Game Diaries – Final Fantasy VII New Threat Arrange Episode XXXIII

Final Fantasy VII

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OK, I lied. First, I forgot about Ozma, which Lamda Calcule mentioned a long, long time ago.

And the whole thing was a nightmare from start to finish.

First, the piano. Lamda Calcule mentioned the piano, but what do I play on the piano? I searched and searched for hints, and couldn’t find a thing. I jammed, and no luck. Well, I cheated, and you’re supposed to play the usual FFVII theme. Okay, no problem, right.

Remember this?

Final Fantasy VII Piano menuWell, while I had no problems with Tifa’s piano, whenever I hit Square/Switch, instead of a note, I got the cancel noise instead of a note. Huge problem. I play with a PS4 controller, and I absolutely could not get that note to play. Just hitting square like normal didn’t work either.

Okay, so I unplug and try my wireless keyboard. No go. I had to try to experiment as to what key goes with what note, and still no luck. I even tried to decode the song by matching it to the do/re/mi sounds. Might be easy for you musically-inclined people out there, but it was a struggle for me.

I ended up borrowing a wired keyboard, and this one had slightly different labels on the number pad. After process of elimination — a long process, by the way — huzzah! I got a notice that something had escaped. In my previous looking up for the song to play, I knew I had to go the reactor. Otherwise, I would have been searching Shinra Mansion for a looong time. So, off to the reactor. Tifa was leader, so Zangan was still there. There’s a hooded figure at the top, so I talked to him and…

Final Fantasy VII New Threat Dolphin TifaWAT.

Yes, Tifa transformed into a dolphin. Going in any direction takes you to the debug room. And there’s no way out short of restarting. It’s also really hard to see, but that big rock-like thing, as I discovered later, is what you actually want to interact with to start the Ozma fight. Unfortunately, I didn’t know that, as it’s easy to miss. Finally ended up having to put Cloud as leader and while you can still end up in the debug room, I could actually “talk” to the rock. I don’t know if Tifa-dolphin can’t or if it’s just very tricky to.

And then I ran into Issue #3. See if you can figure out what it is despite the 2.5x speed:

You might be tempted to mention Ozma’s tough — and he is — but there are not attack names. Just bopping, damage, bopping, nothing happens, bopping, damage to all, etc.

I fought him several times, and while it’s obvious he only counterattacks, WHAT does he counterattack with? I’ve beaten him in FFIX, so I assumed Holy and Meteor were part of his attacks. Again, I had to look it up, and yep, he is supposed to have named attacks. Just a glitch in my game I guess, but it made it hard to figure out any patterns or get in an attack even a couple of seconds sooner since I didn’t know what was happening until the damage/healing numbers showed up.

Issue #4 also seemed to be that the armlet that was supposed to nullify Holy attacks didn’t seem to be working on Cloud. Yuffie and Tifa I set up to absorb it, but I thought taking 0 damage would be fine for Cloud in place of using a Materia slot and getting the HP penalty. Either it actually halves it (which is still a lot of damage) or it was broken, as he was getting hit. Finally had to equip Elemental-Restore (which is Holy-elemental) since the armor wasn’t working.

I also had to have a character (chose Cloud since he has the highest HP) to have Wall up to try to stay alive all the time. Lots of Mega-Alls to spam healing, and Yuffie of course is the main attacker. Tifa’s W-Item became very important. I’ve been torn on whether to use the W-Item glitch, but I decide to use it very minimally. My goal was to avoid just spamming unlimited Megalixirs. As to whether I succeeded… well, you’ll see.

Speed: 2.5x

I like how I predicted Tifa would be the next one hit with MP drain. Otherwise, a close call at the end there.

And for all that struggle, I got… something. No idea what I got. Didn’t figure it out. Maybe I didn’t get anything? Was the game just giving me one final troll moment in this horrible, horrible fight?

Yes, this is a short one, but don’t worry. A Boss rush next episode.

KO KOunter: 133

5 Comments

  1. tanteikid94

    I love to see you do this for the remake

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    1. Krystallina (Post author)

      Glad you’re enjoying these! I probably won’t do this for FFVIIR though since the video files will be so much larger and my Internet upload speed isn’t that great. We’ll see though!

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      1. tanteikid94

        Just the diary is fine. You can link the videos

        Reply
  2. The Otaku Judge

    Sounds like playing the piano is tougher than beating a boss who hails from FF9. You are the master of visual novels and Final Fantasy, but I suspect musical games are not your thing 🙂

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    1. Krystallina (Post author)

      I’m not just off-beat in personality, I’m off-beat in rhythm too!

      Reply

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