Ok so I've recently begun buying all the older Final Fantasy games as FF13 has left me wanting more from a series that typically has impressed much more over the years. Now the only FF games I've played and actually gotten into have been FFIV on the DS, FFX, and FF13 so I do not have much experience though I know how the games work both structurally and gameplay-wise. Anyways I just ordered FFVII and FFIX as I feel those are the two that most interest me. I plan on buying more later or hell as soon as the new ones arrive in the mail and I start playing them. I'm just wondering what one to get next. I've always been interested in FFVI as many people cite it as the best or second best (behind 7 of course). It seems like a masterpiece in 16 bit rpg gaming. Although I also would like to complete the PS1 trilogy by buying FF8, I'm not scared off by the love story it focuses on, in fact that sort of interests me as love is rarely a topic that is nailed in video games. FFV really doesn't interest me much... at all. So it's really FFVI v.s. FF8. My brother said he'd let me borrow his FFVI Advance copy for the GBA, but I prefer playing games on the tv so again, what do you think? FF Anthology or FF8?
Final Fantasy 8 or Anthology?
I'm in the minority here but Final Fantasy VIII is a bad game, it's got some of the worst plot choices and characters you'll see in an RPG.
The combat system is similar to VII's, which is fine; however they royally fucked up the magic system. Instead of having an MP value or X casts of spell level they decided to force you to grind individual casts of spells off monsters, this means your reward for exploiting enemy elemental weaknesses is even more grinding to replace the spells you used up. To make things worse, you have to link your stats to specific spells, granting bonuses depending on how many casts are left, pretty much forcing you to keep your casts as high as possible so you get the maximum bonus.
On a more positive note VI is amazing, go play that.
Honestly the two best games of the series are FF VI and FF VII. The vast majority of FF players who actually have played them all will agree with that too. FF VIII while I wouldn't say it is the worst game in the series... it definitely is not the best. It is also not a love story, the romance part of it is pulled off I suppose but it isn't really played out or particularly well done in fact VII's romance subplot is better handled. The rest of the story though reads like a very bad fanfic of some anime series from hell. Let me briefly cut aside here and mention that there is also a reason FF II, III, and V never saw American release originally, they just weren't all that good with maybe the exception of V which was "Ok". The primary reasons they weren't all that good is because they either had really unfriendly battle/gameplay systems (looking at you FF II) and or the story didn't really deliver (FF V felt like a step down from IV in this respect).
So summing up.... buy the anthology and play FF VI but look at playing that FF V too, and maybe even playing the original FF I before you play FF VIII, assuming you take the time to play it at all.
Ultimately, I'm going to go out on a limb here and recommend you pick up both, assuming you can afford to. All three games have something unique to offer, and I don't especially think you could go wrong with any of them. Whatever you decide to purchase (and please let us know which game you choose), I hope you enjoy it. Peace out, duder.
EDIT: Also, I really hope you enjoy your time with Final Fantasy IX. It's a game that's often overlooked by series fans, but that probably best captures the essence of the entire Final Fantasy series up to that point.
uh, I'd certainly recommend FFVI over VIII, I didn't really hate 8 as much as people does, however anthology isn't a good port, you'd want to get the gba version of FFVI, but then there might be some differences in sound and graphic quality in that version, but there are new dungeons and better translation I think, someone else might want to fill you in on that as I don't have that version, I have anthology and the loading was bad.
If you can stand the loading times of FF Anthology (it takes about 10 seconds to load up the menu screen) then pick it up. I love FFV and FFVI more than FFVIII, but the latter also has some charm of it's own. I like VIII, but the plot and the way it's told is total nonsense.
It seems like a masterpiece in 16 bit rpg gaming.FFVI is a masterpiece.
" Honestly the two best games of the series are FF VI and FF VII. The vast majority of FF players who actually have played them all will agree with that too.This ^^^
FF VIII while I wouldn't say it is the worst game in the series... it definitely is not the best.
.... buy the anthology and play FF VI but look at playing that FF V too, "
" If you can stand the loading times of FF Anthology (it takes about 10 seconds to load up the menu screen) then pick it up. "And, the loading times in FF Anthology are horrendous... they weren't bad when I played FFV & FFVI on anthology when it came out, but by today's standards, they aren't good.
" Final Fantasy 8 is my personal favorite. I disliked FF 13 so take from that whatever you want.The gameplay mechanics were great in FF 8, bit grindy when it came to gathering magic but worth it in the long run. "honestly i'm not too impressed with FF13 either. It's so slow early on and just drags on corridor after corridor.
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