Final Fantasy A Crystal Compendium – Final Fantasy Friday: Final Fantasy III Review

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This is part of my extraordinary long-term project to play and review/analyze all of the officially numbered Final Fantasies in order.  I will play the original game whenever possible, but since the series goes back to the 80s and since some of the earlier games are unavailable, I occasionally have to bend this rule.  Whenever possible, I will play the original version or the closest I can get to it (whether that be emulator or re-release on a newer system).  If I have no way of obtaining the game or time constraints, I’ll watch a Let’s Play, but I’ll try my hardest to get a portion of gameplay in so I can remark upon it.
After all of the original numbered games are played, I plan to go back and play the sequels and remakes e.g. Dawn of Souls, The After Years,  Crisis Core, etc.  I’m also planning on playing/replaying the Chrono Series and reviewing that, too.
The reviews are housed here and each installment will be updated as I finish it.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy!

Greetings, salutations and Happy New Year to you all.  I am slowly working my way through the Final Fantasy titles and have recently completed the third installment.  I have been giving much thought to going back and playing the re-releases of I and II especially since I received a $200 Best Buy gift card in addition to a $50 Amazon one and could conceivably purchase both the system I might need and the games, but I’m still in the thinking phase, and today I’m in the review one for III. So…

Each review shall be in three parts, and in three parts shall be each review. Game play and music and best of all story shall all be discussed for you. So for now I present the second without any further ado…

Like FFII I was unable to locate the original Japanese cover

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The State of the Writer: 2/11/18

<–The State of the Writer: 1/28/18          The State of the Writer: 2/25/18–>

A biweekly post updated every Sunday discussing my current writing projects and any completed the prior two weeks.

Finished Projects: 2

  1. Valiant Hearts: The Great War – 1/30/18
  2. Red as Blood and White as Bone by Theodora Goss – 2/3/18

Project: Story
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 261,484
Prior Word Count: 261,308
Word Difference: +176
Status: Revising
Progress: Reviewing Chapter 2

Fanart of Sephiroth holding a swooning AerisI finally finished my revisions of Chapter 2 and now I’m in the reviewing process.  This was a tough week including the weekend in terms of the time and tiredness factor, so I was only able to review Chapter 1.  Here’s hoping next week is more productive.

In Progress

  • Audio Recording – I recorded the second part of the essay in question on Friday as planned, though my voice still failed me after about a half an hour.  Either way it’s done so I need to edit it.  I’m hoping my slower reading sounds better than the prior one.  I’m probably going to try to finish recording the rest of it before doing the full edit.  I have the parts with the video comparisons to record.
  • Favorite Game Every Year I’ve Been Alive – I’m in the 2010’s now.  Hoping to finish figuring out the games this week so I can start the post.

I think this may be my shortest update post of them all.  I really want to get the Game of the Years thing posted.  Why do I do these italicized afterwards?  Is it supposed to be a wrap up/summary?  I have no clue, but I’m going to keep doing them 😉  What have you worked on lately?  How is February treating you?  I’m ordering cupcakes for Valentine’s Day, because I use it as an excuse to eat cake and drink wine…not that I need one.  What’s your favorite kind of cupcake?  What type of wine do you prefer?  I think I might go for some champagne cupcakes and make this champagne mimosa drink I saw on Facebook.  I’m also seeing a rheumatologist that day, which is a good thing.  Okay, I’ve rambled long enough.  Let’s chat in the comments!

<–The State of the Writer: 1/28/18          The State of the Writer: 2/25/18–>

Valiant Hearts: The Great War

More video game reviews can be found here.

Genre: Puzzle, Adventure, Educational
Developer: Ubisoft Montpelier Studios
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Network (PS3), Xbox 360 Games Store, Xbox One

The cover of Valiant Hearts: The Great WarLet’s Player: Cryaotic

Some spoilers for the beginning.

“War makes monsters of us all.”
-George R. R. Martin “A Game of Thrones”

“I was never a hero.  That’s just how they justify war.”
Northern Lights

There is nothing great about war, but there is something to be garnered from its portrayal.  Inspired by letters found during the First World War, Valiant Hearts is nothings less than a a bittersweet masterpieve.

I actually wound up watching this game by accident; I thought I was clicking on Vandal Hearts, but even when the realization set it, I was already hooked.  Valiant Hearts: The Great War manages to be entertaining, funny, heartbreaking, and educational.  I learned more about the first World War than I ever did in history class.  I knew about the assassination of Franz Ferdinand (hell there’s even a street near me named after him), but I didn’t know about the treaties France had signed prior that drew them into the conflict, nor was I informed about what they did to their German residents, though I’m sadly not surprised.  It’s not without its precedence, nor have we presently learned.

Karl, a farmer living in the French countryside with his wife Marie and their son Victor, is forced to leave and return to Germany where’s he promptly drafted (like…seriously?  Why would you do that France??  Obviously any able-bodied men sent back are going to be conscripted!  I mean…I understand the “logic” behind it, xenophobic and paranoid as it is, but I don’t understand why they didn’t realize that someone like Karl would be loyal to the land where he and his family resided and ousting people like him from the country is a bad move since it only served to augment their enemy’s ranks *sigh*).  Not long after Karl’s forced departure, Marie’s aged father Emile is impressed as well, leaving the young mother alone to tend to the harvest and care for her son.

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Final Fantasy Type-0 (DNF)

More video game reviews can be found here.

