Thanks to Scott Baird of ScreentRants.com for the inspiration!
Tifa is an expert martial artist, having her in a pathetic slap fight is awful. Always hated it.
Writes Dazz316. Scott Baird agrees.
2. THE SLAP FIGHT
One of the most ridiculous scenes in Final Fantasy VII involves the slap fight between Tifa and Scarlet on top of Sister Ray.
After Tifa escapes from her execution, she flees to the top of the Sister Ray cannon. She is pursued by Scarlet, who is one of the top executives of the Shinra Corporation. Scarlet has an army of soldiers at her disposal, yet she decides to fight a dangerous terrorist on her own… in a slap fight.
This starts a minigame where the player has to slap Scarlet before she hits you back. The whole thing feels like it belongs in a soap opera or a VH1 reality show, rather than in an epic fantasy game. This fight also features Tifa calling Scarlet a “wench,” which was censored out of the PC version of the game.
The other annoying aspect of this fight is how little sense it makes. Tifa can punch Emerald Weapon to death, but she can’t knock out a corporate executive?
I have mixed feelings about this scene.
On one hand, it’s a really fun minigame. Getting the timing just right is challenging, but I’m usually able to make sure that Scarlet just “can’t stand it”. This slap fight is so fun, I wish there were a slap fight machine in the Gold Saucer.
On the other, it’s a bit sexist. I know most people won’t see it this way, but generally, two women in a girly (because they’re girls) slap fight seems so cheesy and a bit chauvinistic. Of course, it’s not their fault if men ogle over women in a vicious fight. And if they do keep this mini-game in the game, Tifa won’t call Scarlet anything less than a bitch.
The author makes a good point: Tifa is a brawler, a student of the famous Zangan. Tifa defeated both humans and monsters with her fists alone. She’s on top of the Junon Canon, fighting for her life, so why wouldn’t she belt Scarlet for slapping her the first time?
This is one of those weird quirks most Final Fantasy games have. If developers don’t cut it, how can they improve on it?