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You know, I've never been too interested in any of the previous FMA games, but I have to make an exception for this one. I kinda wish this was a movie rather than a game, since I don't have a Wii and don't plan on getting one. It's probably because the story this time doesn't revolve around some Mary Sue character but rather a member of Aerugo's royal family, which means there will be a political element, and it involves a part of the FMA world that hasn't really been explored in the manga. Claudio intrigues me as a character; does he really want peace, or is he planning something? Using Central City as the setting is a plus too; the game looks worth playing just to explore the place. And overall, it seems to focus more on the canon characters rather than casting them as background in another person's story (I haven't played any of the games, but that's the impression I got from what I've seen of them).

I don't really buy the "it ties into Volume 16 of the manga!" thing though; I don't see how a story like this could fit into that time frame, especially in regards to Scar and Winry. Though they seem to have Riza as the Fuhrer's assistant here. But anyway, if they eventually come out with a novel version of this game, I'll be sure to get it.


Also, reading discussion on episode 14, coupled with the cliffhanger of Chapter 97, made me think of something. It's kind of a follow-up to this post (wow, that was a long time ago). [EDIT: Linked the wrong post before, but it's fixed now.]

Since the Devil's Nest arc, there's been a sort of rivalry between Greed and Wrath. The first time they met, Greed was defeated pretty easily by Wrath. This was because Greed relied almost entirely on his Ultimate Shield and his regeneration to fight (which was why he decided to run away after Ed figured out how to beat that). Wrath didn't give Greed time to use his Ultimate Shield. Greed was being chopped to pieces before he could even finish regenerating. Wrath was not only faster and a well-trained fighter, but he had his Ultimate Eye. And Greed was taken completely by surprise. It was hardly a match.

In comparison, Ling stood more of a chance in his fight with Wrath in Volume 12. Ling was also well-trained and had sharp instincts. Though Wrath was far more experienced, Ling had the advantage of youth. Ling wasn't taken by surprise, since Ran Fan was attacked first. So, though he was out-numbered and carrying an injured Ran Fan in that fight, he was able to stay toe-to-toe with Wrath for a while before escaping. But still, Ling wasn't fighting to win; he was fighting just to survive. I doubt Wrath would have lost if they took that fight to a conclusion. He is a homunculus, after all, and much more resilient than a human.

Then we had the fight between Greedling and Wrath in Chapter 82. This time they were on nearly equal footing. Greedling combined Ling's speed and fighting skills with Greed's Ultimate Shield. He had memories of both previous encounters with Wrath, and learned from them. Alas, this fight was cut short too, so we don't know how it would have turned out (though probably not very well for Greedling in the end, what with Pride being there). But we should also take into account the fact that Greedling was very emotionally distressed during this fight, so maybe he could do even better if he were more cool-headed.

And now we come to Chapter 97, with what looks to be a final showdown in Chapter 98. Both Greed and Ling have had their subordinates cut down by Wrath; Wrath has previously mocked both their greed and care for their comrades; they have the same reasons to be pissed at him. Together, they have the power, skills, and knowledge to defeat him. This is a showdown between two homunculi, both created out of the bodies of humans. One, named King, is the ruler of a country. The other, a prince, aspires to rule the world.

This couldn't be any more perfect. :) In retrospect, I find this rivalry (between Wrath/Greed and Wrath/Ling) to be fascinating, and once again am impressed by how appropriate the idea of Greed and Ling combining was for their characters. I can only hope that the probable impending battle is as epic as the set up.
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