Welcome back to Save File Plays FFVII! Last time, the party successfully infiltrated Shinra Tower, successfully rescued Aeris, and then successfully got captured! Success all around! SO MUCH SUCCESS. And now, somehow, they’ve busted out of prison. So I guess the only thing to do now is get the hell out of Dodge. So that’s what we’re gonna do. Let’s cheese it!
MUSIC: Trail of Blood
When last we left off, we were following the dead bodies and blood. Because, you know, that’s what SANE people do. Not just… leaving when they have the opportunity. Yep.
I at least opt to take the clean stairwell, as opposed to the one that’s covered in blood.
MUSIC: The Shinra Corporation
Oh hey, it’s Palmer!
: What happened?
Palmer: Se… Sephiroth. Sephiroth came.
: Did you see him? Did you see Sephiroth?
Palmer: Yeah! I saw him with my own eyes!
: You really saw him?
Palmer: Uh! Would I lie at a time like this?! I heard his voice, too! Um, he said something about not letting use have the Promised Land.
: Then does that mean the Promised Land really does exist and Sephiroth’s here to save it from the Shinra?
: So he’s a good guy then?
: Save the Promised Land? A good guy? No way!! It’s not that simple. I know him. Sephiroth’s mission is different.
At this point, we can talk to each party member, and they’ll tell us what they know about Rufus.
Welp, let’s go find out, shall we?
…wow. You guys really need to work on your introductions.
That… that’s pretty much the correct reaction to that.
: You’re only President ’cause your old man died!
: Correct. I’ll let you hear my inauguration speech. …Father tried to control the world with money, and that worked for him. The people believed that Shinra would protect them. Work at Shinra, get your pay. If terrorists attack, the Shinra army will help you. It looked perfect on the outside. But I do things differently. I’ll control the world with fear. It’s too much to do it like my old man. A little fear will control the minds of the common people. There’s no reason to waste good money on them.
This is awfully topical for today’s political landscape…
: Barret! Get Aeris outta the building!
: I’ll explain later! Barret! This is the real crisis for the Planet!
: The hell’s that supposed to mean?
: I’ll explain later! Just take my word for now! I’ll go after I take care of him!
: All right, Cloud!
I… I don’t really know why, but everyone but Cloud starts to book it out of the building.
This is the game taking a moment to warn you that you should equip your current party of Aeris, Barret and Red XIII. Otherwise, you will be one unhappy camper.
TO THE ELEVATORS!!
MUSIC: Those Who Fight
This SEEMS like it should be a boss fight, but it doesn’t get the boss fight music, so I guess the game deems it not so.
The party is up against the Hundred Gunner, which is conveniently in the elevator next to theirs, and not stopping at any other floors. I still think that this fight would take longer than it takes for an elevator to descend 69 floors, but hey, what do I know.
As the Hundred Gunner is in a completely separate elevator, it is considered to be at long range. To this end, Aeris and Red XIII are blasting it with Bolt spells, and while somewhat less effective, Barret is blasting it with his gun arm.
Barret’s single gun seems a little piddly by comparison 😦
After disabling a bunch of guns (but not 100), the Hundred Gunner goes down.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! Once the Hundred Gunner is defeated, the Heli Gunner takes its place.
It’s really just the same old song and dance though, blast it with Lightning until it dies.
And eventually it does die.
From there, we transition back to Cloud and his weird standoff with Rufus.
MUSIC: The Shinra Corporation
: You want the Promised Land and Sephiroth.
: That’s right. Did you know that Sephiroth is an Ancient?
: Whatever, I can’t let either you or Sephiroth have the Promised Land!
: I see. I guess we won’t be allies.
I figured it’s about time I start posting some remixes/remakes of songs that are played a lot. The above is a live instrumentation version played by the Black Mages, a metal band that features the original composer, Nobuo Uematsu on the keyboards. It’s pretty legit.
Cloud takes on Rufus and the Dark Nation (which is a pretty badass name, I must say).
PROTIP: Take down the Dark Nation first. It likes to cast support magic. Here, it’s casting Barrier on Rufus, which halves the damage he takes from physical damage.
