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Jecca Mehlota ([personal profile] jecca_mehlota) wrote2012-03-27 08:18 pm

Our prayers meet no matter where we're going~

or whatever they're actually saying

Lack of updates. Here's some more FFXIII-2. I ... I think I'm right before the final boss, but I haven't actually gone ahead to find out for sure or not. This is not quite up to where I am. But at this point I'm mostly skipping around finishing off quests and hunting items and stuff, so it doesn't really matter.

This picks up at Augusta Tower 200 AF and runs up to Academia 500 AF.


All right, listen, game. I loved your predecessor. FFXIII? Loved it. ADORED IT. It was not prefect, no, but the characters were so goddamn fantastic that I did not even care about whatever flaws there were (though, really, a lot of the things people complained about were not things that really bothered me too much, anyway).

But this time around… all these instances you could have Serah and Noel interacting as people, you are just having them rehash plot points. AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. It is making me really, really sad! :(

I mean, I was freakishly glad to see Snow, not because he was my favourite – because he wasn't (not that I disliked Snow, though he was definitely one of my least favourites of the main cast) – but because he said things that were not necessarily 100% plot / rehashing related. He also inspired them from others! STUPID COMMENTS, WHOO!

So, come on, throw me a bone, here! Give me character interaction that builds character, not more plot regurgitation!

(THE PERILS OF NON-LINEAR GAMEPLAY. FFFFFF)


Um, anyway, I guess I really must be grossly overleveled, because I'm probably not really supposed to have any mastered roles yet, huh? AND YET. Both of them just finished one off. (RAV for Serah and COM for Noel. NEXT: MEDIC AND SENTINEL. Since, uh, now that I actually stop and look, they are pretty close, themselves…) (Those two are in their 80s, and then SAB and SYN are about 60, so, er.) (Or am just I close to the end of the game? I CAN'T TELL)

… whatever, it makes up for the fact that my poor animal friends haven't progressed at all in ages, since I can't find any level 4 materials for them. :< NO NEW SKILLS MAKES WOOF SAD.

(Yeah, there are probably better Ravagers out there, but my Woof and I have been through a lot together! He is here to stay. Albino Lobo FOR EVER!)



… oh, goody, another behemoth…


Seriously? Caius has been trying to stop us (by way of death) every step of the way, and you're asking if he'll be with or against us?

WHY IS THIS SCRIPT.


Blah blah blah yes, we have gone over this "fix the timeline, find lightning" shit how many times GAME I SWEAR TO YOU I HAVE BEEN PAYING AT LEAST A LITTLE BIT OF ATTENTION AVEGLDK:KDMJABSGY


Yeul is really prone to dropping dead, isn't she.


PROTO FAL'CIE FOREVER!!!

At least until we yell at Hope through time, haha. Awesome.

AND NOW MORE SERAH VISIONS


Noel is not himself these days? I will just have to take your word for it. He doesn't seem that different to me, still just wandering off and repeating plot points ad nauseum…



Academia 4xx


VANILLE NARRATED THAT REVIEW OPENING! HI VANILLE! HI! HI! I MISS YOU COME BACK


Anyway, Academia again. This time with 100% less Cie'th! And also with fake Hope and Alyssa. Whoo! Though, if they are to believed right now, that means Serah never sees them ever againnnn because last time they saw her was 390 years ago? TIMEY WIMEY. WIBBLEY WOBBLEY.


Man. Hope! I know you were just a teenager last game, but you are just so much more fantastically awesome this time around. KEEP ON BEING AWESOME, HOPE.

(In positive news, my lingering hatred from my last visit to Academia, which was pretty obvious just above, seems to have subsided.)


What's this terminal? Ah, it tells me about the thirteenth ark.

That NPC can't tell who the real people are anymore!!


This woman keeps calling Hope "Mr. Estheim" and it is really weird to me. She also said he traveled through time, which, uh. Well, you never know. I suppose he could have.


… I think I just found a Trivia Game.

