Sep 2, 2016
The Final Fantasy Series, Part 1
In this episode:
- Our history with Final Fantasy!
- Beej actually started with FF1, but
was so young that he didn’t understand much of what he was doing.
He played IV and VI (II and III to you 90s-kid Americans out there)
from the video store over and over and over and over again.
- Void was the opposite side of the
Final Fantasy-loving 90s kid, and he started the series with FFVII
which brought him into the broad, magical world of jRPGs, summon
magic, and random encounters. He, though, went hardcore and did a
full mainline Final Fantasy playthrough--going from FF1 to FFXIV in
- Speaking of, we go through the entire
Final Fantasy series, giving you listeners a survey of the
highpoints regarding each one.
- FFI - pick a party of classes and
level them up
- FFII - the more you use a skill the
more it levels up (skills level up individually)
- FFIII - first job system
- FFIV - first real narrative with jobs
uniquely tied to characters for the first time
- FFV - first in-depth job system
- FFVI - first in-depth, truly mature
story / first extra characters you can miss / semi-open approach to
- FFVII - genre defining for 3D jRPGs.
It was 3D! The game where cutscenes began to blow us away
- FFVIII - Junction system, which is
very controversial and breakable
- FFIX - Throwback to high fantasy of
FFI-FFV (Look at these
hi-res images of this game. They’re so pretty!)
- FFX - First PS2 game. Graphics
were amazing. First FF with voice acting, if you can call it that
- FFXI - First MMO FF (definitely not a
single player game. It had a huge emphasis on being part of a
- FFXII - Feels like a single player
MMO. Gambit system. Vaan (and Penelo) are not the
protagonists of the story despite being the main characters.
Basch and Ashe are. Same world as Tactics (Ivalice), only one
that is set in another one, right?
- FFXIII - Super linear. Amazing
visuals again. This is where the series started to lose
hardcore fans. Made 2 more follow up spin off games.
- FFXIV - Second MMO Final Fantasy.
Really good FF. True to the series roots. Can be played
pretty much as a single-player FF game if you want it to be, but
the story isn’t as in-depth and intricate.
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