Review by ferrior22
"The Father of Role-Playing Games"
INTRODUCTION: Final Fantasy is undoubtedly one of the most recognized RPGs of all time, and that's mainly due to the fact that there was a great story, a huge world to explore, and the six different classes to choose from were all very unique. Final Fantasy laid down a great foundation for all of today's most popular and praised RPGs, like Chrono Trigger and even the critically acclaimed Final Fantasy VII. Even for being so great, this game still had a few flaws.
STORY - 10/10: The story is moderately comparable to Mario and Zelda games in which you save the world, but it's different in the fact that saving a damsel in distress isn't the main objective. You are the Four Light Warriors, foretold via prophecy, that are here to save the world from the four elemental fiends. The four warriors you choose could be any combination of the following six classes: fighter, thief, black belt, white mage, black mage, red mage. As well as choosing the classes you want, you can name them as well, but only up to 4 characters (in some later games, this has been raised). Well, anyway, the game starts, and you talk to the king, who tells you that Garland, a traitor, had taken his daughter and took her to the Temple of Fiends. The Four Light Warriors head to the Temple of Fiends to save the kingdom's princess from the knight Garland. And I can't tell you anything past here because then I would ruin much of the story.
GAMEPLAY - 10/10: The gameplay is spot-on in this game. Although controls are basic (what would you expect from an NES?), they are easy enough to master pretty quickly. The B-button goes back, the A-button confirms stuff, the D-pad moves you and the selections (obviously), the start button opens up your character's menus, and the select button opens up a menu in which you can change the order of the four characters you chose. The only flaws in this game lie in the gameplay. First of all, when you need to buy HEALs, you can only buy them one at a time, and not buy 99 all at once. Second, when you are in a battle and you continue to hold A to attack one enemy and it gets killed after one hit by one of your characters, the rest of the characters are forced to try and attack that enemy, which makes their attack ineffective. I don't know if this is supposed to add strategy to this game or what, but I don't really like this.
GRAPHICS/SOUNDS - 10/10: The graphics for this game are really amazing. Almost all of the enemies in this game look really good, and the four elemental fiends look tremendous. Even your four light warriors' sprites look great. The sounds are fantastic as well. When you start up the game, you'll hear the melody that is basically THE Final Fantasy theme. You'll love the music during battles, and when you win a battle, you'll love that music as well. The graphics and sounds are some of the greatest ever on the NES.
PLAY TIME/REPLAYABILITY - 10/10: If you have never played a Final Fantasy game before and you don't have or didn't print a walkthrough/guide, this game will take you a LONG time to finish, but if you're a pro, this game won't take too long. It is longer than Super Mario Bros. and even longer than The Legend of Zelda. It's replayability is off the charts also. Remember, you have a party of four, and when choosing your party, you can pick ANY combination of six classes. You can beat the game with 4 fighters, but the next play through, you may choose 2 fighters, a black mage, and a white mage. Your class choosing is the prime factor of how hard your game will be, which will be put into more detail in this next upcoming section.
CHALLENGE - 10/10: This game is very challenging, but that's only toward the end where enemies have abilities that instantly kills one of your characters. In the beginning, this game is not that hard, but as you progress farther into the game, this game gets exceptionally hard. Even levelling 10 levels at the super peninsula and defeating all the enemy encounters you see past that, the ending is still tough and challenging. And, like I said, this game's difficulty is heavily dependent on the four classes you choose at the beginning of the game.
FINAL VERDICT - 10/10: This game is just pure awesome. Being the game that revolutionized gaming and saved a company from bankruptcy, Squaresoft's Final Fantasy is a hall-of-famer in my book. The game's huge storyline, gigantic world to explore, and diverse class selections makes this game fun and tough at the same time. Albeit there are a few flaws, the flaws are just not big enough to drastically alter your gameplaying experience.
BUY OR RENT? Definitely buy this game if you still own an NES. If you're an owner of a Game Boy Advance, GBA SP, Nintendo DS, or Game Boy Micro, then you can purchase the game Final Fantasy: Dawn of Souls I and II. The game contains both Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II from the NES.
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 12/23/09
Game Release: Final Fantasy (US, May 1990)
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