Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Mention the words ‘Final Fantasy’ to almost any gamer, and you will instantly be bombarded with tales of magic, heroes, and the eternal battle of good versus evil. The FF franchise has been around for nearly forever, spanning countless platforms and even producing a movie. Yet to those unfamiliar with this eternal franchise, the game can seem lengthy and rather daunting, with its endless scripts and gruelling battle sequences.
Excerpt: To this day, it still amazes me how many Final Fantasy fans still haven't played the original. Of course, to many of these devotees, the series began with Final Fantasy VII , but the original has seen enough re-releases over the years that it is impossible to not have played it. Then again, there are still weirdoes out there who have never played the original Super Mario Bros. or Pac-Man , so I suppose anything is possible.
Excerpt: In a few short years, Final Fantasy took Square from the brink of bankruptcy to a position near the top of its field. Twenty years later, the company is celebrating that fact with a significantly upgraded re-release of the game that paved the way for titles like Final Fantasy VII and Kingdom Hearts . The remake, a modified port of a port of a port (with me so far?), reveals three intriguing facts.
Summary: Final Fantasy Anniversary Edition provides very little updated material for this generation. The graphics have been touched up and there are new CG sequences; but, the overall game is still stuck in the 1980’s. It still shows. I recommend this game a rental. I can’t recommend someone to buy this if they already own the original (updated or not) Final Fantasy. It's more of the same.
Excerpt: A brave warrior, a nimble thief, a holy white mage, and a somewhat dodgy-looking black mage altogether walk into a castle. The rest is history. It’s hard to believe that the Final Fantasy franchise has come so far in two decades. After all, the original Final Fantasy was meant to be Square ’s swansong before filing for bankruptcy.