Sep 9, 2016
The Final Fantasy Series, Part 2
In this episode:
- The Final Fantasy series has lots of
sequels and spinoffs that aren’t part of the mainline, numbered
series. There are some sequels, some movies, and some mashups like
Kingdom Hearts that just take the FF characters and give them a new
world to explore together. Some are good and some (like the new
Justice Monsters 5) are total garbage. But which are which? (Hint:
The new Kingsglaive movie is
- We discuss our thoughts on Final
Fantasy MMOs, and the gist of it is that both of us wish they had
called them Final Fantasy Online instead of mainline numbered
games. We have played both FFXI and FFXIV, and XIV felt more like a
Final Fantasy game, even though it being an MMORPG made it so that
the story couldn’t be anywhere near as compelling as the
- Do the old-school Final Fantasy games
(I-VI) hold up to modern standards? Some of them really do! But
which ones? Bwahahahah, listen to find out!
- We both love love love the remasters
and re-releases of the series. More people get to play the amazing
games on whatever system they want, either on a new console like
the Playstation Vita, iOS or Android, or even PC through services
like Steam. Plus, we’re fans of all the HD textures and new
sprites/animations. It’s a win-win for us (and for you folks who’ve
never played them before!)
- Our Least Favorite Final Fantasy? III
all the way. Not the Final Fantasy III that was released on the
SNES (that was actually VI, but III with the poorly paced story,
the crippled job system, and the terrible player messaging that
kept you unable to progress. Avoid it at all costs (unless you’re a
completionist like Void)
- Our Favorite Final Fantasy, though?
IX all the way. But we also have fondness for VIII for the best
opening scene of any FF (link below) and V because it wasn’t
translated into English for so long that it took effort and
dedication to play.
- Favorite Villain for us? This is a
tough one. You’ll hear about it when you listen! But just so you
know...Exdeath from FFV, well, he’s a tree. For serious.
- Favorite characters? Again, a totally
tough question, but it has changed over the years. Vivi is a
constant from FFIX, but there are others we talk about, too.
- Favorite Scenes? The opera FFVI ‘Maria
and Draco’ (Aria di Mezzo Carattere), The Ending to FFIX
when Garnet is Queen and they do “I Want to Be Your Canary” again
and then Zidane and Garnet are reunited, and The Opening to
FFVIII (Liberi Fatali).
- Where is the best place to start for
newbies to FF series? (asked by @chrisevans17 and @DestenLee on
Twitter). Probably FFX for the overall experience, but we go into
lots of others for various reasons, all depending on your tastes in
gaming. But the biggest surprise? Not Final Fantasy VII. Never
FFVII first. And we’ll tell you why.
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