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Old 12-15-2007, 03:39 PM   #1
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final fantasy, where to start

I have never played any final fantasy game, and wonder which number I should start on.
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Old 12-15-2007, 03:53 PM   #2
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It really doesn't matter. If I were you, I'd start with Final Fantasy 6. However, I'm an old fogey. Seven is considered the best by just about everyone except me. Four is pretty good. Eight and ten are decent. Nine I never actually played, but I've heard it was pretty good. I advise you to stay away from 1, 2, 3, 11, or X-2. The first four because the plots are so pathetic they make my teeth hurt, and the last because it was spawned from hell. Never played XII.
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Old 12-15-2007, 07:42 PM   #3
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It does depends on which system you have to get them on. The stories aren't linear, and have almost no relations to each other (actually, only the name of monsters, spells, summons, weapons, etc. are the same).

However, to keep you graphically interested and still keep largely the FF roots gaming system, I tell you: Get FF X.


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Old 12-15-2007, 07:55 PM   #4
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10's a great one to start with, I agree. It's got a great plot and it was funny. And c'mon, X-2 wasn't that bad, unless you were expecting something particular. Maybe y'all were just scared away by all the pink and the sleepovers.

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Nah, I didn't like X-2 battle system either. And I was efortlessy trying to avoid my expectations of a serious plot, but I can't get this when it's about Final Fantasy.

Best thing on that game was Yuna, Paine and... Ah, Riku (godess).


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Old 12-15-2007, 08:03 PM   #6
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I loved the X-2 battle system. The dress sphere system was an amazing nod to the old job system in the original games. The plot also was serious when you got past the pink and the slumber parties.

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EDIT: Yeah, it may kinda re-invent the job system, but it still looks the same. A dated system with tons of makeup. Also, the mix of real-time and turn-based didn't got me.

Each one is entitled to their own opinions. I've given mine on the battle system and so did you.

There was another crappy thing on X-2: Exploration. Why? Why did it looked with a Tomb Raider game? With those dungeons looking like any place Ms. Croft would be visiting. And all that jumping, argh!

However, the game is still Final Fantasy, so the CG scenes are still sweet to the eyes and so are the graphics, even if they're the same from the original 10.


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Old 12-15-2007, 09:00 PM   #8
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A friend of mine had the "Dawn of Souls" compilation for the GBA - that's a combo of FF I and II. I liked both those games, they're both classics and if you won't mind those beautiful, pixellated graphics of old, I is just as good a place to start off.


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Old 12-15-2007, 09:00 PM   #9
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Final Fantasy VI is the best one out there, hands down, though. But you need either the remake, a Super Nintendo or {snip} not here - d3
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Old 12-15-2007, 09:23 PM   #10
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Old 12-15-2007, 09:59 PM   #11
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Old 12-15-2007, 10:14 PM   #12
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Not too bad for me, considering I'm an old fogey like C. C, why do you suggest starting with #6?
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Old 12-15-2007, 10:21 PM   #13
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It's the best one, and it doesn't matter which one you start with, the interconnected plots are so minimal, I could spit and disrupt all the connections. The connections are thus -

There is a character named Cid.

There is probably an Airship.

Something bad will happen.

That's pretty much the size of it.
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Old 12-15-2007, 10:21 PM   #14
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Think I played some sort of RPG in the "Final Fanasty" series about you collecting Crystals. And I did play a Final Fanasty game about "slave crowns". I think I got bored of the endless grinding.

Um. That's about all I could know at the present


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Old 12-16-2007, 01:17 AM   #15
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Of the pixel-RPG Final Fantasies (i.e. 1-6), Final Fantasy VI was the best, imo (though I'm still playing it). FFX is awesome, FFX-2 is stupid. After you finish FFX, read this fan-written epilogue that basically tells the good parts from FFX-2 without all the fluff.

I haven't played 7-9, or any after 10.


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Old 12-16-2007, 01:39 AM   #16
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Well, Terra has a Slave Crown at the beginning of Final Fantasy VI. I don't recall any endless grinding, though, and the Slave Crown is not touched upon all that much.

As for getting Crystals, I have no idea. Maybe you're thinking of Seiken Densetsu III, or maybe Mystic Quest. I really don't know.
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Old 12-16-2007, 02:27 AM   #17
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I myself am a favorite of VIII...even though it was the one I started out with (and is my favorite) it can get really complicated at times. (I've learned recently the junction system was hard for some..).

Personally, I would choose X or VI. Both are great games, although I found VI to be more challenging than X. X-2 is just...its fun, but...meh. I don't like it, seeing as I can never get the 100%...

The first one has to do with crystals, and XII kinda had too (if you count magicite as crystals.)
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Old 12-16-2007, 08:22 AM   #18
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@Corinthian, you forgot chocobos

I've played FFVII, FFVIII and FFX, all of which were great, both story-wise and in gameplay. I'd say FFX was the easiest of the lots (Yuna really owns at high levels), while FFVIII has the most unique battle system, but with some patience, you can get ridiculously overpowered characters.

Regretfully, I always played FFX-2 which made me want to commit harakiri. They *mangled* Yuna!>.<



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Old 12-16-2007, 08:28 AM   #19
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Old 12-16-2007, 11:29 AM   #20
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Actually...I remember that VIII could be really easy...

Just as long as you junction good, and don't level up. (The Monsters level with you...)
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Old 12-16-2007, 12:53 PM   #21
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If you have a Nintendo DS, start with Final Fantasy III and/or the Dawn Of Souls GBA cart that has both FFI and FFII. FFI is straightforward and irrelevant but entertaining, and the specific-experience-for-specific-tasks level-up system for [the original] FFII is amazingly fun although the lack of job titles and restrictions may seem a little too open-ended at first.

