|FINAL FANTASY XII, PART
In an article detailing 100 news stories from
the past year, BBC News re-ran a piece revealing that the Cowardly Lion's
costume from "The Wizard of Oz" was, in fact, made from real lion pelts.
Which is a little gruesome. The Cowardly Lion was a slightly more-sympathetic
character before I discovered he was Leatherface.
I played about an hour more of "Final Fantasy
XII" this evening -- this portion involved a quest to sneak into the Imperial
palace to... steal some junk, I guess. As described in our hero's dialogue,
there was supposed to be some grand motivation for the break-in involving
'taking back what was stolen from the people,' or something like that, but
when it's finally executed, at no point in the entire operation is there
a single hint of anything grander to our hero's plan than to prance around
the palace treasury for a few minutes filling his pants with whatever silverware
and finery will fit, then jumping out a window and taking it all to the nearest
The process to get into the palace was a
complicated one -- it involved getting a magical stone from a wise old coot,
then getting a SECOND magical stone to charge the first one... and the second
magical stone was in a village to the south... and the only way to get one,
when you finally reach the village, is to seek out a missing child in the
desert, who -- when you find him -- actually forces you to make the magical
stone yourself... And then when you've got your stone charged, you had
to sneak through the sewers into a back door in the palace, then pose as
a member of the palace cleaning crew, then sneak past a dozen guards, then
use the magical stone to activate another door, then sneak past a dozen MORE
guards... And when our hero finally breaks into the treasury, his reaction
is basically, 'Huh! Treasure!"
Very impulsive, that kid.
Then you steal ANOTHER magical rock -- there
are a lot of these -- and get accosted by Sky Pirates during a raid on the
palace, and that's where I ended it for the day. It's a pretty game. I'll