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The Heroes of Final Fantasy Week 2 [Game Overview]
February 11th, 2010 by Dan

One of the first major features on this blog was a Villains of Final Fantasy series that ran for 13 weeks covering the main enemies of every numbered Final Fantasy game from I to XII including X-2. With Final Fantasy XIII launching in the states in just over a month, I figured it’s high time to give some recognition to the teams who are actually responsible for bringing those villains to justice and saving the world. I bring you the Heroes of Final Fantasy.

Week 1 – Final Fantasy I

The first real Final Fantasy story features four main characters in your party of heroes.

Firion

Amano's artwork really is gorgeous. Nomura's got nothing on him.

After witnessing the murder of his adoptive parents by the ruthless Empire, Firion did what any kid in these games would do and headed to join the Wild Rose Rebellion where he was uncharacteristically turned away for being too young. After proving himself to be worthy by slaying some beast or another, Firion and his pals are finally allowed into the Rebellion. Despite being the main character and the party leader, this game is arguably more about Leon in the same way that the Star Wars movies were ultimately about Darth Vader and not Luke.

Maria

I have no idea how the gravity-defying left side of this outfit is supposed to stay on.

Leon’s sister whose parents were also murdered at the start of the game. Throughout the story Maria is teamed up with Guy and Firion searching for Leon and opposing the Empire. Not much else to say beyond that.

Guy/Gus

This guy is kind of pudgy and gross-looking. Makes sense for a guy raised in the wilderness.

With even less backstory than everyone else, Gus is kind of a mystery aside from the fact that he and Firion are close friends. Oh yeah, he can also talk to beavers. No joke.

No, seriously, he can talk to these guys. Makes no sense to me either.

Leon

Would you be able to take Darth Vader seriously if he had a face on his belt buckle? I didn't think so.


Despite spending most of the game as the Dark Knight and opposing the heroes, Leon is technically one of the good guys. When the Emperor is finally killed, Leon steps in to try and take over and he’s only stopped when the forces of hell depose him. Not too shabby.

Coolness:

Despite mostly being Star Wars ripoffs, these guys get points in my book for being cool enough to get invited into the Wild Rose Rebellion, which also has a pretty sweet name. Leon also has a Darth Vader thing going for most of the game, which is trite, but not too bad. Finally, Guy can talk to beavers. That’s worth at least 2 points there.

7/10

Hero Quotient:

Toppling an Empire is pretty big stuff, but that’s nothing compared to fighting said Emperor after he returns from Hell to destroy the world. Plus: what kind of hero team doesn’t talk to beavers? Still, it’s not too much beyond standard fare for these adventuring groups, so they only get average marks here.

6/10


8 Responses  
  • Min writes:
    February 11th, 201018:06at

    Finally got around to reading your last series about the villains. You should consider adding in forward links as well, in case someone stumbles into one of the middle ones. It was hard starting from the start, and then having to manually search for the next one.

    • Dan writes:
      February 11th, 201018:14at

      But forward links would mean I knew the URLs from the future?!

      Yeah, I kind of agree in that I know it’s hard to find, say, my travel blog posts in order, but I’ll need to find a way to elegantly manage that. Maybe a whole new Features page on the sidebar that would have all the URLs?

      • Min writes:
        February 11th, 201018:25at

        Well.. I was thinking you’d just go in and update the links you have at the top of the page.

        • Dan writes:
          February 11th, 201018:35at

          I know, but I’m looking at a more elegant solution to the problem, not a band-aid fix.

          • Eric Mesa writes:
            February 16th, 20109:28at

            Not sure if there’s an RFC for this, but I’ve mostly seen people just adding links to the next ones or the whole series. You can just add at the bottom (edit: here’s the next one) or you could make a “page” on the blog that contains links to all of your series in order. The second is more elegant, but requires people to realize it’s there.

            • Dan writes:
              February 16th, 20109:42at

              I like the second option way more, but you’re right, I might have to edit all the pages to have a link to the features page anyway…I still think I’m gonna do that given that I’ve got the All-Stars, the Travel Blog, Villains, and Heroes to do this for.

              • Eric Mesa writes:
                February 16th, 201010:31at

                I think it would help a lot. Related posts helps, but unfortunately, it’s not always in order.

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    August 25th, 20109:07at

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