Welcome back to Save File Plays Final Fantasy VII. Last time, the party made it out of Midgar. I then ran straight to Kalm so I can get this annoying flashback out of the way. I understand that it’s very important to the story, but it’s kind of tedious to play. Still though, if you haven’t played this before or know what it’s about, this is extremely important. So I’m going to finish it off today.
: Tifa… Were you waiting outside then?
: We returned to Nibelheim. Sephiroth confined himself at the Inn. He didn’t even try to talk to me.
: Then all of a sudden he just disappeared, right?
: We found him inside the biggest building in Nibelheim.
: The villagers used to call it Shinra Mansion.
: Long ago, people from Shinra used to live in that mansion…
MUSIC: On That Day Five Years Ago
BOY, THAT WAS SUCH A HIDDEN DOOR.
Down the spiral staircase.
Well… okay then, I guess.
MUSIC: Those Chosen By the Planet
YEP, I AM SURE EVERYTHING IS FINE, HA HA HA.
: Hmph… traitor.
: You ignorant traitor. I’ll tell you. This planet originally belonged to the Cetra. Cetra was an itinerant race. They would migrate in, settle the Planet, then move on… At the end of their hard, long journey, it was said they would find the Promised Land and supreme happiness.
: They took that which the Cetra and the Planet has made without giving back one whit in return! Those are your ancestors.
: Long ago, disaster struck the planet. Your ancestors escaped… They survived because they hid. The Planet was saved by sacrificing the Cetra. After that, your ancestors continued to multiply. Now all that’s left of the Cetra is in these reports.
: What does that have to do with you?
: An Ancient named Jenova was found in a 2000 year-old geological stratum. The Jenova Project. The Jenova Project wanted to produce people with the powers of the Ancients… Or, the Cetra. …I am what was produced.
: Pr… produced?!
Well, you see, when a mommy and daddy love each other very much…
AFTER THAT MADMAN
Oh… oh, dear. Also, DAMN he works fast. Must be that high-level Fire Materia in action. I guess a Fire-3 spell could level a town pretty quickly.
Zangan: Then come over here and help me! I’ll check this house. You check that one over there!
Oh, he’s just over there mercilessly slaughtering some townspeople. That… that’s just great.
Cloud sprints to the reactor. To be honest, I don’t know how he made it there without Sephiroth supporting his Level 1, 140 HP having ass. Since it was well established that any monster in a random encounter can KO him in one attack. But, video game logic, whatever.
And on that day, an activist was born.
Ain’t no thang to a boss.
Oh. Oh, yeah. That’s not creepy or weird or anything, right?
: My family! My hometown! How could you do this to them?!
: Ha ha ha… They’ve come again, Mother. With her superior power, knowledge, and magic, Mother was destined to become the ruler of this Planet.
: It’s the same as your sadness!
: Ha ha ha, my sadness? What do I have to be sad about? I am the chosen one. I have been chosen to be the leader of this Planet. I have orders to take the Planet back from you stupid people for the Cetra. What should I be sad about?
: Sephiroth… I trusted you…
: Wait a damn minute! That’s it? No more?
: …I don’t remember.
: What happened to Sephiroth?
: In terms of skill, I couldn’t have killed him.
: Official records state Sephiroth is dead. I read it in the newspaper.
: Shinra, Inc. owns the newspapers, so you can’t rely on that.
: I challenged Sephiroth and lived. Why didn’t he kill me?
: …I’m alive, too.
: A lot of this doesn’t make sense. What about Jenova? It was in the Shinra building, right?
: Shinra shipped it from Nibelheim to Midgar.
: Did someone carry it out later? It was missing from the Shinra building.
: Damn! None of this makes sense! I’m going, going, going, gone! And I’m leavin’ the thinkin’ to you! Yo, Cloud! Let’s get a move on!
: Wait a sec.
: I ain’t lettin’ Sephiroth or Shinra get to no Promised Land. If they do, then we’re all screwed. Y’know what I’m sayin’?
: Beautiful, just beautiful!
Is that all?: Jus’ leave it to me!
: Oh, brother…
I used to agree, but now it’s kind of tedious to get through. But the first time, hot damn!
Now that the flashback is over, I can take my time and explore the town of Kalm
MUSIC: Ahead On Our Way
Man: He’s got this killer sword and looks REAL scary…
Sounds like our guy. INTO THE HOUSES! THERE’S LOOT TO BE HAD. We can get back to pursuing Sephiroth after we rob everyone blind.
