A Little Bit of Blood Can Go A Long Way


I have played many games, from super kid friendly to super, mega, ultra gory. Really, it all comes down to what suits the videogame’s story. I’d rather not see copious amounts of blood when Mario stomps on a Goomba, and I’m pretty sure parents would agree with me. Likewise, those who are playing games such as Call of Duty or Fall Out expect the blood splatter because not only are the games targeted for more of an adult audience, you can also die pretty brutally. So it make sense. One franchise in particular, however, has usually shied away from blood, probably so they could keep their T rating without a fuss: Final Fantasy.

In no way, shape, or form, am I complaining. I have loved every last Final Fantasy game I have ever played, and I’ve played almost all of them. But it wasn’t until I popped in Final Fantasy Type-O HD, that I realizes how a little blood could up the ante and breathe new life into a franchise I’ve been playing for so long. Hell, I didn’t even realize my subconscious was dying for a little blood until the opening scenes. It’s not as if there was blood everywhere, but the dirt and blood covered cadets, plus the few well-placed blood splatters (and a death of a chocobo) bucked the trend for how most Final Fantasy games begin. Seriously, DEATH OF A CHOCOBO! I wanted to sit down and cry after watching the beginning.

Afterwards the blood pretty much was nonexistent for a good portion of the game again. In fact, during battles monsters do not bleed. They will freeze if you use a blizzard spell, etc, and recoil if you shoot them, slash at them or use a magic flute on them. (Yes, a magic flute.) Even the actual human enemies don’t bleed on screen, at least openly, which was actually quite fine. Too much blood would have in fact would have taken away from the “innocence” of Final Fantasy. That opening scene had been just gritty enough to capture my attention and make me go, “well, this is going to be a different type of game.” And then, out of nowhere, when I was least expecting it, the blood made a swift return for a shocking moment.

Final Fantasy VII Screenshot 1 Jenova SpecimenOne again, this quick scene did its job. Not only was it alarming and jarring, it was far from gory and over the top. Of course, it absolutely made obvious the shit that was going down, and Class 0 was about to get into some serious problems. I can’t even picture this scene without a pop of blood, something most Final Fantasy games choose to do. Remember Yuna and Tidus getting shot multiple times in Final Fantasy X-2?  The scene above certainly resonates much more strongly in my opinion. Hell the last real blood scene I vaguely remember is in Final Fantasy VII, where you had to follow the trail of blood, but on the original Playstation it hardly even registered with me as a kid. This, however, absolutely registers in my head.

So I’d like to applaud Final Fantasy Type-0 for their usage of a little bit of blood. It’s the perfect amount for the franchise. Truthfully, a lack of it sometimes feels a bit drab, and I didn’t even realize it myself. However, too much gore would have made the story feel forced and probably would have pissed off a whole bunch of fans. So well done on finding the correct balance and I hope that the Final Fantasy franchise is able to continue this new trend.


About Emily Horton

Emily is just your average twenty something girl who discovered her love for gaming at the age of three or four, all thanks to her older brothers. Mario, The Lion King, Aladdin, Zelda were her first loves, but Pokemon, Final Fantasy, Tales, and pretty much all Japanese games eventually fell into that category. She has an unhealthy obsession with Pikachu, hoodies, her 3DS, t-shirts, plushies, and purses. She may also fancy herself as an excellent lawyer due to number of times she has played through the Ace Attorney series. Outside of videogames, she is a Disney, Harry Potter, and Tolkien fanatic, while also recently discovering that she is now a hardcore fan of Supernatural thanks to Netflix allowing her to watch eight seasons rapid fire. She has elvish writing, the Deathly Hallows, a rather large Tinkerbelle and a large Yuna from Final Fantasy X all tattooed on her body, with only more geeky stuff to be added. Currently working on her own fantasy novel, she hopes to publish it eventually once all the kinks are worked out.

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