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??
MUSIC: Weapon Raid
Apparently Diamond Weapon can walk on water. That’s pretty cool. Considering it just rose up out of the ocean.
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.
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).
: 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!
…I think Yuffie might be losing her mind.
: 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.
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.
This fight deserves the badass Black Mages version.
This, uh… this seems a little mismatched, perhaps?
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.
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!
…what. How would you know that. What does that even feel like.
All righty then.
Cool guys don’t run. They walk.
MUSIC: Shinra Explodes
Dang, what a name for a track.
The Mako shell continues on its way.
“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
Everyone on the Highwind: GTFO, MAN!!!
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.
Operator: The barrier has disappeared! …Sir! A mass of high density energy is heading towards Midgar!
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
But before that… let’s see what everyone has got to say!
…shut up, Vincent.
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!!