Resistance is futile. Ever since I walked with Zidane as he learned the truth of his existence in Pandemonium and took it upon himself to fight against the purpose given to him at his creation, I have been hooked on the Final Fantasy series. After playing Final Fantasy IX, I felt a compulsion to explore every game that came before. While other children were giddy over their shiny new PlayStation 2s, I was devouring Final Fantasy I,II,III, IV, V, VI, VII and VIII. Eventually I got my own shiny PS2 and indulged in X, X-2 and XII, but none could ever compare to the stories, characters and music that characterized those first nine games. I’m actually still working my way through them. I’m in the last area of Final Fantasy VI (PS1 version) and hope to complete the game soon. The only reason I bothered with a Nintendo DS was for Final Fantasy III.
I have since said that I will give up on the Final Fantasy series. FFX-2 was a shame of a game, and FFXI was an MMORPG (WTF Square Enix? Are you trying to destroy the franchise?). FFXII was decent enough, but the storyline was weak. I haven’t played FFXIII, but I hear it is worse than all that came before. People who have never played a Final Fantasy game think XIII is fantastic. If only they could have seen the series in its heyday.
How does Square Enix remedy their faults? The release a sequel to XIII… and then another following that one. Continuing the pattern of repeat mistakes, they release FFXIV as an MMORPG. Do you know how well that went? The game was such a travesty that they destroyed the world and remade the whole game. Literally. Bahamut came and destroyed everything, as evidenced below.
After watching that, one thought crosses my mind.
I want to play Final Fantasy XIV so very bad!
My cognitive processes have been reduced to that of a giddy school girl. I want to experience that story. The music calls to me as only notes composed by the great Nobuo Uematsu can.
This past year, I bought a fancy new computer with capabilities to run games. I’ve never cared for MMORPGs, but slap the words Final Fantasy on to it, and I lose all reason. Even then, I knew it was only a matter of time before I gave in. Now, with my fancy (used) PlayStation 3 at home, I am even looking at FFXIII as a logical video game purchase.
Luckily for my muddled, school-girl mind, there is one thing that always makes me sober: money. After a free 30-day trial period, Final Fantasy XI costs $11.95 PER MONTH to play. Final Fantasy XIV cost $12.99 PER MONTH. These are just the ‘basic packages.’ There are people out there spending even more per month to play these games after paying None of this includes the purchase price. The amount of money I would have to spend on games I’m not even sure I would completely enjoy has been the only thing preventing me from making these purchases.
Something about the Holiday season makes me want to buy everything my heart desires. It probably has something to do with all the deals and commercials telling me to ‘treat myself.’ To appease my obsessive mind, I could track down the soundtracks to these games. I hear the music is worth it regardless of whether you’ve played the game. Through the magic of Grooveshark, I can share some of these great melodies.
Listening to this soundtrack as I prepared this post brought me pause. I don’t actually want to play this game. Instead, I want to be able to say I’ve played every Final Fantasy game. Clearly, I have an obsession here that has brought me great joy. Moreover, the stories I played through gave me hope and confidence. These video games were an escape and a sanctuary. They created characters that reminded me of myself, put them through hell and showed me how they overcame their oppressors.
If I play these MMORPGs, I fear they will ruin the series for me. They disturb a series that has died. Yes, my friends, Final Fantasy must be dead for me. Square Enix may not be willing to let it go with dignity, but I can. Farewell my friend. I promise, even as the PS4 makes its debut, I will still obsessively play the old games that made you a legend.
- Stop by 20Somethings in 2013, who featured my profile yesterday.