|megpie71 (megpie71) wrote,|
@ 2008-10-13 09:07:00
More blithering about Crisis Core
This is the result of a few days of playing the game during my lunchbreaks, and I'm going through a rather plot-intensive phase of things at present.
Playing Crisis Core, I have just finished dealing with That Incident. You all know the one. The one with That Tune, the one Squeenix loves to bits; and That Image, the one they insist on putting into every single FF7-related game, regardless of whether it's contextually appropriate or not (and yes, I am thinking of the insert of it into DoC... gratuitous or what?). I have also realised there may well have been an overlap between the designers for CC and for Kingdom Hearts 2 - "Seven Wonders of Nibelheim"? Seven "wonders" which turn out to be less than wonderful? Oh, and the shot of them all standing in front of the gates of the spooky mansion just outside town (and *that* wasn't a homage to FF7 in KH2, no, of course not...).
Okay, so Cloud managed to throw Sephiroth into the reactor core *before* the mako treatments... Not a bad achievement, considering he's lifting a combat-ready SOLDIER who's about half a foot taller than he is (and therefore probably heavier) by a single hand and wrist using the guy's own sword as flippin' lever, even though said sword is currently lodged in his right lung. Another example of "physics happens to other people". Silly question though: why didn't Sephiroth just let go of his sword? Let go of Masamune, leave Cloud as a rather interesting wall decoration. Alternatively, retain a hold of the sword, withdraw it from the pesky kid, and leave him to deal with a sucking chest wound (always fun!). Obviously Jenova's interference somewhat scrambled the poor guy's tactical sense; classic Own Goal there, Jenny.
My suspicion is the Buster Sword is fairly lightweight, since Cloud's waving it about like Zack did, and one of them is about three inches taller, two years older, and one First-Class SOLDIER's worth of mako treatments (plus a more bulky musculature overall) stronger than the other. If Squeenix handwaved it away as "stress-induced strength" I'm going to get cross. Cloud may well have been desperate, but he's not Zack - heck, at this stage of things he doesn't even *think* he's Zack. So what's with waving about the Buster like it's a cardboard replica? Not to mention the high jumping and all the rest - what, gravity has a special arrangement with heroes on that world or something? (Actually, I can almost see that last: laws of gravity including one which says "none of the above apply if you're doing something pointlessly stupid which should result in you being a collection of splat on the pavement" It would explain *soooo* much).
Oh, I forgot. Rule of Cool (if it looks cool, physics doesn't apply).
Why couldn't they put the blood in? I mean, they managed it later in the game. Cloud's stabbed through one lung, Zack has multiple contusions, and quite honestly, I expected to see blood. But now I want one of those "I got my heart broken by Squeenix" icons...
On to the post-Nibelheim stuff, and all of a sudden I have all the rest of the training missions from Shinra. Woo flippin' hoo. So Zack goes and belts his way through ever-increasing numbers of Shinra troopers (which goes to show Shinra *does* regard them as expendable). Oh, and there's more to play with in Hojo's labs (why do I view this with absolute trepidation?).
Plot element mismatch between this and the original game (one of many): In the original game, both of the mako tubes are intact, so the image of Zack lying on the floor in the middle of a puddle of mako in front of a shattered mako tube is a mistook.
I'm also intrigued Hojo dumped them into the tubes, clothing intact, (which is a bit of needless prudery - I mean, come on, would it have been so hard to find a way to have the guys wandering around figleafed all the time? Or at least in a loincloth or a pair or briefs? Why did we get no near-nekkid Zack and Cloud? Discerning fangirls want to know!) considering the way he kept worrying in the original game about his precious specimens. I figure it's conclusive evidence Shinra made the trooper and SOLDIER uniforms out of synthetic fabrics, since there's no evidence of degradation after five years pickling in mako.
It also makes it hard to understand why the heck Cloud's shoved into a SOLDIER uniform, if he's already got a perfectly adequate trooper uniform that fits just fine and all the rest (how bloody lucky is Cloud, too? I mean, some SOLDIER just happened to leave a uniform lying around in his size - that's gotta be pure luck). Cloud in a SOLDIER uniform makes more sense if the trooper uniform he's wearing is damaged. Cloud in a SOLDIER uniform while Zack's in his SOLDIER First Class uniform makes no sense whatsoever from a disguise point of view ("Hello, Shinra? Yeah, we've just had a couple of guys come through, looked like SOLDIERS. One of them has black hair, the other's blond, and the blond is out of it. You were looking for them? Well, they just headed off to the west. Yeah, we'll keep an eye on them, if you like. Wouldn't want them not to get back to base safe, after all.")
Yes, I am a geek, however did you guess? I'm also a writer who tends to get annoyed with gaping plot holes you could drive a semi-trailer through sideways.
Updated a bit later - okay, nice bit of explanation for putting Cloud into the SOLDIER uniform. Basically, it's all blamed on the mako poisoning, and getting him into clean clothes is one way of decreasing the continued exposure (which then spirals back to the whole "why were they clothed in the first place?" question, since surely the aim was to get them exposed to as much mako as possible?).
Oh, and the 1000 troopers mission is a bastard - not because the individual troopers are dangerous in and of themselves, but rather because there's just too damn many of them. Note to self: add stop ward to the equipment list, since it was the Stop stuff which killed me last time (got Stopped then stomped and couldn't cure myself in time).
I find it interesting that Genesis apparently has some bugs in the Shinra comms network, since he's able to find and track Zack and Cloud easier than the Turks can. Either that or there's something a bit sus about that SOLDIER uniform of Cloud's - maybe Genesis had *that* bugged, which would make a lot more sense. Of course, that implies the uniform was left for Zack, which means it should fit Cloud like socks on a rooster. Plotholes. Gotta love 'em. Squeenix certainly do.