Results 1 to 14 of 14

Thread: Final Fantasy

  1. #1
    Author of 101 WWE Matches To See Before You Die Samuel 'Plan's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Posts
    586

    Final Fantasy

    So as a long time casual fan of the series I figured it worth making a thread for the Final Fantasy franchises - surely one of the most prolific RPG series' in gaming history, right?

    Historically FFX is my absolute favourite, I totally adore that game and must have played through it about twenty times in my life. I have a lot of affection for VII as well, of course, though admittedly only ever got to like, disc 2 or some such. Still, I know enough about it to know I really like it! XIII is started to get into at one stage, but never got far into it before life started making demands.

    Otherwise, I've not much exposure to the franchise. As I say, I'm really just a casual fan.

    But what spurred me to post was that I recently downloaded IX and VII on the Switch, when they got released this month. I've never played IX before but am quite enjoying it. Hasn't grabbed me quite like X or VII did when I first played them, but it's still fun. It does look fantastic with its HD upgrade, mind - at least on the portable screen. I'm now trying to surge my way through it so I can get onto giving VII a proper end-to-end playthrough though - the completionist in me won't let me start VII till IX is done!

    Anyways, thoughts on the franchise? On the Switch releases, or other releases? Memories, that sort of thing?

  2. #2
    Beautiful Fandom Mystic's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Posts
    350
    FF VII is my favorite, in large part because it was the first I ever played. There is something about the time in the slums, pre-world map, that just puts me in a special place. The story surrounding Cloud is fantastic and Sephiroth is a boss of bosses. I also appreciate the game is so intense that you need an amusement park where your characters can go to blow off steam.

    FF IX meant a lot to me, as I was an old-school JRPG fan from 8-Bit Nintendo onward, and IX was a throwback at a time where you knew it would never be like this again.

    I never got into VIII like I wanted, but I truly believe I could if time permitted.

    FF VI is Final Fantasy VII for some people, as far as it being *that game* in the series. I didn't feel that, but I enjoyed it when I played it. There is another one I enjoyed. IV maybe?

    My only advice is take your time on each one. One underrated thing is having great entertainment that is still in front of you.

  3. #3
    Senior Member Gooner's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Location
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    Posts
    771
    I've played IV, VII, XIII and tried VI but didn't get into it too much.

    I will play the remake of VII, probably my favourite out of the three I've finished. I was a Nintendo guy growing up so I didn't get much exposure to Final Fantasy. I personally prefer the Tales series, but I can imagine the remake of VII will be brilliant.


    I've tried taking up column writing, check it out here!

    Words from a Gooner #2: 7 Treatments for Wrestlemania Fever

  4. #4
    Beautiful Fandom Mystic's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Posts
    350
    Quote Originally Posted by Gooner View Post
    I've played IV, VII, XIII and tried VI but didn't get into it too much.

    I will play the remake of VII, probably my favourite out of the three I've finished. I was a Nintendo guy growing up so I didn't get much exposure to Final Fantasy. I personally prefer the Tales series, but I can imagine the remake of VII will be brilliant.
    Not going to get off topic here, but I just want to say that the Tales series is my favorite JRPG series of all-time, and it's rare to hear/see someone else giving it high-level props.

  5. #5
    Senior Member Gooner's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Location
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    Posts
    771
    I won't mention it again, as this is a Final Fantasy thread after all, but Tales of Symphonia deserved much more attention than it got when it came out. Probably put in over 100 hours into that game.

    Anyway, back on topic. Anyone played XV? Any good?


    I've tried taking up column writing, check it out here!

    Words from a Gooner #2: 7 Treatments for Wrestlemania Fever

  6. #6
    The Brain
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Posts
    2,685
    I played X as a teen and loved the story, the visuals, the music. The gameplay itself was a bit of a grind for me at times but still it remains one of my favorites.

    Just this past Christmas I played VII for the first time and ended up loving it even more. It had a story (and music!) just as good as X, and while the visuals were more basic they were still fantastic for me. I even liked the gameplay more, which I didn't expect since I'm typically prefer turn based combat in an RPG.

    Those are the only two I know, but I loved 'em both! My friend played (some of?) XV and seemed to enjoy it, but the game was so large I think he lost interest well before completing it, or at least he stopped updating me about it after a while.

  7. #7
    Beautiful Fandom Mystic's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Posts
    350
    Quote Originally Posted by Gooner View Post
    I won't mention it again, as this is a Final Fantasy thread after all, but Tales of Symphonia deserved much more attention than it got when it came out. Probably put in over 100 hours into that game.
    Around 2004, I went through one of the most difficult times in my life, a time that I was not equipped to handle back then. I am someone who finds a way to enjoy life or to have meaning even in sorrow, but for about a year-and-a-half, I had no joy and no meaning, not even in sorrow. Then I played Tales of Symphonia, and I'm not sure what it was--the colors, the characters--but it was so lighthearted yet engaging that I smiled and laughed and felt and engaged for the first time in 18 months. It woke me up again. That is my favorite game of all-time for that and what put me on the path to claiming Tales above all other brands.

    Quote Originally Posted by mizfan View Post

    Just this past Christmas I played VII for the first time and ended up loving it even more. It had a story (and music!) just as good as X, and while the visuals were more basic they were still fantastic for me. I even liked the gameplay more, which I didn't expect since I'm typically prefer turn based combat in an RPG.
    It makes me very happy to know you played and enjoyed VII. Any favorite parts of the game, locations in the game, or characters from the game?

