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Final Fantasy III Review
September 15, 2013
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What’s a SNES fansite if it doesn’t have a review of one of the greatest RPGs to appear on the system? Good graphics, engrossing storyline, fantastic offensive moves to work with, interesting villains to fight, Final Fantasy III has a lot of things going for it.

I would mark it the 2nd best SNES North American released RPG after Chrono Trigger. What are your thoughts about the game? Here is Mongunzoo’s thoughts.

September 15, 2013
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So Mongunzoo, about the phrase “big-lipped alligator moment”…

Are you… are you a troper?

September 15, 2013
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It is a great RPG that I was glad to finally beat last year. It is interesting that Square could cobble together a large group of characters who are distinct and likable. They can’t even manage one nowadays.

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September 16, 2013
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That comment was explained to me after I questioned a friend who used it, and I remember laughing so hard at what it means that I internalized it.

 

Is it a trope lol? Because I have never heard it anywhere else, and it was the best explanation of the Opera Scene that I could think of until it dawned on me what that scene was really about.

 

As for Square, they cannot even give us a small group that is distinct and likeable. Square Enix has been trying to channel Shakespeare (and it is clear that they think that they are succeeding), yet anyone who’s actually familiar with the Bard and his language will tell you that they’re making idiots of themselves. The Shadow/Relm link is the closest Square’s ever come to capturing that particular sort of Shakespearean pathos, I think. Let’s use, oh, Othello as an example. You know how it goes: Othello marries Desdemona, Iago tricks Othello into believing his new wife has been unfaithful, Othello murders the innocent Desdemona.

 In Final Fantasy VI, the evidence of the Shadow/Relm link becomes so overwhelming that there really can’t be any room for doubt: Shadow is Relm’s lost father. He knows it; she doesn’t. But you know it. You know he abandoned her after her mother died, and that the kid still has some issues about it. You know that when he’s hanging out on the airship, his estranged daughter stands just up the stairs from him. There they are, but you’re powerless to get Shadow to come clean. It’s a little like being an audience member during the scene where Othello’s approaching the sleeping Desdemona, his mind made up to kill her — taking it slow, giving you all the time in the world to stew in your seat thinking YOU FUCKING MORON SHE’S INNOCENT DON’T DO IT. Only in this case it’s YOU NINJA BASTARD, ACT LIKE A HUMAN BEING AND COME CLEAN WITH THE DAUGHTER YOU DITCHED. But it’s no good. Othello’s always gonna kill Desdemona for no good reason, Shadow’s always gonna die one way or another, Relm’s never gonna know her father, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

 

Really good storytelling from a group that is traditionally so inept at it.

 

 

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September 16, 2013
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Probably Square’s best story ever; I’m struggling to think of a better one…maybe Final Fantasy Tactics.

 

Having the story take “centre stage” in a console game was still very novel in 1994, which is likely why Square made sure the gameplay was better than ever to back it up.  

 

Modern Square-Enix’s problem is that they can’t recapture that balance between gameplay and story that they once made look so easy.  I think Square-Enix and truthfully many of its fans really think that story is more important than gameplay in a JRPG.  As we all know, this philosophy was taken to the extreme with FF XIII, reducing the “gameplay” to a fixed number of battles down a linear corridor.

 

The sad truth is that the FF series’ fall from grace has ever so slightly tainted my enjoyment of FF3.

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September 16, 2013
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Mongunzoo said
That comment was explained to me after I questioned a friend who used it, and I remember laughing so hard at what it means that I internalized it.

 

Is it a trope lol? Because I have never heard it anywhere else, and it was the best explanation of the Opera Scene that I could think of until it dawned on me what that scene was really about.

 

 

Okay, thanks for responding. I asked because I was talking about this.

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