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A handheld bundle containing remakes of the the first entry in Square's flagship RPG franchise and its originally Japan-exclusive sequel.
Decided to play this over the OG version. So far it's been a walk in the park compared to the unforgiving Phantasy Star II, but that's a nice change of pace. The presentation seems nice, as well. Not sure at the moment if I will go through both games or not. We'll see!
I think these two versions are a delight, but we never got the original versions here in Europe, so that coupled with my immense nostalgia for SNES style Final Fantasies might have affected my opinion quite a bit. Still, I think they both look and sound great, with FF gameplay pretty much the way I want it to be.
Fun fact, this version of Final Fantasy is the only mainline FF game I've ever finished all by myself. Well, as long as you only count the OG Final Fantasy half of it. I only got a little bit into FF2 before quitting.
Not surprising, but man does this game have a lot of random encounters. I was hoping they might tone it down in the remake, but from what I read online it's the same and actually feels like more because you move faster. There's also some tiles that have automatic encounters and there was one part in a dungeon where it was like 9 steps in a row with a random encounter.
The main quest has been super easy for me, beating even the bosses with relative ease. I have died a few times in the optional dungeons that were added in the remake. And now I find out that you have to do the exact same optional dungeon four times to get all of its goodies. Considering I don't need goodies to beat the main quest, I think I probably won't bother with the optional dungeons, at least as long as the main quest is giving me such little resistance.
I do enjoy seeing the origins of these classic JRPG franchises despite how cookie cutter they can be. Nothing wrong with goblins, dwarves and elves every now and again.
Beat Final Fantasy I. Good times! I didn't end up doing any more of the optional levels, which was fine because I would have been way overpowered if I had. I already had no trouble with any of the bosses, although the final boss did put up a fight.
The story was actually pretty cool once everything is revealed in the end. Pretty impressive for a game of its time. I wonder if they managed to convey the story in the NES version when there was no doubt a terrible translation.
And of course it's nice to play a JRPG that doesn't take too long to beat. Took me just over 15 hours, which is enough to make you feel like you've accomplished something in this type of game without it overstaying its welcome too long.
Not sure if I'll play Final Fantasy II or not. Definitely not going to hop right into it. If I do, I suppose I'll feel obligated to play Final Fantasy III, which I guess has a DS version? Then FFV is on GBA I believe. And of course there's many more after that, since I've only played IV, VI and half of VII. Not sure I want to head down that road.
The big question is whether I want to attack another JRPG or if its time for a break. I kind of want to play Phantasy Star III to get it out of the way so that I'll have some real classics ahead of me in Breath of Fire II and Phantasy Star IV. But I don't think I'm quite ready for another really old school one like PSIII likely is. Hmmm...
The original Final Fantasy game of course has less detail to the writing, but the gist of the events are still explained. It's been a long time since I last played it, but, the circle of wise men are present and each have a point to say about what's going on, and the encounter with the final boss still explains what's happening. I don't remember the ending of the game having any scenes though, I think it was just some short text and then credits.