Final Fantasy Marathon: Wrath of the Lich King

In today’s episode, the Warriors of Light score their first major victory over the Four Fiends and cleanse the Cavern of Earth once and for all.

The fact that this part of the game makes you seek out the advice of an inconveniently located sage then re-run a dungeon in a different context was something pretty distinctive at the time of original release; an audience of players more accustomed to linear “straight line to the finish” games may well have found themselves surprised and baffled when they discovered what was necessary in order for them to progress.

We now know that to be the nature of RPGs, of course; but someone had to define and codify the conventions we take for granted today, didn’t they?

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