Jeez, I DO know better than to toss spoilers in the open, okay? I’m using LJ-cut. Only click on if you wanna discuss the ending.
Yay, we saved Spira. Yay, we beat Yu Yevon. Hoorah. Unfortunately we had no real emotional attachment to Spira and no real hatred of Yevon. Yes, saving the world is good, but that’s a really huge concept to get your head around and doesn’t satisfy on a personal level– especially since Tidus doesn’t even COME from Spira, he’s from Zanarkand and has been an eternal stranger to tis world. HIS motivating goals were to save his dad and keep Yuna from kicking the bucket. Saving the world is secondary.
Yay, we beat Yu Yevon. Um. Yu was a floating black dot. Bit from TRON was scarier. Then there was that overly long aeon-fight bit which I had to gameshark past because a program bug kept me from winning it (each time I beat Anima, he didn’t grey out on the list). Blargh. After that great brawl with Jecht, that last ‘fight’ felt anticlimactic.
And so, when all is said and done… Yuna’s alive, yay. And Tidus is dead and stays dead. Boo. I am not some fragile little whiner who doesn’t like to kill characters… you should be pretty clued into that now. I don’t like killing them for no reason. There just wasn’t enough arc, enough justification for Tidus to lose everything he fought for. It came too late in the game; we spent 80% of the game fighting to keep Yuna from a nasty fate, and then “Oh by the way, I’m doomed. Bye.” …well, shit. Yuna could at least return the favor and find some way to save Mallory. It’s dutch door action, you know? But, I guess it’s the whole Japanese self-sacrifice thing… still felt underwhelmingly unjustified.
The ONE thing they really did right (no, not the cheesy ‘We’ll rebuild now!’ speech at the end, which was as lame as the ‘PEACE!’ end of Phantom Menace) was Jecht. The whole angle of Tidus and Jecht and their final fight and aftermath, that was handled perfectly. You had a good buildup, a good sense of doom, but also a good sense of closure.
Overall, I preferred FF8’s ending and I spit on the grave of anyone who mocks me for that preference. There, everybody’s arcs wrapped, a very intricate and makes-sense-ical time travel plot closed itself, and goals were achieved. And people didn’t have to buy the farm just to raise the tearjerk factor *COUGH AERITH COUGH*.
Eehh. I can write beter.
And I WILL.