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Post by Ravenfreak » 6 months ago

Since I don't think I shared this thread here yet, I'd like to post my reviews on the first two Final Fantasy games! I think I'll split my posts up, because both of them are quite long. So here's the first game's review, and then in another response I'll post the second game's review!
So I beat Final Fantasy 1, here's a review I've written and shared on a few other forums. Note: This review is based around the Origins version of the game for the Playstation as this is the version I played. For those not familiar with the franchise, Final Fantasy is a Japanese Role Playing game that made it's debut in 1988 in Japan on the Famicom. It was later released in the US for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990. In 2003, to mark the franchise's 15th anniversary, a collection of the first two games were released on the original Playstation. This marks the first time the second game was released outside Japan, but the second game will be mentioned in a future topic. Upon booting up the game, you're greeted with a full motion video showing the events that have happened. The world has fallen to ruin, due to the four crystals being drained of their power. Their powers have been drained by the four fiends, whom were summoned by Garland the main antagonist of the game. In order to restore life to the kingdom, four warriors of light must team up to defeat the fiends, restore the crystals, and save the world! This is where the game starts!

Once the cutscene ends you get the option to start a new game, load a game from the memory card, or load from a memo file. Of course this was my first time playing the game, so I chose new game. Once you pick new game, you're greeted with a menu and from here you get to choose what classes of players you want in your party! The choices are warrior, monk, thief, red mage, black mage, and white mage. Since you get to choose the party's classes, the game has replay value right away. You can literally have a save with only warriors, another with only monks, a mix of classes, etc. You're not stuck with the same characters each time you replay it which makes it very unique! Later installments of the games sort of plays off this concept, but you're stuck with who you got until the end. If you're curious, my team consist of a warrior, monk, black mage and white mage. Later on, if you've done a side quest you can upgrade your character's classes too! Your warrior becomes a knight, monk a master, thief a ninja, red mage into a red wizard, black mage into a black wizard, and white mage into a white wizard!

Since this is a enhanced version of the game, all the sprites and music have been remastered! There's also separate music tracks for certain dungeons, which don't appear in the NES version at all! As with most soundtracks from the franchise, the music is beautiful. Honestly there wasn't a song I didn't like! The 8-bit chiptunes do have their charm, but ultimately this version has the better soundtrack. The graphics look like the Super Nintendo Final Fantasy games, so the games aren't in 3D which might make some players look past the game. Though if you're familiar with Final Fantasy 6 or Mystic Quest, the sprites won't look different from what you're used to seeing. Plus the cutscenes added really add to the story and immersed feeling you get from playing the game.

The mechanics and items are still the same as the NES version. However, this version of the game allows you to choose either to play on Normal mode or Easy mode! The only difference between the two are the max levels, and I assume bosses are probably a bit easier in the easy version. I played the game on Normal mode, so the max level my characters could make it to was 40. Also the final boss in this version has more HP than the original NES version, but that makes for a bit more of a challenge. Also since this was the first game, items and spells that appear in later games aren't in the origins version. They do appear in the Dawn of Light version on the GBA and PSP. (Items such as hi-potions don't exist in this version. You're stuck with normal potions...) This was honestly the only con with the origins version. This might not be a con for some players though, I found it quite annoying...

Overall the Origins version of the first game is great! I would recommend it over the NES version, but overall I'd say the PSP and GBA versions are better. If you can't find the GBA/PSP versions Origins can be found brand new pretty cheap on Amazon! I bought a copy for only $20 for the PS1. The enhanced graphics look great, the music is fantastic, and the cutscenes really bring the story to life. Overall, Final Fantasy via Origins gets a 6 out of 10. If hi potions were added to this version, it would have made it a bit better IMO. Still go and play it if you love JRPGs! The later titles are much better, but if you want to see where the franchise started give Final Fantasy origins a chance.
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Post by Princess MeowsePad » 6 months ago

I feel like I just missed the boat on this franchise. I have never played a single Final Fantasy game. I liked Kingdom Hearts, so it seems plausible that I would like this game as well if I ever just took the time to pick it up.
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Post by Ravenfreak » 6 months ago

I think you would like it! Final Fantasy is mostly turned based though, but there are a few games that add a bit of hack n slash to the mix. Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core comes to mind, but you sort of need to play VII before you play that even though it's a prequel. If you ever give the series a chance, I recommend trying VI and VII since those two titles are very popular. You don't have to play them in order, since each game tells a different story. :) Anyways, here's my thoughts on Final Fantasy II!

Final Fantasy 2 you either love it or you hate it, and more people tend to hate it. Do I hate it? Continue reading to find out! Let's start off with the basic rundown on how this game works. Like any other turned based RPG, the goal is to defeat monsters, and save the world! Though this one does things quite differently, and that's the main reason why you see this game on the bottom of many Final Fantasy fans lists of the best games in the series. Just how different is it from your typical RPG? Well, there's no leveling system! Instead you master the use of weapons, and the way your stats increase depends on how much damage you take, how much magic you use in battle, etc. But you see, this game has a huge flaw with the system. If you continue to attack yourself, and keep selecting a target to attack your stats will increase! Anyways, I think that explains the basics of the battle system without going into too much detail. Because this is a review after all, and I'm sure you're more interested in what I think of the game!

