Excerpt: Once upon a time long ago I used to enjoy playing role playing games. Well I got married, had children, became the editor the first ever Christian video game magazine (on top of a day job to pay the bills). I have found time is a precious commodity, and given the choice of playing with my family, or sitting alone and playing a lengthy, boring, and drawn out role playing game - well I have chosen to enrich my families life with my presence.
Excerpt: Finally, a solid RPG for DS fans to dig into, Square Enix's reincarnation of the "real" Final Fantasy III which managed to elude North American gamers years ago makes it's debut on the Nintendo's innovative handheld console and delivers top-notch graphics and audio as well as a pretty fulfilling game play experience.
Excerpt: Rather than talk about the history of the Final Fantasy franchise and the numbering of the titles, I'm going to head straight into the breach and two things need to be said about Square Enix's third Final Fantasy in as many weeks. Final Fantasy III is incredibly old-school in its orientation, with random battles galore, no mid-dungeon saves, and the need to purchase just about everything.
Excerpt: A numbered Final Fantasy game finally returns to Nintendo! Alas, it is not a brand new game. But, then again, this no mere port either. Final Fantasy III for the DS (herein, referred to as Final Fantasy III-D ) is a complete remake of the Japan-only original which appeared on the Famicom back in 1990. The missing link has finally been rediscovered, but has time been kind to such ‘archaic’ gameplay? Yes… and no. Have you seen the original Famicom Final Fantasy III ?
Excerpt: Since that day Final Fantasy VII was first announced, it became clear that the US wasn't getting the whole story with Final Fantasy . While the intervening years cleared the matter up and saw the release of two of the missing games, Final Fantasy III was still nowhere to be seen. That is, until a full-blown remake, complete with updated plot and graphics as-yet unheard of on the DS, was announced. But now that it's here, was it worth the nearly 15 year wait?
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: FFIII is a beautiful game brimming with character. It's still a little generic, but this game was one of the innovators in what we consider RPG's today. Older than many of the players who will buy it, FFIII still shines on 17 years later.
Excerpt: Many serious fans of the Final Fantasy series have long griped that, despite the multitude of ports and rereleases of the games throughout the series' long history, there remained one game, the third installment, which had never seen release in the United States. It was left out of the glut of anthologies and compilations that came to the US on the original PlayStation, and it never got an Game Boy Advance port along with all the other games from one through six.
Excerpt: Originally released for the NES, Final Fantasy III has certainly waited a long time to make its journey across the Pacific. This particular tale of the Warriors of Light is the last missing game in the series to reach these shores, and it does so in the form of a DS remake. Being a remake, it is not without a number of upgrades, primarily to graphics and sound, plus some bonus content on the side.
Excerpt: Change has always been a constant for the Final Fantasy series. Game to game, it changes more than perhaps any other series, causing rifts and arguments between gamers who want something new, and those of a more traditional slant. Given the major changes the series has seen over the last three years, the NES-fresh turn based combat system and gameplay of Final Fantasy III feels like a genuine throwback to an era where pixels were cutting edge, though whether this is a...
Excerpt: This would be a good time to point out that Final Fantasy III DS finally completes the Final Fantasy series here in the US, but since that's already been done to death, let's just get on with the review.