I’m doing this based on the anniversary date of the first game but I also wanted to make a post before 2012 ends. Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary is something amazing to talk about. The first Final Fantasy was released on December 18th 1987. That’s today!
The game has sold over 100 million units by 2011 , the 9th best selling game and 2nd best selling RPG in the world. 14 main titles and many spin-offs, prequels and sequels. The idea that the main planner called it that because it would be the last game he would create if it did not sell well is interesting.
Final Fantasy are conveyed to classic literature, world culture and ties to 20th century Japanese literature which I can see more of it now. The worlds have had some Eastern and Western influences and you can really see that if you take a look at Final Fantasy XII. Plots center on a group of heroes battling a great evil while exploring the characters’ internal struggles and relationships. Character names are frequently derived from the history, languages, and mythologies of cultures worldwide.
My first experience of playing Final Fantasy started back in 2004 when my sister’s best friend lent me Final Fantasy X. I thought it was a strange game to me but I still felt lured in by the plot and plus, the battle system is likable and similar to Pokémon if you ask me. I felt a bit misled thinking I was playing Yuna as the main character as there was no indication at the time I was going to play as Tidus. Anyways, I still think it is one of my favourite Final Fantasy games. Later on, I started playing FFX-2, FFXII and III. I would not have finished X-2 if I did not have my strategy guide because it was a struggle and a bore to complete. I am still in the middle of completing XII (thought it was great at the beginning but now it is dragging on) and III (good but man, if you delete your file you realise how many dungeons you have to go through again) which will be the last Final Fantasy games I will play.
I have watched the walkthroughs of FFIV (currently), FFIX, FFXIII and FFXIII-2. I’m still wondering whether I should give FFVIII a go again but I found the beginning very boring. I think FFIX needs more praise as one of the best in the series and FFIV (I viewed the DS version) is quite good but wow, never seen so many people sacrifice themselves in a game so much and then reappear! I admire the games and want to pitch my own idea for a main title game. Some of my favourite characters in the series are Bathlier, Lulu, Zack Fair, Lighting, Ashe and I am hoping when Versus XIII/FFXV comes out, Noctis will be on the list and what I imagine him to be. You should see a post on it soon. The connection theory of FFVII and FFX-2 sounds plausible and I remember when I took a look at FFVII and thought it was strange the company was called Shinra but I never took notice of Shinra (X-2)’s weird obsession with his projects and the Farplane.
Happy 25th anniversary Final Fantasy! I admire the series and each unique game with their own beautiful settings and interesting main party combinations.
What’s your experience with Final Fantasy, guys?