Final Fantasy

First in the long-running series of genre-defining role-playing games by Square Enix… and one of the most remade, remastered and rereleased games of all time.


Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Available on: Famicom, NES, MSX, WonderSwan Color, PlayStation, Game Boy Advance, PSP, mobile phones, your toaster (probably)


Final Fantasy Marathon


Articles about Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy Marathon: The Fourth Fiend – Final Fantasy I #18 - After a perilous ascent up the Mirage Tower, the Warriors of Light find themselves in the Flying Fortress, just a bit of exploration away from the last of the Four Fiends. Tiamat has a reputation as a fearsome foe, but the rigorous training regime our heroes have been following up until this point will surely … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: The Fourth Fiend – Final Fantasy I #18
Final Fantasy Marathon: To the Heavens – Final Fantasy I #17 - After successfully making takoyaki out of Kraken last time around, there’s just one more crystal for the Warriors of Light to, err, light. It’s not going to be easy to get to, however; it’s guarded by the fearsome Tiamat, who has taken up residence in the Flying Fortress, the former home of the Lufenian people. … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: To the Heavens – Final Fantasy I #17
Final Fantasy Marathon: Topless Mermaids – Final Fantasy I #16 - Two more crystals to go, and the next is deep beneath the waves in the Sunken Shrine! But what’s this? A choice of paths to go? It seems one way leads to topless mermaids while the other leads to a slobbering tentacle monster, and never the twain shall meet — doubtless much to some people’s … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: Topless Mermaids – Final Fantasy I #16
Your Favourite Overlooked and Underappreciated Games - Yesterday, I found myself a bit frustrated by yet another example of Twitter’s never-ending focus on negativity and cynicism. In other words, it was a Thursday. The tweet that frustrated me a bit probably didn’t have any ill intentions behind it, but its question to the community of what games you “hate but are highly … Continue reading Your Favourite Overlooked and Underappreciated Games
Final Fantasy Marathon: I Love Having Legs – Final Fantasy I #15 - Freshly minted as full-on heroes after Bahamut’s ministrations, the powered-up Warriors of Light resume their quest to illuminate the four crystals and save the world from the Four Fiends. But the path onwards isn’t terribly clear; some investigation is obviously required, beginning with a strange town on the northern continent that appears to play host … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: I Love Having Legs – Final Fantasy I #15
Final Fantasy Marathon: Proof of Courage – Final Fantasy I #14 - There really is no rest for a Warrior of Light, is there? “Go and bring me proof of courage,” says Bahamut, without any sort of indication of what the bloody hell he means. Fortunately, some of this subordinates were a little more forthcoming with the information we needed, and so it was that we found … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: Proof of Courage – Final Fantasy I #14
Final Fantasy Marathon: Ruler of the Skies – Final Fantasy I #13 - The Warriors of Light are done Down South, so now it’s time to head Oop North. There’s just one problem: how to get there! The northern continent has an alarming lack of places to dock a ship, so they’re clearly not expecting any visitors any time soon. And apparently canoeing across the ocean is out … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: Ruler of the Skies – Final Fantasy I #13
Final Fantasy Marathon: Mt. Gulg and the Big Rooms of Nothing – Final Fantasy I #12 - In today’s episode of Final Fantasy, the Warriors of Light finally get back on track and delve into the fiery depths of Mt. Gulg. Marilith, one of the Four Fiends, is waiting for them far beneath the surface, but first they have lots of exploring to do. And the floor is literally lava. It’s a … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: Mt. Gulg and the Big Rooms of Nothing – Final Fantasy I #12
Final Fantasy Marathon: The Wrong Dungeon – Final Fantasy I #11 - After a bit of farting around getting lost, the Warriors of Light finally find themselves in front of their next dungeoneering challenge. Okay, it’s the wrong dungeon, but they’re there now, so they might as well dive in and have a bit of an explore. What could possibly go wrong, after all? Mindflayers, dear reader; … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: The Wrong Dungeon – Final Fantasy I #11
Final Fantasy Marathon: Navigation Issues – Final Fantasy I #10 - After last week’s unfortunate adventure in the Earthgift Shrine, the Warriors of Light do their best to get back on track. However, it’s not quite that simple! Their next destination is concealed in the heart of a complicated labyrinth of rivers and streams… and it turns out that they perhaps weren’t even heading in the … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: Navigation Issues – Final Fantasy I #10
Final Fantasy Marathon: This Was A Mistake – Final Fantasy I #9 - You know how sometimes you get yourself into a situation that, before long, makes it abundantly clear that you have made a poor decision? Well, that’s what happened in today’s episode of Final Fantasy. Fresh from their defeat of Lich, they decide to check out the newly unlocked Earthgift Shrine, because surely a newly unlocked dungeon is something … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: This Was A Mistake – Final Fantasy I #9
Final Fantasy Marathon: Wrath of the Lich King – Final Fantasy I #8 - 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 … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: Wrath of the Lich King – Final Fantasy I #8
