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Let’s Play: Glory of Heracles III Part 8

I keep mentioning this game in my articles and have used several sample movie scenes of it as well. But one really needs to have experienced the game in full to appreciate its quality. If you haven’t been spoiled yet (or even if you have), watch this series of youtube videos first before you read any of the related articles. I’m planning a weekly release schedule.

If you haven’t seen it yet, start with part 1. Or better yet, play it yourself. There is a fan translation patch available at romhacking.net which I used for this Let’s Play.

In part 8 we finally get to meet Heracles.

I have mentioned before that the Final Fantasy staff at Square knew this game and wanted Nojima to write FFVII because of it. I also have already pointed out some base scenes in this game that would later reappear in more sophisticated form in FFVII, like the hero dressing up as a girl in part 2 and there will be more later on.

But the scene in this part where Heracles crashes the stage play could indicate that the FF staff took cues from Nojima’s work even before he started working for Square. In this scene from Final Fantasy VI also a theatrical staging is interrupted:

Of course, here it’s not a great hero who wants to stop the drama but a villain, and the hero, although ending up interrupting the play, tries to keep going somehow. Whereas the Ancient hero Heracles thinks drama to be immoral, the galant thief Locke fits right in with the show.

All released youtube episodes:

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