Developer: Square | Year: 1997 | List Price: 11.99 | Buy from Amazon
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!).
Developer: Square Enix | Year: 2008 | List Price: ~$29.99 | Buy from Amazon
If you’ve been following Kantaloupe over the past 6 months or so, you’ll have seen me really get into JRPGs. I played my very first one back in February, Bravely Default. After beating that in June, I bought Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger DS at the same time, but decided to play the former first, since it came out earlier. After that I proceeded immediately to this game, which I have now beaten. (The marathon continues! I just bought a PS Vita on Thursday and downloaded Persona 3 Portable yesterday.)
Developer: Square Enix | Year: 2007 | List Price: ~$49.99 | Buy from Amazon
Remember in February when I posted my first impressions on Bravely Default and said I’d never played a JRPG before? Well Bravely Default sold me on the genre and several weeks back I went to a used game store and got Final Fantasy VI Advance for $50, which was a pretty steep price but better than any online solution I could find. (I also got Chrono Trigger DS, which I’ve just started, so look out for that review soon!). I’d always been interested in the hype surrounding Final Fantasy, so I looked up the ones available on any platform I own (basically meaning I through VI) and then looked up which was supposedly the best out of those titles.