Izawwlgood wrote:I'm not saying anyone who likes 8 is objectively wrong, just that I highly disagree with their opinion of the game.
It's nitpicking, but seriously: the only way I can imagine someone finding that "the GF/Junction system was completely intense, it used reaction time/finger skill unlike any game before it" is through severe lack of experience. A pocket calculator and a VHS tape of Dragonball Z provides all the same intensity as GF summoning.
What really niggled me, and I think I've mentioned it before, is how the story only seems to be half-there, as if the developers had just enough resources to put the skeleton in place and then had to leave all their ambitions behind. All these tantalizing hints about "Hyne" and the creation of magic get dropped in here and there, only for them to go absolutely nowhere.
Yeah, but 8 isn't really about big ol' magic and time collapsing, just as 10 isn't about sin. Its about people, innit? I actually disliked Squall on first play, but really dig him now. He's such a teenager, and theres a lot of joy to be had with that. When he finally gets his act together with Rinoa, it makes me happy on many levels. Yes, the
was silly and unecessary, but meh.
In plot terms, I actually really like all the FFs excepting 12, (with the proviso that I have not played 1-6, and not completed 13), which I felt dropped the ball in story telling- it basically showed, not told, with this plot I really couldn't care about. Ashe and Basche were cool, but the games insistence on focusing on some kid who didn't really seem to have a character arc felt... odd.
But yeah, 7 is a really cool story about your past, and how it affects you, whether who you were then determines who you have to be now. The choice between Aeris and Tifa reflects this. Sephiroth then is someone who embraces his background, Cloud is someone who rejects it and tries to be someone new.
8 is a story about adolescense and identity, and the responsibility that comes with that.
9 is basically a star crossed lovers story? Its kinda just a fantasy romp (random thing- OPM marked 9 down because its plot was similar to 7s. I really didn't get that) really. I'm not sure theres some thematic depth- maybe with Vivi's arc? I guess theres a little about duty and loyalty with Steiner too.
10 has a lot of fun themes. A love story that really works, again duty and responsibility, and sacrifice, but also some fun stuff about parenthood