Reply to Julia Simpson's Editorial on FFA
Dear god! Have a god damn COW! Big deal...name screw ups, swirley
battle intro, bad soundtrack.
1. But let me just start by saying that did you ever stop and think
that maybe the ROM was where the translation mixup occured? Afterall,
the ROM was made long before FFA and it wasn't done by paid
professionals of one of the top RPG companies in the world. Maybe Bartz
and Reina are what the translation comes out to in reality. Personally
I think Reina is a cool name, and am glad it was like that in FF5. Does
the translation alter or slow down the story? No, it shouldn't unless
you are retarded and have a short-term memory.
2. Also, you speak about the swirley battle intro and "YESSS!!!!" at
the end of the battle as if its the end of the world. Wow, with the
swirley battle intro it takes like a whole extra 3 seconds to load a
battle (If your PSX takes longer, maybe you should have the laser
checked), and the "YESSS!!!" - Just dont look at it! Does any of this
alter or slow down the story? No.
3. Horrible translation? Come on, people bitch about this one too as
if its the end of the world! If you can understand what they are saying
even though it might sound a little odd or have a typo, whats the big
deal? Does it in anyway alter or slow down the story? Nope.
4. The horrible FMV sequeneces? Jesus! I'll say this as I do every
day to all my friends: Graphics (Which includes FMV's) do NOT make a
story. So what? The characters are CG and might look a little
funkified, but so what? Does it in anyway alter or slow down the
story? Not a chance.
5. FFA rules period. Just when they deliver FF8's trashy story and
make many of the old-school RPG'er like myself begin to lose faith in
SquareSoft, they do something smart and re-release two of the best
classics on PSX. I already own an imported FF5 on SNES and an original
American copy of FF3a/FF6j on SNES, but even still, I bought FFA because
it's worth more than money. Lunar, however, is worth more and I'd give
my life to defend it :) Lunar forever! hehe. But thats a whole
different editorial. Honestly whats wrong with FFA? Bad translation,
bad character names, weird FMV's...same story. I play games for their
story and music alone (I just have this major thing for RPG music...what
do you think my 700+ mp3s consist of? Shhh... :)) Now I can see maybe
why there would be controversial opinions about Lunar TSS and Lunar SSSC
because the original and its remake for a different system had a lot
more story twists and different things, but FF5 and 6 is no excuse.
They are both direct remakes of classic masterpieces.
6. The music CD is terrible I admit that. But whats the big deal about
that? Spend a measly $40 and BUY the FULL soundtrack! Is that so
hard? Or you can do what I like to do, decode mp3's into .wav and make
your own CD-R discs of your own favorite RPG music. My view on this is
SquareSoft didnt have to release any kind of soundtrack if they didnt
want to, they could have skipped the whole thing. You people who think
FF5 sucks cause of the soundtrack it comes with is bad, you need help.
What you are basicially saying is that you bought FFA because you wanted
a good soundtrack. Phft...
7. You did mention FF7 and 8 and stuff. Just as a side comment, Ill
say that FF7 wasn't the best, and FF8 was utter garbage. Square is now
starting to focus more on graphics and gameplay than storyline. If FF9
and 10 end up the same way, you can bet you will be reading my
editorials once again soon enough :)
8. My favorite games include Lunar and Chrono Trigger (Best games
ever), then FF5 and 6 (Tied).
Games I hate:
FF8 - Too futuristic, too lame, undepthful characters, stupid stupid
XenoGears - Just not my thing, the whole religious bit that fits in, I
dont like it (Im not religious in real life, dont believe in a god
because until I see him and proof of his existance--the bible doesnt
count, for all I know that could have been written by a buncha drunk
guys around a campfire one night--then I'll believe in a god and be
religious, then maybe Ill appreciated XG more)
Zelda 64 - I dont even consider this kid game an RPG (All N64 stuff is
terrible, its made for kids who cant handle the serious stories of FF7
Brave Fencer Musashi - Kid game.......
Thousand Arms - Simply not my style, what made me not like this game was
one of the first lines is in the Blacksmithy place the dude says
something along the lines of "I can't die now! There are more beautiful
women that need me!" Sound familiar? "If I were to die, all the women
in the world would grieve!" Edgar, FF6. I hate it when games seriously
just rip stuff from other games, especially quotes which I love so much
BoF3 - Intolerable game, annoying characters...*Shudder*
That was just to give you a feel of the type of RPG gamer I am, and if
you disagree with my editorial of FFA, you might notice considerable
differences in the games we like/dislike.
Well I better stop writting THIS editorial and do my school newspaper