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#52 Sep 14 2010 at 3:53 PM Rating: Decent
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Rad Racer would be my first Square game, though I wasn't a fan of the 3d.

I enjoyed FF III-V, but I didn't become a fanboy until Bushido Blade and Einhander
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#53 Sep 14 2010 at 3:56 PM Rating: Excellent
Osanshouo wrote:
How did you become a Square?

They cornered me.

lol! Smiley: laugh

It was FFVI that got me hooked. I still have my SNES specifically for this game and Chrono Trigger. And Earthbound...
#54 Sep 14 2010 at 3:56 PM Rating: Good
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bsphil wrote:
LadyOfHolyDarkness, Eater of Souls wrote:
Over the years, the Final Fantasy series has kinda sucked. I still found all that I played (haven't tried 13 thank god) to be mostly enjoyable
I really loved playing FF13. It departs from the standard FF formula a tad by staying fast-paced and linear til about 2/3rds through the game, which is where I think is where people tend to dislike it (people felt the same way about Metroid Prime going to a FPS and breaking away from the 2D sidescroller style, and I could never understand why that was such a huge deal). If the game was released by a different company and not under the Final Fantasy series, I think people would have been a lot more positive about the game. Finding Oerba and listening to the music for that zone was up there as one of the more depressing and heart-wrenching moments of gameplay that I can recall from any game I've played.

There were just too many little things that added up for me to dislike that game.

I heard rumors why it was so linear, something to do with Xbox limitations or too many disks or something. But if that isn't true and it was just a design decision then it would be excusable but just not for me.

Even though I am a Square fan, I might have to agree with lady here...

Though I did love XIIIs graphics (especially in Gran Steppe(?)) and UI and opening theme, but that's about it. :(
#55 Sep 14 2010 at 4:12 PM Rating: Decent
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FF2 US was my gateway to Square games and RPG's in general. Before this I was mainly a platform player and some puzzle games too. But my buddy had this game and insisted I try it out. So I did and have fallen in love with the series ever since. This also happens to be my favorite FF still to this date. I love every aspect of this game (except fighting in that magnetic cave...)

So since then I've played

FF IV & After Years
FF X & X-2
FF Tactics (PS1 & GBA)
FF Legends 1,2,3
FF Mystic Quest

I've beaten all of these, except 3 (DS save file got corrupt very far in the game) & XI, and pretty much enjoyed them all. So looking forward to the 22nd to add FF XIV to my belt.

Edited, Sep 14th 2010 6:13pm by EricScorpio
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#56 Sep 14 2010 at 4:34 PM Rating: Good
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I know it wasn't actually a square game originally but did anyone play Ehrgeiz? So under rated..

#57 Sep 14 2010 at 4:40 PM Rating: Decent
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LadyOfHolyDarkness, Eater of Souls wrote:
Final Fantasy VI was my gateway drug/game. I never had a video game console before my grandma gave us a SNES for Christmas in 2003.

So.. I don't understand.. you said your first console was a SNES in 2003 (like 4 years after they stopped making them?) but you bought Suikoden in 2002 and loved it? Does not compute.
#58 Sep 14 2010 at 4:45 PM Rating: Good
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Shredmastah wrote:
And everyone knows ff music is like 1/2 the experience)

This is so true...

there is a website where people remix alot of old game soundtracks, anything from converting them to piano pieces or guitar to full on techno remixes. I check this site every few months when the mood takes me. and as soon as I hear a score from a big nostalgia title like secret of mana, chrono trigger, ff6 or ff7 it immediately takes me back to what is happening at the part of the game where that song is playing.

I think thats one of the reasons I dislike 8 so much, the music just never hit me the same way.

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#59 Sep 14 2010 at 4:45 PM Rating: Good
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runtheplacered wrote:
LadyOfHolyDarkness, Eater of Souls wrote:
Final Fantasy VI was my gateway drug/game. I never had a video game console before my grandma gave us a SNES for Christmas in 2003.

So.. I don't understand.. you said your first console was a SNES in 2003 (like 4 years after they stopped making them?) but you bought Suikoden in 2002 and loved it? Does not compute.

I assumed she meant 1993.
#60 Sep 14 2010 at 4:59 PM Rating: Good
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Kierk wrote:
The Final Fantasy Legend, Final Fantasy Legend II, Final Fantasy Adventure, Final Fantasy Legend III, Rad Racer, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy VI, Breath of Fire, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Evermore, Final Fantasy Tactics, SaGa Frontier, Final Fantasy VII, Einhänder, Xenogears, Tobal No. 1, Bushido Blade, Brave Fencer Musashi, Final Fantasy VIII, Legend of Mana, Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Parasite Eve, Parasite Eve II, Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy IX, The Bouncer
Final Fantasy X

Nice list. I only missed one or two from that. Tobal No.1?

