An independent freeware RPG Maker 2003 game by Doug "DJC" Carpenter, with a setting best described as a FantasyConstructed World. Started several years ago as a Final Fantasy fan-game, and has existed in multiple incarnations over time, some of them VERY different from each other, until DJC decided to pull out all former versions and make the latest, much-revised version the "official" one.Unusual for having, as the name would suggest, an incredibly long playtime no matter which way the player goes about completing it. Add to that a differently-flavored story for this kind of game despite it being full of references to famous and less famous Speculative Fiction works, some very unusual battle mechanics and a thoroughly distinctive dungeon design.The story starts out by following an elite Cirigoth Blackguard as he attempts to desert from his own army, triggering his meeting with a couple of outlaws at war against the Tyr-Anox invasion force. As the plot advances, our heroes will progressively get involved in events of a much, much larger scale.Official website is found here:http://nealien.com/Everlong/news.php
Everlong contains examples of:
Action Girl: Meredith, Julia, Vixen and the vast majority of Tyr-Anox soldiers among others.
Aerith and Bob: Just look at the names of all the playable characters.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Storywise, the villains show signs of this by accurately predicting and countering anything the heroes try. Gameplay-wise, this is taken Up to Eleven with many of the enemy skills (Backfire, Might Makes Wrong, Reversal, etc), which are designed to counter standard RPG tactics and are often shared by multiple bosses.
Pragmatic Villainy: Emperor Daevus is willing to spare Valiantide prisoners and negotiate with his enemies in order to build good PR. He also advises his army to avoid needless destruction to the lands they conquer, since it would be hard to milk these lands for resources otherwise.
The Revolution Will Not Be Vilified: Averted, as the Valiantide sometimes use decidedly questionable methods in their struggle against the Cirigoth empire, a few warriors in their ranks have been reported to commit full-fledged criminal acts, and one of the higher-ups you get to meet is an unbelievable Jerkass. Not so extreme, however, that it counts as The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized.
The All-Seeing A.I.: If you play cards with Swank or play Blackjack at Isla de Sol, the AI will gain this ability if you bet too high. This leads to the opponent either folding if you have a better hand or calling your bet if you have a worse hand.
Trauma Inn: A rather literal case, as the amount of money you get charged for depends entirely on the amount of HP your party members are currently missing.