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5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody has a story to tell. Here's seventeen or so., March 16, 2006
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This review is from: Final Fantasy III (Video Game)
Meet Celes Chere, who at a young age was infused with ancient technology transforming her into a sorceress. She has never fallen in love, and wonders whether the two things are connected. Meet Sabin, the twin brother of the King of Figaro, at one point ironically referred to as "a puppet state." Sabin's contempt for power and those who use it was so great that he exiled himself from the kingdom after deliberately allowing his brother to cheat him out of the throne. And then there's Gau, abandoned at birth as a "demon child", who survives by running with packs of wild animals. And Shadow, the battle-hardened mercenary who has "killed his emotions" and takes the most profitable side of every conflict rather than thinking about which side is right. Or Madonna, who discovers a portal to a world beyond the human world, and upon discovering how unselfish its inhabitants are, never wants to leave.

These are just a few of the inhabitants of Final Fantasy VI, Square's 1994 epic, which at the time of its release was on the cutting edge of achievement for a narrative video game. Although the theme of the motley crew uniting to work towards a common cause has been abundant in Japanese storytelling since Hiroshima, in everything from Seven Samurai to Evangelion, Final Fantasy VI is unique in its love for its characters. While some of the characters' personalities are childishly overexaggerated (and accompanied by Wagnerian synth leitmotifs from series composer Nobuo Uematsu), never has eclecticism been made more plainly beautiful. This game is well-liked by children as well as adults, and fans of the game each have their favorite characters, including a renegade faction of fans devoted to the game's villain, a renegade imperial general named Kefka, who dresses like a clown and high-spiritedly spouts nihilist philosophy (think Nietzsche's "Beyond Good and Evil") as an excuse for... well, evil. "You sound like chapters from a self-help booklet." he tells the heroes, when they confront him with their individual reasons for wanting to defeat him. And only the most hardened realist will be able to play this game without becoming entranced by its many interlocking stories, however implausible each one may be, and wanting to defeat Kefka him/her self.

Have you ever wondered how the cast of Les Miserables would fare in a steampunk world where they were pitted against Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine? Play this very entertaining game and find out.
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Initial post: Sep 18, 2011 7:50:09 AM PDT
ROFL Wonderful final line! If I didn't already know this game (and love it), that last paragraph would definitely intrigue me enough to make me check this out... :-D
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