You'll hear a lot of praise for FFVII, but it's graphically headache-inducing and demonstrates the limits of the original Playstation all too clearly. FFV and FFVI are a lot more fun; FFV's job system is fantastic and mastering most of the jobs doesn't take an incredibly long grind, so it's pretty easy to max out all of the jobs.

I'm playing FFXII: Revenant Wings (DS) now, which is great if you like RTS games (I don't even like the genre, really, but I'm enjoying the hell out of this one)


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Old 12-16-2007, 01:20 PM   #22
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Pardon my ignorance, but what the heck is to junction? My dictonary didn't contain this nerdy word.
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And yeah, FF VI is one of the best. Really is. And since you plan on playing it on pc, download a random GBA emulator and the ROM for the GBA remake of it.

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Fanasty" series about you collecting Crystals. And I did play a Final Fanasty game about "slave crowns". I think I got bored of the endless grinding.
You probably played the Final Fantasy for Gamecube. A children-oriented game, which doesn't look a bit like traditional FF games;

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Pardon my ignorance, but what the heck is to junction? My dictonary didn't contain this nerdy word.
That's the name of the gameplay system. Each FF game got it's own. RTB, ATB, Junctions, etc...


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Well, in Final Fantasy VIII (and only VIII I believe) you 'junction' magic to yourself, and it boosts your stats, and lets you be immune to differant damage and stuff.

I've learned most people have found this concept annoying, but it can lead to some power-levelling. You 'draw' magic from enemies, and thus, in turn able to use it. But, it is stocked, like items, and you have a limit to how much you can use.

And, I think every FF uses ATB, except for like...three differant ones, right?

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Final Fantasy Chronicles? Aw, but that is such a fun game with differant people...speaking of which, the remakes of the games for Playstation generally have two-player co-op during battles
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And, I think every FF uses ATB, except for like...three differant ones, right?
It's already a bunch of games. And ATB is quite difficulty to have a definition of. For, FF VII and FF X had the ATB system. But one is sooooo very different from the other.

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Final Fantasy Chronicles? Aw, but that is such a fun game with differant people...
I haven't played it. All I know it's got a repetitive system. And the most omnious presence of crystals than on any other FF.


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Old 12-16-2007, 07:09 PM   #26
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FFX is just a regular turned based battle system. VII, X-2, XII, etc... have ATB systems.

I've played VII, IX, X, X-2 and XII. If graphics aren't a problem for you, I'd say start at the low end and work up, otherwise, start with 9 or 10.

Order in which I played them:
X
VII
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Order by favorite:
X
VII
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XII
X-2

I really enjoyed X-2's battle system but the "teehee" kind of theme turned me off. I still like the game, but it's the only one I haven't played through more than once.
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FFX is just a regular turned based battle system. VII, X-2, XII, etc... have ATB systems.
Uh... X-2 and XII don't use the ATB system. XII is RTB and X-2 is the VI old system with minor changes.


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An ATB system is basically a battle system where each character has a timer. Once the timer fills, they can choose to do something. Just because one is real time and one is based on random encounters doesn't change that. X-2 and XII are just fancier versions of the basic ATB system.
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Are there any FF games made for the PC?


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6, 4, 10.

Just don't expact any surprises for the story... I mean by now unless you live in a cave for the last 20 years you should know all the spoilers you need, aeris dies and what not.

And yes it newer the FF, the more movie it contains, and less gameplay stuff. So consider them a wonderful interactive movie with some rp element.
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FFVIII and FFXI were. You could also use emulators. (Is that a forbidden topic around here?)


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I think VII was too. I'm pretty sure they're really hard to find though. I'm not sure about 8 and 9, but I know 7 had a lot of compatibility issues with Windows XP and above. Like Serpentine said though, you could use a PS emulator. It'll be tough to find the games at local stores, but a lot of online stores have them.
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7 and 8 were definitely for PC in addition to PSX. I never saw 9 for PC, so if it was released I'm not aware of it. I'm currently (at this very moment, basically) playing FF9 on ePSXe (with the original game discs, no worries -- it's really cold in the basement where the PS2 is ) and it runs reasonably well. Slows down in a couple of places, but very very playable, and looks much nicer than on the console to boot.

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Just don't expact any surprises for the story... I mean by now unless you live in a cave for the last 20 years you should know all the spoilers you need,
I may be a cave man, but even cave men have the right not to be spoiled
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X-2 and XII are just fancier versions of the basic ATB system.
Call it a fancy name. Still, the name of the system used on XII is RTB.


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Well, Terra has a Slave Crown at the beginning of Final Fantasy VI. I don't recall any endless grinding, though, and the Slave Crown is not touched upon all that much.
The Slave Crown was about the only interesting thing that I liked about FFVI, so the fact that they didn't talk about it that much was...er...It didn't really make me like the game that much.

I think it was not really that the grinding was long, but the grinding had no point. I wasn't really inspired to play the game, to actually do anything to save Terra and the world.

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Clarification: I played both games using a Snes emulator. So it was on the Super Nintendo, meaning it really really was serious and very traditional.


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Your loss. How far did you get before you stopped playing?
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Hmmm, now this is a FF FAQ thread... its time to tell people to put all your levels on Aeris, or that you should level up your Summons as powerful as possable on X.
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Haha, that would turn it from a FAQ thread to an angry mob thread.
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