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Dated Graphics, yet Best of the Series
on 24 February 2002
Final Fantasy VI (6) finally on PSOne, will now allow all the recently converted Final Fantasy fans to experience the Final Fantasy game that was, and in some aspects still is, the best Final Fantasy in the series. While it was only originally published on the Super Nintendo (known as Final Fantasy III), Square have taken the game and ported it to the PlayStation.
If you already own the original version from the Super Nintendo, there is little different, as the entire game has been left intact, complete with its original SNES graphics. However, Squaresoft have taken it upon themselves to include a whole set of CG videos such are like all those present in all later PlayStation Final Fantasies, giving a breathtaking view on the story.
The game itself contains the largest set of characters in ANY Final Fantasy game (over 12 of them) and is regarded as the best piece of work in the series, as it manages to flex the story to make every one of them important to the story in some way. This is unlike the later games that always have characters that have little reason for being in the party story wise (Such as Yuffie (VII) or Quina (IX)). In the game, you start as a group of rebels against the Emperor and Kefka (his general, and a brilliant working of evil lunatic). The game is huge and provides hours of gameplay, and just when you think it is over after reaching the climax of it all, you will find out your only half way though!
The battle system shows where most of everything has come from in the later Final Fantasies, including the Espers (that you may know as Summons, G.F.s, Eidolons, and Aeons). With a mixture of the VII, VIII and IX ability systems to have party members with unique abilities that can ALL learn magic and summoning, using the 4-character battle system present in IX.
You will love this game as a fan, it is a pure Final Fantasy and you will not be disappointed with the game itself. If, however, you are someone who does not like dated graphics regardless gameplay, you may be cautious, as the game has had no real update in the games own graphics department (apart from the CG work) even though these graphics were top-notch for a Super Nintendo at the time.
There is also a little extra for people who purchase this game, as you will be presented with a playable demo of Final Fantasy X (PS2 Only), where any European players can finally get a try with Squares latest for the first time. The demo is to include two separate areas for you to explore in, it may be a small demo, but if you have been waiting forever for this game to be released, now is your chance to try it early.
If you are a Final Fantasy fan, and do not already have the SNES version, you should get this game. If you had/have the SNES version, you might want it for nostalgia or just to see the new CG work. but you will already know what the entire game will be like. If you are not strictly a fan, then its dated graphics may be enough to keep you away, although the Final Fantasy X demo might just be enough to justify a purchase. Final Fantasy VI is a game I have completed many times, yet still believe to be the best of the series.