Wild Arms 3 Part 05: Janus Never Blinks

This is being posted to Gogglebob.com on May 23, Correspondence Day. I was writing letters to a pen pal, but when I told him about all the holidays, he suddenly stopped writing back… Hmph, I don’t care about boys who don’t care about holidays, anyway. Hey, I know. You must like holidays since you’re always talking to me. Do you want to be my pen pal?

Chapter 5: Janus Never Blinks

Previously on Wild Arms 3: We have completed all the prologues! So we’ve got…

· A new drifter that fights for justice
· An experienced drifter that fights for justice
· A new drifter that will do anything for a buck
· An experienced drifter that will do anything for a buck

Such variety!


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No matter who you chose last, at the culmination of their tale, we cut immediately to a train station.


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It must be kind of weird or absolutely normal if you somehow choose Virginia last.


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This suitcase is where Virginia keeps the 999 items you have on your person at all times. It is never seen again.


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Virginia was the narrator this whole time? Is… is she omnipotent?


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“There goes our Virginia, off to… uh… somewhere. What did her ticket say? Adventure? … That isn’t a place.”


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Around and around we go…The world that encircles me begins to revolve…The gears grind, and the spinning wheels of fate begin to turn…And finally, the train departs. A journey without a purpose. The train just steams away to the world beyond today. The accident that ensued on the train I happened to be on…And the three strangers I would later encounter…These were all coincidences. But if coincidence is a part of fate, I want to roam this vast Filgaia to find the reason behind that encounter.

So, basically, the point of your journey is you want to find the point for your journey. Got it.


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Or at least a decent Let’s Play…

Wild Arms 3 Part 04: Gallows Humor

or
Staring at the Rude Boy

This is initially being posted on May 16, Fortune Telling Day. “Read people’s minds and tell them what they want to hear.” Those are the words of a famous fortune teller… Sounds like a scam to me.

Previously on Wild Arms 3:
Clive protected a town against an avian enemy that was filled with poison. Please don’t lick its corpse, kiddies!


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And now we have our final character, a suspicious intruder. Note that you will wind up back at this “character select” screen after completing the other three introductory stories… even though you literally cannot select anything but your final choice.


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The Wild Arms franchise has a tendency to either go with “real” Western names (like Rudy, Brad, or Virginia), or names that evoke weapons (Kanon) or both (Ashley Winchester). Gallows is a legitimate last name (that has fallen out of favor for some reason), but it is going to be a first name here, because I think it is supposed to sound “foreign” (think Tina/Terra here).


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Almost… there…


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I appreciate how the average age of our heroes in Wild Arms 3 is at least old enough to get out of high school. Not that Jet would have passed…


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Gallows Carradine, age twenty-four. He has turned his back on his lineage and destiny, and recently took to the wasteland as a Drifter. Yearning to escape his fate, he harnesses his inherent strength, so that he may live freely. However, he has yet to realize the true meaning of his actions. Little does he know that it is his very lineage and destiny that gives him such strength…

Yes yes, we’ve all heard of the hero’s journey. He’s at the point where he tells Obi Wan he’s just a farm boy. Got it.


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Who cares about Gallows, someone please tell me this is all in English in the original Japanese. Let’s crowd to the wilderness…

Wild Arms 3 Part 03: Gunman Clive

This was originally posted on Gogglebob.com on May 9, Silver Day. If you have a silver dream tonight, you’ll be taken away to a purple mirror world. I wonder what a purple mirror world looks like? I’d like to see such a world, but my dreams are always in full color.

Previously on Wild Arms 3: Jet learned the true meaning of friendship with his new best friend, Pike. Jet will now have fabulous adventures all over the world, and Pike will shovel horse manure for the rest of time. This is canon.


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Moving on to the guardsman.


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No, that’s… that can’t be right.


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Better.


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Couldn’t just be a simple “week” with this guy…


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When I first played Wild Arms 3, I thought 30 was, like, the oldest a human being could be. Now I look wistfully at this young’un and his childish adventures…


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Clive Winslet, age thirty. He is about to embark on a mission considered the most deadly of all Drifter trades–eradicating a monster. These drifters are accustomed to risking their lives to face danger. They do it for the reward and to satisfy their spirit. One cannot deny that in the eyes of many, these Drifters are just ruffians driven by greed. Could this man be nothing more than a ruffian as well…? Or perhaps…


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Narrator? This guy wears glasses. Everyone knows he can’t be a ruffian.


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Steal his look! Clive has green hair, glasses, a generally red trench coat (with black shoulder bits), surprisingly cool gloves, some kind of leather chest piece, a holster that is evidently incapable of holding his ARM, and vaguely stylized boots. I’m just noting this because it was true in 2002, and it’s true now: if I could pull off this style, I would.


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Oh, anyway, Clive was hired to kill something around here…

Wild Arms 3 Part 02: The Jet Song

This was originally posted on Gogglebob.com on May 2, Miniature Garden Day. My grandpa loved to make miniature gardens. I liked his gardens because the parts he used were so cute. When I asked him what he’s putting into the garden next, he said all the parts that go into his garden are called loners… Needless to say, I had trouble responding to that.

Previously on Wild Arms 3: Virginia saved her hometown from monsters, and, after said hometown saved her, she decided to set off for adventure. And you know who else is ready for adventure?


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This boy! Who broke in!


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Jet is a legitimate name (Jet Li immediately comes to mind), so this isn’t quite as egregious as a certain other playable character named after a noose.


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Virginia was two weeks, Jet is slightly closer to T(rain)-Day.


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Hey, at least it’s not raining.


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… Thief? No, I’m thinking of someone else…