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Let’s Talk About…: Final Fantasy
Sorry, I’m just having flashbacks to when I asked Twitter which Final Fantasy game I should play first.
Okay. Final Fantasy. Here we go.
The original Final Fantasy graced gamers’ screens way back in 1987 on the NES, as Hironobu Sakaguchi’s “final fantasy” before leaving the industry. Needless to say, nothing was final about that game, and here we are, all the way up to Final Fantasy: Deep Sea Fishing.
I jest, of course. Final Fantasy, like The Legend of Zelda, has proved its staying power over the years, being an immensely popular sci-fi/fantasy role playing game, and is often considered the most successful RPG franchise with over 130 million games sold.
And, until very recently, it was a franchise that I had absolutely nothing to do with. I’ve told my story before about how I didn’t really have any good reason to avoid it, I just did. Then, unfortunately, when I first acquired my Playstation 3, I thought to get into the franchise and… hey, is that a… female protagonist?? Well, being me I immediately started looking up reviews and… money was tight, goodwill toward the game was hard to find, and so I passed over poor Lightning with a disappointed sigh.
Luckily, I had some sense knocked into me.
I’m happy to report I finally shouldered my way into the game and, with nothing else to compare it to (other than the annoying first 45 minutes of Final Fantasy X), I’m finding it to be a good game in its own right and I’m enjoying myself a great deal.
I’m still not sure whether I will continue with my Final Fantasy journey after I finish XIII’s trilogy, for time reasons if nothing else, but I can certainly see the merits of the franchise for the people who are true Final Fantasy fans. Interesting characters and complex and deep storylines are always welcome in my book!
What about you? Do you partake in the Final Fantasy universe? Which game was your first one? Did you like it? What’s your favorite thing about the Final Fantasy games? Let me know in the comments!
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