My theory is that most people’s favorite Final Fantasy game is the first one they played. In a lot of ways, this makes sense. Because the series is so self-referential, when you play a later game, the nostalgia you feel takes you back to that first Final Fantasy game you played.
My first Final Fantasy game was Final Fantasy VIII. It was also one of my first console games, back on the PlayStation. So for me, a lot of my expectations of other RPGs, other console games, and other Final Fantasy games, all go back to Final Fantasy VIII.
Final Fantasy VIII is my favorite Final Fantasy game, but that’s something of a rare statement, and the game seems to get a bit of flak from gamers – or is simply ignored. But there are a lot of elements to this game which I love, and so I thought I would write a post in defense of Final Fantasy VIII. Rather than try to defend the plot or game system – which are the parts easiest to be emotionally attached to or turned off by – and instead look at some of the broader items that were interesting in the game.
So here’s my list of five great parts to Final Fantasy VIII!
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Tagged BioWare, Borderlands, Distant Worlds, Dragon Age, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy Dimensions, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Liberi Fatali, Limit Break, Lionheart, Malboro, Mass Effect, One Winged Angel, Spells, SquareEnix, The Black Mages, Triple Triad
After some heavy posts this week, Holly and I thought we would end our week on a lighter note. Her list yesterday of books she has not read made me think of doing something similar, but nah, let’s mix it up.
Instead, I wanted to say some things about online strategy guides.
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Tagged Baldur's Gate, BioWare, Blizzard, Borderlands 2, Deus Ex Human Revolutions, Dishonored, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy Dimensions, Lego Video Games, Recommendations, Strategy Guides, Walkthroughs, Wikis
So, I have all these fancy, not eight-bit-style games I could be playing. Like Dragon Age II, in which I still have not moved on. Like Diablo 3, which I’ve at least considered moving on in. Like the co-op games we got recently. Like Final Fantasy XIII-2, which I have still not actually beaten myself.
But no, I’ve been obsessed with Final Fantasy Dimensions. Over 60 hours now. I’ve talked about it before, mentioning it as a new game I had picked up. I’ve enjoyed the gameplay, as an RPG player. I think they did a great job of fitting in with the platform they are on, with mobile devices, and matching their sales model with it. And the story and writing are great – with references to such a point that I wonder if it was originally written in English, and not Japanese.
I saw this, grabbed my phone, and took a picture of it. While laughing hysterically. That was when I realized I was totally going to write this post. It was only later I thought of the fact I could take screenshots rather than using an iPhone to photograph an iPad…
So let’s look a bit more about what I love, so you can think about whether it’s worth a little time and money for you! Continue reading
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Tagged Diablo 3, Dragon Age II, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy Dimensions, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, iOS Games, iPad, Mobile Gaming, Recommendations, Review