Friday Favorites #4: Best Bling in Video Games

1. Resident Evil 4

Gemstones have been used throughout the series in puzzles, but RE4 introduced treasures for Leon to find. These could be sold to the mysterious Merchant for more money that could be used for items, new weapons, and upgrades. Resident Evil 5 also had treasures to find and sell between chapters (no Merchant this time), but let’s face it – RE4 is much better liked. RE4 had the novelty of treasures o find and sell.

2. Uncharted Series

Similarly to RE4, there are dozens of treasures to find across the Uncharted series, and they are gorgeous. I can’t even imagine what they look like in Uncharted 4: A Thief ‘s End. There are even randomly generated treasures in some multiplayer modes. Completing certain sets can unlock perks.

3. Final Fantasy Series

Crystals have always had special meaning across the series. They are symbolic of new powers, especially in the first, third, and fifth games in the series, where new jobs or job upgrades are unlocked upon finding the elemental crystals. 

Does materia in Final Fantasy VII count as bling? I’d like to think so. 

These pieces of concentrated Lifestream energy allow your party members to use magic, summon monsters, and increase their stats. Materia level up alongside the party, and can sometimes reproduce copies of itself at max level. This is some versatile bling, and it’ll look prettier than ever in the episodic remake. 

Final Fantasy IX was hyped as “the return of the crystal”, signifying its throwback to more traditional fantasy tropes. 

Crystals figure heavily into the world and plot of The Lightning Trilogy. People marked by fal’Cie gods, the l’Cie, can fall into long comas encased in crystal, and the party gains new skills and stat points from the Crystarium.

Final Fantasy Tactics is the Zodiac Brave Story, which features magical Zodiac Stones that can turn people into superpowered monsters. 

Not the most glamorous example. 

The heroes of DISSIDIA are required by Cosmos to gain crystals to prove their heroic worth.

In the Theatrhythm games, fragments of crystals must be gained in order to unlock new characters. 

4. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Sometimes, monsters will drop gemstones of varying degrees of preciousness and value. These gems can be sold to the Librarian, who functions as a merchant (despite his loyalty to Dracula, he also loves that dank money) to get valuable items like Jacob’s Cloak or the Duplicator.

One of the subweapons is a crystal that can ricochet off of surfaces to hit enemies. It’s kind of rare.

Most fun of all is the Jewel Sword. It’s probably a decently strong weapon when you find it; it leaves a cool-looking trail when you swing the blade; and it considerably increases the chances of slain enemies dropping gems. You can make much more money with this method than you would otherwise. 

5. Various Harvest Moon Games

I don’t know if all of the HM games feature a mine where you can get crystals and gems, but I remember that Harvest Moon: Magical Melody does. Certain characters and potential love interests have expensive tastes…

6. Assorted Puzzle Games

Puzzle games and bling go hand in hand. There are probably too many examples to count, but some of the most popular include Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo (there wasn’t a first one), Bejeweled, and Genies & Gems.

What games feature some of your favorite uses of bling? What game should be the next subject of my blog? I need suggestions!