With the release of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII drawing ever closer, I thought I’d would use this chance to talk about the main series Final Fantasy games, or at least the ones I’ve played. MMORPGs aren’t my thing and having the money purchase a copy of FFI has never coincided with me finding a copy of it.
Version played: PSP
I think this game gets more hate than it deserves, I’ll admit I didn’t have the best first impression of it, I spent the first few hours completely lost until I ended up somewhere where the enemies completely slaughtered me and then I had to try and make my way back with minimal health and no recovery items. Once I got past that, and got used to the somewhat unusual level up system, I had a surprisingly good time with it. The story is sufficiently interesting, and the characters are decent, though fairly standard archetypes. The soundtrack is also decent, though somewhat forgettable when compared to the rest of the series.
Version played: DS
This game is one of my least favourite in the series, I don’t hate it, but I find it very lacking. The story is predictable and the characters bland, the only redeeming features are the job system and the soundtrack. Don’t get me wrong, the game isn’t bad, but when compared to the other games in the series it just can’t compete.
Version played: GBA, DS, PSP
I like this game, I like it quite a lot, so much so I own three copies of it. It was one of the games that introduced me to the series, either the second or third in it that I played, though I’m not sure the first game I played really counts. It is a very well constructed game, the story is great, it’s twists are interesting and there are some touching moments, it also has a diverse and entertaining cast characters, that seemingly set the standard for a lot of jrpg archetypes. The soundtrack, I’m just going to say that it’s very good and leave it at that, otherwise I could go on about it for ages, and it’s not even close to my favourite in the series.
Version played: GBA
This is another game in the series that I think gets more hate than it deserves, in fact when I bought it the shop assistant tried very hard to convince me not to, and only when I told him the other games in the series that I owned did he relent, he also gave me a discount on it for being such big a Final Fantasy fan. I have an unreasonable fondness for this game, the story is pretty average, and the characters a bit shallow, but the job system, and the soundtrack, Clash on the Big Bridge and my favourite version of the Chocobo theme. This game also has Faris, my favourite character in the entirety of the series, also the only character in the game who recieved more than just a token amount of development. I just adore this game, when people point out it’s flaws I can see where they’re coming from and I agree with them, but it doesn’t change my opinion of it at all.
Version played: GBA
When I said IV had a diverse cast of characters, this game takes that and then goes even further, with fourteen possible party members, and none of them playing the role as main character. The story is interesting, quite intricate in parts, and has a surprisingly dark tone, especially in later parts of the game. This game’s soundtrack, as well as the game itself, is a close contender for my favourite game in the series, there are just so many beautiful pieces, though I’ll admit I do find the battle theme quite forgettable.
Next week will be VII through XII, excluding XI, thanks for reading.