FFVII Ep. 21 – Gongagagagaga

Gongagagagagagagagagaga – FFVII Ep. 21

Oh, hey. Welcome back to Save File plays Final Fantasy VII. Last time, we managed to clear up some long-brewing drama, and escape our wrongful imprisonment at the Gold Saucer. We also got a tip that Sephiroth was headed for the town of Gongaga, so I guess that’s where we’re going to head to next. LET’S HOP TO IT.

MUSIC: World Map (piano version)

At this point, I’ll start posting some cool remixes or covers of the tracks we’ve heard a lot already.

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Check out our badass dune buggy.

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We wouldn’t be able to get here without the buggy. The lighter water there is able to be crossed now though. It’s the game’s way of gating us, I guess. Actually, I don’t guess, that’s just a fact.

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That… that’s a town? That doesn’t look to healthy. It looks like an anime hairstyle though.

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…buh?

MUSIC: Turks’ Theme

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: What are you getting so embarrassed about? Come on. Who do you like?
: …Tifa.
: Hmm… That’s a tough one. But, poor Elena. She… you…
: No, she likes Tseng.
: I never knew that! But Tseng likes that Ancient…

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: They always talk about who they like or don’t like. But Tseng is different.

Suddenly, Elena realizes who she’s talking to.

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: Hmm… then it’s time. Rude, don’t go easy on them, not even the girls.
: Don’t worry, I’ll do my job.
: Then we’re counting on you. I’ll report to Tseng!

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Elena then runs off, presumably to report to Tseng.

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: Payback for what you did in Sector 7.
: Our of our way.
: I don’t like being taken for a fool.
: That’s as far as you go.

MUSIC: Those Who Fight Further

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SWISH

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All right, it’s time for AVALANCHE vs. the Turks! (Aeris is technically party of AVALANCHE, right?)

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Reno beats on people with his rod, and Rude bashes people with his fists. Pretty straightforward. I mean, we cut people with our swords, shoot them with bullets, and bash them with rods as well.

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Like so.

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Reno occasionally also throws Fireballs at people with his Turk Light ability.

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And Rude can cast Fire, which does a little bit more damage than his regular attack.

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Meanwhile, I’ve got Barret over here, who is launching Grenades out of his gun arm.

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To highly satisfactory results.

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And then I remembered that Aeris is way better at casting magic than she is bashing people with her rod. With Level 2 magic, she can really put the hurt on very quickly.

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Gotta make sure to keep everyone healthy!

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Oh yeah, it looks like Rude can also cast Cure magic… good gravy, what the hell is wrong with his lower back/ass?! That does NOT look natural!

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Aeris’ Healing Wind Limit Break is still just as good as a casting of Cure on the entire party. Still even better, actually. Its effectiveness will drop as the game goes on though.

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: We’re still victorious!

Mmm, I don’t know about that, pal.

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Rude checks his watch and realizes he’s late for his 2:30 manicure appointment, and also sidles offscreen.

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Hooray, we won!

MUSIC: Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII

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: They followed us… But there weren’t any signs of it. Then, that means…
: A spy, maybe? No, no way.
: I don’t even want to think about there being a spy… I trust everyone.

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We also won a weapon for Aeris from that last battle. It’s got a LOT of Materia slots, and is better than the weapon she currently has. I may as well bog her down with Materia, she’s safer from damage in the back row and excels as a mage. I’m pretty okay with it.

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Let’s see what’s off this way!

MUSIC: Mako Reactor

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Oof, that doesn’t look too healthy.

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HOLY SHIT, IT’S A DINOTANK. Didn’t they make a show about these things? If they didn’t, they should.

EXTREME DINOSAURS! EXTREEEME DINOSAURS!!

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: HUARGH!!!!

They hit pretty hard.

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They also have an attack that doesn’t hit as hard, but does hit the entire party. They also have a pretty hefty amount of HP.

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IT’S DEAD NOW, LET’S KEEP GOING!

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Geez, it looks pretty trashed.

MUSIC: The Shinra Corporation

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I don’t know why he felt the need to say her entire corporate title, but all right then.

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LET’S HIDE! BECAUSE IT SURE WOULD BE SILLY TO CONFRONT AND DEFEAT ONE OF OUR MOST THREATENING ENEMIES, WOULDN’T IT??

