Review by Vegita
Reviewed: 04/21/00 | Updated: 04/21/00
Wham! Bam! Thank you, Square!
Sound Effects: 6/10
Group Enjoyment: 5/10
Final Fantasy was an RPG for the Nintendo, released in 1987 (or was it 89? My memorys 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 worlds 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?
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 wasnt 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!
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 arent 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, theyre ok. Theyre not the greatest in the world, theyre 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! Thats 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 THATS innovative.
Play Control: Honestly, what do you need out of an RPG? And this one, you dont get stuck on any stupid menus or anything. Its all nice and simple.
Enjoyment: People arent THAT entertained by watching, but playing solo is pretty fun. You get to take out the evil monsters by yourself! You dont 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 youre strong enough to take out the next big bad guy, but its the building up thats irritating.
Ending: Its not the greatest, but is DOES sum up the story nicely. And its got a neat shot of the words The End.
Overall, this is a great game. You dont 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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