Henry Spencer wrote:Okay, since you're such a big fan, explain to me what in the hell Genesis and Angeal are all about then? Genesis especially blabbers on about completely nothing for ten hours. I just want to understand what is going on.
It's been a couple years since I played it, so I might be a little foggy on everything, but they were both part of the same project that created Sephiroth. But while Sephiroth is sort of the "perfect" being infused with Jenova cells, Genesis and Angeal have flaws, and begin to wear away. Genesis rebels when he finds out about the project (much in the same way Sephiroth does in the original game) and escapes, later convincing Angeal to go with him.
That's the basic gist of it (though like I said, it's been a long while since I played through it, so I might have a detail or two mixed up).
It really is a game more tailor made for big fans of the original game, so if you're not super-familiar with FFVII, a few things might escape you. It's loaded with fanservice. You might think the squats are repetitive and stupid, but it's just a visual gag playing off of the canned "excited" animation from FFVII, and I didn't mind it in the least in CC, since it was a flash back to FFVII every time it happened. The simplest of things also act as fanservice, such as actually getting to see Sephiroth prior to him going insane, or fighting the scorpion guard robot in one of the reactors (or was it in Junon? Like I said, been a while). The beach scene you just mentioned was awesome for me, simply for the fact that it takes place in Costa del Sol, which was one of my favorite towns in the original game (and I really didn't expect to see it here).
And that even plays into the way Genesis blabbers on for long stretches. He's quoting from an epic poem called Loveless, much in the way someone might quote from a Shakespeare play or something like that. The interesting thing is, "Loveless" was just a random sign that appeared in the original game during the intro sequence. Presumably people kept asking about it, so they actually gave an explanation as to what it is in Crisis Core; a classic piece of literature in the FFVII universe which was later turned into a stage play (hence the giant sign with the title on it).
Fanservice, pure and simple. The game is filled to the brim with it, and it's all pretty incredibly woven into the whole experience.
I would have to say, if you're not that big a fan of FFVII (which if I remember correctly, I think you always said you though it was overrated...?) a lot of the enjoyment from the game might pass you by as random nothingness. I could actually understand someone not getting as much enjoyment out of it under those circumstances, since it really is a game made just for the fans.