Monday, February 20, 2012

TEXT PLAY: Final Fantasy 4 (SNES, 1991): Issue #26: Epilog

So, that's finally over and done with, huh?

Much as I love that game, I'm glad to be done with it for awhile again. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed doing what I did. If I hadn't I wouldn't have finished it. It'll just be awhile before I play it again.

I had a few reasons for doing this. One, of course, was much the same reason I did Breath of Fire last year. It was to give me something to do when I couldn't get outside and do things. This year was kind of the same, though for somewhat different reasons. Last year, it was a little too cold and snowy. This year's been the opposite: not quite cold and snowy enough.

Another reason is that I'm hoping my parents are reading this by way of the links I'm sharing on Facebook. Last summer, I got my dad started on this game so he'd have something to consider trying on days when it was too hot or too cold to do the things he likes to do outside. If they're reading this, I hope the previous 25 issues of this Text Play are enough to inspire a continuation of the game from this summer, if not to start a new game of their own.

The third big reason I started this one has already gotten underway, in a sense, with HCBailly's currently ongoing LP of the PSP “Complete” version of the game. Here's my playlist for it, and I'm sure Mr. Bailly has one of his own, too.

Looking back at this whole experience, I can only think of two jokes I really missed. They came when I was doing the Giant of Bab-Il dungeon. At the time, I'd just watched the Nostalgia Critic's review of Star Trek III, in which he'd named the Klingon captain's targ Balzac, and had been hoping to find a clip on YouTube where the Critic was screaming “MY BALZAC!!!” after the Klingon's pet had been killed in a fight with the Enterprise. Since then, I realized I could have made my joke about kicking the giant robot in the balls work by referencing an old Web series called “Kicked in the Nuts”. The other was, to be honest, kind of obvious, now that I think of it. Why I never thought of making a “Mister Roboto” until I was writing this, I don't know.

I should probably mention a couple things that have kept me coming back to this game so often over the last 20 years. The big one for me is the story. This was the first video game I'd ever played that had what one might call a truly epic story. I'd have to look it up to be sure, but I do believe that this may actually fit the definition of epic in that there was quite a bit of span to this adventure and what was going on.

I'm also quite a fan of the music of Final Fantasy, much of which has been composed by a man named Nobuo Uematsu. Final Fantasy 4 is, in my opinion, a real testament to the man's skill ad a composer. I think the music in this game really holds up. I still love hearing this music even after twenty years of playing the hell out of the game.

On a much more personal level, this is one of only a handful of games that I can say I've legitimately and fairly beaten, start to finish. That may be the biggest reason why I keep going back to it. It certainly can't hurt. Knowing I can actually finish this one makes it that much easier. There are plenty of other games in my collection that I can't say that of. And with that in mind, I may as well mention a little about what my next game in this series will be.

Now, as I've mentioned a time or two before, my next Text Play will be of the PlayStation game Legend of Mana. It might be a few weeks before I get to that. I'm looking forward to trying it, of course, even if I'm not in the slightest bit sure of my ability to actually finish the game. I hope the same goes for you as well, dear readers. Until then, however, I have a few other projects I want to finish up, so keep an eye out for them here, and wherever else you may follow me.

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