Is it really that time of week already? Oh well.
Okay so there are a few things that you need to know about my relationship with this game. For starters it’s ironically my third favorite game in the series. Second, it wasn’t until recently that I played this game and by recently I mean like four years. Lastly, I have spent more time playing this game than any other in the series mostly because every time it was released on a new platform I had to play it all over again. Why you ask? Because I love this series and no matter how bad the games get I will continue to stay a loyal fan to not only this series but Square-enix as a whole.
So let’s get right into this because you don’t have all day to hear me blather on more about how much I love these games.
Final Fantasy III was originally released on the Famicom on April 27th, 1990 in japan and didn’t see a western release until 2006 on the Nintendo DS and later on Steam, iOS, Android, the PSP, Windows phones for some reason and the Ouya (heh). This game was noted as the twenty-first video game music composition by series veteran Nobuo Uematsu but more than that, it was the introduction of the job system.
Things Get Classy
This time around, there was a new mechanic put into place in the Final Fantasy universe. The job system completely turned the strategy that needed to be taken into account during battles on its head. Normally in Final Fantasy, you have commands like magic or steal. Luckily for you and me we got to experience new commands like summon and provoke. Also, you got to play as the dark knight and that’s probably my favorite class in the game. Mostly because it was the one class, that I remember that is, that would allow you to attack all enemies without expending MP. While it did cost twenty percent of your MP to do so, there was never a time during the game when I found myself in the position of not having enough potions, ethers on the other hand, were almost always absent from my inventory.
The important thing here is not my inventory habits though. What you need to understand about this particular game is that it literally changed the way home console role playing games would be developed in the future. It added a new layer of depth and planning to the genre that had previously only been available to the player in things like Dungeons & Dragons. Allowing the player to create different combinations of classes and skills within a single party added hundreds of hours and near infinite replay value to the game.
So Why Do I Like It So Much?
Well to make it very simple, this game combines the two things that I love about video games as an artistic medium. Gameplay that keeps me coming back and grandiose storytelling, while there are Final Fantasy games with far superior storylines and better developed characters, this one will always hold a special place in my heart. Its use of dialogue and level of development with one character in particular is what really impressed me with this game.
Despite the fact that I had already played games like Star Ocean III (we’ll get to that) and Final Fantasy IX by the time I had played this, it still touched me in such a profound way that its almost hard to explain to people what’s so great about it. That’s what’s amazing about games like this, they can affect you on such a deep level that it becomes almost impossible to put it into words and unfortunately this is one of those times.
In place of what I would normally do for these “reviews” I’ll simply leave you with this. Play this game. However, if you are expecting a traditional Final Fantasy experience, I’d suggest looking elsewhere.
While this is a fantastic game through and through, it is nauseatingly difficult. This was the first time Square had experimented with the job system and while the DS remake had tweaks made to it to improve its ease of use, it can still be frustratingly difficult to master. This is something that was later vastly improved up with the job system in Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy V.
If that sounds like something you can deal with, then by all means check it out otherwise wait until next week and get ready for the single greatest love story ever presented in a Final Fantasy story.
P.S I acknowledge that this is not being posted on a Friday but sometimes things happen and that’s all I have to say about that right now.
Cover Image via Final Fantasy Wiki.