Being Final Fantasy fans, we all have a favorite Final Fantasy or one that really pulled our heartstrings. And one of the most popular topics that we discuss is about our favorite ones and why. Staff and supporters of Project Crystallis are no different and the following are some of those opinions. Feel free to share yours in the comments!
That is a difficult question for me.. I came into the series on Final Fantasy VIII and fell in love with the lore. Asking me today, I would have to say Final Fantasy VII. Those characters have left such a lasting impression on me more so than any other story or franchise. There is just something about the tone or mood in FF7 that I never seem to get tired of.
“VIII has the best battle system of any final fantasy.
That is drawing, GF’s, junctioning, and all that”
“I don’t really have a very obvious favorite. But if I must pick one, I would say I’m more fond of 8 because of personal bias. I just like the characters a lot (ESPECIALLY LAGUNA). Even though 8 was my second Final Fantasy, I liked its future/space/school setting and some of its ridiculous cheesy plot actually makes me smile more than my first Final Fantasy (7). And I really enjoyed the romance. Even the extreme plot twists are very humorous to me. So there you go.
I know it’s kind of not fair but I can’t help it. And really, VIII has many flaws in both plot and gameplay. But I actually enjoy it for that so call me weird. If you want a less bias view, mine would be the same as Snow’s for the same reasons she listed below.”
“Reason for my favorite FF (VI) : There’s no focal character; although there’s a little bit more emphasis on Terra as the starting character slightly, everyone is important to the story. Although I don’t care to use some of the characters at all, I think everyone’s background story is interesting and how they all relate to one another. One of my favorite characters in the FF series is also Locke, from the same game, because I liked his Thief class and his self-definition of being a treasure hunter, but also I’m a hopeless romantic, so I really relate to his devotion to Rachel, even in the second half of the game. Another reason is because of Kefka, who successfully played his role as villain by actually pulling off what he was aiming for. A real villain, in my opinion, isn’t suppose to be relatable, sympathized with or likable (though I’m not saying a good villain can’t have those traits, but I think you really want to take down a true villain). Kefka was just downright insane mentally and his acts were just hateful. And then there’s the final battle, which had a slot of symbolism and connections with Dante’s Divine Comedy. This was discussed and detailed by another user really well on GameFAQs a few months back, but the forms and accompanying music to the final battle are completely epic.
The first form representing Inferno (Hell), and Satan buried to his waist and the music Dancing Mad starts with the same music as when Kefka destroyed the World of Balance on the Floating Continent, Catastrophe, but remixed (also, the music starts the same way as when you turn on the game, so it’s like the beginning and then the beginning of the TRUE end). The Inferno is where one sees evil for what it is, and this begins the characters confrontation with all of Kefka’s forms.
The second form symbolizes Purgatorio (Purgatory) with its design based on an amalgamation of creatures and enemies you’ve run into throughout the game. If the first form is the beginning, the second is the journey representing the resistance the heroes faced. Furthermore, Purgatory is where sins are more psychological, and on motives, so the form’s physical appearance is a collection of enemies, but ultimately it is Kefka’s mind that is nonsensical.
The third form is Paradiso (Paradise or Heaven) and its design is a direct reference to a Michelangelo art piece, with Kefka being the Savior in the arms of Mary, but its symbolism flipped at what The Messiah represents (the music here is even a mix of Kefka’s theme, Bach’s “Preludes and Fugues” and Handel’s “Messiah”)
The final form is the Triune God, whom Kefka takes the place as. Just like The Divine Comedy, he descends from the heavens and in the poem, Dante understands everything about divinity, humanity and life instantly without being able to express it. In this case, Kefka’s representation is that he is divine and that humanity is worthless and cease all life.
I think the person who posted it on GameFAQs explains it better, but it’s buried now.
That’s all. Simple right?”
“I don’t really have a favorite >___>
They’re all good. All the stories and backgrounds are very innovative, or at least they were before FF became the bar setter for fantasy rpgs. Now everyone kinda copies FF a little bit.
The setting of all the games are also really different from each other, yet they all manage to feel somewhat unified. They all have this mystical overtone that I haven’t really been able to find in any other kind of RPG.”
“It’s 12 for a lot of reasons. There is the world, exploring, the more mature setting…etc.”
“It’s VII because it made me a JRPG fan.”
“It’s FFX. The Aeons were awesome”