Thanks to Lumpyguy for the inspiration!
Well, there was that Nibelheim thing that didn’t make a lick of sense to me.
Town burns down, Shinra rebuilds it and hires a shitload of actors to play the parts of the previous inhabitants – which is a bit redundant seeing how no one ever visits Nibelheim, or fucking remembers it burning to the ground. Also, at this time there was a LOT of (Sephiroth) clones just walking around, plain as day talking about Reunion and Sephiroth, kind of ruining the whole “lol this town never burned down lololol” coverup.
Also, the actors didn’t even recognize Cloud or Tifa, despite having grown up there. You’d think Shinra would have files on those two and know where they’re from, what with all the shit they’ve been causing.
I can imagine the actors not recognizing Cloud or Tifa. Maybe they didn’t talk to them?
However, I agree with Lumpyguy, nothing else about this makes sense. In Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, a reporter comments on how the entire thing seems strange:
Sephiroth is reported as killed in action,
but there has been no word on how or where he died.
When our investigative team went to “N,” the village
rumored to be where Sephiroth died, it was in an
abnormally heightened state of alert.
We were finally able to sneak in, only to be faced with
residents who seemed to know absolutely nothing about the
incident. Their blank expressions did not indicate they
were lying, but the speech and accents indigenous to the
region were oddly missing.
What could these changes to the village signify?
So then, people DO know about Nibelheim. Some of them MIGHT visit the town. Most of them probably would not know the difference.
But why create the illusion of a functional town, when others reading the news would already know? Why would the actors keep pretending?
This makes AVALANCHE’s actions all the more terrifying for Shinra; they succeeded in humiliating the corporation and keeping them from covering it up.
This part is a motif for Cloud’s shocking revelation. The town itself may even be a metaphor for Cloud’s mind. But wow! This is just too much. It’s not really a plothole, but it is just an inconsistency and just…beyond the scope of logic.
And what’s with the clones walking around in broad daylight, yet not speaking? It’s unnatural, but fun in a sense that it creates the mystery around this awesome game.