Oh, hey! Welcome back to Save File Plays Final Fantasy VII! Last time we got through Mt. Nibel, one of the most annoying and pointless dungeons in the game. Perhaps THE most annoying and pointless. But it’s done. And I can stop complaining now. When last we left off, we were right outside of the next town… ROCKET TOWN. So let’s see what’s going on there, shall we?
MUSIC: Oppressed People
What’s what now?
Oooooooh. Oh. The rocket. You know, the one that the town is named after? You know, ROCKET TOWN?
Okay, to be fair, this game came out almost 20 years ago. Space exploration has come so far since then (kind of).
Well, true to his word, this guy only sells a new weapon for Vincent.
And as badass as it would be to have Vincent toting around a Shotgun, he is going to be leaving the party very soon, so I don’t bother to grab it. Gold Armlets are also sold here, but I already got more than enough on Mt. Nibel (I got 4 all things told). Besides that, there are also accessories for sale that boost core stats, +10 to each. Not bad, but there are other much better accessories to be found.
This is also, by FAR the most fleshed out town in the game. Each of the houses have kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms… I don’t know why that is, but it’s certainly a thing.
The Inn also has a bar, and we can talk to the Bartender there.
Bartender: Did you meet the Captain already? He’s really the town’s representative, so you should really talk with him.
May as well talk to everyone. I also want to see the houses, since they’re so different from most of the ones seen in the other towns. I guess Kalm was pretty fleshed out as well, actually.
The Item Shop also doubles as the Materia Shop, and there are three new Materia for sale here. Barrier is pretty sweet, it puts up barriers against physical attacks (and later magical attacks) that cuts damage in half. Very handy.
Exit is kind of gimmicky, but I need one of everything, at least. Exit assures escape from a battle if you use it. I think it can also restart battles? I don’t really remember, I never use it.
Time is GREAT. Time Materia means I can cast Haste on the entire party. I can also cast Slow and Stop once it levels, but who cares about those? I can cast HASTE. WOO!
Why is this just sitting in a chest in this guy’s house?
Also, guns, model rockets and cars.
You know, it will probably fly. but I highly doubt that it’s all right to just take it. I mean, it is the ONLY plane we’ve seen yet, and it’s sitting fenced in somebody’s backyard. We should probably at least ask permission.
: No, we’re just looking at it.
Shera: …If you would like to use it, please ask the Captain. The Captain should be in the rocket. I’m Shera. And what are your names?
: I’m Cloud.
: Nanaki, otherwise known as Red XIII
: Vincent. I am… never mind.
I’d just like to say that on a playthrough when I was younger, I named Red XIII Nanaki, so there were silly confusing moments in Cosmo Canyon, and here, like “Nanaki, otherwise known as Nanaki.” TEE FRIGGIN’ HEE.
AW, SNIZZITY SNAP
Let’s go find this Captain.
I think. Also, FAVORITE SONG IN THE GAME. HANDS DOWN:
MUSIC: Cid’s Theme
: Now it’s a Mako company, but in the old days, it was a weapons manufacturer. Well, they came up with a Rocket Engine. There was so much excitement about the thought of going into outer space. Our dreams got bigger and bigger. They put a major budget into it and made prototype after prototype! Finally, they completed Shinra No. 26. The chose the best pilot in Shinra… no, in the world, me. I mean, come on. But because of that dumbass Shera, the launch got messed up. That’s why the became so anal! And so, Shinra nixed their outer space exploration plans. After they told me how the future was Space Exploration and got my damn hopes up… DAMN THEM!
: Money, moola, dinero! My dream was just a financial number for them! Look at this rusted Rocket. I was supposed to be the first man in space with this. Everyday, it tilts a little more. At this rate, I dunno which’ll be first, this thing falling over or me getting out of here.
After that, this is all Cid will say, so we can just leave him here to stew in his own emotions for a bit.
MUSIC: Oppressed People
May as well see what’s going on with Shera, huh?
: We got guests! GET SOME TEA! FUCK!!
Shera: I… I’m sorry.
: Really, don’t mind us.
: Shut up! Sit down in those chairs and drink your goddamn TEA! Arggggggh! DAMN, I’m pissed! Shera! I’ll be in the backyard tuning up the Tiny Bronco! An’ make sure to serve them some tea! All right?!
Damn. I think Barret may have to pass on the mantle of most pissed off character in the game.
You know, it’s amazing to ME that basically everything Vincent says has to do with death, suicide, love, or being miserable. Seriously, the dude is so goth that he shits bats. No wonder so many people love him.
This is a different arrangement of Cid’s Theme, so it might also qualify as my favorite song in the game? I actually might like this version better.
