Final Fantasizing

Posted: April 7, 2016 by hieiyyh2 in Gaming, Uncategorized
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The fact that Final Fantasy will be reaching it’s fifteenth incarnation with Final Fantasy XV and the release of the “Reclaim Your Throne” Trailer dropping last week.  I figured it was time to write a double top five list.  The top five best and top five worst incarnations of Final Fantasy

Lets get the pain out of the way.

IT’S THE TOP FIVE WORST Final Fantasies.

5. Final Fantasy V: While this is by far not the worst final fantasy it isn’t anywhere close to being the best.  The game itself while enjoyable it doesn’t bring much to the table other more jobs for your characters to play as.  Being a Japan only release on the Super Famicom System.  It would later find it’s way to the state in two ports.  One to Playstation in the Final Fantasy Anthology Collection and than Later on Gameboy Advanced Final Fantasy Advanced. The story behind it was not all that compelling and a bit convoluted.  Play it if you want but this is one game you can skip.

4. Final Fantasy VIII:  While this game has a big following and I may get hate mail for this one.  But I feel that the game was not all that impressive.  The graphics from VII to VIII seemed like they could have done more with it considering how beautiful IX would be following VIII.  The game play mechanics were also choppy.  Adding a pointless timing game “trigger” effect for the gunblade and than Squall’s Limit Breaks also needing to be timed perfectly made using limit breaks tedious.  When ever you switched the party you had to rejunction all their stuff to get what you had previously.  Also let us not forget the crappy draw magic system.  And than their was the trading card game and needing it to get items needed for special weapons.  The big bad was a let down and the main character Squall made Cloud look happy in comparison. I think I had glitched game because Levels came at every 1000 experience points.

3. Final Fantasy III another lackluster title in the Final Fantasy franchise. The story was a tad unfollowable and I found myself lost at times as to what was going on.  It felt like it was trying to pack more into a box than it needed too.  The mechanics were a bit off and could have been more streamlined (it seemed to become more streamlined once it was ported and given an upgrade on the Nintendo DS.

2. Final Fantasy X: The beginning of the perpetual hallway. At first you are treated to mind blowingly beautiful graphics and GASP voice acting.  Here in lies the problem with FFX.  When you start the game you are treated to our main character telling you “Listen to my story.  This may be your last chance.”  You are literally playing through a flashback.  And not from the ending.  The Scene in the opening is as will you find out later on is the mid-way point when you realize your journey to Zanarkend was for naught and just continuing a perpetual loop.  The battle system is oppressively slow with True Turn Based Style instead of the Active Turn Based that came before it and later in X-2 (there was no need for a sequel).  The sphere grid system replaces level so you never know what level you are through out the game.  The voice acting is terrible (While not the worst that would fall to Castlevania Symphony of the night but that was at least entertaining).  The story is pointless and at times seems like the game is trying to tell you abandon religion.  The big boss of the game is hyped as this massive all powerful being but if you play the game you can beat it easily to the point where the boss WILL HEAL YOU.  All for what…. To find out that your main character was noting but a dream conjured by the world.  You are not missing anything if you skip this game.

1. Final Fantasy XIII: While X was a wider hallway XIII is nothing and i mean NOTHING but a narrow hallway.  A TWENTY HOUR LONG HALLWAY and by the end when you get to the open world you don’t even care anymore because by that point the story has collasped in on itself.  The villain is confusing as to what it is and the story plays it up to the fact it is an omnipotent being who’s voice can destroy your mind….. and than you reach your first encounter with the big bad villain and he speaks and you are fine.  The story makes no sense and you are given a vision for a split second so you have no idea what the hell you are supposed to be doing, all you know is you have been tainted and you need to figure out what it wants you to do unless you become a crazy beast thing and kill everyone.  What is your reward for completing your vision.  YOU ARE TURNED TO CRYSTAL.  Oh oh it gets better.  One of your team mates is an awakened crystal…. meaning she has already been rewarded for completing her task.  WHY?!  The game play is what really makes this game the worst in the near 30 year history of this game series.  You control ONE person.  Not the whole party.  You are doomed to not only have to destroy the targets “Quickly” cause a faster battle means more points.  You have to watch your two AI controlled team mates.  Items like potions and remedies become pointless because as soon as the battle ends you are back to full health. Once you get Lightning’s ultimate move the game becomes a cake walk.  The game is beautiful, it has good voice acting….. but why create a beautiful backdrop if we can’t explore it.

 

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