Finishing Final Fantasy VII: June Progress Report

Images captured by Hatmonster

Well it’s almost the end of June so I figured now would be a good time for the first Final Fantasy VII update.

FFVII Choose File Menu
*Always* keep a duplicate save file!

I’m happy to report that the game is moving along nicely. More quickly than I would expected given how life in the working world tends to function. As you can see I’ve not only made it past that stupid snake, which as it turns out is called “Midgar Zolom” (could never remember that), but got all the way past Aeris’ death and am poised to make the initial confrontation with Sephiroth on disk 2. Woo!

Gaea's Cliff from FFVII
Almost There!

So far this playthrough has been a learning experience. I’ve not only learned that the real tragedy of losing Aeris is that my team no longer has a dedicated healer, but that there’s such a thing as placing characters in the front and back rows for bonus/penalties to defense and attack bonuses (I seriously never knew this!). Playing through the game yet again also provided a chance to get a better look at Sephiroth’s character. Seeing it all play out again really solidified in my mind why Sephiroth became such a classic villain. He’s not so much evil as he is insane, though there is still plenty of evil to go around after said insanity kicks-in. It’s almost a tragedy in a sense; the man was a hero and even had friends up until he was accidentally confronted with the nature of his origins. Had Shinra never sent him to Nibelheim, perhaps the events of Final Fantasy VII might never have happened. Though if one thinks about it, these events would have had to happen in order to prevent Shinra from slowly killing the planet…so Sephiroth going berserk was an oddly good thing in the end. Kind of wierd how that worked out isn’t it?

FFVII Battle screenshot
Tifa is in the “back” row here. It’s a subtle change but it makes a big difference for some reason.

That’s all I got for now. I’ll be back with another update once I hit disk 3, hopefully before the Destiny Beta hits!

One question for those of you who’ve played before: who would be a good replacement for Aeris? I’m hoping Yuffie will be a good magic-oriented character once I recruit her.

My Take on the DICE and Bad Company 3 Controversy

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“We take all this into account when we think about the future, and do franchise strategy,” Troedsson said. “But there’s one thing that lingers with Bad Company that we’ve been asking ourselves: what is it that the people really liked about Bad Company?”

Crazy right? Can you ever recall a developer outright saying they don’t know what people like about their game? It’s even more bizarre when you consider that this quote is aimed at a beloved franchise that was critically and commercially successful. The above quote in question comes from Karl-Magnus Troedsson, the head of Digital Illusions CE, better known as DICE in a recent interview with Eurogamer. The conversation sparked up over the fact that we’re getting Battlefield Hardline this year when it seems many people were expecting some sort of Battlefield Bad Company 3 announcement instead.

Well, I agree with him. Continue reading My Take on the DICE and Bad Company 3 Controversy

One Week On- EA Sports UFC

Image by Flickr User: Joao Paulo Lages

I’m not quite sure why, but i’m always a sucker for these wrestling type games. I think it goes back to my younger days when i was a big fan of the WWE, but even now, about 10 years on, i still really enjoy the games, whether it be the WWE titles, or in this case, UFC. I didn’t get the last couple UFC games that came out on the Xbox 360, but i did get the original, so i was expecting the game to have moved on quite a lot from then. Continue reading One Week On- EA Sports UFC

Metroid Prime, IT’S GO TIME! (And this time, I’m serious.)

Image by Flickr user courtney johnston
Image by Flickr user courtney johnston

It seems the right combination of inspiration and timing have struck in the midst of my gaming life. At the beginning of this month, my colleague Hatm0nster wrote Finishing Final Fantasy VII, in which he discussed who determined he was to complete this classic game. After reading, it made me think of how I, too, never finished FFVII, and that maybe it was high time I get around to it as well! But as much as my incomplete FFVII venture bugs me, that feeling is nothing compared to the deep disappointment I carry concerning Metroid Prime.

Long story short, with nothing less than immense thrill and glee, I picked up Metroid Prime when it was released. I choked on and fought through my dislike of first-person perspective gaming to carry on with Samus and her adventures on Tallon IV. It felt like it took me f-o-r-e-v-e-r to reach just the first boss. Continue reading Metroid Prime, IT’S GO TIME! (And this time, I’m serious.)

Banjo-Kazooie, When a Great Series Has Fallen

Screenshot from Flickr User: Tyler Burgess
Screenshot from Flickr User: Tyler Burgess

Sometimes, the past makes me sad. I look back at years that have gone by, and I notice that there were once so many great games back then, of series that are no longer around or have since gone bad. Like cheese. Old cheese. One such series that greatly saddens me is “Banjo-Kazooie”, which held a place of utmost glory during the Nintendo 64 era and has since become…old cheese. Fuzzy, old cheese.

Continue reading Banjo-Kazooie, When a Great Series Has Fallen

Round Table Discussion: Do We Need E3

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With E3 done and over with, we at UWG decided now would be a good time to take a hard look at shows like E3 and ask a tough question:

“In the digital age we now reside in, are these big media shows like E3 really warranted anymore? If all the information we need is now easily consumable on the internet, what purpose do these shows serve anymore?”

Joining us in our discussion are Niall of Niall’s Ramblings, Derek of GamerCrash, and Sam of CheeseToastie And Video Games. If you like what they have to say here, there’s much more where that came from at each of their sites! Do yourself a favor and take a look!
Continue reading Round Table Discussion: Do We Need E3

Destiny: How The Alpha Totally Changed My Mind

Screenshot captured by Hatm0nster (yours truly)

I’ve never been happier to be wrong about a game. Never.

I was all set and ready to write-off Destiny as a game I wasn’t going to like. Aside from its universe and setting, it seemed like most everything else coming out about the game was giving me reason to balk. Borderlands-style open world? MMO mechanics? “Deadlier” multiplayer? It was sounding like a mash-up of several kinds of gameplay I personally dislike; twitch-shooter meets pointless wandering, meets busywork and level-grinding. So it was only that last bit of curiosity that got me to sign up for the Alpha.I was fully expecting it to confirm my suspicions, but that’s…not what happened. Continue reading Destiny: How The Alpha Totally Changed My Mind