Developer: Square Co., Ltd. | Year: 2003 | List Price: $9.99 | Buy from Amazon
Two days. That’s how long it took me to beat this game. There was no school yesterday, so I started Final Fantasy Origins for the first time on my PS Vita. 32 real-world (and 15 game-world) hours later, I beat Final Fantasy I. That’s the fastest I’ve ever beaten any JRPG, let alone Final Fantasy game — for comparison’s sake, I spent almost 2 months on Final Fantasy VI! But how does it actually compare to other Final Fantasy games? Read on to find out! Note: This is the Final Fantasy Origins version of Final Fantasy, which bundled it with Final Fantasy II for the PSone. I haven’t played II yet, but if/when I do, I’ll do a separate review for that game. Continue reading →
I’m currently on a quest to beat the first seven North American Final Fantasy games (since they’re all playable on Vita). First I played VI, VII, and X, in that order, and I was missing the sprites and old-schooliness of VI a little so I thought I’d go a little further back. Final Fantasy IV is one of the most celebrated of the franchise, some even going so far as to call it the best in the series. Since its original release as Final Fantasy II in North America, Final Fantasy IV has seen an almost excessive amount of re-releases. You can play it on the SNES, the PSX, the GBA, the DS, the PSP, as well as on iOS and Android. I’m personally playing the PSP version, The Complete Collection, on my Vita. It also includes the two sequels, the Interlude and The After Years, but I didn’t play those. I think I can still give a fair review of the package, however, and the sequels aren’t too celebrated anyway. Continue reading →
On 7 February 2015, it’ll have been exactly one year since Bravely Default was released to North America. It was also the day I picked up a copy of Bravely Default, my first ever JRPG.
I qualify this by saying that I have been playing Pokemon games all my life, which are a pseudo-JRPG, and that I’d played Fire Emblem Awakening, a Japanese SRPG that was actually what made me interested in getting into deeper, more mature RPGs.
That over, I’m going to go through the 6 JRPGs I finished in the last year in the order I played them, as well as the dozens more I haven’t quite finished, and give a few thoughts on the genre as well as some JRPGs I’m excited to play in 2015. It’s going to be a long ride, so get yourself ready for a hearty, warming bowl of JRPG goodness! I’m keeping everything spoiler-free, so don’t worry if you haven’t played any of the following games. Continue reading →
The other day, there was a sale at the local EB Games and I found a copy of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD for only $15. So I ignored the fact that I already had about a dozen games in my backlog and took the plunge. 3 weeks later, and with over 40 hours lost, I’ve finished the Final Fantasy X HD and thought I should do a review on just the one game. I’ll make sure I cover X-2 separately when I play it later on. Note that I didn’t play the original FFX (I was only three when it came out!) and the only other Final Fantasy games I’ve played are FFVI and FFVII. Continue reading →
Say whatever you like about Final Fantasy VII. It’s undeniable that it is one of the most important RPGs, if not videogames, of the last 20 years. It’s hard to be a gamer and not to have heard of the Final Fantasy series, and VII is easily its most famous instalment. Following its 1997 release, it has seen many spinoff titles such as the likes of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and the Kingdom Hearts series of games. In fact, Final Fantasy VII is one of few games to have warranted a movie sequel, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. (On an unrelated note, my dad, who is not even remotely a gamer, mentioned that he once saw this Final Fantasy movie. I personally haven’t seen Advent Children, but judging by its critical and commercial response, it’s not unsurprising that it didn’t make him a Final Fantasy fan!). Continue reading →