DRUGS IN THE CLOSET
Kid: But a lot of plants and animals have been disappearing at a rapid pace. I think the old life was better. Don’t you think so?
: Yeah, maybe
No wayKid: Yeah, sure I’m right! You think so, don’t you?
I JUST AGREED WITH YOU.
Man: I used to live there too. But I heard they got lots of troubles lately.
DRUGS IN THE CABINET
Huh… it’s a weapon that no one can equip. Looks like a gun. WEIRD.
Man: We’re better off with the Mako energy.
Man 2: I heard President Shinra was killed. And his son Rufus, the new president, was badly injured. Heh… just between us, I heard it was them Ava-whaddaya call-ums that got President Shinra and his son.
Woman: The famous floating city, Midgar… Just one I’d love to see it in person.
WHAT THE HELL. It takes like 30 seconds to get there on the world map. What is wrong with you? You can probably see it from here, you dink!
There’s one more house to check out.
This kind of fatalistic attitude is still around today.
More drugs in the cupboard. There’s a lot of Ethers just lying around this town. That’s kind of odd.
Guy: Now all he does is sit around getting drunk in the bar…
Well, let’s head to the bar, I guess.
Man: There have been a lot of dangerous accidents recently. I hate it, I just hate it.
Miner: Me? I used to work in a mine down south called Mythril Mine. But awhile back, monsters started appearing. After that, business went to pot and now I spend the days here drinking.
Bartender: It seems there was this group called AVALANCHE runnin’ around, but I guess SOLDIER finally wiped them out.
That’s everyone to talk to in Kalm… there’s only one last thing to do here.
Some new Materia to be found here. Earth Materia is pretty self-explanatory. Heal Materia is used to heal status effects such as Poison or Darkness. I pick up one of each.
The Weapon Shop has weapon upgrades for everyone but Red XIII. Something to note is that this is Cloud’s first upgrade, while everyone else had one in Midgar. Doesn’t really mean much, just something I’ve always noticed. Probably because the Buster Sword is so iconic. I grab the Mythril Claw for Tifa and the Mythril Saber for Cloud, since they’re in my current party. I don’t really see the need to get equipment for the other members that I’m not using at the moment.
And that’s it for Kalm! It was a nice little town, full of plot, full of upgrades, and it has awesome music.
Now it’s time to strike out in the wide, open world.
Now, before I advance the story, there’s a certain encounter I’m looking for. For more than one reason.
No, this isn’t it either… good gravy, what the hell are those things? Motorcycle cyborgs?
THERE we go. 2 Custom Sweepers. Glad to see ya.
Reason #2: Stealing the Atomic Scissors. This is a BIG upgrade for Barret. I should probably put him into my party, in fact, as this is about 2 tiers above my current equipment. More powerful than anything I’ve got right now.
Yup. Definitely a farm.
OMG, I LOVE CHOCOBOS.
It’s impossible to show off in screenshots, but when you answer correctly…
MUSIC: Waltz de Chocobo
And then they gift the party the Choco/Mog Materia, our first Summon Materia!
MUSIC: Farm Boy
Choco Bill: That way you can zip through the marshes with the Chocobo. It’s the only way to avoid being attacked by the Midgar Zolom.
: Midgar Zolom?
Choco Bill: It’s a serpent-like creature over 30 feet tall! It detects the footsteps of anyone in the marshes… and then, BAM!! It attacks! To avoid that, buy a Chocobo at me and Choco Billy’s Chocobo Farm. To purchase a Chocobo, please talk to my grandson. He’s in the Chocobo stables at the far right end of the farm.
Man, forget that! I don’t need no stinkin’ Chocobo!
I GOT THIS.
Psht, Marshes. I bet I won’t even get caught by the stupid thing!
See? Smooth sailing!
oh crap, oh crap, oh crap
WHATEVER, I CAN TAKE YOU
MUSIC: Those Who Fight
Oh. Oh, wow.
HOW ARE THINGS WITH YOU??
NEXT LOADUP ON SAVE FILE: I take this shit seriously. On a side note, it IS possible to avoid the Midgar Zolom without a Chocobo, but it’s pretty tricky. It’s also possible to defeat it, but I’d have to grind levels a whole bunch, and I’d really rather not do that. So next time I’ll actually just get a Chocobo and do it the way the game wants me to.