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Company Credits

Title: Final Fantasy (packaged in Final Fantasy
Origins)

Developer: Squaresoft

System: Originally the 8-bit Nintendo generation,
updated in Japan for
the Wonderswan, and released in North America on the
PlayStation.

Release Date: Originally 1987, re-released in
2003

Game Type: Role playing game

Premise

The forces of nature are dying out, and four warriors
of light are
called forth to correct the problem.

High Point

This was the game that ushered in the console party
RPG. Yes,
Dragon Warrior/Quest was around, but it had
a clunky
interface and you could only control one character.
This took a leap
forward, and launched something that’s still going
strong.

Low Point

In the game itself, I’d have to say it’s the
explanation of the cause
of all of this. I like the circular pattern, but it
just doesn’t make
sense.

As for the packaging, the original plan was to have
the first three
Final Fantasy games in this release, but
Wonderswan went
under before the third game was ready, so we’ve only
got the first
two. I hope the third comes someday. It’s the only
Final Fantasy
that hasn’t had an English language release
announced, and it’s my
favourite of the 8-bit generation. I’d gladly buy it
packaged with
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest if they’d only
release it.

The Scores

The story may not be original, but the game
mechanics, class
system, and user-definable parties were landmarks in
the console
gaming market. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story has interesting moments, but the
overall plot
driving things forward is simplistic, under
emphasized, and badly
explained. Compared to an action game, it’s
Shakespeare, but compared
to anything else (including any of its own sequels)
it’s poorly done.
I give it 4 out of 6.

The graphics of this re-release are improved
to the Super
Nintendo level. It can’t compete with the likes of
Final Fantasy
X
, but there’s no ambiguity in what you see
before you. I give
it 4 out of 6.

The sound is very well done, including
wonderful music from
Nobuo Uematsu. The entire series excels in this
category. I give it
5 out of 6.

The playability will be very high for those
of us who were
around when this first came out. Younger players who
were weaned on
first person shooters my not be impressed, but the
menu system does
the job extremely well, particularly given the fact
that this game
does not depend on a player’s reflexes in any way. I
give it 5 out of
6.

The immersion lacks a bit as a result of the
poorly delivered
story and high overhead (impersonal) viewing angle.
It takes time to
get sucked in, but it can get to you. The story
really needs to be
better delivered to really grab hold, though. I give
it 3 out of 6.

Overall, this game is still a lot of fun,
and I still
recommend it to fans of the genre or series. I give
it 4 out of 6.

In total, Final Fantasy receives 30 out of
42.

Additional Notes

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