Excerpt: The Final Fantasy series has developed as one of the most popular and stylized franchises in videogames. Beloved by millions, the Final Fantasy games have managed to develop an almost baroque formalism in terms of both mechanics and narrative. There have been many milestones in the history of the series, but none that have been so momentous and yet nearly forgotten as the first two entries.
Excerpt: Square, on the other hand, doesn’t mind revisiting its former days; the company has proven that already, and it’s doing it one last time on the PlayStation with Final Fantasy Origins. Previous PSone compilation featured re-releases of Super Nintendo classics, but FFO goes even further; over fifteen years, in fact, to the first two installments in the beloved RPG series.
Excerpt: It's been awhile, about 15 years actually. Who would have thought these games would still stand up to other stuff out there. Yet, whether it's through nostalgia or the fact that they were just good to begin with, Squaresoft's Final Fantasy I and Final Fantasy II (which was never released outside Japan) have returned together in Final Fantasy Origins . They've gotten facelifts however, and now feature 16-bit era graphics and CD quality sound and music.
Excerpt: In sequel after sequel, many companies pay homage to their origins. But sometimes their memories don't mesh with the consumers', as evidenced with Final Fantasy Origins, a Square-Enix game for the Sony PlayStation.