Page 6 of 6 FirstFirst 123456
Results 76 to 82 of 82

Thread: Let's Play the BEST GAME EVER!!! (FFIX)

  1. #76
    Defamation Depression Moon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Armstrong-Parker
    Posts
    5,799
    Articles
    45
    Blog Entries
    2
    Contributions
    • Former Editor

    Default

    I feel like they don't give you enough time to dig for Chocobo's Air Garden.

  2. #77
    Pinkasaurus Rex Cid's Knight Pumpkin's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Falling on your head
    Posts
    16,876
    Articles
    119
    Blog Entries
    133

    FFXIV Character

    Pumpkin Contrary (Sargatanas)

    Post

    We are back and getting to the end of the game, can you believe it? A few sections left and they're pretty story heavy so bare with me. Afterwards I will be hopping right in to Final Fantasy VIII if that interests you!
    (SPOILER)
    First thing's first, Zidane finds a spot for Garnet to rest, but he starts not feeling so hot himself



    Eiko meanwhile is asking the locals for some medicine without much success




    >Eiko travels to a whole new place with a different culture
    >Calls them all weirdos

    Anyways, cute pink Zidane from before shows up and asks where Zidane is, which Eiko misconstrues as flirting




    Her response doesn't do much to clarify things, let's be honest



    Eiko, as you can see, is having none of it. Ain't nobody allowed to flirt with the man her bestie is in love with that she has a crush on

    Back with the others, Garnet is resting and Freya notices that Zidane has been a bit gloomy




    Garnet wakes up and explains why she fainted when she saw The Invincible




    It's because she realized what we realized a whole disc ago

    So Zidane glooms about and heads to the Underground Laboratory after Eiko begrudgingly gives him the message and upon seeing the people in the weird test tube like things, he realizes what's been going on




    Pink Zidane explains a bit more to fill in some of the blanks



    And Regular Zidane is pretty bummed about the whole thing



    After wondering why he's not a zombie like the other Genomes



    STOP FLIRTING OMG

    She basically explains how the Genomes are basically without souls and that Garland made them




    See the Genomes aren't the Terran people. They're basically soulless vessels. If you remember the Oeilvert section, Terra fell on some hard times etc





    Well that doesn't sound concerning!



    Oh, okay!

    When Zidane asks why now, Pink Zidane explains that they had to wait until the right time



    Garnet gets worried about Zidane and sends Eiko out to look for him. But he is first found by Quina who tries to find the food in every situation



    After awkwardly licking the stone to taste it, he sees Zidane who is moping about.

    Elsewhere in town, Vivi is trying to converse with the Genomes, who aren't being very responsive. When Zidane comes along, Vivi says they remind him of how the Black Mages were when the first saw them way back on the cargo ship



    Can't tell if insulting or not

    After Zidane mops away some more and talks to Amarant about how mopey they both are, he meets back up with Pink Zidane so that he can go and meet with Garland



    People with castles are so pretentious

    Eiko saunters up after Zidane leaves and wonders why he went alone, not fully believing Mr. Teamwork WOULD go alone



    Sensing that something is off, Eiko rushes to get the others

    Zidane, meanwhile, magical tree harp teleports to Garland's castle



    And immediately insults it



    We meet up with Garland who is basically all business and not at all concerned about us showing up in his soul castle unannounced.




    Zidane is pretty upset about the whole Terra taking over Gaia thing that Pink Zidane mentioned



    "I don't want to destroy Gaia, I just want to essentially destroy it"


    So anyways more plot dump about the genome sent to disrupt the flow of souls on Gaia through war



    Omg Zidane, you can't just ask people why they don't have tails



    So he's basically a teenager

    Garland continues to walk very slowly through his castle while monologuing



    But you see, eventually Kuja would die, so he made a new Genome, Zidane, to essentially replace him



    It's not uncommon for an older sibling to feel rejected when a newborn arrives in to the family



    That is usually less common though



    So he creates wars because wars mean more deaths which means more soul stuff




    And yes, we did do that Zombie Tree battle on disc 2, but Garland assures us that we didn't stop anything



    He also shows us his nifty glowing soul globe



    I wish I had one.

