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I decided to turn the "Games" section of my user-page into its own sub-user-page so I'll be able to write more. This way my user-page doesn't get way too long since there are a lot of FF games and I have many things to say about each of them.

Final FantasyEdit

HistoryEdit

I got my first look at this game when I ordered the Final Fantasy Origins for the PS1 on Amazon.

ThoughtsEdit

This was a new kind of RPG for the time. That doesn't really say much though since the only game that consumers were able to compare to it was Dragon Quest. Americans were able to compare it to a little more though, even though that "more" was only Dragon Warrior II and III. Of those four JRPG's I would definitely say that Final Fantasy stands above them all. Since the Dragon Quest games mostly follow the same formula. Save the world from a guy threatening to destroy it. Even though Final Fantasy may seem like it has the same formula, and it kind of does, but it mixes it up with the four elements, one monster representing each element and time paradoxes.

I think Final Fantasy has a lot to offer for an old-school JRPG enthusiast. It has plenty of exploration and the battle mechanics are superb. But when I say that the battle mechanics were good I'm primarily talking about the remakes. Even though the NES version wasn't bad when it comes to the battle mechanics, the remakes just did it so much better by making them more fast-paced. The inclusion of actual MP in the GBA version was also a welcome inclusion.

Lasting appealEdit

When speaking for the NES version I would kind of say that it hasn't aged very well but it is still a great game to play. Just make sure to stick with either the GBA version or the PSP version if you haven't played much old-school.

Current RankEdit

  • Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy IIEdit

HistoryEdit

Same as FFI, ordered Origins on Amazon.

ThoughtsEdit

I have played every version of this game that I could get my hands on. I've played the Famicom and GBA versions through emulators and I own the PSP and Origins version. I've also beaten all of the except for the PS1 version. The best of the bunch would have to be the PSP version, I know the GBA version is basically the same game with a little worse graphics but its just so comfortable playing it on the PSP, but I haven't played the GBA version on an actual GBA so what would I know.

The story I think was really dark and I really like that. The villain is interesting but I guess he would be more interesting if they'd actually have given him a back story. I know the NES wasn't really big on stories so I'll let that one slip but they released the Novel, Muma no mekiyu (I don't think I spelled it right.) and I would love it if they would translate it and release in worldwide. It may not be my favorite story but its in my top 10 FF stories. Chocobos were a nice addition as well, even though some may not notice it, this game started most of the enemies and common elements that are well known in the FF series today like the Malboro, bombs, behemoths and the MP system.

Now for the gameplay. I can't say I'm very fond of the "leveling up your stats and magics" system. It becomes very boring, very quickly. It just becomes kind of a grind fest. It's especially bad in the PS1 version with loading times plus an extremely high encounter rate. That's part of the reason why I gave up on the PS1 version. It's much more balanced in the PSP version, even though the GBA version has shorter loading times.

Lasting appealEdit

If I was a normal guy I would've played the PSP version and then given it a rest. But seeing how I'm not a very normal guy and I have to play every version of every game I play so I can make comparisons, I played all of them. So to those who are interested I advise you to get the PSP version if you have a PSP, if not, the GBA version. Stay away from the PS1 version though, I'd only recommend getting it because it comes with FFI. Even the Famicom version is more fun to play then the PS1 version. But in the end, I probably wont replay it.... unless it gets re-released again.... in 3D..... for the 3DS/Vita..... or PS3/Wii U..... Now I'm just dreaming for something that will never ever ever ever happen.

Current RankEdit

  • Final Fantasy
  • Final Fantasy II

Final Fantasy IIIEdit

HistoryEdit

I first played this game when I downloaded the Famicom version. I got to the final dungeon but then I gave up on it. Then a few months later I bought a DS (it wasn't just to play FFIII or anything like that yes it was) and ordered the game on eBay shortly after that.

The GameEdit

Let me just get this out of the way. This is one of my favorite Final Fantasy games and my second favorite DS game (after DQIV). I have no idea why the hell I like this game so much but I guess its because of the simplicity of it. I don't like games that are too complicated, one of the reasons why I don't really FFXII but that's a story for another day. The story is simple, like the game itself, just some evil force trying to flood the world with darkness and the light warriors need to go fix that. It was challenging but it wasn't annoying, but you still needed to level-grind a little in order to advance, which I am ok with.