This is a great opportunity to try out that new Poison Materia I picked up not that long ago!
In a stunning display of video game logic, Rufus blasting Cloud in the face with a double-barrel sawn-off shotgun does not, in fact, kill him. In that same vein, Rufus firing a double-barrel sawn-off shotgun one handed also doesn’t tear his arm out of his shoulder socket. Look, I know it’s a game, but maybe I’m spoiled by realism these days.
Yet I’m completely unfazed by magic being cast. MAGIC, I TELL YOU.
Damn man, do you even have eyes?
Rufus then grabs onto the bottom of a helicopter one handed, and flies off. That must be one thin bar. And Rufus must be one strong dude. THERE IS SO MUCH WRONG WITH THIS FIGHT, AND THIS ENTIRE RUFUS SITUATION.
Wow, that is one heck of an elevator ride!
*SOUNDS OF GUNFIRE*
: If I was alone, this wouldn’t be a thing, but I gotta reputation to protect.
: You all get out while you can. It’s not you they’re after… it’s me.
: Yeah, well, that ain’t happening. You got caught up in this over Marlene. Now it’s my turn to help you! Okay, playtime’s over, jackasses…
: Thank you, Mr. Barret!
: Who you callin’ Mr. Barret? That don’t sound right!
: Well then… if you are through talking, may I suggest that we think of a way to get out of here.
: Huh? Oh, oh yeah… You’re cold, man. Just like someone else ’round here I know.
: Did you say something?
: Not a thing. So what are we gonna do?
MUSIC: Crazy Motorcycle Chase
Dang, driving up and stairs can NOT be good for tires.
Thus ensues a little minigame where you control Cloud on the motorcycle and have to protect the rest of the party in the truck. There are HP meters for everyone, Cloud included. The more damage they take, the less HP they’ll have in the battle at the end of the road. Oh, by the way, there’s going to be a battle at the end of the road. Are you surprised?
The Red Bikers are the most annoying little shits. They avoid Cloud extremely well and take potshots at the truck. Very hard to hit.
The Yellow Bikers, meanwhile, are extremely straightforward in comparison. They gun it right for the truck, without any concern or any sort of dodging. If you’re lucky, knocking down one bike will cause it to crash into another, causing a chain reaction and making life much easier.
Also, there are Blue Bikers as well. They must have been added at some point. In the Playstation version, there were only Red and Yellow. I’m playing on Steam, so… from what I can tell, the Blue Bikers gun straight for Cloud instead of the truck. It makes them pretty easy to take out though.
So not only do you start the fight with lowered HP, you also start from a back attack.
Luckily, that means that the entire party is technically in the back row, and only take half damage from this attack. The first order of business is to have everyone switch rows.
As is standard for mechanical enemies, blasting them with Lightning is the way to go.
But that means Limit Breaks! Tifa has learned Somersault, and Tifa’s Limit Breaks in particular are great. Each new learned Limit Break just adds an extra attack onto the chain. Beat Rush will always hit, but the further along you get, there are chances for the next attack to miss. Somersault will almost always hit, as there’s only one chance to “miss” it. So her Limit Breaks are cumulative, the best kind of damage dealers. For this reason, Tifa is probably going to be in my main party for the entire game.
MUSIC: On That Day Five Years Ago
: Sephiroth is alive. …I have to settle the score.
: Will that save the Planet?
: It seems so.
: Then I’m going!
: I’ll go too. There are things I need to know.
: About the Ancients?
: …Many things.
: I guess it’s goodbye, Midgar.
: I guess this is the start of our journey…
: You hate traveling?
It’s dangerous. You sure you want to go?: I don’t know. But I don’t have anywhere else to go. So I guess it doesn’t really matter whether I like to travel or not.
: Let’s go!
: We need a leader for our journey. ‘Course that could only be me.
: You think so?
: I think it should be Cloud.
: &$#*…All right. Go Northeast to a town called Kalm. If something happens, we’ll meet up there. ‘Sides, we can’t all be strolling around out there. It’s too dangerous. Let’s split into two parties…