IS THAT A FFVII REFERENCE? Hahaha, found you, Cloud!




Oh. Uh. Time capsules. Er. "Fake" comments rescinded, guys. Sorry 'bout that. >.>;;; erk.



…. WHAT DO YOU MEAN I HAVE TO GO BACK TO CIE'TH HELL ACADEMIA ffffuuuuuuuuuuuuu



Aaaaaaaaugh Yaschas Massif 100 AF is a HORRIBLE PLACE.

We can save them, right? Right?? D:


aaaugh the controller shakes when I stand in certain areas


waaaah I don't wanna be here. ;_; Can I go back to Cie'th Hell Academia? IT'S NICER THERE.



… I dislike this clock puzzle anomaly.


In a mostly futile effort to inject some levity into this time, I have put a big orange bow on Woof's tail. It is ridiculous. (And, you know. Cool. Since bowties are cool.)




Okay, guys. Here are your graviton cores. Don't make me regret this.



Heh, Hope and Alyssa are going to follow us again, are they? It's kinda sad, really. Poor Hope. He's so desperate.

Alyssa wonders if she is going to disappear once we finish fixing the timeline. Shit, game, I'd almost managed to convince myself to stop worrying about that. Thanks a lot.


Hahaha, townspeople. I just flung Mog off the huge bridge in Academia to see if he finds anything interesting (hey, sometimes!), and someone cooed "how cute" as he went pinging off into oblivion.


… this cannot possibly be the last gate. NICE TRY, GAME, but I don't buy it.

If it is, well, first? That's pretty pathetic. Secondly, though, well, hey. I've coasted through this entire game so far, so why not take a shot at the end.

BUT NOT CONVINCED.


We got lost a lot? Serah almost gave up several times? … When did these happen? Did I zombie through those scenes? GAME, STOP TRYING TO TELL ME THINGS HAPPENED THAT HAVE NOT.


… what the hell was that look about, Alyssa? Look, I don't want you to be stuck under rubble and die like in your dream any more than you do, okay? So don't be creepy. It's worrying.


… uuugh, Alyssaaaaaa. I AM SO DISAPPOINTED IN YOU. Not entirely surprised, especially not with all those speeches you were suddenly giving, but disappointed.


Oops. Noel's got an owie.

… Mog's stuck in bow-form? NO BECAUSE THE BOW PHASED OUT OF TIME. Well, that's fantastic.

Uuugh, I still don't like this creepy distortion! Make it go away!

Well, at least Woof's still here. … hahaha, oh, no, and he's still wearing that stupid orange bow on his tail. I'd forgotten about that. XDD Sorry, buddy!


Yeul's not really here, of course. But yeah, Serah, you're totally stuck. Sucks for you, I guess. I'm sure we'll find an exit in another few minutes.


… uh. Wow, Caius, um, I'm glad you have noble intentions, but holy shit overkill. Calm the fuck down.

OR RUN HER THROUGH, SURE. Crap. I wasn't expecting that to actually happen. Now what??

Man, the lighting is really weird here. Guess it matches everything else. If this is what Serah's idea of peace and happiness is (as Caius implied), it is kind of dull. Though there would be cats, so obviously that's not what's actually happened. What is going oooon?

Haha, when I pause, it still gives me the option to return to the Historia Crux. I wonder if I really could.


Oh thank Christ he put the hat back on. At least this bizarro constructed world got that right.

Also, don't sound so happy to see him, Serah, gosh.

THE MIRROR is also here, which, hey, creepy bizarre constructed world? That's wrong. If no meteorite fell, there should be no mirror!


LIGHTNING!!!


No, Serah, it's all a lie! Don't believe it. D:

I KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER IS NO BUT AAAUGH WHAT HAPPENS IF I HIT YES (which seems to be what Serah wants to do, even though it is all not true)


YES IS WRONG AND CREEPY SERAH WHY DIDN'T YOU SAY NO.


… YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT. I'M BLAMING IT ON THE VIDEO GAME CHARACTER.

Oh, Serah. :(

It's okay, the mirror scares me, too.

CHOOSING YES WAS DELIGHTFULLY HORRIFIC.


Oh, how nice! They throw me right back to where I was. I don't even need to work to fix it. JUST REWIND A LITTLE AAAAAaaaand


LIGHTNING!!!


No, Serah, it's all a lie! Don't believe it. D:

I KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER IS NO BUT AAAUGH WHAT HAPPENS IF I HIT YES (which seems to be what Serah wants to do, even though it is all not true)


… wait, did that seem familiar to anyone else, or am I just having a Moment?


Uuugh. Stupid game. Be strong, Serah. Get up and go. Don't let my hopeless curiosity get the better of you.


Oh, great. Cie'th bits. MY FAVOURITE.

So, the disembodied voice that's encouraging me. Serah agrees it's probably someone we know. Probably not someone trying to ruin our lives, and not, uh, flat(?) enough to be Yeul.

…and not crazed or gil-obsessed enough to be Chocolina, haha.

IS THAT VANILLE? YOU NARRATED THE RECAP EARLIER.

(SHUT UP AND LET ME HAVE MY HOPES, DAMN IT. IF I CAN'T SAVE THEM I CAN AT LEAST HALLUCINATE THEM.)


Sorry, Vanille, but it's gonna have to wait a little. The monsters here are finally dropping bits I can use to level up my guys. Two more levels and Cait Sith will finally learn Raise! I WON'T LEAVE WITHOUT IT.

Or maybe I will, since now it's only spawning Cie'th. Well played, you bastards.


IT IS VANILLE! Eeee! I've missed you! Please come back! FANG, TOO, OMG OMG OMG I didn't know they'd got her voice actor back, toooo, omgggg! ♥ ♥ ♥

(I'd been told/spoiled about Vanille's VA being back, but I figured it was for flashbacks and, apparently, narrating the little recap thing. BUT NO LOOK IT IS VANILLE AND FANG AND THEY ARE HERE EVEN IF HERE IS JUST SERAH'S HEAD EEEEE X3 I could explode from joy. My girls!)


NOOO, DON'T GO AWAY!! D:

;__;

I DON'T CARE ABOUT NOEL NOEL IS BORING GIVE ME TEAM AWESOME BACK T_T


OR AT LEAST GIVE ME THAT 2/3rds OF IT AND LET'S ALL GO FIND THE FINAL ONE TOGETHER.

I guess Noel can come along, too, I mean, it's not that I want him to be stuck in bizarro dreamland forever, and I don't dislike him (Noel is totally cool! He has grown on me!) I just…. Faaang. Vaniiiille. *sob*


Alas, alas, alas.


"A Dying World." … that sounds fun.

HI NOEL SURPRISE YOU'RE NOT THE ONLY ONE ON THE PLANET ANYMORE.

Or, y'know, it'll be a surprise. Assuming I can find him.

… oh, goodness, what a depressing place. Is it always like that here? Wow. Kinda surprised Noel didn't suffer more culture shock.

HEY.

GET BACK HERE.


Yeah, I guess in a world with nothing in it, you kinda have to go with what's presented to you. I WANNA BE THE NEXT GUARDIAN BECAUSE it's not like there's anything else to do…



…. Oh. Crap. D: Revealing the people here with R1 causes them to drop dead. I'm sorry! D: Even though I know you're not actually real!


If it weren't for Alyssa's sabotaging leading us here, I'd wonder if I went out of order, since I'm feeling a lot more lost and hopeless now than I have at any point previous.

Seriously, all I can do is trail along after Noel and watch things happen and it is awful.


Hng. The Oerba music evokes a good mood, but the lyrics do not fit at all, haha. No one here is a l'Cie now, game!


"You're happy here, Noel!" …HE NEVER WOULD HAVE GUESSED THAT, I am pretty sure. Mmm, all alone and dying. Yep. Sounds like my kinda party. Jesus, though, I'm glad she finally got through to him.