When it comes to gameplay it's not very complicated. Although I wish they'd gotten rid of the magic-level thingy which was also in FFI. The MP system worked well in FFI Advance and FFII, so why not include it in this game? But possibly the best feature of the game is the diverse job system. So many JOBS!! But eventually after testing every job in some way I would just stick with the classics, I ended up with Luneth = Knight, Arc = Sage, Refia = Sage and Ingus = Ninja. But messing around with the jobs was still fun, and its where most of the games fun factor is found.

Lasting AppealEdit

I would play this game over and over again if I could. But other games exist so I can't. But if I were to recommend this game to someone I can only say that if you liked FFI, you'll probably like this one. What I should really be saying is you should play it if you liked the PS1 and NES versions of FFI. But you could also check it out if you're a hardcore JRPG gamer. I heard its also available on the iOS store, so jailbreak that iPod/Phone/Pad of yours and play it for free!

Current RankEdit

  • Final Fantasy III
  • Final Fantasy
  • Final Fantasy II

Final Fantasy IVEdit

HistoryEdit

I ordered Final Fantasy Anthologies on Amazon. European Anthologies contains FFIV and V.

The GameEdit

Here we go, the first FF game to have a real story-line to it. With actual dialogue and human characters with feelings and whatnot. It's revered by almost any FF enthusiast and is widely considered the best game in the series and the best Super Nintendo game of all time. So would anyone be mad if I said I find this game just kinda "ok"? Not that it's bad or anything, it has a very well told story, a great soundtrack, a nice setting, and it started the ATB battle system even though I don't find it very good in this game specifically because we have to wait for certain spells to be cast, and IIRC casting Bahamut is like 5 turns or something. So there's a thing I don't like about the game. Another thing is that I don't really find the characters that interesting for the most part. Although I love Rydia, she is my favorite female character and my third favorite character of all time. Golbez is a cool villain, with his dark voice in the DS version and big armor and all. The rest of the cast was pretty "meh" I didn't even like Kain that much, and I definitely consider him as one of the most overrated characters in the series.

Another complaint I have with the game is that it's pretty easy (NOT THE DS VERSION! THAT VERSION IS HARD!)... until you reach the moon and the final dungeon and the game just says "No, I'm not gonna let you beat me, FUCK YOU!". That was kind of a bastard move by Square, and I really hate it when the difficulty just suddenly rises from Medium to Extra Expert *cough*SuikodenV*cough*.

So far I have only beaten the DS and PSP versions, I have played the GBA and SNES versions and you can probably already tell that I've played the PS1 version. The GBA version is buggy beyond belief, rendering the game almost unplayable for me. The PS1 version on the other hand is just a direct port of the SNES version, as far as I can tell. It may also be a port of the Super Famicom version which was a lot more difficult they say.

Lasting appealEdit

Even after all the complaints I have I still find myself enjoying the game and Square will probably keep sucking the money out of pockets when they re-release it again for the Vita or 3DS (Which I'm pretty sure they will). But would I recommend it? Yes, but like with most other FF games I will only recommend it to RPG enthusiasts. Get the DS version if you want a more modernized version of the game and get the PSP version if you want to experience an enhanced version of the original.

Current RankEdit

  • Final Fantasy III
  • Final Fantasy IV
  • Final Fantasy
  • Final Fantasy II

Final Fantasy VEdit

HistoryEdit

You should know it by now. Anthologies.

The GameEdit

I read somewhere on the interwebz [1] that a certain reviewer said that Final Fantasy IV's easy difficulty (along with Mystic Quest) was a way for Square to say that Americans are idiots that are incapable of handling a little difficulty in their RPGs. I also read somewhere that Final Fantasy V was never translated for the Super Nintendo because it was too "Hard", which is also kind of an insult towards American gamers (I'm not American, my country never got I, IV and VI to begin with!). That said, now I should give my opinions on this game. I really like it, more than IV, II and I, but not more than III. Which is rather weird seeing that III's real charm was the job system that it offered and FFV expands that job system and makes it a whole lot better with mixing job abilities and all that, it also actually has a story-line and characters which III barely has. So it's a real puzzle why I find III better than V, yess... puzzle. Now lets never bring up that topic again, not where was I? Oh yes! Final Fantasy V has a very likable protagonist, he's goofy and adventurous, some guy that I can actually relate to in an FF game for a change. The rest of the cool characters were Galuf, which is an old tough guy which video games should have more of nowadays and Faris, the cross-dressing female pirate. Although with so many girls in the party the creators were pretty much begging for fan-made hentai. But still not more than certain other games *Couch*FFVIIandFFXIII*Cough*.

