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Posted: Feb 11th 2012 5:08PM Syesta said

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Dalamud shall fall.
Her true form revealed as Meteor, the Garlean Imperial Legate will bring untold destruction by unlocking the long hidden secrets of the ancient Allagan empire.

Posted: Feb 11th 2012 5:38PM Irem said

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"I hope you enjoyed today's more lore-flavored look at the game"

YES. :D I thought it was great. It's been hard for me to find much coherent analysis of the FFXIV lore, which makes me a little sad considering people were going over everything with a fine-toothed comb in FFXI.

Posted: Feb 11th 2012 5:58PM (Unverified) said

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Loved this!

The storyline can feel disjointed and lots of information is only given in passing, hints said by NPCs once and never mentioned again. It's nice to see the situation all laid out.

It's also nice to see something about XIV that' isn't strictly about it's trials and tribulations, it's fall and it's scrap to rise again. It's a delightful game with a great storyline and a lot of detail, all that gets lost often in the drama and it's constantly changing state.

TLDR; More articles like this please!

Posted: Feb 11th 2012 6:12PM molotovzav said

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I think the reason the Garleans want Eorzea so bad is there religious beliefs, and believing that primals/eidolons need to be wiped out, we have beastmen tribes trying to summon them, so now it becomes important to conquer this area and wipe out the eidolons. You could argue also maybe there is something besides the beastmen that intimidated the Garleans and haulted there progression into Eorzea.
Very good post today ^^

Posted: Feb 11th 2012 8:09PM (Unverified) said

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Nice article..good stuff!

Posted: Feb 11th 2012 8:23PM Rialle said

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My problem with the story presented in FFXIV is that they went for the typical FFVII-and-later Square-Enix story telling style, which is to present every major plot element in a confusing and ambiguous fashion for 90% or more of the game.

This is not just a translation thing. I can understand what the hell is going on in other JRPGs just fine. It is has become a Square-Enix thing to "reveal" the plot in the most convoluted and confusing manner because they think it builds suspense or something.

But you seem to have cracked the code. The way you explained it makes perfect sense.

Posted: Feb 12th 2012 4:21AM DerpMchurson said

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@Rialle Uhh, FF 13's plot was pretty obvious from the beginning. I mean, Snow only blurted out 3 or 4 times soon as they wake up as L'Cie on Lake Bresha.

No idea why people think 7 is so amazing. It's a carbon copy of FF6. Don't believe me?

Here's 6's plot, with 7's in parenthesis.

An evil empire (corporation) is draining life energy from espers (mako) and making genetic super soldiers through magitek augmentation (the Jenova Project).

The first subject to undertake magitek augmentation (get infused with Jenova cells) is the game's ultimate villain, Kefka (Spehiroth). Kefka (Sephiroth) becomes a general in Emporer Gestahl's (President Shinra's) army and eventually kills his master.

The heroes, the Returners (Avalanche), include a girl with a mysterious mystical background name Terra (Aeris), and former Imperial (Corporate) soldier, Celes (Cloud). Despite the Returners efforts, Kefka (Sephiroth) kills General Leo (Aeris) and destroys the world (summons a meteor meant to destroy the world.) Finally, Kefka (Sephiroth) is confronted, turns into an angel-like being and is destroyed by the heroes.

So our protagonist, who is a mysterious clone, chases a black caped clone around, in a cloned story line, of FF6.

/yawn

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Posted: Feb 12th 2012 7:01AM Nosada said

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@DerpMchurson

Thanks a lot for that Derp, you just made me buy FFVI on PSN so I can finally finish it ... I demand you reimburse me for the 50+ hours you just made me waste.
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Posted: Feb 12th 2012 10:04AM Rialle said

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@DerpMchurson

I never did bother playing FFXIII.

FFVII is merely a decent game. It is not amazing. You're right that many plot elements are similar to FFVI, except that FFVI explained everything in a far cleaner manner. The game was also more fun with subsequent play troughs. Kefka actually succeeds at destroying civilization before he's eventually defeated, which is more than Sephiroth accomplished.

Not only that, but FFVI's graphics stand up to the test of time far better than FFVII's. Even the FMV sequences (such as the famous scene where Sephiroth impales Aeris) look quite cheesy if you re-watch them. Many of FFVI's graphics, while more dated technologically, have an artistic quality to them that FFVII and most PS1 games completely lack.

FFVI is the superior game.
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Posted: Feb 12th 2012 12:43PM DerpMchurson said

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@Rialle Absolutely 100% agree with you. 6 is by far the superior game.
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Posted: Feb 12th 2012 12:44PM DerpMchurson said

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@Nosada ^_^ Time wasted? I disagree, 6 is one of the best FF titles.
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Posted: Feb 12th 2012 1:01PM DerpMchurson said

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@Rialle I missed your comment about 13. I was the same way; I stayed away due to bad reviews. However, I eventually played it and a lot of the complaints are valid, (like it's linear for the first 20 hours, etc) but the character development is the best I've seen recently(far better than 7). I'd say it's a tie with Xenogears.
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Posted: Feb 12th 2012 1:27PM Tizmah said

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@DerpMchurson Actually, FFVIII is the superior game ;)
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Posted: Feb 12th 2012 2:20PM DerpMchurson said

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@Tizmah Loved VIII. Seifer was far more interesting than Sephiroth. ^_^
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Posted: Feb 13th 2012 3:59AM Kaizlu said

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@Rialle Is it that convoluted?

I've been playing FFXIV for about 6+ months now. And pretty much everything that I've read in this article has been presented to me in-game via quests(text) or cut scenes.

And I don't consider myself a lore-geek or something like that. I didn't feel that convoluted too me :\
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Posted: Feb 11th 2012 10:11PM (Unverified) said

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Really enjoyed this article. Everything makes so much more sens now. :D

Posted: Feb 12th 2012 12:28AM Naru now in 3D said

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This article was great. Now I have a much better idea of what's going on in the setting around me in FFXIV!

I almost feel dirty using crystals for crafting now though...

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