Rad Racer. Wow, that's a trip in the way back machine.

Secret of Mana, first game I can remember that had visible enemies instead of random battles.

Parasite Eve was Square!? That was a really great series. Why haven't the domes that show weapons' area of effectiveness been used more since then?

I skipped some days at college to play Chrono Cross straight through. Loved that music.

Vagrant story, where you learn in the most painful way that a game with a weapon degradation system requires careful planning.

Nothing beats FF Tactics. Mathematician FTW!
#61 Sep 14 2010 at 5:06 PM Rating: Decent
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I used to be a hardcore Sega Megadrive...then my cousins invited me over to play Secret of Mana on their SNES. After that, I concluded that the SNES pwned the Megadrive.

From there, it was FFVII > FFIII (VI) > Chrono Trigger > Chrono Cross > Seiken Densetsu 3 > FFVIII > FF Tactics > FFIX > FFX > FFXI > FF Tactics Advance > FFXII > FFXI > FFXIII

The leap from 2D to 3D in FFVII was phenominal back in those days, and whilst I still love FFVII for being the first FF game I fully played and completed, the most epic storyline I have ever seen in a game (even by today's standards of Dragon Age/Baldur's Gate II etc) is FFIII (VI). Nothing beats the stylisation of the characters, their torments and triumphs, the craziness of Kefka...everything was win.

After FFVII, I went into a gaming renaissance and found a lot of games I couldn't find available in PAL territories on ROM, while waiting for FFVIII to come out. I still have posters of VII and VIII on my old bedroom wall (yes back then we still bought gaming mags). Chrono Trigger had a crazy plot line, the idea of time travel and changing your destiny was pretty radical and I liked how you could do combo techniques with characters (much like FFXI's skill chains). I spent hundreds of hours on FF Tactics, it was so cool to play tactical battles as opposed to ATB styled gauges...and put your hand up if you never dual-wielded katanas (or Excalibur on young Ramza).

The next biggest leap was FFX on PS2. Whilst some people heavily criticise it, I actually enjoyed this game very much. It had good music, amazing visuals for the time, minigames...and it actually felt like a cinematic experience more than a gaming one. I loved the story between Tidus and Yuna, even if it was such a heartbreaking one. Sadly, whilst I think FFXIII strived to achieve the same result, it didn't quite get there (although visually it is the most beautiful JRPG I've ever seen)...I've only played 10 hours or so and haven't been able to play more due to post-grad studies, but so far it just doesn't have that charm the other games in the series have had (and that Vanille character just urks me...not sure if Mr Afro and her will get together but there's some weird tension that's freaky).

Edit: forgot about Xenogears...another cult hit which was pretty good in terms of the religious tension/undertones in the storyline, not to mention massive mechs and kung fu mixed up!

Edited, Sep 14th 2010 11:26pm by Dik
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#62 Sep 14 2010 at 5:58 PM Rating: Good
Kierk wrote:
runtheplacered wrote:
LadyOfHolyDarkness, Eater of Souls wrote:
Final Fantasy VI was my gateway drug/game. I never had a video game console before my grandma gave us a SNES for Christmas in 2003.

So.. I don't understand.. you said your first console was a SNES in 2003 (like 4 years after they stopped making them?) but you bought Suikoden in 2002 and loved it? Does not compute.

I assumed she meant 1993.

Wow, that was a bad messup on my part. Yeah, I meant 1993 lol. BTW, despite my posting name, I'm a guy. I just never asked to change it because a lot of oldtime FFXI posters know me by it and my avatar.

Looking at some of these posts... I've got to say that I miss the PS1 era. Seeing people mention games like Parasite Eve and Xenogears makes me want to fire up pSX.
#63 Sep 14 2010 at 6:10 PM Rating: Good
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I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I rented this game from some place called Alfalfa Video...loved it, but ended up re-renting it so often my mom eventually bought it for me. Favorite team: Warrior, Monk, White Mage, Black Mage.

The Gold Age(FF3 & Chrono Trigger)[Also known as FFVI, but it's 3 to me!]

Easily the 2 games I've played through the most...between new game+s on CT and just doing it all over again on FF3, i couldn't get enough of these games. Loved the gameplay, loved the stories. Still SE's finest works IMO. There's not one thing I can say bad about "I wish they did this differently" And that says a lot...

Then it all went downhill from there
Nah not really, FFVII & VIII were pretty awesome, despite people deciding to hate them because it's fanboyish to like them. Also great stories here & with VII I loved the materia setup...VIII's draw system? Not so much, but I dealt with it because I enjoyed the rest of the game so much. I'm not big on graphics, but of course this is where the graphics started taking off...

FFIX and onward I didn't play like the rest of these, still enjoyed them, but mainly borrowed from friends & didn't finish them. When I got a GBA a couple years back I got to play FFII & V. V was pretty awesome. Also played ChronoCross on a PS1...pretty awesome as well.

Of course I also played FFXI for a good while. Got in late though and was forever playing catchup. My 1st & still my only mmo until the 22nd and just being able to play final fantasy online was awesome enough for me.

But maybe it was the perfect timing with FF3 & ChronoTrigger for me, those 2 games left me with that amazing feeling none of the following games could offer. When I got the GBA to play other FFs, I still ended up playing VI most of the time. With those 2 I became attached to the characters and actually cared about 'em. Probably how some people feel with VII, VII, etc. that was their moment of "awe & amazement", mine was FF3 & CT.

Wow, yea I completely forgot about Parasite Eve! That game was cool, perfect timing on that 1 as me a totally new take on what SE could do with the RPG style.

Edited, Sep 14th 2010 8:13pm by TwistedOwl

#64 Sep 14 2010 at 6:16 PM Rating: Good
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FF1 on the Nintendo was what really got me into gaming. It was my first RPG, and ever since then, RPGs (and of course MMORPGs) have been the only games I play seriously.

I've played the **** out of every FF I have been able to lay my hands on since.
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#65 Sep 14 2010 at 6:32 PM Rating: Default
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FF1, FF: Legend II, FF1, FF6, FF: Legend II, FF7, FFT, FF8, FF6, FF7, FFT, FFT, FF6, FFXI, FFT, FF7, FFT, FFXIV...

Or something like that...

Spent 2 whole summer vacation on FF1 when I was in elementary school (parents did NOT like...)
Special favorite is FFT for the job system and tactical fights.
Followed by FF6 for the story and character development. Never had the heart of defeating the last boss as I didn't want it to end.

FF9 was my personal worst. Played maybe 5hrs before stopping for good. The main character is a friggin monkey, the female is a chibi, the knight looks like the robot from wizard of oz, the dragoon is a rat and the black mage is 5 or 6 years old... I simply did not like that kind of setup...

Edited, Sep 14th 2010 8:50pm by Cidolfus

#66 Sep 14 2010 at 8:07 PM Rating: Default
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I don't understand why there is so much hate towards Spirits Within. IMO I think its an amazing science fiction movie/story on its own!
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#67 Sep 14 2010 at 8:24 PM Rating: Good
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Oh man... Parasite Eve...

For those of you who like PE... the third one is coming out on psp. It's called Third Birthday. Check it out!

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#68 Sep 14 2010 at 9:36 PM Rating: Good
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Parasite Eve on ps1 was my first Square game, and they have a new game in that series coming out soon I believe.

#69 Sep 14 2010 at 9:52 PM Rating: Good
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marsupialboy wrote:
Parasite Eve on ps1 was my first Square game, and they have a new game in that series coming out soon I believe.

I loved the weapon customization in the PE series.

In general PE was fun for me because the Resident Evil series was too scary for me (yeah, I know). I thought then the pacing and ability and 'turn based' combat was better than the clunky RE controls.

Yet PE was still creepy and had great atmosphere.
#70 Sep 14 2010 at 10:40 PM Rating: Decent
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Have to say the classics of Secret of Mana and FFVI (3) were the real start for me. I do remember selling my SNES and all the games so I could buy a PS and a copy of FFVII though. I hope I didn't miss it in the posts, but I didn't see anyone mention FF Mystic Quest on the SNES either. While probably not on par with some of the other games, it was entertaining if nothing else. Definitely enjoyed the gameplay and challenges in FFX. I think I've run through that one two or three times to get all the end game items and summons.

Skipped XII and only rented XIII but couldn't stand it. I think after about an hour of forced battles that didn't seem to lead anywhere I took the game back to the store.

As with many other posters on this forum, the original Tactics for PS one of the best FF games in my humble opinion. Thank god for emulators though. Being able to do a quick save before moving a character to a square with one of the hidden items is very handy. Before it was a painful process of saving before a battle, and restarting frequently.

