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What makes a good Final Fantasy game

Most would agree that FF4-10 were good Final Fantasy games, and the pinnacle of the series was FF6-10.

But what do most of them games have in common that FF11-14 dont (or lack)? Discluding the online games we can observe that FF6-10 all have the following (in order of least importance):

(9)Excellent graphics & presentation for its time e.g FF6 has a lot of character animations for a SNES game and a good intro, FF7 8, 9 & 10 had excellent CGI and graphics

(8) Beautiful Music: To Zarnakand, Clash on the Giant Bridge, The Love of me, Man with the machine gun....the list goes on

(7)Loads of Mini games, FF6 has the coliseum & that moogle mini game, FF7 has the gold saucer, FF8 & 9 had those card games i.e Tetra Master, FF10 had blitzball.

(6)Big world map or world to explore. FF10 didnt have a world map, but still you could return to areas, it would be better if it hard a world map.

(5)Loads of hard secret bosses e.g FF6 has the Dragons, FF7 & 8 had the weapons, FF9 had Ozma and Hades, FF10 had Dark Aeons (pal version).

(4)Lots of customization & choice: FF6 lets you equip multiple items & multiple espers, and you learn skills by equipping the espers for and going into battle. FF7 has a similar system but with materia. FF8 also has a similar system. In FF9 you learn skills from items. FF10 has a lot of customization and you can choose what abilities and effects should be put on your equipment e.g HP+20%.

(3)Likeable and memorable characters and villians e.g Kefka & Shadow, Cloud & Sephiroth, Squall & Seifer, Vivi & the Black Mages, Auron & Jecht

(2)Turn based type ATB battle system (not exactly turn based) but they all seem turn based, no one attacks at same time, like they do in FF13. FF10 does not have the ATB system, but still has a strategic battle system.

(1)Excellent stories (the story is what shines most in FF): they always have plot twists, mature stories and at many times its very emotional. Ask anyone who played FF, what do they like most about the series. They will say the story. Now FF12 was lacking in 1, 3, 6 & 7. FF13 & 13-2 was lacking in everything except 9 & possibly 8. Today Square Enix has turned this list upside down and they think good graphics is most important, which is just wrong ! The newer FF games now have mediocre or average stories, and the story is the most important ingredient for an FF game, and one may argue its most important for JRPG's in general.

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belac091630d ago (Edited 1630d ago )

best series ever, in my opinion, im starting to get VERY into the tales games more than ever now though. FF will always be my number 1 favorite series though.

Drummerdude411630d ago

I love Final Fantasy to death and have played most. But i Would disagree about 12. Not to say your wrong but in my HO i believe it had the biggest and most open world with the insane graphics for it's time period on the ps2. Actually questionably the best looking game on the ps2. The music i enjoyed and that comes down to personal opinion. The story was actually decent, had plot twists, and the characters were split for me. Some i loved some were meh. But than again i hated almost all the characters from 10 except arron and riku. In terms of customization well that wasn't about your gear but how you fought. interesting concept but i get where some can find it hard to see. By now im just rambling and i guess i just shoulda said that 12 is on the list for me. And although i liked 13, it was def not in a ff calibur status but a decent rpg status.

Ranma11630d ago

I said FF12 was lacking in 1, 3, 6 & 7. FF13 & 13-2 was lacking in everything except 9 & possibly 8. Today Square Enix has turned this list upside down and they think good graphics is most important, which is just wrong ! The newer FF games now have mediocre or average stories, and the story is the most important ingredient for an FF game, and one may argue its most important for JRPG's in general.

Drummerdude411630d ago

Yah i see where your coming from. At the end of the day your probably like me wishing that the ff franchise can come out with another hit to produce the memories and experiences we all love instead of it becoming nothing more than a nostalgic series.

Outside_ofthe_Box1630d ago (Edited 1630d ago )

1, 3 & 7 you mean. FF12 had a huge world.

FF12 still had 6 out of the 9 thing you mentioned which would make it a satisfactory FF game at least.

I enjoyed 12, not as much as the ones from 10 and before, but I didn't find it bad like 13 and 13-2 which both games just piss me off like hell. Especially 13-2 because SE freaking made that POS instead of V13.

A-Glorious-Dawn1629d ago

@Box

instead of V13?? The game is still in development you know...

BTW I really enjoyed 13

Godmars2901630d ago

ATB isn't necessary for a good FF title, it just that Square hasn't done it right.

Besides Type-0, Crisis Core and the remakes - which don't really count - they haven't done anything right.

aDDicteD1630d ago

nice FF Blog, yup...the old FF games rocks, ff 12's story and vaan made it short, ff 13 was pretty close to the old one's but still lacks the recipe of the old FF

it's true that FF 6,7,8,9,10 were the highest peaks of ff and it's starting to decline though I'm still hoping they could give us another great FF game in the future. I'm still waiting...

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