OH MY GOD GOGMAGOG ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME GET OUT GET THE FUCK OUTTA MY WAY

YEAH, DON'T THINK I DON'T RECOGNISE YOU, YOU ASS

Nice synchronized shouting and somersaulting, there, guys, haha. ANYWAY I GUESS WE GET TO KILL GOGMAGOG AGAIN NOW

YEAH. YEAH, I HOPE IT WAS WORTH IT OFR THAT WHOLE 38 SECONDS OF BATTLE. GOD. Stupidest reoccurring boss ever.

(... 38? It might've been a 0. I didn't really look too closely.)


WOAH. Sunlight. Still pretty bleak, though.


… I guess now would be a good time to remind him of your own strange glimpses into things, eh, Serah? Oh, right, no, he'll bring it up himself. (Just don't tell him about that one you saw where you stayed in your dream, okay?)


CONVICTION! We will change the future, anyway, Noel! I do not care if it kills me! Though I would prefer it not to.!



Hooray! Mog's finally back! Now I can fight with a visible weapon and throw him at all the orbs scattered around!

Guardians were l'Cie? …that's… interesting.


Serah, [H]ope's been in the midst of despair for a while now. Hadn't you noticed…?



AAAA IT'S LIGHTNING AGAIN! (The real one, at that!)

wesrdtfyguihj




.... so yeah uh some stuff happened but, uh. Hmm. Sorry, I seem to be out of words now. I'm blaming it on the emotionally manipulative flail-fest that was tonight's Supernatural episode.


So, I will be back tomorrow (...or. whenever) to finish this. DON'T DO ANYTHING BEFORE THEN, CAIUS.

>:|



Okay. Sidequests time!

Hey, Noel! We can dive back into your happy dreamland! Maybe we can get over to the dark area of the map now!

Oh, nice. The gate's on the side I wanted to be on. Whoo!



Oh hell, I just picked a fight with a tonberry. XD; Whoops! AND IT HAS GLOWING RED EYES AAAAA so it's Don Tonberry not just Tonberry whatever

Hahaha, we're kinda at a hilarious stand-off right now, with Woof attacking it, Noel drawing it's attention, and Serah keeping everyone alive, and… I guess Don Tonberry's not happy unless everyone's poisoned, or something, because right now the battle is looking something like this: Bloody Knife -> Noel, Esuna -> Noel, Bloody Knife -> Noel, Esuna -> Noel, Bloody Knife -> Noel, Esuna -> Noel, etc. And with just one Ravager attacking, it is not fast damage. It's almost dead, which is good, 'cause I don't want to have to bother with a wound potion.


Hahaha, Serah questions the validity of Mog's advice on the basis of WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU TOOK A STEP?


… was that "you're too darn pretty to be a man!" directed at Noel?



So, I finally found that watch the woman all the way back in 10 AF lost, and, haha, she bought it from Lenora's Garage/Maqui. Geez, small world.



I just got attacked by static! Kanna Kamuy? Whatever. It's my friend now. :3


Wow, the subtitles totally just skipped a sentence, there. "AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE FACING NOW" IS A VERY IMPORTANT BIT OF INFORMATION, GAME. What if I hadn't figured it out on my own already?!



Hey! This gate is another Sunleth area! All right! :D

Haha, more flan troubles. Oh, Sunleth. You never really change. And I am not sure if I am disappointed at no Snow (because we love Snow!) or relieved (because, thank god we don't need to look at his hair).

(Also have I mentioned I love the Sunleth music ever? It's so prettyyyyyy.)

… oh shit they're making the flan sympathetic and cute. DON'T YOU DARE MAKE ME KILL THEM, GAME, I WILL BE SAD.

Oh, good, Serah talked Noel out of murder.


NOOO! MINIFLAN, I DID NOT JUST SAVE YOUR GOOPY BOTTOMS SO THAT YOU COULD GO DAMAGE THE PILLAR.