: Even the moon would get tired waiting around for your ass!
Shera: I…I’m sorry.
: Don’t take so much time checkin’ out that damn oxygen tank! Shera, being careful’s good, but no matter how many times you check that oxygen tank, it won’t matter.
: No buts! You’re not stupid, so be more efficient!
Shera: I’m sorry…
Mechanic #2: We are so proud to be a part of the launch of Shinra No. 26
Mechanic #3: Captain, preparations are complete! All that’s left is lift off!
: Yeah! Leave it all to me! I’ll be back in a few!
Mechanic #1: All right, Captain! Fly our dreams into outer space!
: Thanks, guys!
Whoa. This might have been the first reference to praying in an American Final Fantasy game. All the ones before this had been released through Nintendo, and Nintendo of America removed anything even slightly religious from all of their games.
Mechanic: Cid! We have an emergency situation! A mechanic is still in the engine section of the rocket!
: What?! Who is the little shit?!
Mechanic: I don’t know. Activation the intercom in the engine section.
Shera: It’s Shera, Captain. Don’t mind me, go ahead with the launch.
: Shera?! What are you still doing in there?
Shera: I was still concerned. The results of the oxygen tank test weren’t satisfactory.
: You stupid little bitch! It’s gonna get so hot in there that there ain’t gonna be shit left when we blast off! You’re gonna be burnt to a crisp! You’re gonna die! You know that, don’t you?!
Shera: If I can just fix this, the launch will be a success. I’m almost done.
: Hey, wait a minute! Shera’s still in there!
Mechanic: What are you going to do, Cid? If we cancel now, it’ll be another six months until the next launch!
: GODDAMMIT, Shera… you want to make me a murderer?
Shera: Tank Number 7 check is complete. Once I complete Tank Number 8, it’s all clear.
Mechanic: 30 seconds until ignition. Beginning countdown.
MUSIC: Oppressed People
Shera: After that, the Space Program was cut back and the launch was canceled. It’s my fault his dream was destroyed… That’s why it’s all right. I don’t care what the Captain says, I’ll live my life for him.
: Well, if it ain’t fat man Palmer. How long were you figurin’ on keeping me waiting? So? When’s the Space Program gonna start up again?
Palmer: Hey-hey! I don’t know. The President’s outside, so why don’t you ask him?
: Shit! Good for nothing, fat bastard!
Palmer: Don’t say fat! Hey-hey! Tea! Can I have some too? With lotsa sugar and honey and… oh yeah, don’t forget the lard!
Anyways, let’s go have a look see what Cid and Rufus are talking about! I’m sure that the conversation is going swimmingly!
: Then what’d you come here for?
: I want to borrow the Tiny Bronco. We’re going after Sephiroth, but it seems like we’ve been going in the wrong direction. But now, we think we know where he’s headed. But we have to cross the ocean. That’s why we want your plane.
: Fucker! First the Airship, then the Rocket, and now, the Tiny Bronco. Shinra took away outer space from me and now you want to take the sky away from me too?!
: Oh my… you seem to forget ut was because of Shinra Inc. that you were able to fly in the first place.
Shera: This way…
Shera: I believe Palmer’s going to take it. Why don’t you talk to him?
Oh, hell NO, he isn’t.
MUSIC: Those Who Fight Further
His only attack is the Mako Gun.
MUSIC: Stealing the Tiny Bronco
MUSIC: Main Theme of FFVII
: Can’t we just use it as a boat?
: Shit! Do whatever you want!
: Cid, what will you do now?
: I dunno. I’m history with the Shinra, and I’ve given up on that town.
: How about your wife, Shera?
: Wife? Don’t make me laugh! Just thinkin’ bout marrying her gives me the chills.
Goddamn, I KNOW if there were better graphics, he would be doing the stereotypical emo hair flip here. If it doesn’t happen in the remake, I will be so upset.
: Yeah. Anyone stupid enough to go up against the Shinra nowadays has GOTTA be a numbskull! I like it! So, where we headed? Rufus was goin’ after Sephiroth to the Temple of the Ancients.
: Really?! …Where is it? That Temple of the Ancients?
: Dunno. That nyumbskull kid was tellin’ me he was headin’ “the wrong direction…” so maybe it’s off this way?
: Let’s just head for land and get some information. Temple of the Ancients… that name bothers me.
Hey! So we have the Tiny Bronco now. It works as a boat, but only in shallow water. It can also travel through rivers. You can only dismount at beaches.
We can also reach this continent to the West that was previously inaccessible. While we’re supposed to go find out where/what the Temple of the Ancients is, we’re gonna explore this continent next time!
NEXT LOADUP ON SAVE FILE: The Western Continent!