David and I were discussing the release of Final Fantasy XV and it got us thinking about the other Final Fantasy games that we have played. Now I have not played all of the Final Fantasy games, so obviously this is not going to be a comprehensive list. Also, I do have to point out that I love Final Fantasy VII and there are a lot of things that I love about that game, but I had trouble thinking of a specific moment to me versus a lot of it is the overall story and the characters that make that game so good.
You will also notice that none of these are endings because to me the ending is always so huge and this list is more about those singular moments within the story that stand out for us. Another Final Fantasy that is not on the list is Final Fantasy XIII-2 and that is another game that I fell in love with. The story is so compelling, but I cannot think of a single moment that stands out versus the overall story.
In terms of standalone moments these are my favorites in no particular order. Continue reading
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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