    So after all of that, Zidane is pretty bummed that it turns out he was created to destroy Gaia



    And so he reacts in the most reasonable way possible



    Uh, sure

    And he decides to do it solo because it's a family matter or whatever, but with everything going on, he kind of has a breakdown






    And thus did FFIX sum up depression

    He is woken up by Vivi and Eiko



    But Zidane is not really feeling it



    After the two press him further, he snaps



    He leaves them behind and ends up in a fight against a beastie, when Freya and Amarant arrive to rescue him



    After leaving them behind, he runs in to Quina and Steiner who are also concerned about him



    Aww, he cares about him

    But Zidane leaves them behind too



    We end up in another fight and Garnet has to show up to heal our sorry behinds



    And fuss at us a little bit too



    Okay, a lot



    Garnet gets upset at him again because the whole game he was Mr. Friendship and always there telling them to rely on him, but he won't do the same



    A few others arrive to show that she's right and they care about our hero



    You tell 'em Quina



    They're besties now :3

    And with that, Zidane's character comes full circle. He apologizes for being a jackass and the group decides they're going to go kill Garland TOGETHER

    BECAUSE FRIENDSHIP IS POWER or something to that effect

    Next time we go face off against Garland and probably get to the last disc. Stay tuned~
    Last edited by Pumpkin; 06-14-2017 at 04:18 AM.

  3. #78

    Default

    Absolute best part in the game right there.


  4. #79
    Pinkasaurus Rex Cid's Knight Pumpkin's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Falling on your head
    Posts
    16,876
    Articles
    119
    Blog Entries
    133

    FFXIV Character

    Pumpkin Contrary (Sargatanas)

    Default

    Big update incoming as we finish disc 3 and finish up some sidequests before the final dungeon!
    (SPOILER)
    We head through the annoying dungeon that is Pandemonium and deliver a mognet from that Terran moogle that was super hype about this whole mognet thing



    The other moogle was sufficiently less hype about it

    We find Garland further in, monologuing to himself as he likes to do




    Someone just took Philosophy 101



    Get em Zidane




    "I'm the only one allowed to monologue!!!"

    I hope you're ready for a boss rush~

    First we fight a Silver Dragon



    It was very easy, I beat him with counterattacks while I was trying to steal

    So then we have some more questions for Garland about this whole Terra souls thing




    There's actually a neat little touch of body language here. He was facing us all head on and confident until he mentions that and then he turns away



    This leads to another boss fight, this time with Garland. If you Focus Vivi while Zidane steals, Flare should do a full 9999 damage to him and the fight won't be super hard. Worst thing is he likes to cast Stop so remedy that fast

    After the fight, we prepare to lecture Garland about friendship again but Kuja comes in with The Invincible





    Who is he even talking to?



    Himself, I guess

    So Kuja pops on down




    And that leads to our third boss fight. Still not super tough, should be able to deal with it without much problem if you've put the work in and equipped good skills like auto-regen

    But after we defeat him




    He goes all Trance on us



    And pulls that crap. But hey, he has a tail now!




    Basically, The Invincible absorbs souls when it does its whole evil eye thing and he is using their power to Trance



    And apparently it absorbed a very powerful soul by the Iifa Tree. Queen Brahne's soul




    Look at Zidane taking a nap over there. Lazy



    And so he just kicks Garland off the edge. And so does Garland meet his anticlimactic end



    Although he does manage to antagonize Kuja one last time before he finally passes




    Garland created Zidane to replace Kuja and now that Zidane has become more powerful, it'll soon be bye bye Kuja




    And so Garland gives Kuja one last massive Screw You before his life ends



    Kuja doesn't deal with this news very well




    Ah yes the "If I can't be alive neither can anyone else" line of reasoning. This is why people who are afraid of death don't get to have superpowers

    And then Kuja begins angrily destroying Terra. Juts like straight out destroying the entire planet





