Since when was this the Fantasy Final?

Overview

Final Fantasy 1 US boxart

Final Fantasy 1 US boxart

Enjoy the post with some old school FF1 music!

Ahh Final Fantasy the game that really got it all started for Square (now known as Square-Enix). Who would of known that a game that looks so bad by today’s comparisons, would have such an impact on the gaming world even now? As of this writing there are over 4 different incarnations of this game. Why? I have no idea besides Square either wanting to be really greedy, or maybe they just want to get their old school games out to a new generation. Heh yeah right…. either way this is definitely a game that needed to be noted in halls of console rpg history.

This is one my first jumps into the rpg genre. Man I must be getting old but I remember when I was in 8th grade and I went to math class, and I was so not paying attention because my friend was reading a book with some weird writing on it. One of these days if I ever see him I have to thank him for showing me that book, and that huge ass map of the Final Fantasy overworld.

Story

Story

While the storyline definitely won’t win any brownie points with today’s hard to please audience, I’m pretty sure that back in Japan in 1987, and back in 1990 in the US when this game came out people were a little too happy to get their hands on this little gem.

“When the world is in darkness, four warriors will come…”

Final Fantasy 1 Intro

Final Fantasy 1 Intro

Hmm and they did come, 4 very generic warriors with no names, but hey that’s what role playing is all about. You take 4 “Light Warriors” from who knows where and turn them into a bunch of badasses by the end of the game.

Of course they just had to be light warriors, cause who better then the light to fight the big bad darkness eh?

Along with the attempts on saving the world you had to restore the 4 orbs you carry to turn them back into the 4 elements governing the world: Fire, Earth, Water, and Wind. Of course there were plenty things to do while doing all this such as walking around towns you discover and spelunking through deep dark caves in search of stronger monsters or even better loot. Ahh the joy.

Besides the overall joy of the semi non existent story, I think if you are somewhat of an hardcore rpger (i.e. you have to play almost every video game rpg ever made) then I think this game is definitely doable. You might have to use your imagination a little bit, but that’s what allows you to escape a little am I right? Naming your own characters, having them step into this fantasy setting and whupping arse. Heh what could be better…okay well a nice steak could be better but I’m getting off topic here.

There are several npcs that will assist you on said quest and since there aren’t to many of note ‘imo’ I won’t get into them. However there are some monster npcs that continue living on in different incarnations of future Final Fantasies!

Gameplay

Gameplay

In my eyes the gameplay of Final Fantasy 1 isn’t all that good. Yeah I did enjoy running around the towns talking to people and seeing what was exactly on their mind, however they didn’t really have too much to say and that’s kinda disappointing in itself. I think a lot of rpgs are best when they have an excellent storyline and too me that storyline usually has something too do mostly with the main characters, and a lot of the sidequests. Meh, maybe I’ve just been spoiled by today’s rpgs.

However I should mention that Square was one the first rpgs to have a side scrolling battle like menu, as opposed to those really horrible old school first person run around in bad pixelated box like room and not know where you’re going rpgs. Heh I really don’t have much love for those, I’m just saying ;).

A battle in Final Fantasy 1 (Nes)

A battle in Final Fantasy 1 (Nes)

At the time however looking back I did have a lot of late nights on this game. Most were spent leveling up either to be able to walk to a new town without dying to try and get enough money to just be able to buy that new sword or spell I saw in the current town. You will be leveling your arse off in this game….especially if you’re playing the Nes version.

Besides the leveling its the regular rpg fanfare, level up go to town beat boss in dungeon close to town, move to next town…with a ship and air balloon thrown in there somewhere to throw things of the straight line course. This is old school gaming at its best (or worst depending on how you look at it). ;)

There are some very cool unexpected things one thing of note is the transformation you undergo in one part of the game that allows you to power up your characters per say. So basically in the beginning besides the original 6 characters classes that you can choose from: Fighter, Thief, Black Belt, Red Mage, White Mage, Black Mage…eventually you’ll get the powered up versions and you’ll gain access to some better skills/spells and even armor and weaponry you couldn’t use before nice!

Well all in all I think I may have been to harsh on this game. I mean honestly I never finished it. I got to like the last dungeon and wished that I didn’t have to level anymore cause it was taking days man….seriously days just to get some levels under my belt to beat the monsters. Although I have heard that some of the other incarnations of this game floating around are ten times easier. So maybe I’ll have to check out those one day.

Did you know?

Did you know?

According to Wikipedia:

Final Fantasy was developed during Square’s brush with bankruptcy in 1987, and in a display of gallows humor, director Hironobu Sakaguchi declared that his “final” game would be a “fantasy” role-playing game; hence the title. When Sakaguchi was asked what type of game he wanted to make, he replied “I don’t think I have what it takes to make a good action game. I think I’m better at telling a story.”

Also guess who published this game:


On a side note this gentleman’s reviews are excellent, but his driving in this video is bad :(. Just a word of warning.

Videos

Things you might want to check out:

Playstation 1 Final Fantasy 1 story:

Image Gallery
FF1 Japan Box Art

FF1 Japan Box Art

FF1 Battle on Wonderswan Color

FF1 Battle on Wonderswan Color

Words from Z

So umm I’m really wanting this where do I get it?

You have a couple of options:

  1. This game is really, really old. To be honest I think you’d have a helluva hard time finding it. However you could always try Ebay.
  2. Your other option as always, is Google & even more google. And if for some reason you don’t know what emulation is let me know. I’ll cover it one day.

So have you played it yet?

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