Welcome back to Save File plays Final Fantasy VII! Last time, we managed top learn some of Barret’s backstory, and we also made it to the Gold Saucer,which was like a Rainbow in the Dark after the sad story. Unfortunately, it seems as though the party is being blamed for a crime that they didn’t commit. So how did that end up?
…not so good.
MUSIC: The Sandy Badlands
Well, at least everyone made it, I guess.
: Where are we?
: A desert prison… Corel Prison…
: A desert prison?
: Yup, a natural prison in the middle of the desert… surrounded entirely by quicksand. I heard that once you get in, you never get out… But, there was one special exception…
: Did you…
: Stay back! This’s something I gotta deal with. Just’ leave me alone…
: Whew! That’s one of your friends? He sure looks dangerous…
: Hey, Cloud! Just leave him alone! I mean, he told us to, didn’t he? Then that’s that, right?
Welp, let’s figure out what the heck is going on around here.
Here we get into a battle with a new enemy, the 2-Faced. They’re kind of interesting. After hitting them once, if you don’t kill them, they have a chance of doing 2 different things.
So it’s taken me almost 20 years of playing to notice this: HOLY SHIT, THIS IS THE SAME HOUSE THAT BARRET’S FLASHBACK TAKES PLACE IN. That means a couple things. First off, Barret said that his hometown was buried in under 4 years. That means that the Gold Saucer has only been around for probably 2 years or so. That ALSO means that the Gold Saucer is built on the burnt remains of North Corel. What a dick move! I thought Dio was cool, but it seems like he’s just an asshole.
: We saw you and hurried here. Barret, just tell us what’s going on.
: You guys…
: I heard that the murders at the Battle Arena were done by a man with a gun arm… was that you?
: There’s another… another man that got a gun grafted into one of his arms. It was four years ago…
MUSIC: Mining Town
I DO like that they’re using locations we’ve seen before. It gives a nice sense of context.
I like how the soldiers are clearly shooting guns, but they didn’t render a gun onto Scarlet’s model. So even though I know she’s shooting, I like to pretend that she’s aiming a finger gun and making shooting sounds.
Scarlet: PEW PEW!
MUSIC: The Sandy Badlands
: …I was depressed for awhile. But then I threw away my artificial arm and got this gun grafted in. Got a new right arm to get revenge on the Shinra, who took everything away. Back then, I heard the doc say there was another man who got the same operation as me. But his was the left arm.
: But… Dyne’s injury was the same as yours, right?
: Yeah, that’s right. He was deceived by the Shinra too. He’ll probably join us to fight against the Shinra.
: …Wouldn’t bet on it. I gotta apologize to Dyne before I can rest in peace. An’ that’s why I gotta go alone.
: Well, I can’t let you do it. We need your help to save the Planet.
: Barret, this isn’t the end.
: Weren’t you going to save the Planet?
: Shit! Tifa, you oughtta know by now.
: That’s all right. I’m not so different from you.
: That’s easier to understand. It’s you, Barret.
: There it is, Barret. So I guess it’ll be me, Barret, and…
We now have to embark on the search for Dyne.
Conveniently, this guard is now dead, and the fence is open. You know, in case you weren’t sure where you were supposed to go?
From this screen, it is completely possible to go out into the desert and get stuck roaming around. If that happens, eventually a Chocobo carriage will show up and bring you back to the prison.
Dyne: Now that’s a voice I haven’t heard in years… A voice I’ll never forget.
: I always hoped I’d see you again someday… I knew you were alive somewhere… we had the same operation. Listen Dyne, I want to…
Dyne: It’s Eleanor’s voice. Begging me… not to hate your rotten guts. That’s why I never hunted you down…
: I know I was stupid. I’m not asking you to forgive me. But what’re you doin’ in a place like this? Why ya wanna kill people who ain’t even involved? Why?
Dyne: Why the hell do you care?! You think the dead understand why’s? Is hearin’ Shinra’s excuses gonna make people in Corel understand anything? I don’t CARE about reasons! All they give us is artillery and stupid excuses… What’s left is a world of despair and emptiness.
Dyne: ‘Cause I want to destroy everything. The people in this city. This city itself. The whole world! I got nothing left in this world. Corel, Eleanor… Marlene…
: Dyne, Marlene… Marlene’s still alive. I went back into town. I thought for sure she was gone. I wandered around town for awhile. That’s when I found her… found Marlene.
Dyne: So… she’s still alive? All right, Barret. Then I guess you and me gotta fight.
Dyne: Eleanor’s all by herself. I gotta take Marlene to her.
: Dyne… are you crazy?!
Dyne: Marlene wants to see her mom, don’t she?
: Stop, Dyne! I can’t die yet!
Dyne: Oh yeah? Well, my life’s been over ever since then.
: Stop it! I don’t wanna fight you!
MUSIC: Those Who Fight Further
Time for a one-on-one fight between Dyne and Barret! Childhood friends turned (apprently?) bitter enemies! WHO WILL COME OUT ON TOP?! If you don’t know the answer to this question, please close your browser window!
