Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin’s Jack Acts Like A Meme
At first, Jack, the protagonist of Stranger from Heaven Final Fantasy Origin, did not seem so remarkable. He was just the guy who wore a solid black shirt in one of the hottest, most eye-catching franchises in JRPG history. However, the man continues to make a name for himself, and not just for his fashion choices. Gameplay of a new demo for Stranger from paradise shows an absurd and extremely emo scene: Jack says “Bullshit” and blows up some metal music in his wireless headphones, before strutting out of the castle.
Stranger From Heaven Final Fantasy Origin is a new soul-like action game from Square Enix and Team Ninja. The game departs from the conventions of the Final Fantasy franchise in many ways and presents a much darker take on a Final Fantasy game. The second trial version was released on Friday for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Now people will be seeing more of Jack and who he is as a character – with this scene sticking out, in particular.
Jack is a simple man with a simple goal: he wants to kill Chaos, a mysterious being who brings darkness to the earth. The scene in question occurs after completing Chaos Shrine, the first area of the demo. Jack and two of his buddies infiltrate the sanctuary (which is actually a sprawling castle) to fight a giant, armored monster they think is Chaos. Instead of defeating Chaos, they find out that the monster is actually a girl named Neon.
After beating her, Neon explains that she also seeks Chaos. After spending her life looking for him, she begins to think that the mythical creature of darkness does not exist. And what does Jack say to Neon after she opens her whole heart and explains her pain? “Bullshit.” Then he starts playing nu metal and calms down. You can watch the full clip below.
Yes, the scene is real.
The contrast between the medieval fantasy environment and Jack’s oddly masculine modern attitude throughout the demo is already funny. And Jack putting on his headphones, like a stubborn child who won’t listen to his mother, pushes him to the height of comedy. Fans online have been publish the clip with comments like “WHAT DID I JUST WATCH ?????????? ? And “this is the greatest troll game I’ve ever seen”, because it’s so ridiculous. The scene is enough to shame even the socially awkward Cloud Strife.
When Stranger from paradise was announced, creative producer Tetsuya Nomura has said he plans to write the story of an “angry man” when conceptualizing the game. Although this is a fairly general statement and slightly vague, we now know that apparently means writing a character who acts like a cranky teenager.
Stranger from Heaven Final Fantasy Origin arrives on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC (via Epic Games Store), Xbox One, and Xbox Series X on March 18, 2022.