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So Let Me Level With You About: Final Fantasy VI

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The Final Fantasy series has fallen on some dire straights as of late. With the latest releases in the main franchise getting either tepid or horrendous reviews a lot of ill will has been thrown Square Enix's way. In particular Final Fantasy XIII and XIV have caused many in the gaming community to write off the whole franchise as a series of trite JRPGs. To anyone who has stuck with the franchise, it is abundantly clear that these people have never played Final Fantasy VI (or IV, IX, and XII for that matter).

So, let me level with you about Final Fantasy VI.

The high excitement of clicking through menus to make things happen

Final Fantasy VI goes out of its way to give the player the chance to use each of these unique characters as well. A common problem in JRPGs is that they encourage the player to pick three or four favorite characters and stick to using just them, but not Final Fantasy VI. Not only is the roster of available characters constantly changing, at several points the player will be asked to use all available characters when forming three parties that the player has to switch off between. This makes the player constantly rethink their strategy, instead of just relying on the interplay of 4 characters the player has to evaluate how each character will interact with each other character because its very probable that those characters will be forced into a party together.

Look, the design in Final Fantasy VI is astounding. The developers clearly put so much time and love into designing the characters both from a narrative and a mechanic standpoint and because of that the player cares about the characters. Some of the recent Final Fantasy's have taken the focus away from developing all of the playable characters instead choosing to focus on one or two lead characters. When something like this happens it either leaves the player playing a story that focuses on a character they don't care about, or leaves them wishing another character got more development. Often times these characters are also completely homogeneous in terms of game mechanics which just makes the characters seem less unique and encourages the player to stick to only three or four characters. So yeah, if you're going to criticize the Final Fantasy series at least give the best in the series a chance? Also maybe play IV, IX, XII, or Tactics? Those are all pretty good... so go play those too I guess?
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