Welcome back to Save File Plays Final Fantasy VII! Last time, we traversed Mt. Corel, and made it to what used to be North Corel. Apparently, there’s going to be some backstory here, because we left off the last episode with a bit of the dramaz. Let’s see what all that is about, shall we?


MUSIC: Mining Town

Barret: …sorry.
Cloud: What happened?
Barret: My hometown used to be around here.
Red: What do you mean ‘used to?’
Barret: It ain’t here no more. Heard it got buried… in just 4 years.
Aeris: But how could those people say those terrible things?
Barret: An’ it’s my fault. ALL my fault.

Barret: “It may be duty and poor, but it’s calm… It’s a real small town. That’s the first time I ever heard ‘Mako Reactor’ mentioned since then…”

Dyne: I am definitely against it, no matter what. There’s nothing to talk about if you’re thinking of throwing away our coal! The coal’s been ours for generations. Our fathers, and theirs before them, risked their lives for it. We have no right to throw it all away so easily!


Scarlet: It’ll be all right, Dyne. Shinra Inc. will guarantee your livelihood once the Mako Reactor is complete.

Oh yeah, we know that Scarlet is totally trustworthy, right? RIGHT?!

Dyne: I know how you feel! I feel the same way too, dammit! But even so, I won’t give away our coal mines!
Village Headman: Dyne… you’ve got to understand.

Barret: “We all thought it would bring us an easier life.”

MUSIC: The Shinra Corporation


Barret: “Corel was burned down by the Shinra troops. All the townspeople… All my relative…. everyone… everything…”

MUSIC: Mining Town

Barret: There was an explosion at the reactor. Shinra blamed the accident on the people. Said it was done by a rebel faction.
Tifa: That’s so terrible!
Barret: Well, I guess that’s true. But more than Shinra, I can’t forgive myself. Never should’ve gone along with the building of the reactor…
Tifa: Don’t blame yourself. We were all fooled by the promises Shinra made back then.

Barret: Not only did they take advantage of me… But I lost my wife, Myrna, too…
Attendant: Hey, everyone! If you want to go to the Gold Saucer, hurry and get on!
Cloud: Let’s get on.

Tifa: I never knew. Barret never said a thing…
Aeris Red: …
Yuffie: I’m not sympathizing with Barret! He never should have trusted Shinra Inc.!

DAMN, Yuffie, that’s some cold-hearted shit right there.

Those ropes look awfully fragile…

MUSIC: The Gold Saucer

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Welcome to the Gold Saucer! Today, we’ll only be having a quick visit, but I will be returning here an awful lot later in the game.


Eventually, I’ll want to purchase the lifetime pass, but I can barely afford the single pass at the moment.

Attendant: If you leave the Gold Saucer, your tickets become invalid. Here at the Gold Saucer, there are many places where you must pay with GP. Just think of GP as money that you can only use at the Gold Saucer. GP can only be redeemed at the games in the Wonder Square and at the Chocobo Races. your GP limit is 10,000, so please be careful. Please enjoy yourselves.

GP is a nod to the older Final Fantasy games, as GP (Gold Pieces) were the currency before they started to use Gil.

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Aeris: I know this isn’t the right time to do this. Hey, Barret, cheer up!
Barret: …I ain’t in a cheery mood. So jus’ leave me alone.
Aeris: Really? That’s too bad!

Tifa: (Wasn’t that a little harsh, Aeris?!)
Aeris: (Just act normal when this happens)
Tifa: (You think so?)
Aeris: Of course!! We’re gonna go play…

Barret: Don’t forget we’re after Sephiroth!

Barret takes off to the Wonder Square, alone.

Tifa: He’ll be fine. He seems to be doing a little better now.

We now have the option to choose a party member to take with us to explore the Gold Saucer. Only one, though.

I know Yuffie has been in the party for awhile, but there’s a reason behind it, I swear. And I will be switching it up more eventually. Also, I just really like Yuffie, okay?

Welp, we’d better go find Barret before he gets into trouble.

MUSIC: Cait Sith’s Theme

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Cait Sith: Oh, but don’t hold it against me if it doesn’t come true! Oh, so sorry! I’m a fortune telling machine. The name’s Cait Sith!
Cloud: You can only read the future?
Cait Sith: You kidding? I can find missing things, missing people, anything!
Cloud: Then can you tell me where a man named Sephiroth is?
Cait Sith: Sephiroth, right? Okay, here goes!

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Cloud: “Give into the good will of others, and something big will happen after summer…” wait… hold on…
Cait Sith: Huh? Let me try again.
Cloud: “Be careful of forgetfulness. Your lucky color is… blue?” …Forget it.
Cait Sith: Wait, wait, give me another chance!

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Yuffie: What is it? Tell us!
Cloud: “What you pursue will be yours. But you will lose something dear.”
Cait Sith: I don’t know if that’s good OR bad… This is the first time I’ve ever gotten something like THIS. Then shall we?
Yuffie: Huh?
Cait Sith: Being a fortune teller, this is gonna bug me. If I don’t see how it turns out, I’ll never be able to relax. So, I’m going with you!
Yuffie: He’s weird! Cloud, don’t let him come!
Cait Sith: I’m comin’ with you not matter WHAT you say!

And then he forces himself into the pocket dimension in Cloud’s breast pocket where the other party members reside when they’re not on screen. Well, we have a new teammate, Cait Sith! He’s not that great, and I’ll rarely use him. I guess there’s a way to break the game using his Limit Breaks, but I don’t do that kind of stuff.

Well, let’s check out the Speed Square next!

Cloud: Boy…?
Dio: How is it? You having fun? Mmm, so, you ARE having fun. Well, good, good for you, boy.
Cloud: My name’s Cloud. And stop calling me boy.

Dio: Just call me Dio.

Damn, I’d call him Holy Diver if he’d let me.

Dio: By the way, boy, do you know what a “Black Materia” is?
Cloud: What is it?
Dio: Ha ha ha… that, I say, that’s a good one, boy! But it’s not good to lie. You can’t fool me.
Cloud: Why’d you ask me?
Dio: Well, awhile back, a boy your age came in and asked me if I had “Black Materia.” I thought you might know who he was, seein’ as hour you’re both about the same age.

Dio: Why yes, yes indeed. And a tattoo on his hand that said “1.”
Cloud: Where did he go?!
Dio: Ha ha ha, I have no idea. Well, then. I say, stop by the Battle Arena if you like, boy. You’ll probably like it. Many of my collections are on display there. Ha ha ha.

And then he goes off to ride the tiger. You can see his stripes, but you know he’s clean. …don’t you see what I mean?


Anyways, let’s go check out the Battle Arena like he suggested!

Ah, crap.

MUSIC: Anxious Heart

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Yuffie: Wh… why?


Damn, that doesn’t look too good.

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Clerk: Ugh…ugh… a man with a gun… on his arm.

Oh, shit.

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Cloud: N…no, it wasn’t us!
Dio: I must have been wrong…
Cait Sith: Hurry and run, it’s gonna get ugly.

Wait, what?!


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Cloud: Wait, listen to…
Cait Sith: Cloud…

Ah, crap.

Guard: Yes.
Cloud: Hey! Pay attention!!
Dio: I don’t need to hear it! Pay for your crime down below! Do it!


NEXT TIME: Prison Blues

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