Congrats on the finish, Felix! Looking forward to the wrap-up post.
I love that Kiros and Ward adopt Esthar's clothing, but Laguna's outfit is a polo shirt, chinos and sandals. Very presidential.Kiros and Ward look so different, when you meet them here, in their aid uniforms. And we finally meet Laguna. If you have Selphie with you, there is a cute bit where she is starstruck by seeing him. It's really sweet.
I just want to point out that this section has my favourite track in the game (the aptly named "Compression of Time").After the fight, Ellone sends Rinoa and Ultimecia as one back, but brings Rinoa back to us. And the compression starts. Stuff happens, and we decide to meet at the orphanage.
But before we get there, we find ourselfs at the room in Deling City, where Rinoa and Edea first met. The savepoint works, but weirdly multiplies. Then, fake Edea gets out of the chair, multiplies, and we fight multiple sorceresses, most of them pretty weak.
100% with you and gorha on this. Brilliant dungeon, both aesthetically and mechanically. It's a pretty long dungeon (or at least it took me longer than I expected), but because so much of it is technically optional, and each path gives you a reward (unlocking an ability), it never drags on.So, I'm probably not the only one who thinks that this is the best final dungeon in the whole series, if not one of the best in all of JRPG history? The design alone is amazing, and reminds me, once more, of more horror oriented games, like Resident Evil, or even Castlevania (due to its belltower). Sealing our abilities, and giving us a bit of a boss rush, where we have to find the bosses by exploring the castle, is just fun design. And I don't know, if you can reach Ultimecia without unlocking anything, but it's nice that you basically can decide how much you want to explore and unlock. Well, not unlocking anything probably wouldn't work, she is simply too strong for that, even if junctioning itself isn't gone.
I did find her a pushover, but that was because at this point I had everyone junctioned with the best spells. I'm assuming you played without trying to completely destroy the game's balance, so it's interesting to hear an account of how the fight plays out in a normal playthrough.Ultimecia, though, was horribly brutal, took forever, had tricks that are just mean and is simply a really, really difficult boss. I don't remember that. The other times, I only fought bosses, so my levels were probably below ten, and even without the Lionheart, these final battles were easy. I at least don't remember them to be hard. This time, though? Absolutely brutal. Which is interesting, as there are many people on the internet who find her pretty easy.
I believe it was Anton Chekhov who said that you must never include hot dogs in a story if they don't get eaten.Zell finally gets his hotdogs, and nearly suffocates on them.
Oh, great observation! I didn't clue in that Squall's journey there reflects Ultimecia's speech almost exactly.My interpretation of this scene is that it is Squall experiencing the brunt of the effects of time compression, even as it is unravelling. In my mind, the scene matches the description Ultimecia gives at the end of her last phase: