The extra "a" in "beacause" is probably a typo, but the mistake isn't mine – it's like that in the game
Quote: Cloud, while suffering from Mako Poisoning
"uh......ah...... . aah......" "......... What...... What number...... . am I?" "Uh......ah......?" "A billion mirror fragments......small......light......" "taken......angel's......singing voices...... ......zeno......gias......"
Quote: Cid, after returning from the launch of the Shinra No. 26
"I always thought this planet was so huge. But lookin' at it from space, I realized it's so small. We're just floatin' in the dark. ......kind of makes you feel powerless. On top of that, it's got Sephiroth festerin' inside it like a sickness. That's why I say this planet's still a kid. A little kid sick and trembling in the middle of this huge universe. Someone's gotta protect it. Ya follow me? That someone is us"
Here is a perfect example of Sephiroth at his peak, demonstrating his ability to massively screw with Cloud's head. This scene takes place in the illusory copy of Nibelheim created by Sephiroth in the North Crater. The italic text indicates Cloud's replies.
You are just a puppet... You have no heart...and cannot feel any pain... How can there be any meaning in the memory of such a being? What I have shown you is reality. What you remember, that is the illusion.
...Do you understand?
I don't want to understand. But, I want to ask you one thing. Why...why are you doing this?
Ha, ha, ha... I want to take you back to your real self. The one who gave me the Black Materia that day... Who would have ever thought a failed experiment would prove so useful? Hojo would die if he knew.
Hojo!? What does he have to do with me!?
Five years ago you were...
...constructed by Hojo, piece by piece, right after Nibelheim was burnt. A puppet made up of vibrant Jenova Cells, her knowledge, and the power of the Mako.
Imagine, if you will, the following scenario: a talented and admirable person with a tumor. Now picture this tumor as being about twenty times the size of the person. Time compression as a plot device is somewhat like the person: it shows promise, but is unfortunately attached to a disproportionately large cancerous lump in the form of the rest of FFVIII's massively contrived plot.
"Kurse all SeeDs. Swarming like lokusts akross generations. You disgust me"
The size of her in the picture is a scale representation of how much I think she's a good villain. In other words, she sucks
Were it not for the fakt that speech is shown on-skreen as text, Ultimecia's kurious habit of replacing her spoken 'c's with 'k's would be kompletely undetektable, as the vokal sound would be exaktly the same as it would without the affektation. This is in kontrast with Doktor Odine, whose speech is aktually pronounced differently to how it would be without his token akcent. One kould make a kase for the substitution being a matter of the emphasis (bekause 'k' is a slightly harder sound than 'c'), but the point is that this still doesn't really konstitute any fundamental alteration of the basik pronunciation.
This is a transcript of the conversation that takes place between Zidane and Kuja when the party confronts him at the heart of the Crystal World. Italic text is Zidane, plain text is Kuja.
Nice of you to come. I'm surprised you beat the 4 Chaoses that I created from the crystal's memory. But...you're too late. Take a good look. Isn't it beautiful? It's the original crystal...
This is where it all began...
The birthplace of all things...
Once I destroy it, everything will be gone. Gaia, Terra, the universe, everything...
Your lives and memories too, of course. HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!
Shut up!!! The only thing that's gonna be gone is you! I'll take you out right now!
Hmph. You honestly think you can beat me? Even if you do, Gaia's already doomed. It's assimilation by Terra has begun, and the Iifa Tree will incite a cataclysmic destruction of Gaia. It's all over for you and your friends.
See. I win, either way.
It doesn't matter! Even if Gaia is assimilated, the planet will remain, and we'll start over to make a new home. Kuja, you're nothing but a coward! If you're gonna die, leave us out of it!
Why should the world exist without me? That wouldn't be fair. If I die, we all die!
This is a transcript of the conversation that takes place when Braska 'recruits' Jecht.
No one truly believes that I, a fallen summoner wed to an Al Bhed... could possibly defeat Sin. This is what they say. No one expects us to succeed.
Let's show them that they're wrong. A fallen summoner, a man from Zanarkand... and a warrior monk, doomed to obscurity for refusing the hand of the priest's daughter. What delightful irony it would be if we defeated Sin!
Seriously, why the hell did they stick an online game in the main series? No matter what anyone says, even Square-Enix themselves, this thing IS NOT A MAIN SERIES GAME. The only reason that I don't believe it should be stripped of its number and simply be called "Final Fantasy Online" is because it's too late now, what with FFXII and FFXIII being numbered as they are.
Also, why is there a userbox for "This user has completed FFXI"? It's impossible to complete it because
How awesome is this? A separate dimension, created by physically manifesting the data streams that run through the fal'Cie Eden. Nice one, even if I do suspect the blocks flying past into a crackling vortex are just to show off the graphics :P
One thing does bother me though... Cocoon is pretty much unreturnable territory, which is very different from earlier FFs (where almost all areas can be revisited). It's a shame, because let's think about this... Cocoon is an artificial construction entirely controlled by Eden's data processing. These data streams manifest physically to form what is known as Orphan's Cradle. Could the various parts of Cocoon not, therefore, be virtually constructed within Orphan's Cradle? Surely much of the data would theoretically exist within Eden's "hard drive", as it were. This would allow players to revisit all previous areas (or technically virtual recreations of them) via Orphan's Cradle.
Since the days of FFXII, Vaan seems to be somewhat less annoying. Maybe it's the shirt's magickal influence... TA2 is the first time he's worn one under his usual jacket (thus hiding his really-bad-graphics chest and abdomen muscles *shudder*).
On the other hand, I get the feeling that he's trying to imitate Balthier's wittiness and failing miserably. Here're some of his "gems":
Quote: Vaan, to Luso (during the quest "Grounded!")
"Still playing dumb? Careful, you may get stuck that way"
Quote: Vaan, when Luso tells the impostors to "wait"
"Ah, "wait." As if that's ever stopped a fleeing pirate"
"All your fates are linked to here. Your future is... to repeat the past, over and again!"
Being locked into a permanent time loop, yet consciously aware of both the entrapment and the fact that one is powerless to cease repetition of the looping series of actions? Sweet. Galdes's fate is definitely one of my favourite antagonist comeuppances!
The explanation of how magic works in this game is probably my favourite. It uses a form of the Many-Worlds hypothesis, as well as presumably quantum mechanics. Towards the end of the game's storyline, the nature of magic is explained:
"Magic is choosing from infinite futures a world in which the desired end has become reality"
For example, if you want to cast Blizzard on an enemy, you select a nearby world where the target is encased in a pillar of ice. This is where I reckon the quantum comes in, as a large (and extremely low-probability) quantum fluctuation is the only way most of the desired outcomes will ever realistically occur (except maybe spontaneous combustion for Fire spells).