The MoeGamer Podcast: Episode 27 – Death to the JRPG! - Pete and Chris get academic and attempt to pin down a better explanation of... that kind of game we all like that we don't want to call "JRPG" any more. Plus the usual news and "what we've been playing" segments.
Final Fantasy Marathon: Vampire Hunter F(F) – Final Fantasy I #7 - Last time, the Warriors of Light decided to take a well-earned holiday in the town of Melmond, only to discover it was a right shithole. It (apparently) wasn’t the fault of the people of Melmond, however; the nasty vampire who had taken up residence in the Cavern of Earth was supposedly to blame, because he … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: Vampire Hunter F(F) – Final Fantasy I #7
Final Fantasy Marathon: Lali-Ho! – Final Fantasy I #6 - In this sixth episode of the Final Fantasy Marathon, we take our legitimately gotten gains (courtesy of the Mystic Key) and take a trip to go and visit the dwarves. Dwarves are another example of an aspect of Final Fantasy that was lifted from Dungeons & Dragons, though few can deny that the Japanese series puts its own … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: Lali-Ho! – Final Fantasy I #6
Final Fantasy Marathon: The Mystic Key – Final Fantasy I #5 - After last week’s little… mishap, the fifth episode of our Final Fantasy playthrough sees the Warriors of Light taking full advantage of the mysterious Time Magic known as “Load”. From thereon, we proceed to track down the wrongful owner of the Crown we found in the Marsh Cave, kick his head in, then set off … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: The Mystic Key – Final Fantasy I #5
Final Fantasy Marathon: TPKO #1 – Final Fantasy I #4 - Oh dear. It had to happen sooner or later, didn’t it? And Final Fantasy veterans will be unsurprised to hear that it happened in the Marsh Cave. The Marsh Cave is probably the first “real” dungeon that you encounter in Final Fantasy I, and its main challenge is one of endurance: it’s quite long and branches off … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: TPKO #1 – Final Fantasy I #4
Final Fantasy Marathon: The Slumbering Prince – Final Fantasy I #3 - Our Final Fantasy I adventure continues as the Warriors of Light cross the ocean to Elfheim and discover their prince is having a bit of a sleep problem. Never ones to shy away from an apparently supernatural-inflicted disaster, the group sets out to find out exactly what is going on, setting their sights on the … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: The Slumbering Prince – Final Fantasy I #3
Final Fantasy Marathon: Those Blasted Pirates – Final Fantasy I #2 - After overcoming their initial challenge to defeat Garland and rescue Princess Sarah, the four Warriors of Light set out to begin their quest properly… and promptly get lost. A key part of the early Final Fantasy games — especially this first one — is figuring out exactly what the hell you’re expected to do next. The series’ … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: Those Blasted Pirates – Final Fantasy I #2
Final Fantasy Marathon: Four Warriors of Light – Final Fantasy I #1 - It’s time! For the longest while, I’ve been thinking I should do a Final Fantasy marathon: that is to say, playing through all the mainline Final Fantasies one after another. With my growing confidence in video and the ease of capture using my current gaming setup, what better time than the present to get started … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: Four Warriors of Light – Final Fantasy I #1
Stormblood: Yes, It’s a Great Final Fantasy - Final Fantasy XIV and its long-running spiritual predecessor Final Fantasy XI are in an interesting and slightly awkward position. They’re numbered mainline installments of the long-running Final Fantasy series, which, in theory, should attract series veterans, but they’re also massively multiplayer online role-playing games. The latter is a genre typically (and not necessarily correctly or fairly) associated with … Continue reading Stormblood: Yes, It’s a Great Final Fantasy
Stormblood: Introduction - Square Enix’s second Final Fantasy MMORPG is a big success now, having just enjoyed the release of its second expansion pack, but things weren’t always so rosy. In fact, the story of how Final Fantasy XIV came to be what it is now is one of the most interesting in all of gaming — and certainly an … Continue reading Stormblood: Introduction
The MoeGamer GameCast: Episode 3 - In this episode, Midori, Yumi, Penelope and I talk about why so many modern JRPGs are flat-out ignored, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid and more. Midori also has a quiz for you if you want to try and prove you know more than your average Western games journalist about the JRPG genre in general. The original music, … Continue reading The MoeGamer GameCast: Episode 3
Final Fantasy XV: A Series of Constant Reinvention - “If it’s not new, it’s not Final Fantasy.” According to World of Final Fantasy director Hiroki Chiba, speaking with Gamer Escape earlier this year, this is the attitude that Final Fantasy series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi strove to work by. And it’s a creed that the various teams around Square Enix responsible for the continued development of the brand have maintained to this … Continue reading Final Fantasy XV: A Series of Constant Reinvention
Are JRPGs Primed for a Comeback? No; They Never Went Away - If IGN’s Colin Moriarty is to be believed, then Japanese role-playing games have been in a “steep decline” since Final Fantasy VII. You and I, as fellow enthusiasts of Japanese gaming, both know that this is perhaps a somewhat questionable claim to make, but it’s also worth examining, particularly in light of the fact that Moriarty … Continue reading Are JRPGs Primed for a Comeback? No; They Never Went Away

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