Welcome back to Save File Plays Final Fantasy VII. I’m happy to see you! Last time, we made it to Rocket Town and recruited the last party member, and my personal favorite, Cid Highwind. We also kind of stole his plane, but he came with us, so it wasn’t really stealing, I guess? Besides, it got shot, and now it’s more of a boat than a plane. Still quite useful though. We left off on the westernmost Continent on the planet, which we have yet to explore. So… I’m going to explore it! LET’S EXPLORE!
I also switched up my party to the manliest party possible, with Cid and Barret.
Anyways, what’s all this then?
Oh damn, Barret, that is cold.
MUSIC: Hurry Faster!!
OH, COME ON. Remember when they were discussing there being a spy in the party?!
: Yuffie, so you’re…
: I didn’t know! I had nothing to do with this one!
: Whaddaya mean “this one?!” THIS ONE?! So you WERE plannin’ something!
: No! Umm… uh…
Shinra Soldier #1: What should we do?!
Shinra Soldier #2: Uh… get them! Grab them and ask questions later!
So this is fun. You can only attack (and use Limit Breaks) or use items in this fight for some reason.
Luckily, these guys aren’t all too tough.
They do have an annoying attack that can Blind and Sleep your characters though. I hope you have some Eye Drops handy!
Smoking is bad for you, Cid.
MUSIC: Stolen Materia
: I knew something was missing. All my Materia is gone!
: ‘Ey… where the hell’s that damn kid??
: …That &*&$ kid!!! Grrrrgh!! Arrrrrgh Uhhhhhhhhh! She was after our Materia from the start!! She went North! When I get my hands on her, I’ll get my Materia back! Come on! We’re going after her!
At this point, I should mention that what I’m doing right now is completely optional. It will also only trigger if you’ve recruited Yuffie. But if you try to explore the Western Continent at any time, this will happen. I’m sure you can just leave, buy new Materia, and forget about Yuffie, but where the hell is the closure in that? THAT’S A DEFEATIST ATTITUDE, AND SCREW THAT. I’m getting my damn Materia back!
(You can also wait to do this, as it can be pretty tough at this point in the game)
This enemy setup is fairly normal, and it’s also pretty dangerous.
All of these enemies have attacks that can hit the entire party. The birds can cast lightning that hits for ~350 damage, and the bugs can cast Toxic Powder that hits for around ~250. If you’re extremely unlucky and that all happens one after another, your party can be wiped out before you can even do anything. And without a Cure-All Materia combo, you can’t heal the entire party at once, and have to count on single heal items.
Also, X-Potions will become your best friends.
Luckily, the Bug enemies seem to drop them at a very high frequency, as long as you live through the battles.
Being loaded up on Tents is also a good idea. You can use them anywhere on the world map, and they’re a full heal for the entire party. Sure, you don’t need the MP refilled, but… still very handy to have.
Ah, I see a town off in the distance!
Let’s check it out!
Erghhhhh… temptation to shop… too much!
Guy: What’s that here? Ah, no… that’s, uh… that’s a sample! Yeah, that’s it… a sample. Sorry, but why don’t you all come back later?
Oh, yeah, this isn’t suspicious or anything. All those sweet weapons hanging ALL OVER the place, and we can’t get any. This blows.
Time to go drown our sorrows at Turtle’s Paradise… no Materia, no new weapons…
MUSIC: Turks’ Theme
OH, COME ON. Today sucks.
: What are we doing way out here in the middle of nowhere?
: We’re taking a vacation and resting up from our work.
: Now our vacation is ruined.
: Even the booze tastes bad now.
So… no conflict? Sweet! I’ll take it!
: Being a Turk’s been hard at times, but all in all, I’m glad I did it. After all, I got to meet a bunch of wing nuts like you.
: Hmm, you’re lucky all right. Now get out of my sight! The next time we meet, I won’t be so nice.
: To Reno! To the Turks! Cheers!
Well, that was actually kind of nice. Still, we need to find Yuffie!
Is she maybe in the item shop?
Oh, yay, a Materia!
Villager: He used to be quite strong, but now all he does is sleep. That’s just how she is. Sometimes she’ll just bust into people’s houses. Other times she’ll hide in the shadows just like a little kid.
There’s no Inn in Wutai, but you can rest for free in this house.
Similarly on the other side, there’s one that has a weapon for Red XIII. This weapon is interesting in that it’s automatically long range, the only long range weapon for Red XIII in the game. It also has no Materia slots. Might be handy though.
Is… is that supposed to be snoring? It makes it seem more like he has a speech impediment.
Godo: Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of Shinra soldiers around here… You wouldn’t know anything about that, would you? I don’t care about who you are. But if you’re in trouble with the Shinra, I’m going to have to ask you to leave. I don’t want the Shinra around here looking over my shoulder.
: You scared of the Shinra? Then why don’t you bow down and obey them like all of the other towns? Those guys are the ones who are really fighting the Shinra!
Godo: Shut up! What would you know about this?!
: You got beat once, so that’s it? What happened to the mighty Wutai I used to know?
Godo: No kid like you is going to talk to me like that! You keep acting like that! You ought to be ashamed of yourself!
: That’s my style! And it’s my business, not yours! Don’t try and dictate what I should do!
Well, it seems as though we’ve stumbled into a little family drama, haven’t we?
All things considered though, we’re still just trying to get our damn Materia back from Yuffie.
I guess she’s not in here anymore.
Villager: The Five Gods are Power, Speed, Magic, War, and Omni. Omni has the best of the others. For generations, we in Wutai have worshiped Da-chao the Water God. Legend has it that the village has been protected by Da-chao the Water God, and the Five Mighty Gods. But in the last battle, we didn’t fare so well… I guess our beliefs were only based on legend.
At this point, you have to just kind of wander around until you find Yuffie. Some of the villagers will give you clues though, and tell you if they’ve seen her recently or not.
Villager: No, these aren’t like the one from a while ago, but these ones look weird too!
AW, COME ON!
It’s very hard to capture in screenshots, but that suspiciously rendered clay pot outside of the bar shakes every once in awhile.
And she’s got nowhere to go.
The party strolls off…
MUSIC: Turks’ Theme
Shinra Soldier: We’ve finally found him! Get the Turks here for backup!
: …what a drag.
Shinra Soldier: W-w-what was that?
: We’re off duty now, and can’t save your butts.
Shinra Soldier: We know you’re off duty, but…
: If you knew, then don’t bother us! Lookin’ at you is making me sober.
Shinra Soldier: But you all have orders from headquarters to look for him too!
MUSIC: Anxious Heart
: Before I was born, Wutai was a lot more crowded and more impressive. You see what it looks like now, right? Just a tourist trap… After the war, we got peace, but we lost something else. Now look at Wutai…
Jeez, that’s cold.
MUSIC: Stolen Materia
NEXT LOAD UP ON SAVE FILE: We end this goddamn farce of a Scooby Doo episode.