  8. #8
    Senior Member Gooner's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Location
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    Posts
    771
    Quote Originally Posted by Mystic View Post
    Around 2004, I went through one of the most difficult times in my life, a time that I was not equipped to handle back then. I am someone who finds a way to enjoy life or to have meaning even in sorrow, but for about a year-and-a-half, I had no joy and no meaning, not even in sorrow. Then I played Tales of Symphonia, and I'm not sure what it was--the colors, the characters--but it was so lighthearted yet engaging that I smiled and laughed and felt and engaged for the first time in 18 months. It woke me up again. That is my favorite game of all-time for that and what put me on the path to claiming Tales above all other brands.
    It's certainly in my top 10, I think the only misgiving I could find is that the plot did get a little convoluted, but I'll play it once every few years and revisit it.


    I've tried taking up column writing, check it out here!

    Words from a Gooner #2: 7 Treatments for Wrestlemania Fever

  9. #9
    The Brain
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Posts
    2,685
    Quote Originally Posted by Mystic View Post
    It makes me very happy to know you played and enjoyed VII. Any favorite parts of the game, locations in the game, or characters from the game?
    Unfortunately I knew coming in of the most famous story moment, but that didn't stop me from connecting with Aerith and using her liberally for as long as I had her. She's the one I ended up on a date on, and I was just fine with that. Barret is another one I used a lot, he had the guts to go out and do something in the face of hopeless odds. He emerged from tragedy with a purpose. After Aerith died I found myself using Yuffie a lot, I was attracted to her spirit, mischievous though she may be. When I think back on the game I always think of flying the airship across the word, particularly hunting for the flying weapon that almost destroyed Midgar. When I had to stop the game (it was my brother's copy and my vacation was over) I was trying to work out how to beat Emerald Weapon, but I never did quite take that beast down (I didn't even try Ruby!).

  10. #10
    Beautiful Fandom Mystic's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Posts
    350
    Quote Originally Posted by Gooner View Post
    It's certainly in my top 10, I think the only misgiving I could find is that the plot did get a little convoluted, but I'll play it once every few years and revisit it.
    I'd make no argument with that. The plot is usually lower on my list for Tales games. Not that I don't like them, but they can be repetitive and/or convoluted. They make up for it in hybrid battles and awesome flippin' characters though. First time I played a Tales where they talk to each other throughout the world map, joking, arguing, dev. character, I almost couldn't play the next non-Tales RPG: "What?! You guys only talk in towns! You don't speak in battle, on maps, or in dungeons?! Really?!" When a series exposes something like that, my hats off to them.

    Quote Originally Posted by mizfan View Post
    Unfortunately I knew coming in of the most famous story moment, but that didn't stop me from connecting with Aerith and using her liberally for as long as I had her. She's the one I ended up on a date on, and I was just fine with that. Barret is another one I used a lot, he had the guts to go out and do something in the face of hopeless odds. He emerged from tragedy with a purpose. After Aerith died I found myself using Yuffie a lot, I was attracted to her spirit, mischievous though she may be. When I think back on the game I always think of flying the airship across the word, particularly hunting for the flying weapon that almost destroyed Midgar. When I had to stop the game (it was my brother's copy and my vacation was over) I was trying to work out how to beat Emerald Weapon, but I never did quite take that beast down (I didn't even try Ruby!).
    Even the language you use reminds me of the weightiness of that game. I think that's the one where all the party members are invited to go home and reassess before agreeing to the final dungeon/boss. That's some shit. I didn't know the word "trauma" when I first played it but it's an exercise in trauma studies.

  11. #11
    Administrator Prime Time's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Posts
    3,306
    Was a big fan of this series when I still had the time to play them. I've got a save of the remastered X going that I need to get back into at some point, and then I've got X-2 to work through which I've never actually played, so there's an incentive to get through it.

    Played VII, VIII, X, and XIII. VIII is probably my favourite, perhaps because I played it first.

    "The worst moron is the one too stupid to realise they're a moron."

  12. #12
    Author of 101 WWE Matches To See Before You Die Samuel 'Plan's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Posts
    586
    So I finished IX... I wasn't a huge fan by the end of it. Come the conclusion, I had no real idea what was going on and had to hit Wiki up after the fact just to try and clear up the plot a little for me! A lot of the dialogue at the end, explaining where Zidane came from and the two worlds and the Mist and all the rest of it, it just served to confuse me honestly. I also couldn't help but feel like a lot of the interesting character threads that started in the first couple of hours just gradually dissolved into nothing over the course of the game - I was left with the overwhelming sense that the second half was a different story to the first! I also found it a little too back and forth, circular almost, in that you went to one place and back and another place and back and another place and back to the second place and on and on.

    That said, there was plenty in there I liked a lot, but it came in stuttery dribs and drabs. I thought Zidane was really cool as a character generally, and the first three to join the team were all a lot of fun - Vivi and Dagger and Steiner. I was less than enamoured with the rest of the core group. I still have no idea what the point of Quina was! I really enjoyed the relationship between Zidane and Blank too, what little we saw of it; I'm totally shipping that too by the way! I thought it was a really cool way to start the story, and some of the sequences when Brahne was wreaking havoc felt highly dramatic - I particularly loved the downfall of Burmecia.

    But overall it was all just a little too muddied for me. I couldn't really get into the plot (every time it felt like it was building some dramatic momentum, it would disappear on another tangent that killed the buzz dead), and the character arcs I was really loving just vanished in the last half of the game, which left me feeling largely disconnected from what was happening. Of the few FF games I've played, it'd be ranked last of the bunch - but I haven't played many of them at all, so take that for what it's worth.

    Now, onto VII!

    Cloud is already named Seth (because of course he is), Barrett I have named Reigns and Tifa is Becky. But who should Dean be?! I was thinking maybe Red XIII...?

  13. #13
    The Brain
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Posts
    2,685
    Haha, I'm flashing back to naming my pokemon after wrestlers after reading the end of that post Plan!

  14. #14

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •