02-27-2012 11:57 AM
02-27-2012 12:57 PM
I'll never forget...
I think it was my 3rd playthrough of Final Fantasy 3, I got to the part of the game where you're stuck in a dream of Cyan's and have to defeat this boss to get out of it... Wrexsoul!!!! (see image).
Since I had beaten the game multiple times before, I was over-confident and entered this section of the game before I was sufficiently leveled up enough to handle the enemies. To top it off, I had committed the ultimate RPG no-no; I was only using one save slot and therefore had no previous saves to recall back to before this part of the game. I was eternally stuck in a virtually unbeatable section of a game, of which I had already logged countless hours.
What did I do? Give up? No...
Wrexsoul turned into my personal boss battle. He was not just a mid-game baddie anymore; he was threatening my enjoyment of the best RPG I had ever played and laughing at my video game prowess.
I scoured my inventory to find any and all items that allowed me to avoid the random enemy encounters. This at least got me to the fight with Wrexsoul!!!! who was the last enemy standing between me and freedom from this nightmare, which was not just Cyan's anymore.
To make a long story short, I took it upon myself to wake up early and dedicate 20 minutes every morning before school to fighting Wrexsoul. I couldn't try more than once per day for fear of losing my sanity. It was no longer a challenge of skill but of playing the odds programmed into the game. I relyed upon his attacks missing and my attacks being critical. Every attempt played out slightly different and gave me a glimmer of hope that one of these times I would have the perfect battle in my favor, and slay the mighty Wrexsoul.
A month went by of this routine and one day, just like all of the others, I powered up the SNES, wiped the sleep from my eyes and went through the motions. The run through the dungeon was going as I expected with minimal random enounters before getting to Wrexsoul. The boss battle starts and everything seems to be going well as it had many times before. And then it happened... Wrexsoul misses his attack on my last remaining character and, in utter disbelief, I choose my last death-blow-dealing attack and watch as my pixilated arch-nemesis fades away in a rather anti-climactic fashion. I run screaming around my house and proceed to have the best day of school ever.
Moral of the story: When given the option in an RPG use multiple save slots and/or files.
02-27-2012 02:54 PM