Monday, September 21, 2009

Retro Review : Final Fantasy

I know, it's old... very old but hey it's one of my favourite games of all time! Admittedly I didn't play this 'til the PlayStation release because of living in Australia, but at least it's a re-skinned version keeping everything the same as the NES version so here is the first of my retro reviews... Final Fantasy.

Originally the swan song for Square back in 1987 this unexpected hit birthed one of the worlds most beloved franchises in gaming today. Final Fantasy story (how short it is) pretty much is 4 people know as the "Warriors of Light" are sent to rescue Corneria's (Cornelia in newer versions) Princess Sara from former knight Garland and then are tasked with saving the world.
The combat is turned based and a pain in the butt in the NES version since your party can't attack after their original target is destroyed and even with the different jobs to choose at the start of the game, the old strategy of 'bludgeon until dead' works in almost every battle... unless the enemy is stronger then magic will be required to speed up the battle before you die. Now in today's RPG standards this game is extremely short and basic but this is the corner stone for the JRPGs of today and is still fun to pull out when the 'Game Drought' comes twice a year. I give the game a 5/5 but that's based on it being a NES game, if it weren't for that I'd probably give it a 2 or 3. Retro reviews will be done every week and will be reviews on games from every console except current generation consoles.

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