The battle mechanics are fairly simple if you're familiar with traditional FF battle systems. It's the ATB system, only in this game it's a billion times better than in IV, because I don't have to wait forever to cast Bahamut. Mixing jobs was also very fun, having a white mage/Summoner or a Summoner/Time mage or something like that is just badass. The setting is fine as well, multiple worlds was nothing really new at the time since it had started with III redone in every 2D FF game after that. But the back-story behind the world of FFV is definitely my second favorite back-story of the 2D games (Number 1 being Kefka's past). So to finish this I just want to talk about the antagonist. He's badass, you know it, everyone knows it, you'll have to live the rest of your life knowing that you'll never be as badass as X-Death, he even has "Death" in his name! You disagree? Oh well, maybe it's just my obsession with huge armored antagonists. The final thing I want to say is that the soundtrack has some songs that were spot on, but some of them were just really forgettable (Sorry Uematsu, please don't kill me!). GILGAMESH!!!

Lasting AppealEdit

How long do you think it'll be before they remake it on the 3DS? Two years? Three? Or maybe you're a risk taker and say one! Anyway, that would possibly be a great way to experience the game for the first time, that is to say if they'd modernize it like they did with FFIVDS, but I'd also appreciate a 2D Vita remake which would just be an enhanced version of the original (just like FFIVCC). But anyway, if you have a PlayStation 3 you can get it though the PSN if I'm not mistaken, so do it! You probably wont regret it.

Current RankEdit

  • Final Fantasy III
  • Final Fantasy V
  • Final Fantasy IV
  • Final Fantasy
  • Final Fantasy II

Final Fantasy VIIEdit

HistoryEdit

It started with me ordering it on amazon. But over the years my disks started to give up so I bought it on the PSN later.

The GameEdit

SPOILER ALERT FOR A 15 YEAR OLD GAME!!!
You have been warned
Alright here we go, we're finally at VII, the big one, the one that made the series what it is today... well maybe not what it is today, but you probably understand what I'm talking about. I'm just gonna get this out of the way first, yes, I think this game is extremely overrated. But that does NOT mean that it's bad, it just means that when someone mentions Final Fantasy most people will think of VII, X or XIII. That kind of makes me sad. So when I first played this game I had pretty high expectations, a friend of mine had told me that it's awesome, that it's one of the greatest PS1 games ever and so forth. I will give him this though, it certainly is one of the best PS1 games. But when we're discussing the expectations I had for it then it didn't exceed them, but it didn't disappoint. I had been told that it's awesome and it was awesome. I hadn't experienced a PS1 game like this since I played Ape Escape in my childhood. This game had an amazing story, a masterpiece of a soundtrack, some great characters and my favorite location in any FF game, MIDGAR. Now I want to give my two cents on the protagonist of the game, Cloud. I can't say I really find him all that interesting. I like him in Crisis Core, I can tolerate him in VII, Advent Children? Don't even go there! I guess it would just be me with my liking of "not-too-serious" characters but in Advent Children I think they tried making him a little too much like Squall, which failed miserably. That said, I love Barret, Yuffie and Vincent (I like him for being mysterious and having a pretty complex back-story, if you ask me it's far worse than what Cloud had to go through). I guess I should also include Zack in my favorites list even though he barely was a character in VII (Thank goodness for Crisis Core). I also think Aeris' death scene is a little too overplayed and people overreact to it way too much (Yes I said that, what are you going to do? Sue me?).

Now the battle mechanics were actually very good and very well polished and stuff like that. The character graphics made me feel really uncomfortable though, they looked like lego people with tube hands and most of Clouds face was covered by his eyes. It was just freaky, but still not bad for such a huge RPG in 1997, since many RPG's on the PS1 were made in 2D at the time, like Suikoden and even Dragon Warrior VII which came out around the release of FFIX. At least it looks kinda better than Legend of Dragoon. Now the Materia system is kind of an upgrade from the system used in FFVI with equipping Espers to you're characters. But instead of equipping one thing to character at a time and making said character learn all the spells or abilities that are on it, now you just equip it to your character and you can take it off him whenever you want, but if you do, he'll loose that ability. There is also much more of a variety when it comes to the Materia, you can learn magic, summons, make your weapons elemental, sense (libra), steal, throw and so forth, the only thing that sets characters apart in this game is their models, and Limit Breaks, which are AWESOME. Both the ability system and Limit break system are done a little better than in VI IMO.

