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Monday, June 25, 2007

Current Mood: Empty U3U
Watching: Keeper of the Reaper (Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy) xD

Well, I finished Final Fantasy XII yesterday after 140 hours of game time. xD My mom surely had a spaz attack on finding how long I've been playing it. Hehe.

I never really do like the endings of anything, whether it is a movie, book, or video game. Final Fantasy XII certainly did not meet my expectations as a good game with a decent ending. It left too many questions unanswered, as well as lacking in many factors the old games had. I believe that the creators of this new game focused solely on the new battle system and breath-taking graphics rather than character-interaction and comic relief that you normally see in the older Final Fantasy games back in the day. The characters rarely spoke to everyone and never really established a growing relationship; they remained stoic and captured inside their own shell of problems, seeming as though just six people working together just because they have to rather than actual teammates caring for each other. Those of you who aren't familiar with the Final Fantasy series and haven't played XII probably wouldn't know what I am talking about, but hopefully others do.

Then there is the whole Ashe x Balthier question. The song Kiss Me Goodbye, unlike other games, left a question along the lines of, 'WTF does that have to do with the game?"

In FFIX, there was Melodies of Life, which matched Garnet's song she always sung and the relationship between her and Zidane.

In FFX, Suteki Da Ni related much to the world around Tidus, where he came from, and the relationshp he had with Yuna.

But Kiss Me Goodbye, though beautiful with lyrics and voice (thank you, Angela Aki), left the question of the relationships that remained uncontinued in detail. It started after Ashe seemed devastated over what Balthier was doing inside Sky Fortress Bahamut, as it was life-threatening and could kill him if he did not get out. I noticed she only called Balthier's name and not Fran, who not only helped Ashe conquer her problem, but also was in an equally life-threatening position. Which left the question: Was Ashe in love with Balthier? There were no other hints in that through the game; it seemed she still had her heart with her deceased husband, Rasler. Did Kiss Me Goodbye reflect the BARELY MENTIONED "relationship" (if I dare call it that) between Balthier and Ashe. Beats me. But toward the end it certainly did confuse me.

Well, enough with confusing YOU. xD

If you haven't played XII, I do recommend it, for some of the characters are just naturally loveable and even if you are confused about the storyline (which is impossible not to be), it is still full of many surprises and breathtaking graphics.

I should have bought the Collector's Edition. I'm quite curious of what was in the bonus disk that came with it, now that I understand the story better. But oh well.

Hey - get this. My mom's cat knocked over a huge vase filled with water and flowers by where I always put my strategy guide, completely soaking a good twenty dollars worth of Final Fantasy XII information. Well, at least I beat it before it happened, eh?

Thank you all who stopped by yesterday to sign my guestbook! You really make me feel welcome! :D

I have a new wallpaper up here. It might take a while to load. =/

Now I'm off to read your blogs.

For your viewing pleasure, a sweet FFXII music video of Penelo and Larsa. Such a cute couple. The song is 'When You Were Young' by the Killers. x3

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