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04-26-12, 8:21 AM

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I am playing my first final fantasy game (7) and first JRPG ever right now. I am really enjoying it and am looking for another JRPG to play afterwards. I was thinking Xenoblade, but that runs at about ~$50 on Amazon. . . So I'd love to hear what you guys enjoyed in the series as I might buy it on PSN.
 
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04-26-12, 8:42 AM

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Final Fantasy 7 was probably my favorite as well.

Final Fantasy 8 is very good too but is one the most underrated games I've ever played. People don't like the draw system in this one. The card minigame is addicting and loads of fun.

Final Fantasy 9 was good but overrated. It gets much better near the end though.

Final Fantasy 10 was amazing. All around great story/gameplay.

Final Fantasy 12 had the best gameplay in my opinion. Even though the story was forgettable it was on a massive scale. Most fun to play and has the most to do.

Final Fantasy 13 was meh. Least favorite new one. Complete opposite of 12, still a so-so game. Great graphics and focuses a LOT on drama.

For pre-ff7 games play ff1 ff 4 and ff6. The others aren't good.
 
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04-26-12, 8:47 AM

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I'd recommend Final Fantasy VI, which I objectively and subjectively consider to be the best of the series. The soundtrack is a work of art, with its use of motif and surprisingly effective use of the SPC700 -- Uematsu even said that he would've been able to retire after FFVI without any regrets, and Dancing Mad (I won't spoil anything but the title) is his crowning achievement as a composer. The cast of characters is collectively the deepest and most engaging of the series, and the story they tell is actually strengthened by the lack of a single, defined protagonist. And the game features some of the most beautiful and intricately-drawn pixel art I've seen in a game from that era. As for the "game" itself, I won't say it trumps the gameplay of every other game in the series, but it trumps quite a few of them: the battle system is simple (but effective in its simplicity), and the story allows for a tasteful mix of linear and nonlinear gameplay. Finally, on a personal note, I'll say that VI left me speechless or breathless at more moments than any other game in the series.

Other classic JRPGs on PSN are FFVIII (there's seems to be an inverse relationship between the amount that people love VII and the amount that people love VIII, but you may want to give it a shot), Xenogears (I think it's a bit overrated, but I think I'm in the minority), and Chrono Trigger (a classic and a "must-play"). What systems do you have, and/or are you willing to emulate?
 
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04-26-12, 8:53 AM

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FF8, no question.
 
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04-26-12, 11:08 AM

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FF Tactics has the most awesome story and setting; a dark and depressing medieval kingdom caught in the wake of a great war, with famine and peasant militia uprisings, two dukes scheming to get their candidate to succeed the throne and a corrupt priesthood that covers up a demonic plot. There's pretty much some scheme or assassination in every other cutscene. Potentially a lot of grinding though, so might be a chore if you don't like TRPGs.

I is pretty damn fun, and the plot, though minimal, also have some neat surprises towards the end.
II pretty much copied it's plot out of Star Wars, but it's kind of entertaining still. Just be mindful of what version you get, as the original character progression system was utterly awful, though it is fixed in some of the newer versions.
III has a weak story like I, but it's similarly entertaining nevertheless.
IV is kind of hard but pretty enjoyable.
VI is also pretty awesome and definitely a competitor for VII.
V follows I and III and has a great battle system with lots of classes available, and though the story is a lot weaker than IV, it's definitely a step up from III.
VIII is kind of disappointing but has some pretty awesome fan interpretations that really gives it another layer of awesome depth.
IX is pretty fun and nostalgic
X is decent and enjoyable enough, X2 is pretty bad and ruins X's story to some degree but has a great battle system.
XII has one of the best battle systems of them all with a lot of room for tactical planning rather than mashing the attack button, but the great setting is squandered with such a aimless story.
XIII has great visuals, but the gameplay basically consists of walking in a corridor and watching the battles fight themselves with minimal player interaction, and the story is one of the most forgettable of the lot.

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04-26-12, 11:23 AM

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VIII was my favorite, but extremely easy to abuse the entire system via card game, GF abilities and junctions. Sadly, all the battles took little to no effort to beat with how easy it is as well to abuse it's limit break system. /spams cancel with low HP or Aura on.

