Thanks to Jaghat for the inspiration!
Final Fantasy XIII is a strange trilogy. The characters from the first game make cameos, but that’s mostly it. They don’t really have a consistent continuity between its games. This isn’t because of character growth either; they just don’t act in logical ways. Still, the games are good for what they are. Jaghat appreciates the trilogy and wrote a post about their reaction to the games.
Of course, nothing in Final Fantasy XIII is beyond criticism. Jaghat shares his opinion on what he would change for Noel:
What I would’ve changed for Noel:
- End of 13-2 he kills Caius, Etro’s heart is passed to him, he becomes the Seeress guardian, and a paradox sends him to the beginning of the Seeress timeline.
- Through guarding Yeul, and her dying, he becomes sad and dark and becomes Caius
- He gets killed at the end of his plot, by young Noel, etc…
In Lightning returns
- Caius’s dead soul is stuck in Chaos, caring for the Yeul fragments
- Story goes on as normal (except replace Noel with someone else for Shadow Hunter.)
- End of story, instead of freeing Yeul’s last version for Noel to live with, let Caius(Noel) and Yeul become the rulers of the unseen realm in eternal BLISS.
I can’t help but agree. I think we share similar thoughts. I would have preferred a direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII. Instead of cameos, why not reuse the characters from the first game? Nothing against Noel and Serah, but their presence really hampers the continuity of the games. But then again, maybe that’s the whole point? They’re anomalies in the timeline…of Final Fantasy XIII-2 trilogy? Either way, Final Fantasy XIII-2 would have made a great spin-off title involving Noel and Serah. The game could have been an alternate universe to the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy.
But Noel could have been made into a much more interesting character, with the changes Jaghat proposes. He was a man of tragedy. Letting him experience the utter and desperate despair Caius felt when trying to save Yeul. Then again, some people just don’t lose themselves, no matter how misguided they become. And his younger self wouldn’t be able to kill him, as he would be an anomaly in the timeline and wouldn’t exist.
Who else would be the Shadow Hunter? Oh no, not another character…
So what do you think of Jaghat’s changes?