Thursday, 31 October 2013

Final Fantasy VII Playthrough: Part 11 - The Search for Sephiroth

We don't believe official reports that Sephiroth is dead for a number of reasons.
  1. Shinra own the press.
  2. Sephiroth disappeared after torching a large amount of incriminating evidence that Shinra don't really want coming to light. 
  3. Shinra are all bastards.
Consequently, we decide to search for him in order to find out what's really behind Shinra's recent activities and the bloody trail that's recently been left in the corridors of their HQ.

Recent disturbances are said to have created increased monster activity around "Mythril Mine", so that's where we head first. Unfortunately we need to cross a marsh to get there, a marsh inhabited by the deadly "Midgar Zolom".

The only thing we have access to that can move faster than the Zolom is of course, a Chocobo. All Final Fantasy games have Chocobos in them, and they're always accompanied by weird bouncy farmyard music.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Final Fantasy Playthrough: Part 10 - What Happens in Nibelheim Stays in Nibelheim

After leaving Midgar, we decide to head for the town of Kalm. On the way, Red XIII, Tifa and myself are accosted by a bike gang. These guys are on choppers, so we can assume that in pop-cultural terms they're Butch to Cloud's earlier Kaneda.

Speaking of Akira references, I watched the film again this week and spotted another potential reference: this slide that Cloud and Aeris sit on to discuss his past closely resembles the one in [SPOILERS] Tetsuo's flashback to his childhood at the orphanage with Kaneda.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam

I went on a whistle-stop tour of South East Asia in May of this year. Because it was such a quick trip, I didn't really do anything that wasn't in the Lonely Planet, and I don't have any stories that you won't have heard before.

I could write something educational about Tomb Raider, of course, but that's already been covered by other sources, notably The Archaeology of Tomb Raider, whose article on Angkor Wat I recommend if you are so inclined.