I enjoyed X a lot as well.. for it's blitzball minigame. The game itself was fairly simple with the fact that its turn base literally has infinite wait time. No one will do anything til it's their turn, including enemies, kinda kills the FF feel sometimes.
 
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04-26-12, 11:56 AM

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XII is my fav, followed by VIII and I, VII is the one I like less, followed by II and X
 
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04-26-12, 1:36 PM

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Paul said:
VIII was my favorite, but extremely easy to abuse the entire system via card game, GF abilities and junctions. Sadly, all the battles took little to no effort to beat with how easy it is as well to abuse it's limit break system. /spams cancel with low HP or Aura on.

Yeah, it's definitely the easiest FF game I've played, as long as you take the minimum effort (i.e. Triple Triad) to acquire the good items/magic/weapons. I imagine it could be hard if you just leveled up without junctioning properly though.

Still, the story is the most interesting and least cliche of the series, IMO.
 
04-26-12, 1:38 PM

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the tactic ones, i prefer their play styles

 
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FFIX
 
04-26-12, 2:33 PM

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VIII
 
04-26-12, 2:36 PM

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1: X
2: VI
3: V

worst one is without a doubt FFVIII, how people can actually ignore the staggering number of plotholes is beyond me, but even then the actual plot isnt even good enough to ruin with them in the first place, to many people just speak through nostalgia with this one
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04-26-12, 2:38 PM

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the one i sepnt most hours one is XI
but my fave is depending on the way on feeling is III VI V always not always in that order
my 11 main things i rate on

1 Impact on Impact on industry both the anime and Original Manga had
2 TV Ratings in Japan [ Gross for movies Unit sales for OVAs 3 Manga Ka of the Sourcework
4 how loyal the anime stayed to its source how well the compare to other big name in its genre
5 Seiyuu casting [ how many i know by voice i use the royal I here ]
6 Impact on General Pop Culture in Japan and the West 7 Impact on Otaku Culture in Japan and the West
8 Music[ Instrumentation]
9 merchandise sales
10 art style 11 Studio who produced the anime[ and what thay have done for the industry]





 
04-26-12, 2:43 PM

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Final Fantasy X all the way, my favorite game of all time. Then 7. I liked 5 a lot, but 1 and 2 were awesome as well. Gotta play the others at some point.

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04-26-12, 2:44 PM

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Borrowing,
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III has a weak story like I, but it's similarly entertaining nevertheless.
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X is decent and enjoyable enough, X2 is pretty bad and ruins X's story to some degree but has a great battle system.

Every comment between there pretty much reflects my exact thoughts, so . I don't remember I/II enough to comment, didn't like XII's battle system, and haven't touched XIII. My favorite is probably a tie between IX/VI. IX is just much more memorable personally.
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04-26-12, 3:06 PM
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I really enjoyed Tactics and FF 3(With Luneth and the gang, I know the numbers get mixed up.)

Also I surprisingly really liked Final Fantasy I back when I had it on the GBA. II was a bit harder though and it didn't really appeal to me.

Other I can think of is FF IV I THINK with Cecil back on the Super Nintendo GOOD TIMES.

These are the ones that I actually got far in or beaten. lol Can't quite say are my favorite or not. :o
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04-26-12, 3:40 PM

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I started with first one, like a boss!
 
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I started with first one, like a boss!


Good one you did you play in on Fully Proper Originali Hardware
my 11 main things i rate on

1 Impact on Impact on industry both the anime and Original Manga had
2 TV Ratings in Japan [ Gross for movies Unit sales for OVAs 3 Manga Ka of the Sourcework
4 how loyal the anime stayed to its source how well the compare to other big name in its genre
5 Seiyuu casting [ how many i know by voice i use the royal I here ]
6 Impact on General Pop Culture in Japan and the West 7 Impact on Otaku Culture in Japan and the West
8 Music[ Instrumentation]
9 merchandise sales
10 art style 11 Studio who produced the anime[ and what thay have done for the industry]





 
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