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final fantasyA while ago, it was announced that Square Enix has released a beautiful new website to commemorate the Final Fantasy series’ 25th anniversary. It sounds tough to believe that it was way back in 1987 when the very first Final Fantasy game dropped for the NES. Since that release, the series hasn’t looked back.

One of the most successful and longest-running continuations in the history of video games, a simple introduction paragraph can’t do enough to express what a work of art and joy Final Fantasy has been for its fans, like myself. I won’t argue that quality dipped when Squaresoft merged into Square Enix, but the Final Fantasy brand is untouchable and at the top of the class for the RPG genre.

The Final Fantasy team has a long history of celebrating milestone anniversaries. For Final Fantasy’s 20 anniversary, the team remade several classics such as Final Fantasy’s I, II, and Tactics, and released them on the PSP. The DS got a remake of Final Fantasy IV. New games Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions and Final Fantasy Dissidia, a game that brings characters from all Final Fantasy games together in one, were also announced.

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Let’s look into the many different parts of the website so you know what you can expect.

Series Biography

The series biography page lays out short summaries for each of the original 14 games in the Final Fantasy series.

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This page is great for any inexperienced Final Fantasy player to browse along. You can really find an appreciation for the series itself and individual settings and characters by only reading over these few paragraphs.

Mognet Mail Delivery

The Mognet feature on the website comes with very few details, but from what it appears it seems to be a bit of blog-like system with plans to update on an every-other-day basis and reveal nostalgic details of particular Final Fantasy characters.

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So far, there’s no telling what this feature of the website will bring.

Discography

The Discography section is the beefiest feature of the website. It’s put together very beautifully and, like the biographies, outlines each game in the mainstream series (which would not include Tactics, Mystic Quest, and so forth), as well as Theatrhythm, the new FF-based music game.

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The Discography section is in Flash and looks very elegant. It’s more detailed than the biographies from before, and comes with screenshots and artwork for each game in the series.

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Scrolling through the slides of this feature on the website is an amazing way to relive the entire series. This section was put together very nicely.

For some of us, the best may be yet to come. It’s a popular rumor that on the official date of the 25th anniversary, December 18th, the new Final Fantasy re-release for PC will finally be dropping. When that time comes, I’ll have an article ready for you that reviews that experience!

Which Final Fantasy game was your favorite? Let me know your opinion in the comments section!

  1. Timothy Liem
    August 13, 2012 at 5:55 am

    never played FF and don't get the whole story. where can I find such info?

    • Dave Parrack
      August 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Each game features its own unique storyline, so you don't need to have played 1-13 in order to play 14.

  2. Va Du
    August 13, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Probably my favorite series of all time, RPG or not. FVI is my favorite of the main series and Tactics outside of it. I hope they do a really awesome collector set like Street Fighter.

  3. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    August 12, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I've played most of the games but IX sticks out even until now. It may be the black sheep in the family, but it's the first FF I finished so it always have a special place in me. It's got unique art style, engaging (witty!) story, and I might be biased, but its music is one of the best in the entire series as well. Second place is given to VIII; it's a beautiful game with nice battle system. You will never be underchallenged as the monsters would follow your progress, therefore providing more excitement unlike other games where you could just make yourself overpowered with massive grinding.

    VII is nice..but it's terribly overrated.
    Come to think of it, my favorites are all classic FF's, before PS2 era came and Square became too obsessed with graphics. IMHO, cutting edge graphics with highest quality FMV aren't as important as the story, as pleasing it can be to the eyes. I prefer 2D/3D blending like in PSX era, though

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      August 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Please ignore those horrible grammar mistakes. Lack of sleep has finally tolled on me.

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