Examiner: With Final Fantasy XIII's release on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 quite literally just around the corner (March 9th), it's time to take a walk down nostalgia lane and revisit the franchise's distinguished past.
It's been more than two decades since Final Fantasy debuted in 1987 as director Hironobu Sakaguchi's last ditch attempt to make video games, and since then the series has evolved greatly. One humongous merger, 12 single-player RPG epics, one Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game with millions of subscribers and countless spin-offs and remakes later, Square Enix has earned itself the reputation of being one of the most influential and prestigious gaming studios in the industry.
However, while gamers tend to remember Final Fantasy more for its halcyon days back on the Super Nintendo and PlayStation, the series has had its share of missteps as well.
With that said, here are some of the most defining, shining highlights in Final Fantasy history, and some of the moments best left forgotten.