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5.0 out of 5 stars
The best Final Fantasy, 17 Aug 2002
Most people would say that Final Fantasy 7 is the best in the series, and I would have probably agreed until I played this.
After having played Final Fantasy's 7,8,9 and now this through to completition, I can firmly say that this is the finest installment of the serious available to Playstation users.
The graphics provide a wave of nostalgia for anyone who loves the SNES as much as I did, and they're not ugly pr unpleasent, but actually quite nice, and reminiscent of playstation RPG's such as Alundra and Breath of Fire.
By the end of the game it is possible to have 14 characters in your command. Compare this to the 9 of Final Fantasy VII.
The characters are immediately more likeable than those in later installments, the personalities more rounded, and nowhere near as much of the confusing, annoying, frustrating, phsyco-babble in a search to find who they really are.
The stars of this game also bring a genuinely funny quirky humour to the game, which had me laughing out loud many times.
Each character has their own special commands, a feature which has never been harnessed as masterfully in any of the other games as in this one, which is a shame as it added a new dimension to the gameplay.
The game itself, as we have come to expect of the series, is huge, but personally I found this installment a greater challenge than any of the others. The boss battles are harder than in the other games and you will need careful strategic battle plans to prevail.
The story is wonderful, and cannot be fully explained in the space I have here.
But the thing I found most pleasing about this game was that it was more FUN than any other Final Fantasy game I have played. It is simply a delight to play.
There are a few added features to the SNES version, such as FMV sequences (beautiful as usual), and photo galleries etc.
All in all for a £10 package it can't really be faulted. A flawless game.