Monday, January 30, 2017
Let's Play Final Fantasy VII (Part 10): All I Want is Equal Treatment
This scene is sort of disgusting to me. It wouldn't be so bad except that our entire trip through the Sector 6 slums has been nothing but playing up how horny men are and how they view women as playthings. It's nice that we get the other side of the story here, don't get me wrong. Having empowered women (and a crossdressing guy) dealing with the situation is much better than just depicting them as victims, but the other side of that is that the game portrays all men (including gay men) as horndogs who can't keep it in their pants at the sight of a sexy person of the appropriate sex, even if that person clearly says s/he isn't interested.
Cloud heads back to the room where Tifa was waiting to find Aeris. She manages to repel her assigned lackey by shoving him down a flight of stairs, and we have a dialogue choice to either ask how Aeris is or say that we have to save Tifa. Aeris is selfish and she likes it more if we ask if she's OK. On the other hand, if Tifa were in this scene (because Aeris was selected by Corneo), she behaves more selflessly and will like it if we make it imperative that we save Aeris. Presumably, if Cloud is selected, one of the girls handles the gangbang room offscreen instead of us.
Then comes the big reveal. We were spies for AVALANCHE all along and we're here to squeeze Corneo for information, and not in the pleasant way.
The whole team threatens violence against Corneo's private parts, with even Aeris getting in on the act. Corneo spills his guts, but what he has to say isn't very good.
Heidegger, the head of Shinra's Peace Preservation division (presumably the Shinra armed forces), hired Corneo and his thugs to find the guy with a gun for an arm.
Unfortunately for us, Corneo gets the last laugh and drops us down into the sewer with a hidden trapdoor. It makes no sense why someone like him would have a trapdoor to the sewers in his bedroom, but I digress.
Now I don't really understand why Heidegger would have told Corneo about the plan, but we've come to realize that Shinra is full of morons.
President Shinra demonstrates again his overwhelming mastery of being a fucking idiot by explaining that they will blame the plate drop on AVALANCHE and send in Shinra rescue teams. I'm surprised he doesn't twirl his mustache or give out an evil laugh at the end of the exchange.
He also says that Reeve should take a vacation. I think the implication here is that Reeve is in the way and they want to continue being EVIL without him being practical (but he probably approved the design of Midgar in the first place, so not really practical).
I take a brief moment here to show you the status screen just so I can talk about the Fury status. It's an abnormal status effect, but it is mostly beneficial; it increases the amount of limit gauge we gain. Although the game tells you that it increases the damage you take, this is not true. It might affect accuracy; I'm not sure. Its converse effect, Sadness, causes limit gauge to increase slower, but your character takes a ridiculous 30% less total damage (after other variables). Both effects are very useful (Sadness is amazing on the optional bosses), but Fury lets Aeris get Healing Wind more often, which is great.
You can inflict these status effects on your characters by using Hyper (for Fury) or Tranquilizer (for Sadness). Likewise, Hyper cures Sadness, and Tranquilizer cures Fury. They cost 100 gil each and are consumable, so we only have some Hypers for Aeris to make sure she gets limit breaks as often as possible.
You can tell in this screenshot that Aeris doesn't have Fury yet (her limit gauge is pink instead of red) but that will change soon.
Good on you, Aeris.