Review by ThePhoenixFlame
"North America's first release of the forgotten and lost Final Fantasy, is it any good?"
Final Fantasy III was never released outside of Japan and so therefore North America (and especially Europe) never got a chance to play the awe-inspiring game of what is Final Fantasy III. Luckily, after the merge of Enix and Squaresoft, Square Enix managed to create a remake with Matrix Software for the Nintendo DS that would be released in both North American and European territories. This would become the first remake for the third title of the series.
In a way, Square (of course) and Matrix Software managed to 'downgrade' the game with really, really bad added dialogue and character development that wasn't in it's original title for the NES. However, the remake from being 2D to 3D gave it's points back. Gameplay is pretty much the same with your usual turn-based battle system and the unique class/job system. Gameplay is obviously its strongest point in Final Fantasy III. Other than the new 3D graphics there were a few other added features like the new Mognet mailing system (which was implemented rather horribly.) Mognet allows you to send messages from other people around the world wirelessly and people right next to you! Using Mognet can allow you to achieve a secret job, which was the default job in the original game called the 'Onion Knight'.
The storyline in Final Fantasy III is probably it's weakest part. Final Fantasy III is set in a world where crystals are the source of power for all life and without them the world wouldn't probably exist. The hero (that's you!) is set off on a quest asked by the wind crystal to save the world or something from darkness. It was an 'okay' storyline, not as great from the future titles that would follow it but this is not the game's main focus.
Music is as epic as ever which has been remixed and with higher quality. I really loved the music in Final Fantasy III it was inspiring for me and the best out of the three games made for the NES. The music in the Final Fantasy series has always been one of it's best elements in their games. Good job Square/Matrix! :)
Gameplay is the same as the original game using the turn-based battle system. Job system is also the same with a lot to choose from (Black Mage, White Mage, Warrior, Monk, Ranger, Viking, Dragoon, Dark Knight, Bard, etc.). The gameplay of Final Fantasy III is it's strongest point and why it is remembered for. You originally start with the basic jobs like Black Mage, White Mage, Warrior and so on. More jobs can be obtained by visiting the fire, wind, water, and earth crystals. The difficulty in Final Fantasy III is slightly harder than it's original game requiring you to grind for levels much more. You'll spend 80% of your time grinding than exploring dungeons and and solving the solutions to puzzles or anything else.
Overall, Final Fantasy III was a great remake and chose a good system to develop it for. (Could've been better on the PSP, but you know how companies are. :() It suffered from bad dialogue and character development that wasn't even in it's original installment but bought those points back with the added features and being in fully 3D. It's worth every nickel of your money saved up in your final fantasy themed wallet...or even a piggy bank! If your a fan of the older Final Fantasy games or haven't even tried the series yet buy this because I'm almost certain you'll enjoy this game.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 01/20/09
Game Release: Final Fantasy III (US, 11/14/06)
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