Review by Vegita

Reviewed: 04/21/00 | Updated: 04/21/00

Wham! Bam! Thank you, Square!


Graphics: 8/10
Sound Effects: 6/10
Play Control:10/10
Group Enjoyment: 5/10
Individual Enjoyment:10/10
Challenge: 7/10
Ending: 8/10
Overall: 7/10

Final Fantasy was an RPG for the Nintendo, released in 1987 (or was it ’89? My memory’s been going ever since I hit the big one-eight). It was considered revolutionary at the time, allowing you to pick from 6 different character classes to form your party with.

You form your party from 6 different classes, in an attempt to save the world. The world’s 4 elements – Earth, Fire, Water, and Wind – have all gone beserk, ravaging the land. Your four heroes arrive outside the gates of the castle town Coneria, each of them carrying an orb to reseal the Elements. So, do your heroes save the world, or do they get stuck in some weird time portal, until they are nothing but a bunch of talking bats?

Good Points:
This is still one of the greatest and most popular games of all time. It started the whole Final Fantasy series, and set the standard for RPGs. It wasn’t the first, but it redefined the whole Genre of the Role Playing Game by having diversity in weapons, armor, magic, and more enemies than you can shake a Controller at!

Bad Points:
Battles get a little repetitious, and some of the later weapons, armor, and magic cost so much that you have to spend hours fighting. This game is somewhat fun to play with a group, but since only one person is doing anything, it drops the Group Value. But people still like watching!

General Ratings (Ten Hut!):

Graphics: Ok, so the graphics aren’t the greatest in the world (later enemies are palette swapped versions of earlier enemies), but they do the job nicely. And when your characters get upgraded, they look like adults (as opposed to super-deformed children). The only real detraction from the game is the magic. It all looks the same! I mean, honestly!

Sound: Well, they’re ok. They’re not the greatest in the world, they’re not the worst, but they do the job. Frankly, one thing that irritated me was the sound of walking when you were poisoned. Now THAT is an irritating sound.

Music: This game featured music by ace composer, Nobuo Uematsu. His work is phenomenal, especially when you consider the fact that this is an 8-bit system, and he only had 3 individual tracks to work with. He even wrote a song in 7/8! That’s not exactly easy, you know…

Originality: There had been RPGs before, but none of them quite had the impact that this one did. Evolving characters, LOTS of weapons, LOTS of different, unique enemies, etc…all of these made this game a lot more fun to play than other games ::cough:: Dragon Quest! ::cough::. You even got weapons that not only were useful against certain enemies, but did stuff (magically) when you used them as items! Now THAT’S innovative.

Play Control: Honestly, what do you need out of an RPG? And this one, you don’t get stuck on any stupid menus or anything. It’s all nice and simple.

Enjoyment: People aren’t THAT entertained by watching, but playing solo is pretty fun. You get to take out the evil monsters by yourself! You don’t have to worry about people hearing you hum along with the music (slightly off-key)! I can stop using these exclamation points now!

Challenge: Well, the challenge is pretty good, but it seems a bit too sporadic at times. You have to work to get the good weaponry and spells, so by then you’re strong enough to take out the next big bad guy, but it’s the building up that’s irritating.

Ending: It’s not the greatest, but is DOES sum up the story nicely. And it’s got a neat shot of the words “The End”.

Overall, this is a great game. You don’t have to LIKE the game, but you do have to appreciate it. I mean, come on! Diversity! Originality! Fun! Music! Love! Peace! Kefka –er, ok, maybe not that last one…

Rating:   3.5 - Good

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