I’ve been forced to set aside my playthrough of FF Tactics in order to review… Final Fantasy II Anniversary. Honestly, the things I do for my art.
This means I currently have all three Matsunoverse games in a state of suspended play: War of the Lions is frozen at the beginning of Chapter Four. FFXII is still stalled just after Archadia, since I was forced to give it up back when I was using all my free time for Bonus Stage and haven’t had time to jump back in. And Vagrant Story is halted a mere two hours in, since I just started up a new game a few days ago in order to test out the new PS3 firmware update’s backward compatibility enhancements for HD. (Verdict: pretty nice.)
The continuity of Ivalice mystifies me. Does such a thing even exist? I see all these weird, loosely stated connections between the three games, but mostly they serve to thwart any and all efforts to create a consistent timeline. Granted, anything that frustrates people who take games a little too seriously is fine by me. Sure, I wrote a dissection of the overarching Mega Man storyline, which does throw my mental competence into question, but all of those story details are right there in the open; it’s not like I was trying to prove that there’s an incredibly convoluted continuity that encompasses every Zelda game or anything. Because that would be just silly.
Besides, someone once posted this image in the late, lamented Talking Time forums, demonstrating that all of the Ivalice games actually do fit together, at least in a jigsaw puzzle sense of the phrase. But the continuity is pretty much impossible, since FFT refers to Moogles as extinct. And Moogles are in FFXII, meaning it has to come before Tactics. But FFXII features extensive notes on wildlife by a woman named Merlose — who is in Vagrant Story as an observer, meaning it takes place after Vagrant Story. But Vagrant Story contains items which are relics of Tactics’ characters, including Agrias, Beowulf and Orlandu. So it has to come after Tactics.
So, yeah. Can’t wait to see people’s contrived split-timeline theories. “See, when Ramza defeated Ganon in the future….”
Anyway, I managed to Yell and Accumulate my way through Riovanes Castle, so I’m at chapter 4 of Tactics. I stumbled across another new Delita/Ovelia battle and met Luso, who might actually be the most redundant character ever. He’s… Ramza. But with uglier clothing. (Yes, even uglier than the butt-pants.) But at least his intro cinema is nice. Yoshida-style behemoths in full 3D appeals to a strange place in my soul.
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Today’s surprise: I’m actually really enjoying FFII. The Japanese FFII, not the fake Super NES one. Will miracles never cease?