Lasting AppealEdit

Like my friend said to me "Get it! It's awesome!". And you can get it on the PSN so as long as you own a PS3 or a PSP you're in luck. Now if you were wondering what I think about the remake rumors, I think Square should just do it and get it over with, sure it may take some time and it'll probably be released for the PlayStation 8, but hopefully... it'll be worth it.

Current RankEdit

  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Final Fantasy III
  • Final Fantasy V
  • Final Fantasy IV
  • Final Fantasy
  • Final Fantasy II

Final Fantasy VIIIEdit

HistoryEdit

I bought it on the PSN store.

The GameEdit

SPOILER ALERT FOR A 12 YEAR OLD GAME!!!!
You have been warned
Final Fantasy VIII probably gets the most mixed reviews from fans and critics alike. I know of a lot of people who absolutely abhor this game, but I also know of a few who think it's alright. Me? I think it's alright. When I first completed it it became one of my favorite titles in the series. Until I tried replaying it a short while ago. Long story short, I gave up on the third disk, I'll complete it again one day but that day isn't in the foreseeable future. The games moves super slowly and the junction system is beyond game-breaking, seriously, you can break the game with this thing, convert something into the "aga" spells in the first disc and junction it to HP or strength and you're pretty much set for the entire game. I'd like to get to the good aspects for a while now if you don't mind. The characters are pretty great in this game, you have basically every stereotype possible, the loner (Squall), the love interest (Rinoa), the hyperactive one (Zell), the womanizer (Irvine), the perky teenager (Selphie), the mom type (Quistis), the rival (Seifer), the lovable idiot (Laguna) and so on and so forth. I think they were able to do each and every character very well for the game, even though I don't necessarily like all of them, I still like them for what they are and how well they fit into their roles. I really like the antagonist, that is for the time we think she is the antagonist, but I don't like the antagonist that replaced her. I've never been a big fan of last minute throw in antagonists. So let me just say this right now Fuck you DarkCloud! Fuck you Zemus! Fuck you Ultimecia! Fuck you Necron! Fuck you Yu Yevon! and Fuck you Orphan!. Let's continue. I like it when they don't tell us the motivation of a villain just yet, it's nice when they build up to it. But when all that build up ends with "She was being mind-controlled by the real antagonist", that's just kind of a slap in the face. So what exactly is the motivation for this Ultimecia? She wants to compress time, why? Because she's evil I guess. I'll continue with the story in a bit. The music is wonderful, one of Uematsu's best if I do say so myself, it's the perfect mix of serious, calming, and heart-warming, (but I like it better when it has goofy songs too, which this game didn't have a lot of). The graphics are AMAZING! It really pushes the PS1 to it's limits.

Now I'll talk about the story. The best way to describe it would be to say that it's a gigantic cluster fuck of plot points, holes, and twists. "How are we going to do the SeeD test?" "We'll send you to a real life battlefield where your lives will be endangered of course!" "What are we going to do after we pass?" "Help a little team of nobodies kidnap the president of course!" "The capital is being run by a sorceress!" "Kill her of course!" "It failed, we're in jail, and missiles are on their way to the Garden!" "No worry's, the Garden can fly of course!" "So can the enemy garden." "Attack them head on of course!" "We attacked the sorceress but Rinoa went into a coma." "Heal her on the moon of course!" "The sorceress took control of her and she unleashed hordes of monsters upon earth!" "Urm.... You're fucked?". You can probably tell where I'm going with this. So let's just say that I'm not a big fan of the story.

Lasting appealEdit

I think it would be best for you to decide on your own what you think of this game. Don't listen to any review, most of them are mixed. Although it's usually the fans that are displeased with this game and the critics that praise it. You'll just have to pick a side. As for myself, I think it's alright. It certainly did not live up to the hype that VII created and I guess that is why most fans are displeased. It's too different from VII, it's too much of a downgrade.
Pick it up, play it, decide.

Current RankEdit

  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Final Fantasy III
  • Final Fantasy V
  • Final Fantasy IV
  • Final Fantasy VIII
  • Final Fantasy
  • Final Fantasy II
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