Final Fantasy...Where Do I Start?
By George Denison on August 31st, 2012 (12 comments)
A Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Ultimate Box collection has been announced by Square Enix, according to Andriasang. The collection will be released in Japan on December 18th, and it will include Final Fantasy 1-13, as well as a 25th anniversary edition soundtrack and exclusive character art.
Now, I have a terrible confession to make. Of those 13 Final Fantasy games, I have played exactly one: Final Fantasy XIII. I didn't enjoy it all that much, but I have been assured that it isn't representative of the series at its best.
I don't have anything against the Final Fantasy games, I just...haven't played them. I keep meaning to catch up with them, but which one do I start with? Some say VII is the all time classic, but XII won all those Game of the Year awards. Do I start methodically from the beginning, working my way from the 1987 original? Will the Game Boy Advance ports give me an authentic experience of Final Fantasy 1-6? Should I bother with Tactics, or not? Which one is best for story, and which one for gameplay?
At some point I'm going to have to bite the bullet and face up to this huge hole in my gaming history. Ploughing through the uncharted waters of Final Fantasy is an exciting prospect, but I would be lying if I said it wasn't a daunting one.
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