Selfishly resurrecting this thread because I fiiiiinally beat this game on my Wii U after my original Wii broke way back in April, and I wanted to talk about the ending. Mega-spoilers, obviously:
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Well I uh, did not see that coming. I knew something was up once you warped into space and the landmark was "Jupiter" and "Saturn" etc. before finally reaching "Moon" whereupon Shulk commented "Is that a big ball of water?" but I can't say I ever anticipated Alvis being a universe-controlling space station supercomputer or Zanza originally being an astro-scientist named Klaus. Is it me or was there absolutely no build-up to this? It didn't strike me as offensively stupid or anything, just out of left field and unnecessary. I guess it did fit the anti-deity theme of this game (and many JRPGs in general) by making the "gods" in this game very human, and humans who had managed to best god via technology besides, but it kind of undermines one of the coolest game worlds in recent memory by even trying to explain it. Fighting/living on the bodies of two gigantic gods was cool enough, I didn't need a weird last-minute IT WAS OUR WORLD ALL ALONG explanation for them. That said, I would love to play a sequel that explored the new, remade (flattened) world. The game gave occasional hints as to what might be beyond the (now former) Bionis and Mechonis, and I'd love the chance to explore that.[/spoilers]
All in all though, some of the most satisfying 125 hours of gameplay in my life, even if maddeningly broken into two parts over the span of nine months. The end game was tons of fun -- it felt really rewarding to finally go after those huge, scary, high-level monsters that had been roaming the landscape since the beginning of the game. Thanks to chasing them all down, I ended up with my characters around lvl. 93, which of course made the last story dungeon entirely too easy, but being able to take down every unique monster I found, even the ones at lvl. 98-100, was worth it. Extremely satisfying. I never would've guessed that Riki would be the key to end-game domination.