Also why is the crazy chocobo song playing.

GAS 'EM UP WITH THE GREENS AND LET 'EM GO

STAND BACK, STAND CLEAR AS HE PUTS ON A SHOW

...SO CUTE YET FIERCE IS HE FROM HELL?
I CANNOT TELL, (YET?) I DON'T EVEN WANNA KNOW

PLEASE CAN WE HAVE NICE SUNLETH MUSIC BACK NOW though to be honest it's not that I dislike the crazy chocobo song (it is too hilarious for me to actually hate it. My least favourite track is pretty easily that boss music…), it's just… why is it playing? There aren't even any chocobos here.


WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME KILL THE FLAN


….. haaaahahaha omg their faces after Serah yells at them. I bet that's never happened before. XDD



I wonder if this "Encounter Less Monsters" fragment skill works in HELL ACADEMIA. Maybe I will think to check later.


WHOOO! Gigantuar friend!!



Now off to the Vile Peaks, since there are two of them and I haven't been to either.

LIGHTNING, NOT-YOUR-EIDOLON IS WRECKING EVERYONE'S SHIT ALL UP. I mean, you're aware of it, but I'm telling you, anyway.


… NOT-ODIN, DID YOU KILL THUNDER? :< I will be very sad if I failed to save all 6 of them!


… hey, cool, I get Not-Odin as a friend.

Why did they all join up with Torreno? And, er. How? They were across two different times. Perks of being an anti-paradox soldier?

Also if I found everyone why is there another shadow here, anyway OMG IT IS SAZH!! SAAAAZH! ♥

Or. Er. It is… sort of Sazh? We cannot talk to him, nooooo.

ANOTHER MISSING LINE. "KEEPING YOURSELF BUSY?" IS AN IMPORTANT QUESTION, SUBTITLES.

So he has been in Serendipity. … Sazh, are you the one leaving all these casino tickets around everywhere? ARE YOU IN TROUBLE? … I mean, I was planning on getting the DLC, anyway, but…

… Noel, I think their road was a little rockier than ours has been. I mean. From my perspective of having been on both ends. At least you don't have THE ENTIRE WORLD looking to kill you, or a ticking clock branded to your skin. If time is compressed erased, all existence denied, it's not as if you'll have ever really been around to notice.


(SAAAAAZH. You were not my favourite, but you were my favourite guy. COME BACK.)


Anyway, I think I've mentioned a time of two Noel's tendency to just start running at things (… normally getting nowhere in the process, such as when he tried to run down the Up ramp in Hell Academia)… My current method of making sure he gets enough exercise is to fling Mog across an area we can walk on (as opposed to off into abysses), because Noel runs off after him. IT AMUSES ME.

… to be fair, Serah would probably do the same thing if she were the one being played by the AI, but… she is not, so Noel is the one doing dumb things. So I laugh at him.

….. yep, there she goes. BUT BACK TO THE PROPER SET UP.


AND NOW LIGHTNING!! Man, the Vile Peaks are awesome! Why didn't I come here earlier?! (Also, I think this is the only time Chocolina hasn't popped up anywhere, which is kinda odd.) … Also I guess I was supposed to be here earlier, since some of the dialogue seems kinda silly considering some of what we've been through already. Yes, Noel, why would you ever think that was anyone but Lightning? Yes, Lightning, we know you're in Valhalla. We ran into each other earlier, remember?

NO. GAME, DON'T YOU DARE END THIS SCENE BEFORE THIS BIT OF MUSIC FINISHES LIGHTNING'S THEME IS AWESOME

AAAAHAHA THE MUSIC CONTINUES EVEN AFTER THE SCENE. FANTASTIC.

(The only thing that improves Lightning's Theme is when it is the piano version, which is just the best damn thing ever, and if you disagree then you're wrong.)


SO. WHERE TO NEXT?


So yeah. That was getting a bit long in my word doc. Now it's here, instead.


ta da.

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