    The party decides this is a good time to leave




    Garnet joins Zidane and the two of them head back to Bran Bal while the others secure the ship

    On the way, Zidane gets a bit creeped out



    And Garnet gives zero craps

    While they wait for the teleporter to activate and bring them to Bran Bal, Zidane apologizes for his earlier behaviour when he went all selfish antisocial jerk and tells her he has something else to say, but gets shy about it



    After Garnet fusses at him for the stupid joke, he finally says what's on his mind



    He thanks her for rescuing him and the two get close as the teleporter finally activates

    Meanwhile, during the escape...



    The others get to the ship, while Quina somehow teleports from underneath it



    And Zidane goes to rescue the Genomes, where he finds his sister Pink Zidane and tries to get her to leave




    When she asks if he has an answer he responds with



    She also finally opens up to us a little bit and we learn that he name is not Pink Zidane, sadly




    And so everyone hops on The Invincible and gets the heck out of Terra before it is annihilated




    And we arrive safely back in Gaia



    But our troubles aren't over yet



    The party doubts that this will be the end of Kuja



    And they easily figure out the most important place on Gaia where they can probably confront him



    There's more bad news though




    Welcome to disc 4!

    Before we get to the whole confronting Kuja thing, we need to drop our friends the Genomes off at a special place where they will be well cared for




    So the Genomes try and get used to the locals, including the absolutely adorable Bobby Corwin



    Look how cuuuutee

    Bobby Corwin then proceeds to chase the Genome

    Quina offers his/her own life advice



    And others learn about the differences between the two worlds




    With the Genomes resettled, we go to head out on our quest to the final dungeon



    Mikoto comes out to show her support




    Zidane calls her his little sis, which she says is silly while turning away in embarrassment, and then we head out to sidequest before the end game!

    First thing Imma do is get all of the Stellazzio. There's actually one on The Invincible, which we now get to fly around



    We bring all 12 coins to Queen Stella



    And with that we head to a place very nearby to get the conclusion to our story





    Aww :3

    Using a Dead Pepper, we can also solve the problem of Mognet Central



    Basically one of the moogles was using the oil for the gears to give himself shiny fur

    First step is to head back to Alexandria where we can check up on the rebuild efforts



    Little Ilia is super presh



    You can also get a card here from one of the townsfolk and we see that Ruby is having some trouble with her main star



    Dem legs on Lowell tho

    At the bell tower you can buy the final items from Stiltzkin who escaped Terra just fine, obviously



    And he gives us a ribbon. You can also speak to Kupo who will initiate the quest to help Mognet Central



    We then have to go around the world delivering letters to moogles. At one point we are brought back to Black Mage Village where we can check up on everyone, and apparently an item in my inventory reacts with the musical box in the Inn



    That's quite the music box...

    Mikoto wonders what the point of cemeteries is since the dead people probably don't care, and Mr. 288 explains that it's a way to show that they will remember them



    Mr. 288, always a well of knowledge, also explains why he thinks the Genomes and Black Mages are so similar



    We continue delivering mail



    Which eventually leads us right back where we started, in Alexandria



    And it turns out Ruby had it the entire time. So we get some from her and head back to Mognet Central where things get fixed back up again



    Now there are a few more sidequests you can do like fighting the super boss in Chocobo's Air Garden, getting all of the Dead Pepper locations, finding the beaches and Chocobo's Paradise. I'll leave some things to mystery for those who have never played the game. But I'll only be doing one last sidequest, which is incredibly convoluted.

