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September 27, 2010

A Disk of Disappointment

First I would like to say that I never expected this bonus DVD to be packed full of information... but it would have been nice if it was longer than 2 episodes of Naruto! (Or 20 episodes worth of actual story progression--100 episodes of story progression in Dragon Ball Z)

So the title screen is a very bland thing, though very clean at the same time.
As you can see there is a Final Fantasy XIV Online logo, followed by the name of the virtual world. Then it tells you it's about the making of the game. Below that there are two selections, either play all or chapter list.

Let's first take a look at the chapters within the disk.
As you can see, both pages are displayed in a very clean and organized manner with beautiful artwork as the background. The designing of these menus certainly was thought of carefully. You see nine chapters in total. The first three chapters are somewhat tied in, each with about the same backgrounds and style of story telling. The next chapter, and the longest, is about the music and the creator of the music for the game Nobuo Uematsu (not only for this game, but he also created most of the Final Fantasy music in all games). The final five chapters tie into one another pretty well. You actually have a difficult time telling them apart which, even though that might sound bad, is actually quite good. This is because it's full of amazing artwork and designs done by the team.

Now... Though things are good... the production value lies in what was actually created for the game. The effects within the movie itself are awful and, even though they used genuine staff members, the acting and enthusiasm was not shown at all in the speaking voices nor postures of the people portrayed within the film. You don't get to see a lot of inside stuff... you see more rigid, expected things that not a lot of people care about and can be found on the internet with ease. Considering the price of this I would expect some good quality documenting and a longer run-time. The total run-time is 35 minutes and a few seconds... paired with the repetative music (they constantly use the theme song/original FF theme instead of switching it up) it makes this DVD not something I'd watch again... and actually I wish I never watched it because everything shown here can be seen in-game.

Now that said, this DVD's lack-luster features certainly don't weigh down the value of this box set... but it does make you wanting more and wishing they would have done certain things better. So if you want to see some nifty things and don't feel like reading, then sure, watch this. Otherwise don't waste your time.

20 comments:

  1. Aw, that's a considerable bummer man. :(

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  2. I agree a 'behind the scenes' of final fantasy really had potential considering there contribution to the gaming world over time, its a shame they couldnt deliver

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  3. that looks amazing, thanks for the review

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  4. i like how your blog looks, really neat! high five!

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  5. I thought a behind the scenes type thing with this could have been great. It's a shame it turned out badly.

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  6. Couldn't agree more with you man.

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  7. love the graphics and btw nice blog

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  8. the graphics look better than the previous games

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  9. never got into Final Fantasy more then the first 4, but good review, or bad review, either way

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  10. Man I really wanted to get this game..

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  11. :) Wow guys! I'm surprised I am getting so many followers and people interested in what I'm doing!!!

    Thanks guys :) and thanks milanoac! I'll check out your blog too :) you seem like an interesting person so I'm sure you have some interesting things to say!

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  12. It sucks you are dissapointed.

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  13. Having played XI, I can say I am a little sad I can't play this. I'd like to but I like my tiny amount of money more.

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  14. I wish they'd just let the series die already.

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  15. It's out already? Oh for Windows... Can't wait for the PS3 version!

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