Today I’ve returned with the next installment in the series that is most likely responsible for my current career. If you’re here expecting me to talk about Final Fantasy II on the SNES, go away. You’re no longer welcome here, but be sure to return later on because that’s when we’ll be discussing the adventures of Cecil and Rosa. Today we’re going to be discussing the black sheep of the Final Fantasy series. Final Fantasy II was originally released on the Famicom in 1988 and wouldn’t see an official English translation until 2003, crazy right? The only title in the series that took longer to be officially released stateside was Final Fantasy III which was released on the Nintendo DS in 2006. That’s not why we’re here though, so let’s get to it shall we?
It’s also a bit strange to think about Final Fantasy and not get immediately excited anymore. There was a time when I would completely lose my shit when I even heard a small rumor of a new game. These days they’re often met with a slight sigh and a twinge of disdain and broken dreams. I’m getting ahead of myself though, we’re going to get to all that in a few weeks. Right now though, it’s time to take a look back. By doing so, we may gain a better understanding of our current situation and may even be able to understand the future of the beloved franchise.
There aren’t many game series that have managed to not only survive, but thrive as long and as well as Final Fantasy. Final Fantasy has practically become synonymous with the JRPG genre and in many ways, is its mascot. That doesn’t necessarily mean that Final Fantasy is without sin, though. I find it hard to … [Read more…]