Posts Tagged ‘Square Soft’

By Alex Schmitz

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The cast of Final Fantasy IX. Left to Right: Quina, Freya, Eiko, Princess Garnet, Zidane, Steiner, Vivi, and Amarant.

Released in 2000, Final Fantasy IX was caught between the end of one generation and the beginning of the next. The Playstation 2 was already out and many fans were looking forward to the amazing visuals of the upcoming Final Fantasy X rather than paying attention to an obsolete console. Though the game sold well, it couldn’t match up to the success of its two more realistic predecessors. Ask gamers about their favorite RPG on the original PlayStation and most will name Final Fantasy VII. This is a true shame since this game has arguably the best graphics on the PlayStation, a 140 piece soundtrack that composer Nobuo Uematsu has called his favorite in the series, and the highest Metacritic score of any game in the series. The return to a medieval fantasy setting recaptures the magic and fun of the series’ earlier titles. With eight permanent party members, players have character options  but not so many that characters get lost in the crowd. Its beautiful story, huge world, and balanced battle system make it one of the best JRPG’s of all time.

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Final Fantasy VIII Cast: Left to Right: Squall Leonhart, Quistis Trepe, Zell Dincht, Selphie Tilmitt, Rinoa Heartily, Irvine Kinneas. Top: Ultimecia, the main villain

By Keith Crandell Jr.

As I sit down to write this review, I cannot, for the life of me, remember why I hate Final Fantasy VIII. Then I remember that I actually don’t hate the game as a whole, I just don’t like a single character or think the story is particularly interesting. I do, however, LOVE the game mechanics, especially the customization system. Final Fantasy VIII was released in 1999, and is the one game in the series that fans in Japan want remade more than any other.

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The orginal version of Final Fantasy III was released in Japan on April 27, 1990.

Hello, folks! GingerSpritz here, helping out ThoseReviewGuys with my own review of Final Fantasy 3 on the Nintendo DS. Originally a Japan-only release, the game finally made its way to the ‘states in August of 2006 on the Nintendo DS. I was 16 at the time, and just getting more interested in the Final Fantasy series after having a blast with Crystal Chronicles.

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Final Fantasy II, first released on December 17th of 1988, was the second game in the Final Fantasy series. The popularity of Final Fantasy was a stroke of luck for Square Soft, and the developers quickly used Final Fantasy’s success to stringboard on to the innovative series that we have today, starting with a sequel of sorts, Final Fantasy II. The game did not introduce many new features, although, the modifications it made to the gameplay as well as the technological innovations used put the series on the path to success.

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(Note: This review does not include the PSP or Smart Phone remakes)

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Twenty five years ago, one Hironobu Sakaguchi decided to bet his career in the gaming industry on a Role-Playing Game. Twenty five years later, his “Final Fantasy” is still going strong with fourteen games in the main series and more than forty gaiden games later. Looking back to the game that started the series, we see a gem that helped popularized the RPG genre by giving us a far more polished effort than many of its contemporaries (see also Hydlide). And after twenty five years and ten rereleases, we see a game that hasn’t aged perfectly, but has established itself as a classic game that still sells today.

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