Hayniss, as you will. Am addicted to books and films!
27th-Nov-2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
I will forgive your gaming-related apathy for your excellent taste in pairings.
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