Today, I finally beat the plot to Final Fantasy XIII-2 (I had watched Holly beat it before), one of my favorite games of all time. Not an easy thing to say, in the face even of the rest of the Final Fantasy series, much less the rest of videogamedom. Nonetheless, say it I do. The game is rare, in that it is a sequel in the Final Fantasy series; however, this has advantages, as it gets to draw from the world and characters from Final Fantasy XIII, while adding to them and growing.
With the totally new idea of a Final Fantasy trilogy coming together here soon – Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Returns comes out in a couple of weeks – it seemed like a good time to recommend this series as a whole to you. I figure people are at all sorts of points in this series… started but not done with XIII, a game plagued with a long straight-forward tutorial-like opening… done with XIII but not through XIII-2… into but not done with XIII-2 like I was so recently… or, like us, perhaps done with XIII-2 and excited for Lightning Returns. The demo for which came out today (or so)…
I want to write a deeper, spoiler-filled review of XIII-2, and I will likely do that in the days to come. And Holly played the Lightning Returns demo tonight, so I’ll let her do a review of that. For now, I want to go spoiler-light, and talk through reasons to play, or at least get through, this series, at a good time to do so – with the end coming out here soon!
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Tagged Fabula Nova Crystallis, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Final Fantasy XIII-3, Lightning, Lightning Returns, Snow, SquareEnix
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
So I found some dangerous things on the App Store the other day.
Screenshots from the App Store for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.
I read that Theatrhythm Final Fantasy was available on the iOS. You have to understand, I’m a little much of a Final Fantasy fan. I got a PSP basically to play Dissidia (which then had a sequel come out!) and Crisis Core. And it was totally worth it. But I wasn’t sold on buying a 3DS just to play Theatrhythm – but now I don’t have to. Instead, I’ll just run the risk of paying the cost of one over the iOS… Continue reading
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Tagged 4 Warriors of Light, Chrono Trigger, Dissidia, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy Crisis Core, Final Fantasy Dimensions, Final Fantasy III, Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy V, Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy VII, Halo Anniversary, iOS Games, iPad, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PSP, Recommendations, Review, SquareEnix, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy