It is actually super fun to play. I'd pick V over the other SNES games, and and VIII over the other PS1 games any day. By far the ones that are the most fun to play. So many things you can do !Shame VIII is an atrocious video game on almost every level.
Merger definitely made managing the company a much more difficult beast.Most of their games are merger were bangers. After the merger the quality dropped significantly for almost everything they released.
This is the series to a t. But you could use the same breakdown for a lot of great media. The opening and ending of things are arguable to most important parts. Even the FFs that I thought were mediocre like 8 and 9 had fantastic endings.
Xenogears and Chrono Cross were failures in my eyes. Even their amazing soundtrack couldn't mask the cracks from showing at Square. Xenogears would have beat out Chrono Trigger for me had they not been overly ambitious with the story and 3D elements. And the horrendous text speed oh god. If any game would benefit from a proper remaster it would be Xenogears. And Chronos Cross... Just replayed it when the remaster came out and yikes. Probably the most hollow 3D Square RPG I've played.The height of 90s Square will never be touched again by another games studio. The creativity of those games and the influence they left on story telling, music, cinematics, engaging gameplay, beautiful art direction and emotional connection to polygons was quite insane in reflection.
...to name a few.
The other day I was driving and listening to the classical radio station and they started playing Aeriths theme. After it finished it was amazing to hear the host say, "that was Aeriths Theme from Final Fantasy 7, by composer Nobuo Uematsu".
I was there, the main story is ridiculously padded, not as bad as classic WoW was but close.Post-ARR is an absolute slog for most new players, and is often a quitting point, which is a major reason why they are most likely introducing a new starting point with the next expansion.
In V, I don't remember which class it was, but you can get "Equip two weapons" as well as "Attack 8 time". And I remember of a "Dancing Dagger" that would do enormous critics. There is also a Berserk class with some good potential and a ton of possibilities through combining skills from each class.
In recent years, the only FF game that really delivered this kind of "magic" was Lightning Returns. Many, many possibilities. Must play !
SNES run was the best. FF4, FF6, Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger
Incorrect I think. FFX is regarded as popular as VII now. Based of the latest sales data.VII was so big, it made JRPGs into a AAA bro-game genre, that's how big it was. When I see people selling their PS2s and games on Facebook Marketplace, the games they have are usually a few racing games, a Madden or two, a few shooters, and FFX. Making XI an MMO was maybe not the best choice, and by XII it was somewhat niche again. I know this is anecdotal, but it looks to me like X is the one where most people dropped the series.
It’s absolutely in the S-tier of ff.XIV is incredible. I know people don't give it it's fair due because it is an MMO but its the best FF story by a mile.
I see you are a man of culture.
In that time, they also released a bunch of DLC for XV, more content for XIV, and VII Remake Part 1.
XV also went through an insane amount of changes from its initial vision hence why it took so absurdly long to come out. As far as I know, none of the games from VI to X suffered these sort of issues behind the scenes, at least not to such an extent.
Einhander, Saga Frontier 1 and 2, Threads of Fate, Legend of Mana.....Square's ps1 output was legendary.
FF7-9, FF Tactics, Xenogears (my GOAT), Parasite Eve 1-2, Vagrant Story, Brave Fencer Musashi...
No idea how they pulled it off. So many quality games back to back.
|Final Fantasy VII||PlayStation||January 31, 1997||Square||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|||
|Bushido Blade||PlayStation||March 14, 1997||Bergsala Lightweight||Yes||Yes||Yes|||
|Final Fantasy Tactics||PlayStation||June 20, 1997||Square||Yes||Yes|||
|SaGa Frontier||PlayStation||July 11, 1997||Square||Yes||Yes|||
|Einhänder||PlayStation||November 20, 1997||Square||Yes||Yes|||
|Xenogears||PlayStation||February 11, 1998||Square||Yes||Yes|||
|Bushido Blade 2||PlayStation||February 28, 1998||Bergsala Lightweight||Yes||Yes|||
|Final Fantasy V||PlayStation||March 13, 1998||Tose||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|||
|Parasite Eve||PlayStation||March 29, 1998||Square||Yes||Yes|||
|Final Fantasy VII||Microsoft Windows||June 24, 1998||Square||Yes||Yes||Yes|||
|Brave Fencer Musashi||PlayStation||July 26, 1998||Square||Yes||Yes|||
|Ehrgeiz||PlayStation||December 17, 1998||DreamFactory||Yes||Yes||Yes|||
|Chocobo's Dungeon 2||PlayStation||December 23, 1998||Square||Yes||Yes|||
|Final Fantasy VIII||PlayStation||February 11, 1999||Square||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|||
|Final Fantasy VI||PlayStation||March 11, 1999||Tose||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|||
|Chocobo Racing||PlayStation||March 18, 1999||Square||Yes||Yes||Yes|||
|SaGa Frontier 2||PlayStation||April 1, 1999||Square||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|||
|Legend of Mana||PlayStation||July 15, 1999||Square||Yes||Yes|||
|Front Mission 3||PlayStation||September 2, 1999||Square||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|||
|Final Fantasy Anthology||PlayStation||September 30, 1999||Square||Yes||Yes|||
|Threads of Fate||PlayStation||October 14, 1999||Square||Yes||Yes|||
|Chrono Cross||PlayStation||November 18, 1999||Square||Yes||Yes|||
|Parasite Eve II||PlayStation||December 16, 1999||Square||Yes||Yes||Yes|||
|Final Fantasy VIII||Microsoft Windows||January 25, 2000||Square||Yes||Yes||Yes|||
|Vagrant Story||PlayStation||February 10, 2000||Square||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|||
Xenogears and Chrono Cross were failures in my eyes. Even their amazing soundtrack couldn't mask the cracks from showing at Square. Xenogears would have beat out Chrono Trigger for me had they not been overly ambitious with the story and 3D elements. And the horrendous text speed oh god. If any game would benefit from a proper remaster it would be Xenogears. And Chronos Cross... Just replayed it when the remaster came out and yikes. Probably the most hollow 3D Square RPG I've played.
I agree on every point.Only played half of VI like 7 years ago on a phone so I can't judge.
VII was great even by modern standards and fully deserves the praise it got.
VIII was a complete slog with very weird design choices.
IX became a slog halfway through the game and hasn't aged as well as VII.
X is timelessly great.
I think the series peaked in the PS2 era though.
Disc 2 & 3 drag on for what feels like relatively little plot progression, and about half of the cast was pretty forgettable compared to other entries.Ix is the best
I just wish FF11 was not so damned old school. It was a bitch to get through if you were a solo player. It was a grindfest.
I think they have changed it now.