It’s hard to believe that this series is still around considering the Final Fantasy has been going on for close to 30 years now! Seriously though I think it’s been a blessing and a curse that the series has been going for this long.
Final Fantasy has to be one of my all time favorite series to play. The thing is this wasn’t even my first RPG. I didn’t actually pick up an RPG until I picked up Final Fantasy II (or IV, but more on that another time).
So what better place to begin then the beginning of Final Fantasy. Growing up I didn’t have an overall fondness for RPG’s. I wanted to like them, I was intrigued by the Phantasy Star series on Genesis. I owned Might and Magic 3, but it was hard as hard could be for 10 year old me. A friend of mine had Dragon Warrior, but it was just too slow paced. I didn’t actually play the first Final Fantasy until a few years ago. Thus begins our journey into a series that’s been around in North America at least for 25 years that alluded me.
[pullquote]grinding in a game that isn’t a Tony Hawk game sounds terrible[/pullquote]
Final Fantasy came to North America on July 12, 1990 and was supposed to be the final game that Square would release, hence the name Final Fantasy. I’m not going to go into too many details on the history of the game, that’s why we have Wikipedia.
The story of Final Fantasy is as follows,
“The world is veiled in darkness. The wind stops, the sea is wild, and the earth begins to rot. The people wait , their only hope, a prophecy…..”
“When the world is in darkness four heroes will come…..”
“After a long journey, four heroes arrive, each holding an ORB.”
Not an incredibly fleshed out back story, but it does however give you just enough information to know what to do. For the sake of anyone who hasn’t ever played this game I don’t want to give too much away story wise. This isn’t a fairly long game but without a map of the overworld you will get lost fairly fast.
Step away from the story and look at the fairly simplistic gameplay. You go to different towns then find treasure chests to improve your gear and repeat. Simple right? Just be forewarned this game is a JRPG (Japanese Role Playing Game) and that means……..grinding! Find monsters to kill, now find more, and more, and more. This is a good majority of JRPGs. If grinding in a game that isn’t a Tony Hawk game sounds terrible then this may not be for you.
Myself, I love the random battles in a game. Granted in some instances they can get pretty tedious. I learned my lessons the hard way. Don’t get caught far away from a town exploring just to get trapped. This adds a sort of tension to the game which I rather enjoy. Unlike games like the first Dragon Warrior, you weren’t limited to just fighting one bad guy at a time.
In Final Fantasy you can face up to 9 enemies at one time. Another unique concept couple of other great things about this game is you can choose your party members’ classes. The ultimate challenge for this game is to have 4 white wizards.
The music in the game is fairly decent. Even for NES standards it’s not amazing, however that beginning theme still makes me tear up. Ok the music is still good, who am I kidding?
If you’ve never experienced a Final Fantasy game or even if you have and have somehow missed this one, then you owe it to yourself to pick it up and play it. There are a billion different ways to play this game. You can even play it on your phone! So quit reading this and go play it!
Next time I will be discussing Final Fantasy 2….not Final Fantasy 2 on the SNES! Final Fantasy 2 on the Famicom, real Final Fantasy 2.