Final Fantasy I
this was the first game that I ever played on the Nintendo, still have the two original posters that came with the game cartridge box. This game supposedly saved square from bankruptcy back then? I don't remember getting that far in this game I just remember enjoying the music more than the actual gameplay. lol
Final Fantasy II (IV JP)
I didn't actually play this game at first, I was watching my bro play through it all since he was the one that owned the SNES and bought the game. Loved the music a lot in this one. This game made me a loyal fan to final fantasy. I was around 9 years old by this time and stuff like "Lunarians came from a planet destroyed which is now the asteroid belt" made my imagination run wild :D oh and the dwarfs living within the earth too with their backyard swimming pool filled with lava. Music was superb all around. Oh and the Big Whale ship.... flying to the moon ... it all clicked perfectly with my fascination of space travel.
Secret of Mana
Rented this game a lot during the summer. It was very enjoyable being able to play with a friend in this. Gameplay was much more enjoyable than turn base, the plot/story didn't compare to the final fantasy IV/VI though. Music great here too.
Final Fantasy III (VI JP)
The first game I actually played a whole summers vacation on. Got ****** when Shadow left my party. And when I didn't save him when the world was falling apart. T_T Loved the whole Opera House thing. Oh and... finding your friends after the world cataclysm was reinvigorating moments.... I got depressed being stuck with Celes and feeding her dieing friend fish. The whole Esper learning magic system was a little imbalanced to me but **** i didn't care too much since I could get everyone to learn Ultima. ;) Very emotional game...
This game sparked my imagination with time travel and history changing plots. Dual techs.... omg.... Triple tech..... drooling... This was Square at it's best on one of their very last releases on Snes.
After 1995-1996 Square just seemed to transform into something different to me. I know a few Quest team members left to join Square (Ogre Battle guys) which then later Final Fantasy Tatics comes about. Imo, I notice this trend growing a lot, and then the Spirits Within Failure... >.> Sucks how Lord of the rings movie came out just at the same time lol. It'd probably would've been interesting if they did a movie based a little more on the earlier final fantasy titles. I mean shoot, LOTR pulled it off with the mythology stuff. And then we get the Square and Enix merge.
Anyways enough rant, I've given up a long time ago expecting Square to give me that 1987-1995 experience again, I can only count on Nobuo Uematsu to get it right when it comes down to the music at least. I'd rather pay for a ticket to his concerts than a Square game these days. He is probably one of the main reasons I've been drawn back here is cause of him composing all of the music in FFXIV. At the same time I'm giving little hope for it succeeding but willing to give it a try in release.