Archive for January, 2013

By Keith Crandell

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Final Fantasy: All The Bravest is the latest entry into the Final Fantasy series, one of a wide variety of notoriety, infamy, and success. All The Bravest is by far the worst entry in this wonderful series, insultingly so. The plot is nonexistent, and the premise is equally lousy.

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By Keith Crandell

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 displays Lightning on the box art, but hardly she’s hardly seen in the game at all.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 is the first numbered sequel in almost a decade in the Final Fantasy series, and picks up three years after the conclusion of Final Fantasy XIII. This time, Lightning’s sister Serah, and Noel, a mysterious boy from a distant future step up to save the world as they search for Lightning, who disappeared in the aftermath of Cocoon falling from the sky and crashing into Gran Pulse below. Final Fantasy XIII-2 was released in early 2012, and I think it’s terrible.

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By Keith Crandell

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I’m going to be upfront about this: Final Fantasy XIII is by no means the best game in the Final Fantasy series. It’s not even close. It’s a solid title, with varying strengths and weaknesses, and is not “garbage” or “an abomination to the greatest series of all time” as I’ve seen a few people put it. Final Fantasy reached the western audience in early 2010, and its main protagonist, a strong woman named Lightning, was intended by director Motomu Toriyama to be reminiscent of Final Fantasy VII’s Cloud Strife. Little did he know that not only was she indeed reminiscent of Cloud, but that Final Fantasy XIII would face a similar degree of controversy from the Final Fantasy fandom.

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By: John Groom

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In one of the few Final Fantasy games to actually fully feature crystals (you know, the main plot point for the first game), Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles takes the series to a whole new realm. The gameplay is unlike any other Final Fantasy game, where the player plays through a series of three months during each year. You see, the world of FFCC is covered in an evil mist called miasma. This mist slowly kills all of those who are found near it. The people of this world repel the miasma with crystals made from myrrh, a kind of magical secretion from special trees. Each year, every town sends out a caravan to gather myrrh in order to power their crystal, a risk that leads to death in many cases.

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Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Review: An ADVANCE-d Tactical Adventure!

By Ryan Noblet

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As a somewhat “noobish” Final Fantasy player (and owner of exactly zero Sony systems for the newer games…), I have not had the experiences of some of our other writers with this incredible series of games.  While I am slowly starting to catch back up in Fantasy land, I have recently started re-enjoying an often overlooked “side-quest” in the series: the Game Boy Advance title Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.  While it is by no means a perfect game or even close to being the best game in the series, it is certainly one of the strongest games ever created for a handheld system!

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Final Fantasy Week (really, Month at this point) continues with the crew’s article on their favorite Final Fantasy Characters! Instead of the usual (again, no love for Cloud) picks, we have an interesting round up!

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