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: You only get junky Materia from junky reactors. This reactor’s a failure. What I’m looking for is big, large, Huge Materia. You seen any?
: …No, I haven’t seen it. I’ll get on it right away.
: Please. We could make the ultimate weapon if only we had some.
: I just can’t wait.
: With Hojo gone, Weapon Development has been getting a bigger budget.
: I envy them.

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: …
: Oh, sorry! I forgot Heidegger was your boss! Kya ha ha!
: …
: Let’s go!

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: An ultimate weapon? The perfect weapon? Just what are Shinra up to?

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And off they go!

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Buh?

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Nice!

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Aww, it’s a little froggy!

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JESUS, KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!

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So being turned into a Frog is now a thing. When frogged, a team member can use items, and attack at severely reduced power. It can be cured by being frogged again, or using a Maiden’s Kiss item.

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I also remembered that Frog Song is a learnable Enemy Skill, so I equip the E. Skill Materia to snag that.

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There’s also this weird little guy.

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GOOD GOD!!!

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OH MY GOD, IT’S GROWING.

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WHAT HAS SCIENCE DONE?!

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AAAAAGH IT’S TERRIBLE!!!

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KILL IT KILL IT KILL IT KILL IT!!!!!

Really though, it’s pretty cool to have just a regular old enemy like this having transformations.

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Ooo, Deathblow Materia is pretty cool. Deathblow is an automatic critical if it hits, but it has a low accuracy rate. Plus, everyone has a different animation for their Deathblow attacks.

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Let’s see what’s up this way.

MUSIC: Anxious Heart

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Old Woman: No matter how much I pray, it won’t bring our grandson back.
Woman: A reactor explosion 3 years ago took my husband. Do people really need reactors to live? Aren’t there more important things in life?

😦

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Well, I think we can guess what happened to this town.

We can roam around. There are shops, but nobody has anything we haven’t seen yet. But we also have the option to talk to everyone to learn a little but about the village.

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A town like this is what you need to show to people to let them know of the consequences of reactors.

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There’s also a chest with an X-Potion in here. X-Potions are pretty great. They’re items that will heal a party member back to full HP, no questions asked.

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Elder: The Shinra people told us that everyone would be happy once the reactor was built. But all it brought us was sadness…

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M-Phones are the weapons that Cait Sith uses.

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Gram: Oh, you’re right! Don’t you know anything about our son? His name is Zack. It’s been close to 10 years since he left for the city, saying that he didn’t want to live in the country.
Gramps: He left saying he’s going to join SOLDIER. You ever hear of a Zack in SOLDIER?
: Hmmm… I don’t know.
: Zack…
Gram: Young lady, you know him?
Gramps: I remember he wrote us 6 or 7 years ago saying that he had a girlfriend. Could that have been you?
: That can’t…

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…um

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: What a shock… I didn’t know Zack was from this town.
: You know him?
: Didn’t I tell you? He was my first love. Zack… SOLDIER First Class. Same as Cloud.
: Strange, there aren’t that many who make First Class, but I’ve never heard of him.
: That’s all right. It’s all in the past now. I was just worried because I heard he’s been missing.

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: It was five years ago. He went out on a job, and never came back. He loved women, a real lady’s man. He probably found someone else… I don’t really mind that I haven’t heard from him. But I feel for his parents. Let’s go, Cloud.

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All righty then, Let’s-a go!

MUSIC: Main Theme of FF VII (Piano version)

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That’s all there is to do in Gongaga. It’s actually completely optional, you don’t have to go there at all. But you miss out on the encounter with the Turks, the Titan and Deathblow Materias, and some backstory for Aeris and just some world-building in general. So I definitely figured I would show it off.

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Time to keep on moving!

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We can run into these dinosaur looking guys on the plains and in the forest past Gongaga.

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They’re definitely not too threatening.

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Though they do have petrification handy. But it’s more of the countdown variety.

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Driving through the canyon, we can see a weird mountain looking thing up on the cliffs. It will be a long, long time before I can make it there, but I’ll get there eventually! REMEMBER THIS MOMENT.

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Aww, desert penguins!

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DESTROY THEM.

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OH GOD. I forgot these things counter EVERYTHING with Rage Bomber. That means that Barret just got hit 3 times. Luckily, one of them missed.

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Aaaah, that’s much better. 2 Limit breaks in one normal battle. Yeesh.

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So, not long after acquisition, the Buggy shits the bed. HOW CONVENIENT THAT WE ARE RIGHT NEXT TO A TOWN, IS IT NOT?!

NEXT TIME: INTRIGUE AND SUSPENSE!!