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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Retro reflections: On the impact that Final Fantasy had on all JRPGs


Retro reflections by Matt S.

I’m going to talk about Final Fantasy in my retro reflections this week, because Final Fantasy is a game that is slowly slipping out of people’s thoughts. It’s almost never listed among people’s favourite games of the series any longer, and very few talk about it in an outright positive manner.

But Final Fantasy is an important game. On a very basic level, without it, we would have no Final Fantasy. But the impact that the game had on the development of the entire genre should not be discounted, either; Final Fantasy was influential for more than just its name.

I actually didn’t play Final Fantasy’s original version for many, many years. In fact, not until it landed on the Wii Virtual Console. I didn’t own a NES as a kid, and I didn’t even “discover” the Final Fantasy series until III (now VI) on the SNES. Instead, my first experience of Final Fantasy was with the PlayStation One remake.

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Retro reflections: On the impact that Final Fantasy had on all JRPGs
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