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Of course, Final Fantasy I itself is derivative. All long time PC and Atari gamers remember the beginnings of Origin Systems' Avater series with starry eyes. Little characters dancing about a world map, asking questions, falling into dungeons, and saving the world. When FFI first booted up I had a massive nostagia moment - the structural similarities are unmistakeable. Even so, FFI is unique in world concept and plot, improving on the formula enough to be an instant success and rescue a game vendor from impending bankruptcy. While it is primitive in many ways, it started an RPG revolution for the game console world.
From a production viewpoint, FFII is head and shoulders above FFI. The artwork is much more detailed. To the point that some of the monsters and background scenes are quite remarkable, and several of the characters actually have something that resembles a personality. The downside of ths is that the world is a bit smaller, and the story a bit shorter - but not in any harmful sense. While I think the FFI is probably the better game, FFII is really the first clear hint of what was to come as the series developed. And it helped to create the momentum behind one of the most successful franchises in gaming.Read more ›
The gameplay in this game is top-notch. It's what Final Fantasy relied on back in the day to sell their games. The newer ones still have great gameplay, but definitely focus more on characters and story than the past games. The battle system has recieved a complete overhaul as far as graphics are concerned. It has the typical SNES style battles, and there's an option to turn on auto-target, so no more trying to attack an enemy that has already been defeated. Those that want the original experience, though, can leave this off. As far as equipment is done in this game, it's pretty simple. You can equip one weapon, one shield, a Helmet, Armor, and Gloves. This old style of equipping items is my favorite used through out the series.
The world is massive, not only for it's time, but for todays RPG's.Read more ›
(The FFII in Final Fantasy Origins is not the FFII released for the Super Nintendo. The FFII that was released for the Super Nintendo is actually known as Final Fantasy IV. Final Fantasy IV, along with Chrono Trigger, is part of Final Fantasy Chronicles, another collection of original Squaresoft games.)
Final Fantasy is the game that made history in the field of RPG games. In this game, you start by getting to choose four characters to use for the rest of the game. The characters in this game are not unique characters, but job classes that include Fighter, Thief, and Red Mage.
Final Fantasy II makes its first appearance in the U.S. in Final Fantasy Origins. In FFII, you take control of a group of people that are trying to stop the evil Empire of Baramekia from taking over the world. From what I have seen, in this game, in order to get stronger versions of a spell, you need to cast the spell often, opposed to separate spells to measure spell strength. This concept does not exist in any other Final Fantasy.
Simply, this game is a must-buy for anyone who would like to experience the first two of the great RPGs with Final Fantasy in their titles.
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Two Final Fantasy games I had never played before, they are definitely worth playing. They are towards the lower end of my rankings for Final fantasy games go, but that is grading... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Jelani J
The PlayStation release of these two games is the best version out there. It is based on the WonderSwan Color version. You can see the difference between versions here: [...]Published 21 days ago by dwd
It came in a professional packing and it came as advertised factory sealed and works finePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Picked up again great game for fans and started alike. It's always good to see the roots and where final Fantasy started. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anthony Wible
I started it up, made my team, died within the first five minutes. 10/10Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer