Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy

Original logo

N.B. Since this game has been ported several times on different platforms, it has undergone several changes, notably in the naming department (jobs, characters, places, etc.). In those cases, I cite the original name and the most recent variant.

Logo: a knight

Theme: balance

Team: 4 characters, gender distribution according to the jobs you pick; the White Mage is female, and perhaps the Red Mage as well

In my case:

  • 1 female character (White Mage>White Wizard Lina)
  • 3 male characters (Fighter/Warrior > Knight Sven; Black Belt/Monk > Master Lars or Thief > Ninja Jens or Red Mage > Red Wizard Erik; Black Mage > Black Wizard Nils)

Lead: most promotional material features a Fighter/Warrior > Knight

Villains: Garland (main), the Four Elemental Fiends (Lich, Kary/Marilith, Kraken, Tiamat)

Controllable characters: technically anyone, but it should be your most resilient character (i.e. usually the Fighter/Warrior > Knight)

Jobs: Fighter/Warrior > Knight, Thief > Ninja, Black Belt/Monk > Master, White Mage > White Wizard, Black Mage > BlackWizard, Red Mage > Red Wizard

Favourite jobs: Black Mage > Black Wizard, Red Mage > Red Wizard

Disliked jobs: Black Belt/Monk > Master

Modes of transportation: ship, canoe, airship

Optional dungeons and/or bosses: Warmech/Death Machine

  • Additionally, in the GBA version: Cerberus, Echidna, Ahriman and 2-Headed Dragon in the Earthgift Shrine; Scarmiglione, Cagnazzo, Barbariccia and Rubicante in the Hellfire Chasm; Gilgamesh, Atomos, Omega and Shinryu in the Lifespring Grotto; Typhon, Orthros, Phantom Train and Doom Gaze in the Whisperwind Cove
  • Additionally, in the PSP version: Chronodia in the Labyrinth of Time

Save points: inns (otherwise you can save on the world map)

Starting level: 1

Final level: ~30 (NES)/~70 (GBA)/~95 (PSP)

Maximum party size: 4

Final party: whomever you like (versions I’ve tried: Knight, Red Wizard or Ninja or Master, White Wizard, Black Wizard)

Time to complete: ~10-15 hours (NES)/~30 hours (GBA)/~45 hours (PSP)

Favourite places: Matoya’s Cave because of the walking brooms, Underwater Temple because of the mermaids and the music, Elfland/Elfheim because of the elves (and the lovely sunlight effects in the PSP version)

Disliked places: Marsh Cave and Ice Cave, because both are friggin’ huge mazes filled with enemies; Earth Cave because of the infamous ‘gigas hallway’ (PSP: Labyrinth of Time because of the stupid randomised puzzles)

Levelling spots: peninsula near Pravoka, Waterfall cave treasure room, Floating Castle

Oddities: spellcasting pieces of armour; everyone can use the Masamune

Systems: Nintendo Entertainment System, PlayStation, GameBoy Advance, PlayStation Portable

Remakes: Final Fantasy: Dawn of Souls – Soul of Chaos (GBA), Final Fantasy XXth Anniversary Edition (PSP)

Combat system
Final Fantasy: Dawn of Souls – Soul of Chaos
XXth Anniversary Edition

Final Fantasy XXth Anniversary

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