Review by System Error

"The best of the NES Final Fantasy games. It's amazing."

Why must we all be forced to lose such great stuff? As any true Final Fantasy fan knows, this was the real Final Fantasy III. Not only that, but this was also the first Final Fantasy to introduce job classes. Although the system is simple, it's fun to use.

The music is simply great. It sounds MUCH better than the music in Final Fantasy I and Final Fantasy II. Especially the boss battle music, it's very catchy. The game also removes some of the annoying things in the previous games: damage is shown as numbers that appear on the target, instead of in windows, which makes things easier to see. Other minor tweak-ups include having longer (and thus, more unique) character names, other than just having four letters to work with.

The plot really doesn't make much sense at first, but once you actually get the message, it makes complete sense. I noticed that in many games, you have to go through scenarios that have little or no relation to the plot as they come up before actually getting to the main stuff. And although the Quadruplets idea ALMOST sounds like it was used due to rushing to get the game out to make more money (by using the same sprite but different palettes for the Onion Boy job class), at least it isn't bad, but actually creative in some ways if you think about it.

Some things from the previous games that could've been improved were not, however (such as having an actual ground instead of black or some other color), but the gameplay really makes up for it. Another good tweak-up is that the characters are smart enough to switch to another target if the one they were going to target dies, unlike in the previous games. Doesn't this show the characters have a mind of their own instead of being ''Robots that do whatever you tell them to, even if they know it won't work'', so to speak?

Overall, this game could've been a lot better in some ways, but it is still a perfect game the way it is, and a massive improvement over the previous two Final Fantasy games. In other words, Squaresoft could've improved and added more stuff to it to make it even better, but the improvements that they made are far more than enough to make it the best of the Final Fantasy games on the NES!


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 11/09/02, Updated 11/09/02


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