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Game Overview: The Villains of Final Fantasy Week 2
October 3rd, 2008 by Dan

Insert another credit, because it’s time for your weekly video game news and you’ve just hit the Game Overview screen.

With every Final Fantasy game there exists great (and not so great) teams of heroes bent on saving the world from some sort of evil force. While we could take a look at those heroes, let’s instead take a look at the evils that motivate these heroes to do what they do.

It should be noted that this feature will be full of spoilers.

Final Fantasy II is a black sheep in the Final Fantasy series in many ways. Having never played it, I can’t really speak to some of these changes as being worthwhile or not, but we’re talking the first permanent deaths in the roster (no longer happens in modern Final Fantasy games or at least since VII) and an unconventional character development system that was based on character actions.

But we’re not here to talk about milestone moments in FF history, we’re here to talk about the jerk who needed to die at the end of this game, Emperor Palamecia. Having summoned beasts straight out of the depths of hell to assist him in world domination, this pretty-boy bastard needed to die and die he did. The heroes successfully get into the palace and kill the Emperor, sending him straight to hell. Of course, that’s not the end of Palamecia, because he somehow absorbs raw power in hell and threatens to destroy the world. Again, it’s hard to rate a final boss who I’ve never faced, but how can you argue against a boss who wasn’t even defeated the first time you killed him? How can you argue against a boss who dies and usurps the throne of hell from whatever being held it only to threaten the world yet again?

So the party heads back down into Pandemonium (i.e.: hell) to finally end this dude.

Evil Rating:

He killed the main character’s parents, poisoned a city filled with Dragoons and Wyverns, and destroyed plenty more with cyclones. Not a bad rap sheet compared to Garland’s claim to fame: kidnapping a princess, being killed by the Light Warriors, and entering a time loop.

6/10

Cool Rating:

He’s supposedly a really good-looking dude and how cool is it that he comes back as a super-demon from hell? I’d say he’s pretty cool.

7/10

Image:

Demon Emperor Palamecia

Video (in Spanish!):


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