My review of 7th Dragon III Code:VFD is up.
Sure enough, the 'extra dungeon' content wasn't that meaningful in terms of story, but it was a nice addition to try out near-max level party combinations. It takes place in one of the many parallel worlds created by our universe re-arrangement tomfoolery - pay the 1st true dragon Iot 50 Dz at the gate for entrance to this realm (if you kill every dragon in the game, you'll have just enough to afford it).
It's basically just a boss rush. Iot spills some dialogue about how this is a parallel world created from one of the many time paradoxes and divergences we caused when we rearranged the universe, and how the first true dragon of this world is about to be born and seed life in it. Besides that, it's a boss rush of all the big boss fights from the main scenario with their stats jacked way up. The two main suggested parties here are Vanisher/RuneKnight/Mage (no big surprise, I figured that one out on my own) and Samurai/Fortuner/Mage. The Samurai team is pretty neat, it uses a strategy I didn't come across when I played without a guide - the main problem about teams without Rune Knights is that they're squishy, but Samurai has an ability that raises everyone on the team's max HP. I didn't realize how strong it was when that skill is raised to max level, with that maxed you can safely use the squishy caster Fortuner and Mage classes to wreak some serious havoc. I also saw a couple fights where God Hand was one of the recommended options, but never needed to try it. Poor Duelist/Agent classes, I wonder if they could manage to power through this dungeon. I'd love to see a 3 Duelist team cardfight their way to the end.
Anyway, the final (real) boss is our buddy Blaster Raven sitting up at the top of this dimension near the first baby dragon that will eventually become a true dragon and seed life on this alternate world. He's having a moral dilemma here - does he kill the baby dragon and prevent dragons from creating another catastrophe, or does he let it live so that it seeds life on this world, since without the dragons there would be no humans? He can't decide, so he asks Squad 13 for a fight, winner gets to decide what to do with the dragon. This is the hardest fight in the game, but I was clearly overleveled, I'm not sure why the wiki suggested grinding to Lv.95 when it was clearly overkill. I'm kicking myself for using a guide, I should have gone in blind for more fun. Especially since you don't have to hold back on items, you can just keep feeding your Mage the Exhaust gauge refill item and have them keep using their ultimate attack to inflict paralysis and huge damage on Raven. Yeah, paralysis works on the very last strongest boss, that's 7th Dragon, baby.
Anyway, it's not super deep or anything, but at least this was a simple philosophical question with no weird time travel nonsense. Once you beat Raven, he leaves the choice of what to do with the dragon up to you. Iot shows up to see your decision. Is it better to let this thing live so that eventually it will seed life, even if that means that later on it will come back and invade? Or is it better to kill it now and let this alternate world be a barren and lifeless one, but at least one without suffering? I'm not actually sure what I would choose if I had to make a choice like this in real life, but I chose to let the baby dragon live and scamper off, I'm sure this universe will eventually raise up their own elite squad of catgirls to repel the dragon invaders too, it'll work out. Hopefully, maybe. Then I reloaded and fought Raven again just to see what happens if you decide to kill it - a fight starts with the weakest dragon enemy in the game, the very last fight in 7th Dragon III, if you make this choice, is against an enemy you can beat at Lv.1. My Vanisher's auto-skill instakilled it when the fight started. Poor thing. Either choice you make though, Iot reminds you that this is just one parallel universe out of countless, and some of them will have dragons regardless. Nice of them to leave open the possibility of future 7th Dragon games after we wrote dragons out of existence in this universe, I guess.
Well, that's it for 7th Dragon I guess. Fun game, neat customization, love the style. Too bad about the story, lacking in a few other places too but still satisfied with the purchase overall. Time to take a couple weeks off until the release of Atelier Sophie on the 19th.
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