#71 Sep 14 2010 at 11:08 PM Rating: Decent
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the old school gameboy are the ones that did me in especially the one where you could take a basic hume and turn them into a robot or monster or cyborg good times
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#72 Sep 15 2010 at 12:02 AM Rating: Decent
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I came across FF7 purely by accident at a friend's house I was staying at while on vacation. I had never seen anything like it. I had played strategy games and arcade games all my life. For me, "RPG" meant "rocket-propelled grenade" right up until that day.
#73 Sep 15 2010 at 12:13 AM Rating: Decent
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I'll admit, Spirits Within was a pretty bad movie, but i think square redeemed themselves with Advent Children ( i still watch that sometimes lol)

lol idk maybe i was too young to have a good opinion (only saw it once in theaters), but i actually liked the movie and didnt understand why everyone else hated it. to me it was basicly just a sci-fi movie, maybe i should try rewatching it again... but then again to this day i feel FFX-2>FFX. id take those three fine ladies with their cool costume changes over a ******* Meg Ryan as the main char and Anne of green gables (personality i mean) as the female main char anyday.

anne of green gables for those of you who dont have enough hated in your hearts, feast on this crap...
chrono trigger was my first heroine shot till ff7 came out. never played 6 or below, im missing alot from what i hear.

Edited, Sep 15th 2010 2:15am by pixelpop

#74 Sep 15 2010 at 1:02 AM Rating: Default
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Started with FF1, was the start of something huge (obviously)

FF2 (4JP) was the best final fantasy of them all. Finally some character depth and Summons! ZOMG

FF3 (6JP) 2nd best final fantasy, amazing story, fun powers, lots of espers aka summons.

FF 2,3,5 JP, Played all 3 on the DS when they came out, 3 and 5 were decent, 2 kinda sucked.

FF7 Decent final fantasy, story wasn't that great, most over-hyped final fantasy, got the attention of all the annoying fanboys.

FF8 never finished it, hated how it was designed.

FF9 Haven't played it yet, though I hear it's good

FF10 Great story, amazing graphics. Kinda girly though.

FF11 Played for the first month, quit cause i didn't find any american players who were smart enough to play well. Japanese players ignored me for the most part even though I spoke japanese. Never went back.

FF12 Decent FF, kinda feels like a single player FF11 though.

FF13 Haven't played it yet

FF14 A lot needs fixing.

Edited, Sep 15th 2010 3:13am by Nokturnal
#75 Sep 15 2010 at 1:37 AM Rating: Decent
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I actually didn't mind Spirits Within either.
It is so hard to adapt a video game title sometimes, while some scripts will make a great video game, they would be ridiculous as a novel or film.
What makes it even harder is that it's a Japanese script.
A lot of times some stories just don't translate well or are too culturally different for the western market.
This is why a lot of Anime doesn't do well here and there is much less demand than in Asian countries.

Take FFVII, amazing game, but there are still people to this day who will rage over whether Cloud was a clone or not because the story can be extremely confusing.

I'll admit, Spirits Within was a pretty bad movie, but i think square redeemed themselves with Advent Children ( i still watch that sometimes lol)

Maybe in our eyes but not in the eyes of the average person.
Spirits within was a box office failure that lost 52 million dollars and killed Square Pictures.
Although it sold very well, Advent Children was a DVD release and may have gone unnoticed to a lot of people.

Edited, Sep 15th 2010 4:08am by Osanshouo
#76 Sep 15 2010 at 1:55 AM Rating: Excellent
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Final Fantasy II (IV in JP).

It was my first SNES game, first RPG, and my first ever English-language game. I remember reading about the Red Wings, and this dark knight, and something about crystals on the back of the box and thinking, wow, that sounds epic! despite the fact that I probably understood about 60% of the words. And I bought it right then and there without having an inkling of what an RPG is. So while other players had chips and sodas next to them, I had a dictionary and a notebook! Yet despite the language barrier, I was deeply engrossed in the complex storyline, the rich cast of characters, and the beautiful music. I remember the sadness I felt when a character dies, and the elation at finding out he was actually alive. I remember staying up late at night, having Rosa cast Scan on every single monster so I can record their HP, MP, and weak points. In short, I was becoming Squared without even realizing it, and the rest, as they say, is history.

And also because it's almost 1AM and I can't think anymore.

Edited, Sep 15th 2010 3:59am by uomaru
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#77 Sep 16 2010 at 3:41 AM Rating: Default
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My Square history was :

FF7 (6★ )
FF8 ( 5★ )

Got hooked into square so i bought :
FF5 (5★ )
FF6 ( 6★ )
FF4( 5★)
Chrono Trigger( 5★)

FF9 ( 6★ )
FF10 ( 6★)
FFX-2( 4★)
FF12 (5★)
FF13( 5★)

Look forward to play more of their games!
#78 Sep 16 2010 at 3:57 AM Rating: Decent
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FF 1

Secret of Mana




And then FFXI

. . . these games ruined video games for me forever lol
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