I’m getting used to posting in this thing once a day, even if I have nothing amazingly profound to say. Gomen ne! ^_^;
After having it recommended to me by several people, I went ahead and ordered Final Fantasy 9. It’ll be arriving at my mailbox on Friday, just in time for a SWEET four day weekend. Woo! I’m going to ATTEMPT to play the game without any cheat codes or walkthroughs, but if they throw some ridiculous curveball at me where I get stuck because my guys didn’t go find the mystic mythril whatever before facing the three headed yadda, the GameShark is going on…
FF9’s graphics style turned me off when I first saw it. The superdeformed characters from FF7 really killed its drama and emotion… aah! Aerith’s been killed! Ooh, look at the adorable little popeye-armed Cloudie trying to express sorrow, ain’t that cute? Ick.
But reportedly FF9 has one thing going for it that I love in RPGs, which FF7 lacked… character roles. In FF7 and FF8, it didn’t really matter who was in your party. Other than a minor variation in stat levels (which could be negated by developing them in a well rounded manner) they all had access to the same spells and abilities. I say it’s much cooler to say ‘Okay, you’re my frontline assault Fighter. Red Mage back him up with support and enhancement spells and White Mage, heal whenever we need it and be ready johnny on the spot with the summons. FIGHT!’. Kind of makes each character feel special, beyond ‘This one has spiky hair’ and ‘This one has huge boobies’ and ‘This one is setting back the civil rights movement sixteen years’. And, of course, ‘This one will be dead by disc two but they force you to use her anyway when you could be developing the others.’ For more Final Fantasy goodies, 8-Bit Theater is rapidly becoming my favorite web comic. ^_^
Best wishes go out to Jean-Paul Levesque (aka Triple H) for a speedy recovery from injuries sustained during last Monday’s WWF. I can’t believe he went on with the match after having hurt his leg so badly just for his fans and to make sure the match was the best it could be… but then again, actually, I can believe that.