Final Fantasy (universe)

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Final Fantasy began as a JRPG video game created by Square for the Famicom in 1987 and ballooned into a massive media empire with dozens of games, movies, comics, and more.


I played Final Fantasy in the early 1990s and watched my friends play a lot of it too, and thought it was quite enjoyable. I missed out on games II-V, but played Final Fantasy VI in 1994. At first, I watched my friends play it, then, I played quite a bit of it myself and absolutely adored it. I didn't play Final Fantasy IV or Final Fantasy V until my 30s, but I like both of them as well. I was hyped up to see ads for Final Fantasy VII, but, when I finally saw the game being played, I was disappointed. Final Fantasy VIII didn't look interesting either. I tried playing Final Fantasy VII when it was remastered for Windows, but didn't enjoy it. To this day, I only like the 2D games, but I don't think the display engine is the problem. Final Fantasy VII shifted the setting from fantasy with elements of steam punk to high technology science fiction. Final Fantasy VII and above also started designing characters to look "cool," but really only resulted in them looking completely ridiculous.


Core Video Games

Although the games in the Final Fantasy series are numbered as though they are sequels, the games do not follow a continuous story line or have reoccurring main characters, so the games are more accurately thought of as remixes rather than sequels. Each game has a mostly unique story, but it uses a lot of themes from previous games. Also, each game engine is built on the previous engine with new mechanics and technology being added in each release. Games I-VI all use 2D sprite technology, but VII and above all use a 3D engine. Games XI and XIV are MMOs.

Title Released Original Platform Rank
Final Fantasy 1987-12-18 Famicom 4
Final Fantasy II 1988-12-17 Famicom
Final Fantasy III 1990-04-27 Famicom
Final Fantasy IV 1991-07-19 Super Famicom 3
Final Fantasy V 1992-12-06 Super Famicom 2
Final Fantasy VI 1994-04-02 Super Famicom 1
Final Fantasy VII 1997-01-31 PlayStation 5
Final Fantasy VIII 1999-02-11 PlayStation
Final Fantasy IX 2000-07-07 PlayStation
Final Fantasy X 2001-07-19 PlayStation 2
Final Fantasy XI 2002-05-16 PlayStation 2
Final Fantasy X-2 2003-03-13 PlayStation 2
Final Fantasy XII 2006-03-16 PlayStation 2
Final Fantasy XIII 2009-12-17 PlayStation 3
Final Fantasy XIV 2010-09-30 PlayStation 3
Final Fantasy XV 2016-11-29 PlayStation 4


Manga / Comics



Dorkly - Compilation.


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