Best ListFinal Fantasy games are myriad in number. But only a chosen few are worthy of being called the best...
Sure, organic enemies are tough, don’t get us wrong. Nazis, mercenaries, cannibal chefs, insane clowns, monsters of every shape and size, zombie everything: gaming’s fleshy baddies have a rich tradition of wreaking havoc and murdering our favorite characters. But fully organic opponents have always lacked that extra something that makes a truly epic amoral sociopath: processing power. The technological terrors below have all the advantages of clean circuitry and streamlined programming to churn out the homicide. Untroubled by annoying human traits like the necessity for food or an aversion to wide-scale genocide, these machines can compute carnage at a speed that leaves the human brain in the dust...
Final Fantasy IV is returning once more in a very big way this April. Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection is a compilation of the original game, the post-game tale The After Years, and an all-new original Interlude story, all with enhanced visuals and sound. This edition has been carefully overseen by original lead designer Takashi Tokita, one of Square-Enix’s most experienced employees...
Last week, we discussed the importance of battle music in JRPGs. This track may be enough to get you through everyday encounters with Behemoths or Marlboros as you work your way from town to town. But a boss encounter requires something special. It needs a song that sounds big and booming, a track that feels just as important and epic as the evil beasts you’re about to face. Today’s game music of the day covers all that and more, because this isn’t a track for just any old boss fight...
There are lots of excellent reasons to want to blow up an RPG town. If you’re a villain, for example, you might level a place because it’s friendly to some resistance movement, or it’s in your way, or the heroes are stopping in briefly on their way to kill you. If you’re a game designer, you might do it to raise the stakes, or to give players some emotional reason to want the villain dead.
As the most popular “cult” game series around, Final Fantasy has more spin-offs, merchandise, collectable whatnots and inspired curiosities than practically anything but Mario. If money was no object, heres what would be in our shopping
Final Fantasy is one of the most enduringly popular games in the history of video gaming. 2006's Final Fantasy XII, the last PlayStation 2 entry in the series, set a record for most copies shipped to retail on release. The series has struck a chord with fans the world over, by providing engrossing gameplay against a backdrop of astounding drama - for over 20 years. But which game in the series is the ultimate? Which entry has the best main character, the best villain, the best music or the
At last, we'll decide which FF delivered in the best possible ways. Some games get one thing totally right but then falter elsewhere - we'll lay down the law by saying which reigns supreme. Are you ready? 5. Final Fantasy V Thanks to a recent re-release on the GBA, this game may finally get the respect it deserves in the US. Though it has one of the weakest stories in the entire series, particularly sandwiched between the melodramatic IV and VI, the gameplay is among the best. The Job System
As we near the end of our weeklong countdown, it's time to look at one of the biggest parts of any Final Fantasy - the music. Each game in the series features an astonishing number of quality tracks, from burning guitar rock, to tear-jerking ballad, to rave-friendly electronica. There's probably no other game series in the world that's had as many full-blown concerts in its honor, be they garage bands cranking out angsty riffs or a legitimate orchestra performing for a crowd of thousands. But
With each new Final Fantasy, a tweaked battle system is revealed. Here, we consider how much each affected the series' gameplay as a whole. When most people think RPG, they think turn-based menu surfing. Final Fantasy IV finally got it right - but later games added on to it. We don't stop there - we also take into account the supporting gameplay systems that directly affect your fighting style. 5. Final Fantasy VII The game that brought RPGs to the masses did so with a very clever evolution
Yesterday we decided, once and for all, who was the best Final Fantasy hero. Today we're going to have a bit more fun and sift through the oceans of bodies and broken realms to determine the baddest villain in the series' history. We're not necessarily gunning for the final boss though - they have a tendency to come out of left field. No, we're considering which character causes the most trouble throughout the quest, how much damage he inflicted and the scope of his crimes. 5. Kefka (Final
The central character of any game defines it. It goes double for Final Fantasy. Some characters blend compelling personalities with a tale of personal growth; some simply fade into the background and let a grand adventure take place around them. Obviously, nobody from the second category is going to make this list. No, it's a place only for the most dashing, the most troubled, the most likable of Final Fantasy leads. Away we go. 5. Squall Leonhart (Final Fantasy VIII) No hero in the history
One of the best things about tearing into a remake of a classic game is not just the satisfaction you get from embarking on an adventure that's stood the test of time. No, it's the contentment you get when you realize, halfway through the adventure, that the developers of today have lessons to learn from the past. Final Fantasy IV Advance is an absolute blast from beginning to end. If you, like many, missed the game the first time around, you'll still be in for a sweet ride. The adventure