We'll look past the battle system for now and focus on the characters. Right at the beginning we start with four characters, Firion, Maria, Gus, and Leon. However the player quickly realizes that the party of four will soon become a party of three. You lose Leon right at the beginning! We also learn quickly that Maria and Leon are siblings, and our main objective is to find him. Gus seems to be the slow character as he speaks somewhat like a caveman. Maria tends to be the red mage of your party if we're going with the old class system from the original game. For most of the game you're only stuck with Firion, Maria, and Gus with the occasional fourth party member joining in from time to time as the story progresses. We don't get too much of a back story for the three main characters, but this was an original NES game and you can only do so much with what limits you have. We know that each character comes from the same town, because we see this in a cutscene in the beginning of the game. The other characters you encounter don't have much of a back story either, aside from one or two. So the character development is really lacking in this title.

Alright enough of the characters, how about the story? Well the story is pretty similar to Final Fantasy 4 ironically. I say ironically, because Final Fantasy 4 was released as "Final Fantasy 2" in the states, because Squaresoft thought we couldn't handle 2 and 3 so we didn't get those on the NES. However, 4 came out later of course, so I think Squaresoft might have made 4's story a bit similar to 2's since the west didn't get it. Or I'm just reading into things, and they just accidentally made the stories somewhat similar. I don't want to give anything away, since there might be people who wish to play both games. I'll just say this, two characters have almost identical storylines. But what do I think of the story? It's a decent one, but I honestly like Final Fantasy 1's story better.

So let's get back to that odd leveling system. I've already explained it earlier in my review, so feel free to look back at it if you need to. I'm one of those few in-between fans who actually quite enjoys the leveling system! Just the whole aspect of having to literally make the characters hit themselves to get more HP and better stats made it really enjoyable to grind rather than having to keep encountering monster after monster until you're at the "perfect" level. Don't get me wrong, I love turned base RPGs, but it was a nice refreshing break from the normal turned base RPG system. There's no way the game would be beatable IMO if you don't use the exploits to your advantages though. Most strong monsters would kill you instantly if you tried to play the game legitimately. I'll get more into that later on though.

Alright I think I've explained the many pros I have with Final Fantasy 2. So let's take a look at some of the cons. First, the most annoying aspect of the game is the inventory system. You only have 63 item slots, and items do not stack on each other! That means if you pick up three potions, those three potions just took up three item slots! Also most of those slots will be taken over by key items, which even after they serve their purpose you can't do anything with them! So you couldn't sell or toss them, they sit there for the rest of the game. Also in order to actually use items in battle, your characters must be equipped with said items! You can't access your inventory during battle! This really was my biggest complaint about the game. I also found the bosses to be quite easy, but I did have fun grinding so I was probably over powered for the entire game. Plus, I had the best weapons in the game so the final boss was a joke.

So do I love it or hate it? Honestly, despite the stupid inventory system Final Fantasy 2 was quite enjoyable. The fact that you could have your characters master the use of different weapons rather than relying on levels was a new, fun take on the traditional RPG. Plus, the whole entire leveling system was unique and fun! I did forget to mention the music, the soundtrack is decent but honestly I like the first game's soundtrack better. Overall if you like bizarre leveling systems, you will possibly enjoy this game. If you're used to the traditional system, you might find this one to be too odd. I rate Final Fantasy 2 a 7 out of 10.
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Post by slooroo » 5 months ago

I only need FF9 on repeat. Heretics can gtfo.

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Post by Ravenfreak » 5 months ago

I honestly can't wait to play FF9. It's one of my friend's favorite game in the franchise, and I own it on the PS4. :) I don't know why I wish to play them in order, when most of them don't even coexist with each other.
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Post by slooroo » 5 months ago

FF9 was my first FF game. I got straight As one year on my report card and my mom allowed me one game. I couldn't decided what to get and my mom suggested FF9 based on the artwork. I decided to get it and absolutely loved it. She also got me Pokemon before I knew what it was and suggested franchises like Drakengard. She doesn't play video games or know anything about them she just chose stuff off the art.

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Post by Kaunisto » 5 months ago

I've played 1-6 & 8 on Nes/SNES/PS emulators (over 10 years ago, so I may not remember them all well).

1: very basic and generic; I loved the ending twist
2: interesting storyline, and I still remember that one castle music
3: very tiresome (even playing with walkthrough), but I liked the profession system
4: don't remember well, I don't like the real time battle system started here
5: the system from 3 improved, but not so strong on story and such
6: my favorite
8: two major complaints: messy storyline and sudden change in difficulty at end of disc 3 - I had before that just grinded/leveled characters and then had to learn the whole tactical battle system

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Post by slooroo » 5 months ago

It's really too bad FF8 is such a mess of a game. It had the elements to possibly surpass 7 and it just didn't. Also I'm immature and laugh at elements of the story.

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Post by Ravenfreak » 5 months ago

I've heard 8 is probably one of the worst titles in the series. I still can't wait to try it out though. :lol: I just bought FFVII: Dirge of Cerberus, and my girl says it sucks. She used to own a copy of the game but hated it so much she traded it in. :V We now own FFVII: Crisis Core, FFVII, and that game. I love Crisis Core's story, and honestly I like Zack better than Cloud. (I haven't played Crisis Core, I just watched all the cut scenes. I've played through all of VII but got my butt kicked by Sephiroth since I skipped out on lots of side quest stuff. (I didn't want to get too spoiled, I was already well aware of a certain character's death...)
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Post by slooroo » 5 months ago

I don't remember Dirge of Cerberus being bad just really odd. It was kinda fun in a novelty sort of way since FF doing something that wasn't a RPG was pretty interesting. As for FF8 it's not BAD per say, I just think Square tried to do some really bold innovations for the franchise with it and it didn't work. It's why I think FF9 went back to what worked.

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