Full disclosure: The quality on these videos is horrible. That’s kind of a given, considering they were taken using the original PSP game’s replay feature, but nonetheless. One thing I didn’t remember until rewatching them, though, is that the game’s actual interface isn’t included in the replay. It makes for a good, clean (in context if not in resolution) playback I suppose, but this far after the fact I think it would have been better to have the UI to illustrate progress and lack thereof in each fight. At any rate, here are the videos I saved oh-so-long-ago:
Zidane vs Golbez: I originally labeled this one “Shade Impulse ?” and don’t for the life of me remember what that meant. Until rewatching this one, I’d completely forgotten how much I enjoyed Zidane’s style. In most games, even now, female characters are the main ones with quick hits and movements, so in most games I stick to the girls for that reason alone. Zidane was a pleasant exception to tradition.
Cloud vs Sephiroth Manikin: Simple and to the point, though there is some stuttering from the PSP conversion.
Bartz vs Sephiroth Manikin (17 level difference): So Bartz’s little opening line was “This is exciting” and I don’t think anything in Dissidia was ever more true for me, recorded or otherwise. I screwed up with picking the fight, and ended up with a manikin 17 levels higher than Bartz. I expected to die in seconds. I somehow lasted much, much longer than that. I still die, but lasting as long as I did was a miracle.
Destiny Odyssey VII Final Battle (Sephiroth): While FFVII isn’t my ultimate Final Fantasy, Cloud vs Sephiroth has become the ultimate Final Fantasy showdown pretty much fandom-wide and I’m not complaining about that when it results in fights like this one. This vid is the shortest of my four, and, well… my most successful. As in, my only successful one. Losing in the others were more exciting in many cases, but beating Sephiroth with Cloud just feels good.
So… yeah. These are what I have left of my original Dissidia experiences, and I’m looking forward to adding new videos with the beta for NT staring tomorrow. (Unrelated, seeing the videos embedded here make me feel a lot better about their quality. It’s still bad, because they’re so old, but having the smaller frames compared to watching directly on YouTube means less stretching & pixelating.)