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The Villains of Final Fantasy Week 12 [Game Overview]
April 3rd, 2009 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.

Week 1 – Garland
Week 2 – Emperor Mateus of Palamecia
Week 3 – The Cloud of Darkness
Week 4 – Zeromus
Week 5 – Exdeath
Week 6 – Kefka
Week 7 – Sephiroth
Week 8 – Ultimecia
Week 9 – Necron
Week 10 – Yu Yevon/Jecht/Sin
Week 10-2 – Shuyin
Week 11 – Shadow Lord, Eald’narche, Promathia, and Alexander

Well, we’re finally here at the last after 27 weeks, just a few more than I intended to have pass while working on this feature. We’ve seen demented, sociopathic evil itself in the form of a clown and we’ve seen evil just seeming to throw a tantrum for no good reason. Witches, effeminate men, and one too many generic forces of evil have made up this motley crew and at last we arrive at the last of them: The Undying.

The story of XII is a complex fabric of political intrigue and manipulations. Of kingdoms ruined by backstabbings, heroes whose names are sullied, and, pretty much, a David vs. Goliath story underlying the whole thing.

The antagonist, although not really an antagonist, is a mixture of Venat and Vayne Solidor. The former an Occurian who believed that the races of Ivalice should choose their own fate, while the latter was a power hungry Hume seeking to control the world. Venat’s manipulations might have been in the world’s best interests, but he often caused death and destruction to meet his goals. Once they were fulfilled, he seemed to dissipate, but the residual energy merged with Vayne to create an enemy of extreme power that had to be dispatched.

Defeating The Undying allowed peace to finally return to Ivalice, at least until the events leading up to FF Tactics start to unfold…

Evil Rating:

Caused death and destruction on a worldwide scale, but half of him was doing it for the good of the races of Ivalice. +7 for trying, -4 for wanting to be a good guy.

3/10

Cool Rating:

Vayne’s kind of a girly man, so -2, but Venat’s title is Venat the Heretic! That’s pretty darn cool. Plus he just wanted us to have control of our destiny +8.

6/10

Images and Video:

Venat the Heretic
Vayne Solidor
The Undying

Final Boss Sequence:


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