Series: Final Fantasy/Fabula Nova Crystalis
Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: October 27, 2011

The cover of Final Fantasy Type-0System: PlayStation 4

Final Fantasy Type-0 (formerly Final Fantasy Agito XIII) opens on a graphically violent note.  Final Fantasy has always been known for its beautiful, chill-inducing openings, and Type-0 does not disappoint in this regard.  The beginning scenes display the horrors of war in bloody relief, utilizing the full power of the PlayStation 4.  The series has never shied away from such a topic, and in fact, all of the games center around war/rebellion in some way, but Type-0 did not mince words or sight, and it was even more harrowing considering these were children slain with neither mercy nor impunity given for youth.

The “secondary” series is Fabula Nova Crystalis, the same as Final Fantasy XIII (which I’m planning to play this year).  It translates into “new tales of the crystals” and also contains Final Fantasy XV.  The “crystal” is a ubiquitous structure throughout the series, present in all iterations though arguably more hidden in some (e.g. Final Fantasies VI, VII, & VIII).  Analogous in Type-0 with the “four lights of hope,” they’re represented by a specifically hued animal: White Tiger, Azure Dragon, Black Tortoise, and Red Phoenix.  The White Tiger’s attack on another faction nullified their crystal, which is the catalyst for the events of the game.

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The State of the Writer: 12/31/17

<–The State of the Writer: 12/17/17          The State of the Writer: 1/14/18–>

A biweekly post updated every Sunday discussing my current writing projects and any completed the prior two weeks.

Finished Projects: 4

Project: Recipe
Title: Chocolate Chip Cookies

I think this was the first time I ever posted a recipe on this site, and it seemed to go over quite well.  I’m actually in the process of making these right now (well…I made the dough; my husband is going to bake them.  I didn’t get enough sleep, so the fatigue is bad today, which is unfortunate since I have NYE plans).  I, er, ate the ones I was supposed to give to my brother, and when TSN makes cookie promises, she keeps them!  I’m making the last cookies of the season before I head out to a NYE party, though I’m not sure if I’m even going to make it to midnight *yawn*

Project: Blogger Tags
Name: The Christmas Tag

I managed to make some progress in my saved Blogger Tags (I still have a bunch more though) thanks to Ignited Moth’s festive post!  Though…well, I didn’t have it before, so really I added another tag even as I completed it, so, it’s a zero sum equation?  Like how a Christmas tree affects the environment o.O  Oh well, there’s nothing wrong with adding a little more merriness.

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The State of the Writer: 12/17/17

<–The State of the Writer: 12/3/17          The State of the Writer: 12/31/17–>

A biweekly post updated every Sunday discussing my current writing projects and any completed the prior two weeks.

Finished Projects: 1

Project: Game Review
Title: The Witch’s House

Date Posted: December 10, 2017

I’m concentrating on shorter, easier game reviews during the holidays (if I can even get to them), while I figure out how I’m going to organize and work on projects in the new year.  This was a terrifying watch for someone as jumpy as me, and even if you’re not a wuss puss like yours truly, the end of the game is going make your mind bend over backwards as you attempt to “what the fuck?!” your way out of the epic twist.

Project: Story
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 259,206
Prior Word Count: 259,206
Word Difference: 0
Status: Revising
Progress: Chapter 2

Seph is patiently waiting.

The Great General should never be kept waiting, but hopefully he understands how busy the season of Advent is :p

As you can tell from my word count I made zero progress on any revisions.  Even with cutting down on how often I update and reading less books, the holiday season has stepped right into those empty time slots.  I’ve also been working later since overtime is available, because TSN needs that money.

I’m not sure how I’m going to fit in the revisions I want to do for this with the ones I want to do for my first original novel and working on my next one, but that’s why I’m planning on “time schedule” spreadsheets.  Spreadsheets will save the world.


Project: Book Reviews
Title: Various
Status: Upcoming

Right before I wrote/posted this, I reorganized my book reviews.  I’m going to start reviewing graphic novels and manga as series instead of individual volumes.  That will greatly decrease the amount of book reviews I garner in a given time.  Now if I’ve already reviewed a book in the series (like Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft), I’ll continue reviewing each volume separately, but going forward, I’ll review manga and graphic novels as part of a whole.

I did add a few books in the past two weeks:

  1. The Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka
  2. Parallel by Anthony Vicino
  3. Death Note, Vol. 5: Whiteout  by Tsugumi Ohba (Series)

Project: Game Reviews

Just one added to the pile this week, but what a game.  I thought I was watching something else, but stuck with it, and in the end, I ugly-cried in a way I’d never ugly-cried for  for a game this entire year (and possibly ever).

What are you currently working on?  Is it a creative writing project, essay, review, or something else?  Have you just started something new or are you wrapping up a long term project?

<–The State of the Writer: 12/3/17          The State of the Writer: 12/31/17–>

The State of the Writer: 12/3/17

<–The State of the Writer: 10/26/17          The State of the Writer: 12/17/17–>

A biweekly post updated every Sunday discussing my current writing projects and any completed the prior two weeks.

Finished This Month: 1

Project: Essay
Status: Finished Written – Editing Audio

I’d love that number to say “2,” but I’ve already spoken of my NaNo tale of woe, though I did write something in November for a collaborative project soon to be published.  The written part is entirely finished and proofread but I’d like to have the audio recording edited before it’s posted.  The essay is a comparative between two games that have had a long standing flame war with their respective fans, focusing on one aspect in particular.

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