Diamonds and Guns – FFVII Ep. 43

Welcome back to Save File Plays Final Fantasy VII! Last time, we had an episode that was full of basically all words and no action. On the other hand, at least we know it’s possible to still save the world and the party’s actions aren’t completely in vain! So that, uh… that’s a thing. We also know that Shinra has relocated the Junon Cannon to Midgar because they’re INSANE.

…actually, that’s pretty cool.

Anyways, let’s go kill Sephiroth, am I right??


Trying to get back onto the Highwind, we’re instead treated to a FRIGGIN’ EARTHQUAKE.

MUSIC: Weapon Raid


: DADDY’S HOME!!

Apparently Diamond Weapon can walk on water. That’s pretty cool. Considering it just rose up out of the ocean.


Technician: It’s a strange signal!
: From where?
Technician: It’s coming from this… person (?)


: Hey!


GOOD GOD, HE’S DISCOVERED INSTAGRAM FILTERS.


: This ain’t good… Weapon came out of the sea and is heading straight for Midgar.
: The new weapon should stop him, right?
: I don’t know if it’s ready or not yet…
: Hey! What’s gonna happen to Marlene?!
: Doncha worry none. Marlene’s in a safe place. She’s with Aeris’s mama.



: As long as Marlene is safe, who cares what else happens, right? I’ve been itchin’ to say this to you for a while now! When you blew up the Sector 1 reacort, how many do you think died?

Oh…

Oh, shit.

We’re finally getting called out for basically being terrorists. Look, say what you want. we’re doing it for the good of the planet, etc., we still killed a shit ton of people. And that is not the right way to do things.


: A few? Whaddya mean ‘a few’? What may be a few to you is everything to those who died… Protect the Planet. Hah! That sure sounds good. And no one will go against you. So you think you can do whatever you want, right?

He’s not wrong. This is where this type of stuff is hard to defend. Sure, we’re battling the corporation that’s, quite honestly, destroying the planet. I would argue that that is inherently ‘good’. But at the same time, we’re killing people to do so, and cutting off things that are making it possible for people to live. So… this stuff is hard. Again, this is all still extremely topical, perhaps even moreso, 20 years later.

BUT HEY, YOU DIDN’T COME HERE FOR POLITICS (I hope).


: Can’t do anything about that…
: Stop it!
: Cait Sith… Barret, he knows what he did. What we did in Midgar can’t be forgotten, no matter what the reason.


: I know you. You can’t quite the company because you’re worried about the people in Midgar, right? …Cloud?
: Okay! Let’s go! We’ll beat Weapon ourselves!
: Hey Cloud… You think we can win against that monster? We got a chance of winnin’, right?
: How would I know? But that’s no reason for us to just let him go! We’re goin’ to Midgar to fight Weapon! Come on, let’s move!

YES. But first, let’s see what everyone has to say!


: He’s flying right now, so you can’t get him. Were you going to force me into the submarine right now? Quit it! If you want to go, then just leave me behind. …oooooooh. What’re you talking about? I…

…I think Yuffie might be losing her mind.


: I know you can’t forgive the Shinra, but the people in Midgar haven’t done any wrong!

That’s right!


: Even Midgar’s in trouble now.


: You just can’t bring yourself to leave Midgar, can you?


: I hated the fact that I was caught by Hojo and taken back to the lab where they did all kinds of experiments on me. But because of that I was able to meet you all… People you want to meet… others you don’t… strange, isn’t it?
: …it seems we still can’t get near to Sephiroth.

…shut up, Vincent.


: I remember how relieved I was when I heard it never blew up.

All right, let’s kick this Weapon’s ass!


It’s possible to ram into Diamond Weapon using the Highwind, but you get blasted back, and Cid yells at you.


: COME AT ME, BRO!!!!

MUSIC: Those Who Fight Further (LIVE)

This fight deserves the badass Black Mages version.


This, uh… this seems a little mismatched, perhaps?


Naw, I’m just playin’, I’m totally gonna wreckerino this thing in its pepperoni.


Er… yeah, so physical attacks don’t work against it. That kind of sucks.


This is a unique weapon for Yuffie. Of course, we already have the Conformer, but still. Still cool to have!


Now, typically, what SHOULD happen, is that Diamond Weapon begins a countdown from 5, and then when the countdown finished, it uses its ‘Diamond Flash’ attack, which reduces the party’s HP down to 7/8. For some reason, that… that never happened here.


I just kept blasting it with magic instead.


…and the it died. Welp.


: NOT COOL, YOU GUYS.


: WAIT… WHAT WAS I DOING AGAIN?


HOT DAMN, THAT EXP AND AP. This battle leveled everyone up, and was enough AP to actually level up and MASTER some of my Materia!


: OKAY, SEE YOU LATER, GUYS.


: WHAT’S THAT OVER THERE?


: No, it’s… feeling something. Yeah, it senses murder.

…what. How would you know that. What does that even feel like.


All righty then.


Cool guys don’t run. They walk.


: Something big… I’m talkin’ REALLY BIG is coming!
: Yeah, I was on my way, but then you CALLED me to TELL ME TO LEAVE.


: Kya ha ha! Anytime is fine.

MUSIC: Shinra Explodes

Dang, what a name for a track.


The lids literally blow off of all 8 Mako reactors in Midgar


And the cannon sucks in a large amount of Mako from all of them.



It charges up its shot…


and BLAMMO!!!


The recoil is so powerful that several parts of its structure as well as the glass in the Shinra building break and fall down.


The Mako shell continues on its way.


: I’MMA CHARGIN’ MY LASERS…


: I’M FIRIN’ MY LASERS!!


: Midgar!
: Marlene!!


“Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing,
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.”
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


: DUDE, I LOVE LONGFELLOW!


Everyone on the Highwind: GTFO, MAN!!!


: OUGH!!!


: NOT COOL, MAN… NOT COOL…


: …BLERGGggghhhhh….

RIP in pieces, Diamond Weapon. We hardly knew ye.

Also, it’s totally just lying in the middle of nothing. I really wish that its corpse was just lying on the world map for the rest of the game. That would be amazingly morbid.


: It went right through Weapon…
: I see! They’re after Sephiroth! The crater on the Northern boundary!


Huh… it actually worked. The barrier dissipates after being hit with the Mako shell.


Operator: The barrier has disappeared! …Sir! A mass of high density energy is heading towards Midgar!


OHGODOHGODOHGODOHGODOHGOD


Oh, shit. RIP, Rufus.

Nah, he lives through this, but we didn’t know that when the game came out. It was canon that he died here, until Advent Children came out, whenever that was. Regardless, we won’t see Rufus again for the rest of the game.

MUSIC: Highwind Takes to the Skies


: Northern Cave… Let’s go see what happened to it.

But before that… let’s see what everyone has got to say!


: Tell him Yuffie says if he pilots the plane smoothly, I’ll give him my autograph…


: And now, we’re up against Sephiroth. How about that? Feels like a long time ago.


: I wonder what the inside of that cave looks like? You think Sephiroth is just sitting there waiting for Meteor?


: Am I on the verge of committing another sin? Or am I atoning as best I can for only standing by?

…shut up, Vincent.


: I’m frightened, but I’ll do my best. Let’s hurry to the Northern Cave!


I have no idea what Cid is talking about (yes I do, but I’m trying to build anticipation), but we’ll find out soon(-ish)!!

NEXT TIME: Perhaps the coolest sequence in the game? QUITE POSSIBLY. But one of my favorite parts for sure!!

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