HEAVEN OR HELL?! LET’S ROCK!!
It’s very much a back and forth fight.
Dyne has only 3 attacks: Needle Gun, S-Mine, and Molotov Cocktail. They all cause around 150 damage each, but you need to be careful, because he can occasionally attack twice in a row. I suggest keeping your HP above 450 at all times to stay safe.
It occurs to me that some of my Materia leveled, and using that is probably more powerful than physical attacks at this point. It is, but not by a large amount. Also, at 22 MP a pop for Level 2 spells, it might not even be worth it.
Dyne: I lost something irreplaceable. I don’t know where it went wrong.
: Dyne… I don’t know either, man. Is this the only way… we can resolve this?
Dyne: I told you, I… I want to destroy everything. Everything… This crazy world… even me…
: And what about Marlene? What’s gonna happen to her?!
Dyne: Think about it, Barret. How old was Marlene back then? Even if I did go see her… she wouldn’t even know me. And what’s more, Barret… my hands are too stained to carry her any more.
MUSIC: The Sandy Badlands
: I want to go up.
Mr. Coates: Like I told you before, you gotta get the boss’s permission, then win the Chocobo…
: Dyne’s got his reasons, and can’t speak. So, I got this instead. *flashes pendant*
Mr. Coates: Yeah, Bull–!!
: I want to go up.
Mr. Coates: R-right… Did you kill Dyne? You must have. Or you’d never be holding that thing. …so Dyne’s dead. Maybe now, this place’ll calm down a little. Dyne didn’t care who anyone was…
Oooo, yeah, that’s probably not the right comment to make offhand.
Mr. Coates: R…ight! I mean, no, I DON’T know anything. S…sorry.
: Then will you get us outta here?
Mr. Coates: Huh? Oh, no, you guys are mistaken. I already told you, there’s only one way to get outta here. That’s to win the Chocobo Race, and that’s held up there, in the Gold Saucer. And only one racer can go up at a time.
: Say what?!
Mr Coates: Nooo! Really, even if you threaten me! A rule’s a rule, I can’t change it! If I do, the whole system down here will get messed up! And I can’t do that! Okay, okay, I’ll let one go up there. After that, he’s gotta deal with Dio.
Well, I guess that we’re not… THE LAST IN LINE! Ha. Ha. Don’t worry, once I’m out of the Gold Saucer, the Dio jokes will stop.
: Cloud, you go. We’ll wait down here. Hurry up and win that Chocobo Race, and get us outta here!
: Well, Cloud, go get ’em!
Mr. Coates: Have you decided? All you need now is a Manager to register and get a Chocobo.
Mr. Coates: Well, I have nothing against it… This is Ester. She may look kinda funny, but there’s no better manager in the races.
Ester: That’s so rude… Yeah, well, nice to meet you, Cloud.
Mr. Coates: All right then, Cloud. I’ll send you up the elevator. Ester will fill you in on the details.
Ester: Oh yeah, getting back tot he other thing, there are many different types of Chocobo jockeys. It’s not only for criminals. Some people compete for the fame, some people compete for the money, some only for glory… And then there are people like you. Oh yeah, I’ll teach you how to ride a chocobo.
NOT NECESSARY!! I know how to do it!
MUSIC: Fiddle de Chocobo
Joe: Hey, Ester. You’re looking pretty, as usual.
Ester: Thanks. Cloud, let me introduce you. This is Joe, one of the top Chocobo jockeys.
Joe: Nice to meet you, Cloud. If you’re with Ester, then…
Ester: Right! He’s an up and coming Jockey! He’d only been down there a day and already he made it up here!
Joe: What?! Oh, I see… So why did you get put down? Sorry… we’re not supposed to ask about the past here. Pretty interesting… I have a feeling that we’ll meet again.
Eventually, I guess I’ll have to show off all of this Summon Materia. But I’ll bet that someone else has already made a montage of it… we’ll see.
Ester: This is a Chocobo I prepared myself. He should do well. Then, good luck.
Chocobo Racing isn’t too tough. You can’t really do much, to be honest.
Ester: Oh yeah, the owner told me to give this letter to you if you won.
: I heard about Dyne from Ester. Now that you won, I’m granting you and your friends a full pardon, and setting you free. And by way of apology, I have a little gift for you to use on your journey. Sorry I couldn’t be there to tell you this in person, but I’m a very busy man. Sincerely, ~Dio
: A gift?
: P.S. I recently met Sephiroth. I’ll be he’s pretty popular with boys your age. Why don’t you get his autograph? He was heading toward Gongaga, south of the river.
Ester: I guess this is goodbye. Well, if you ever get your own Chocobo, come back again. I’ll take care of your registration and everything. I’ll see you again.
Yeah… we will be seeing a LOT of Ester, but not until much later in the game.
But for now…
Well, that was a doozy of an episode. But we got some closure. Next time, we’ll continue our pursuit of Sephiroth! Thanks for reading!