Final Fantasy (FF) is one of the most esteemed and reputable Role Playing Games all of time. It’s first release was on December 18th, 1987 and platform was Nintendo Entertainment System. Now, it is in its 13th installment. Although most Final Fantasy installments are supposedly independent stories with different settings and main characters, they feature identical elements that define the franchise. The Final Fantasy series have been critically acclaimed and commercially successful, though each installment has received different levels of success.
I started with FF VII in PlayStation1 (PS) console but I wasn’t able to finish playing the game. I was still new with the it’s gameplay so I would just listen to my highschool classmates sharing stories as to how they finished the game.
I guess FF VII was the most loved of all series, that’s why Square Enix gave the fans a gift by releasing a sequel of it in full CGI-Movie making it to my list of favorite movies of all time, FF VII Advent Children.
The first FF installment that I fell in love with was FF VIII. It took me only a week to finish the game. It included 4 CD’s and an old school PS memory card. I recall clutching the memory card even when I was asleep, it was my precious that time way back when I was in college. I admit that I used gameshark just so I can successfully finish the game with ease. I was really after the story so if I didn’t use gameshark, it would have taken me forever to defeat the big bosses. Though there was no voice over that time with PS1, the characters, the story, and the song blew me away. The themesong was “Eyes On Me” by Faye Wong and it became a sensational song.
Then FF IX followed, however I was not keen with the trailer. I didn’t like the way they made miniature characters, albeit it garnered positive reviews from game critics.
FF X was the first from FF series to have voice over feature because the platform was already PS2. There was a significant improvement with its full motion videos, and photo-realistic character models. Not to mention Nobuo Uematsu, the game soundtrack composer, created another masterpiece entitled “Suteki Da Ne”. This took me 3 years to finish…not because I found it extremely difficult to play, it was because I was already working in Cebu. I could only continue playing it whenever I’m back home for vacation.
FF X was the first to have a sequel, FF X-II, which also became very popular. Unlike the prequel which focused on one male protagonist, they spiced it up and made 3 girls as the lead characters. I didn’t have the chance to play it though.
FF XI (online) and FF XII followed. Regrettably, I lost track in playing those because I’d already started working ( right after I graduated from college ) so I had to leave home and my PS2.
After 4-5 years, FF XIII was back in the most advanced console which is PS3. One can definitely appreciate the Computer Generated Imagery of the game in a FULL HD TV with full digital surround sound and 1080P picture quality. Square Enix didn’t fail to impress us, the Fans, with its breathtaking visual effects and gameplay. Sadlly, the characters and the plot didn’t really capture my heart. There was something lacking, something missing. Much to my surprise, it was not Nobuo Uematsu who created the themesongs. That’s really a disappointment for me (though I liked the prelude theme). Despite the fact that FF XIII was also a smash hit, it didn’t leave a lasting impression on me.
Good thing Square Enix heard our appeal to release a sequel. I’m currently playing FF13-2. I actually like the gameplay, it’s easier and interesting. There are no more saved points this time. Instead, they made use of time and space travel which is pretty challenging. There are new interesting characters too. Though I really didn’t adore Serah in FF XIII-1, she is doing fine this time being one of main characters that I can control. I’m hoping to finish the game by next weekend. Oh, I forgot to mention that I like the prelude theme, it’s heartwarming. Does anyone know the title of the prelude themes of FF XXX 1 and 2?
If you are have been playing Final Fantasy and a fan like me, let me know your views too.
So this is the effect of Final Fantasy to me for the past 15 years . Now time to hit the sack. Until the next Final Fantasy chapter