Blog a Day 69of365: Experiences with Final Fantasy

Sleep still isn’t really happening. In fact it was worse last night but skimming over that…

I’ve been playing a bit of Final Fantasy XIII. Not as much as I’d have liked. Been busy with various bits and pieces so only had a couple of evenings with it. I’m really enjoying it though. It’s reminded me of how excited the series has made me in the past.

Predictably I started with Final Fantasy VII at the tender age of 13 (I’ve sinced played 1-6). I can’t remember where I first read about it but something about it really excited me. I’d played RPGs before on the Megadrive and Gameboy and text adventures on the Commodore 64, but this looked special.

I asked for it for Christmas. It was a big request considering it cost £44.99 but my ever brilliant parents bought me it. I was so excited by Christmas Day that I prodded every wrapped present until I figured out where it was and persuaded my parents to let me unwrap it first. I adored every second of it, completing it numerous times and soaking up all the FAQs and game guides that I could for it.

When Final Fantasy 8 was announced, I was unbelievably excited. I saved up my pocket money so that I could pre-order it and collect it on release day. Due to a mix up I received the prized pre-order bonus of a FF8 demo disc on the day I picked up the game which was a shame. I rushed home with it having pored over the manual in the car. I settle down in front of my TV with a bottle of fanta to keep me hydrated and turned it on. The opening FMV was stunning, truly amazing at the time. The rest of the game…oh dear.

In hindsight it was amazing, it’s one of my favourite Final Fantasys now. But at the time it wasn’t Final Fantasy 7, it stood no chance of living up to the ridiculous amount of hype that my young brain had instilled. Until Final Fantasy XIII, it was the only Final Fantasy game I acquired on release day.

Final Fantasy 9 was good but I played it at the wrong stage of my life. I still haven’t completed it and I doubt I will unless it gets released on the PSN Store so I can stick it on my PSP.

Final Fantasy 10 was stunning and despite whiney Tidus, I loved it a lot. It took me a while to finally complete it though as during the PS2’s era I wasn’t a big console gamer.

I’ve never played Final Fantasy 11. It’s one of the few MMORPGs I’ve never played actually. Maybe I should rectify that at some point.

Final Fantasy 12. Ugh. Did not get on with it. But also probably didn’t give it enough time.

Final Fantasy 13 though….I’d deliberately avoided reading anything about it. I did hear the PS3 vs Xbox 360 debate though, and the fact that it is incredibly slow to start off, and that it’s not meant to be very good. I’ve really enjoyed my few hours with it though. Yup it’s slow to start, hideously slow at first. But it gives me the same buzz that I felt with Final Fantasy 8, but without the silly levels of hype. Instead, I just feel excited and happy. It’s a good feeling.

4 thoughts on “Blog a Day 69of365: Experiences with Final Fantasy

  1. Kaecyus

    Which FF would you recommend for a starter who has a PS2 and 360?

    I’ve always wanted to play FF, but never got around to it.

  2. Pete Davison

    FFVII is still my favourite, even though the SD characters looked awful then and are even worse now. I do have a huge soft spot for FFVIII though – I’m a hopeless romantic at heart, and the love story at the core of FFVIII made me happy.

    FFIX is excellent but I’ve only ever played it through once. I keep meaning to return to it and play it again, because I remember it being fantastic. It does have a stupid final boss though, but that in no way detracts from the rest of the game.

    I wasn’t sure about FFX when I first played it but I warmed to it. I love love LOVED X-2, which puts me in something of a minority, but I thought it was a great game. The battle system in particular was a great evolution of the ATB system and a possible inspiration for XIII’s.

    If you want to play XI, you’d better be quick – they’re closing the servers down soon. And if you didn’t like XII you definitely won’t like XI – though it is cool to have an MMO that actually makes an effort to tell a story.

    I haven’t finished XII either, though it’s not through not liking it – I think Persona 3 or 4 distracted me from it. Incidentally, if you’ve never played those games, you should. Best JRPGs ever. Fact.

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