Square Enix's Final Fantasy
VI will be released on PSN this week as part of the company's Winter of RPGs. The SNES game was originally released as Final Fantasy III
in the States... But if the last fifteen years haven't been long
enough for you to associate “Terra, Kefka and the best theme music
in the series' history” with “the sixth Final Fantasy game,”
we're not sure what to tell you.
The PSN version of the game
is presented as a PSOne Classic, which means it's a port of the 1999
PlayStation version of the game. Should purists freak out and refuse
to download anything that doesn't come on a cartridge? You can if you
like, but really, the game's exactly the same bar a few perfectly
nice cutscenes and some special features, all of which you can just
disregard if authenticity is all that important to you.
Above: It's fine to make it past the 3:40 mark without feeling your heart swell. We're professionals, and happy to cater to the "soulless monster" demographic
On the other end of the
spectrum, if you've still never played a non-polygonal Final Fantasy and
don't know why you should care, this is one of the undisputed
classics of the old-time RPG genre. That means it looks and sounds as
gorgeous as a game of its era could reasonably be expected to be,
packs in a story whose breadth and character depth put many
contemporary titles to shame, and hails from a time before anyone had
worked out the downside of packing a game full of random encounters
against monsters with one frame of animation.
The game's $10, available tomorrow, and if nothing else, is probably a lot more stable than your
contemporary RPG masterworks. Choose as you see fit.
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