    First, head back to Madain Sari with Garnet in your party and go to the outdoor area of Eiko's house. You'll see Lani who will run away. Head back to The Invincible and make up a party that has neither Garnet nor Amarant and head back. Lani will talk to you this time and tell you a bit about what's been going on



    She got tired and the moogles took her in and have been taking care of her. She now feels bad about the selfish, money grubbing lifestyle she once had, and mentions that Eidolon Wall might have some nifty info

    So head over to Eidolon wall and walk clockwise around the circular room, past the ! of the entrance, until you hear a chime sound in the song. The walk counterclockwise and do the same thing. Then switch back to clockwise and continue this pattern 9 times until you get a message saying everyone has been healed. Now you can head around the room and learn more about the summoner's tribe



    As you examine all of the summons and get info, you'll notice one of the summons (Ifrit) isn't able to be examined. Once you've examined all of the other ones, return to Ifrit where you get the final message, some words from Garnet's father



    And that is where we will end for today. Next time we take on Memoria and finish up the game!

    Stay tuned~
    Last edited by Pumpkin; 06-14-2017 at 07:24 PM.

  5. #80
    Pinkasaurus Rex Cid's Knight Pumpkin's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Falling on your head
    Posts
    16,876
    Articles
    119
    Blog Entries
    133

    FFXIV Character

    Pumpkin Contrary (Sargatanas)

    Default

    Are you guys ready for the finale? Big update incoming, I apologize in advance.

    First thing is to head to Memoria when you're ready. Make sure you are ready because it's basically like 8 bosses with story and a bit of walking in between. You'll be able to recognize Memoria because it looks like this



    Oh and also just a ton of silver dragons come flying out



    Like just... a TON of them. We start getting attacked, but thankfully some backup arrives



    Now that the mist is back, the airships can fly again!

    Pew pew dragon airship fights happen




    But not only did the Lindblum fleet and the Hilda Garde 3 show up, the Red Rose arrives to lend a hand too





    Aww they're in love :3




    When Garnet asks Steiner what he meant by that, he goes scurrying to the side

    Anyways, thanks to the help of the others, we get a clear path in to Memoria



    Where we have to fight this thing in the ugliest background of all time



    It's not a super hard fight if you can keep from ripping your eyeballs out

    Anyways, we head in to Memoria, which is weird, and Zidane starts hearing a voice



    And the voice belongs to none other than



    Our good friend Dead Garland!



    Creative naming there



    Further in the dungeon, we get to fight the Fiend from the Fire Shrine



    Not a very hard fight. I should mention to CHECK EVERYWHERE THOROUGHLY in Memoria, even if it looks like there's nothing. There's a lot of hidden save and card masters (for some reason?) and ultimate weapons. Be thorough in your search


    Further in we see Alexandria castle



    And suddenly the attack and Bahamut vs Alexander thing starts playing back



    But Quina apparently didn't see anything



    And then Garland starts giving us history lessons



    Further in, we see another memory of a little girl and her mom




    Which Zidane could oddly see even though he wasn't there



    Instead of a straight answer, we get more History Time with Garland



    But he explains a bit more as we get further in




    But once again, back to history lessons. Garland is nothing is not cryptic and vague




    As we walk up to the giant eyeball in the sky (as you do) we fight another one of the fiends, this time from the Wind Shrine



    But Tiamat was wrong and now Tiamat is dead

    Further in we see some more weird stuff



    Also you probably didn't notice just from the LP, but there are two moons in the game, a blue one and a red one. We now know that the red one is actually Terra's moon





    In all honesty, despite the planet assimilation nonsense, I'm starting to feel a bit bad for Terra

    Next we end up in an ocean




    After a brief moment of Quina worrying that s/he is drowning, Zidane tells him/her that it's all in the mind and we proceed forward with Quina being able to breathe again





    It's actually neat learning about the history of this fictional planet, I like it

    Next is the water fiend we didn't get to see when Eiko and Garnet were at the Water Shrine



    So ugly. Probably also the easiest of the fiend fights. Enjoy your breather boss, it only gets worse from here!




    Next boss is the Earth Shrine fiend who likes to try and death at your characters



    After beating him up we head further in and find just... space



    And wander through space we do



    Until we reach a small light




    Is it just me or is this starting to feel like a school field trip to a museum





    And gee, what could that presence be?



    You didn't really expect this throwback to classic FF to not have the crystal show up at some point, did you?




