A Final Fantasy (et al) post to welcome you to the glory of Friday (if you don’t have weekends off then may this hopefully brighten the midst of your work week) with more located here!
Last week I substituted a review for my typical post, which I’ll probably opt to do every now and then when I have a review prepared. Now we’re back with a typical question and discussion, and this one was garnered from the extensive discussion on my Un-Final Fantasy post. I’m sorry I don’t remember who mentioned it, but if you’re reading this, let me know in the comments so I can give credit where it’s due!
Which Final Fantasy would you recommend to a series newcomer?
I’d want them to start with either Final Fantasy IV or Final Fantasy VI like I did with the latter. Now that I’ve played IV, which I like a little bit better, I’d want them to start with that one since it’s earlier and the first Final Fantasy with a cohesive story, deep plot, and well developed characters. Final Fantasy VI has a simpler, more straightforward story line, but it’s a huge fan favorite and manages to have enough plot for all 14 possible characters. This might also be a good reason to start a newbie there. Some people argue that VI exemplifies the series, but I’d have to disagree a little bit since VI has a simpler plot than the rest with a more blatant and straightforwardly evil villain whereas other games go into more depth with motivation and background. VI did set an example for the JRPG world, and there would be numerous attempts to duplicate the magic it created.