Where it Began

I’ve put in about 6 hours to Final Fantasy. It’s not much, though I keep feeling as though I’ve played more than the clock is reflecting.

I’m currently feeling a bit conflicted about the game. In some ways I really enjoy it. It’s very nostalgic of NES days. But at the same time I’m really missing modern features. The lack of some of the features offers a challenge which is an interesting experience. I personally have taken such luxuries for granted and honestly hadn’t considered how much more challenging a game might be without something like a map easily pulled up.

One interesting thing about the game is that in the start the White Mage, Sansa in my game, isn’t totally useless as a fighter. I expected her to not be much help but she’s actually been a surprise hard hitter. As the levels have gone up her usefulness has decreased but it’s not like Yuna whacking someone with her staff for a measly 10 HP off of their like hundreds of HP. Instead Sansa does get 10-15 HP knocked off of a total HP of somewhere between 20-80 so its significant.

The Black Mage, Petyr, however is as useless a fighter without magic as I anticipated. His HP is also the lowest. Petyr does have some great spells he can use which I was surprised to see for as black magic and not marked as white. Specially the buffer “Steel” which I do use on my Warrior, Jon.

So far I have saved a princess, gotten a ship, and I’m currently working on waking a sleeping elf prince.

Oh and I came across a suspicious looking well that the game is assuring me is not important. Not sure if I believe it though…

The game is very similar to Legend of Zelda in the sense that you need to speak to the NPCs and get the clues for where to go and what to do. This is what makes me wish for a map because it would just be nice to take a peak at a layout of the area just to get my barrings with the information provided.

The spells are also a bit different than what I’m used to. Esuna is only set to cure poison. At least as a level 4 spell it only cures poison. This may change perhaps if there is an Esuna 2 like there is a Cure 2 which restores more HP then Cure 1.

There is also no phoenix down as of yet and I currently do not have a Life spell to revive fallen characters.

These small changes have really required that I play with a little more strategy. If someone falls, they’re down until I make it to a village and pay to have them revived. If someone is poisoned every step I take an annoying green light flashes and my character is hurting every time so they an antidote is really necessary.

Leveling up however seems a bit simpler. I am currently level 8 and while by today’s standards that may seem a bit low I do not seem to be having difficulty with playing. Inflation doesn’t just effect the economy I guess. Perhaps its our perception that larger numbers equal strength. Because my strongest, Jon, his HP is only just now over 200.

I’d say the prices of things was high but its fairly easy to acquire gil so with some basic grinding you can really get the goods easy enough.

I’m gonna get back to it. I’ll provide another update after I’ve clocked some more time.


First Impressions

Well I have now played a little of Final Fantasy, not much as it is late and I am tired. But my first impressions of the first game. I’m feeling nostalgic for the NES days. I named my characters after Game of Thrones Characters, Jon, Sam, Sansa and after not being able to get Littlefinger to fit I misspelled Petyr’s name to Peter. So I guess the black mage doesn’t totally fit my theme now.

It is strange to start a game without at least starter equipment. I had to first outfit myself with weapons and magic.

The current quest is to save the kings daughter.

Right now though before I am really working on the quest I’ve gone to level up some because I spent too much gil on equipment and I have no potions. I don’t know if I will need them right away but I’d feel much safer at least with one.

But enough for tonight. Tomorrow I will explore more.

30 Years

In 1987 Japan experienced the release of the first Final Fantasy game. Just a few months ago the world experienced the release of the fifteenth installment of the primary line of games. There are several spin offs that do not even receive the glory of a number.

I am loathe to admit that I have played very few in the grand scheme of things. So, my goal for the 30th anniversary of the series, which has given me HOURS of enjoyment, worlds to explore, characters to fall in love with, and stories to lose myself in, is to play the numbered installments starting from the beginning.

Many of the games are available for purchase in the PlayStation store. Now obviously this isn’t the same as playing Final Fantasy on an NES but given my severe lack of a NES this is the best I can do because I was also unable to obtain a NES Classic which does have Final Fantasy according to the game list. However, in the PS Store I can get a copy of Final Fantasy Tactics for $9.99. It was on sale last week but I missed the sale… Regardless it is supposed to be Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II and I can play these on my PS3.

I am excited to play through more the series. To experience the other stories and see the other characters in this line of games. I want to track my experiences with this blog. I want to see how my own personal favorites change as I go through each installment.

So I will begin by admitting which games I’ve played to completion of the primary line of games: FFX, FFXII, FFXIII, FFV.

So the basics of what I intend to do is play the numbered games, at this time no sequels or side games. And I will NOT be playing the MMORPGs – FFXI & FFIV. Quite honestly I don’t even know if XI is still up and running anyways.

As of right now my favorite of the series is FFXII. I don’t know if I expect that to really change but I’m open it.

I will rank the games as I go along to see where the ones I’ve never played or never finished fall in.

Currently before starting the ranks are as follows:

  1. FFXII
  2. FFV
  3. FFX

Now one thing I do want to say is that I actually really enjoyed XIII. It is my least favorite of the bunch but I do not want it misconstrued that I disliked this game in any way.

Also my top 5 favorite characters before starting:

  1. Balthier (FFXII)
  2. / 3. Noctis/Ignis (I can’t really decide so these two are really just 2 & 3) (FFV)

4. Snow (FFXIII)

5. Lightning (FFXIII)

Now this is a list of characters I just enjoy. Not necessarily reflective of the most useful because Ignis is delightful but Mr. *snap* I’ve come up with a new recipeh is not really always the most helpful in battle.

My top 5 most useful in a fight characters before starting are:

  1. Snow (FFXIII)
  2. Balthier (FFXII)
  3. Auron (FFX)
  4. Noctis (FFV)
  5. Hope (FFXIII)

Now this list is a little more skewed because I can say that FFXII is the only game I’ve maxed all the characters to 99 on and I had the Zodiac spear so Balthier was pretty damn ready for a fight. And overall these all kind of depends on how you level up characters and the skills you chose.

So all that being said, if anyone is bored and interested to see where this goes, I am now going to dive into Final Fantasy Origins, starting with the first game.

I will post again soon!