    And with that, Garland is gone. Again

    Can't shut up even after death



    Kuja is so polite, what a nice young man







    OOOOHHHHHH we get right to the heart of it. Thems, of course, fightin words

    But first we have to fight this stupid thing



    And then we get to fight Kuja



    So he pulls the same Ultima crap when we win the fight and things start falling apart



    And then NO LAST BOSS FIGHT HAPPENS THAT IS ABSURDLY TOUGH and we get brought back to the Iifa Tree somehow, which we find going all kooky and haywire



    Apparently Memoria kind of exploded and the Iifa Tree is going psycho, so Beatrix worries that this is the end for our heroes



    And she knows this and where they are because she can hear "him"

    Since the Hilda Garde is closer, the Regent comes to our rescue



    But before we can board the ship to our happy ending...




    And Zidane being Zidane cannot refuse to help someone in need, even while the others try and talk him out of it




    Aw

    After realizing it's futile to try and talk him out of it, the others leave him to it with some parting words



    And he and Garnet have their touching goodbye



    Good guy Steiner over here giving them some privacy



    And so the two part as the Hilda Garde takes off and Zidane stays behind to rescue Kuja




    Goodbye short haired Garnet, you didn't get nearly enough time in the spotlight

    So Zidane daredevil runs through the crazy Iifa Tree routes to go and rescue Kuja. Very reminiscent of Evil Forest from the beginning



    And eventually he reaches Kuja, who is happy to learn that our friends escaped




    Zidane tells him that no one is worthless and that they were rescued because of Kuja (the one Mikoto heard so she could tell everyone where we were). Kuja then says that he finally learned what it means to live, just in time to die



    But unfortunately that is exactly what he does as Zidane then shields Kuja with his own body as the killer plant stuff comes attacking once again



    Mikoto has some parting words for Kuja





    In the end, Kuja kind of got his wish and he now gets to live on in the Genomes memories forever



    "Vague amount of time later"

    We are back in Alexandria, and it seems there is a play going on. 'I Want to Be Your Canary'

    A young black mage boy walks through town before being bumped in to by a brat kid named Puck.

    Puck immediately recognizes the black mage as Vivi

    But he isn't Vivi



    Soon we say many little Vivi's run through the town on their way to see the play

    As for what happened to Vivi...



    Freya and Sir Fratley have fortunately found themselves with a happier ending



    As have Lani and Amarant, who are also headed for the castle. Quina is the chef for the event once again

    But Beatrix has made the sad decision to leave the Kingdom



    Vivi's last testament reads out in the background as we see what everyone is up to



    Eiko has now been adopted by Cid and Hilda and finally has a family again





    And Steiner confesses his feelings for Beatrix before she makes the mistake of leaving



    And so she runs in to his arms, content to stay here with him



    Garnet mourns the loss of Zidane, whom she has not seen since the Iifa Tree incident



    But she puts on a brave face and decides to press forward

    The play begins




    As it continues on though, we have a surprise

    It's not Marcus playing the lead this time



    Seeing him after "some time" (it has to be decently long for all that hair to grow back) Garnet rushes through the crowd to him



    She drops her jewel on the way



    But she decides that Zidane is more important and keeps running, even discarding her crown as she goes



    And leaps in to his arms where she punches him for a bit for being gone for so long



    The kingdom rejoices



    And Zidane explains that he survived because he had to. And



    The credits role as the crowd, tour friends, and the new little Vivi's celebrate their happiness



    And so ends the amazingly beautiful story of Final Fantasy IX



    What a journey.

    I hope you all enjoyed and if so, I'll be starting an FFVIII LP in a few days! Not quite as majestic but still a wonderful game~

    Thanks for following!

  6. #81
    Witch of Theatergoing Karifean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Wandering the Kakera
    Posts
    3,460
    Articles
    1
    Blog Entries
    136

    Default

    It was an awesome LP to follow along =P

    Reminded me again of just how good this game actually was.

  7. #82

    Default

    It always appeared to me that Eiko adopted Cid and Hilda rather than the other way around.


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •