Final Fantasy I is AMAZEBALLS

FF 1

Since my dad has been home from the hospital I’ve spent several days a week at my parental unit’s humble abode helping my mom take care of the elder. (Sorry, dad! You’re still a ruttin’ buck!) Granted this job is rather boring when he’s passed out on the couch, which is a thing that happens quite frequently, so early last week I found myself sitting on the adjacent recliner, perusing my iPad, bored. Sure, I could have brought over The Last of Us and played it on their PS3, but I felt as though that wouldn’t have been the most, erm, soothing game to play next to someone who is trying to recover from a three day hospital stay.

THEN IT HIT ME. I didn’t blog about it, but before my dad’s surgery I bought my parents a Wii. Think of it partially as a sympathy present for my dad, and partially for a “HEY PARENTS YOU ROCK!” present. I hopped on the Wii Shop Channel and began scouring that bad boy. I was in the mood for something relaxing, classic and simple. Something I could just dink around, and seeing as I was in the middle of Resident Evil: Revelations at the time, I was also looking for something light and fluffy. SOMETHING WITH HAPPY FEELS.

And then it — Final Fantasy — appeared before mine eyeballs.

think in all of my 25 years of existence I’ve only played five or so minutes of Final Fantasy I (which will henceforth be known as simply Final Fantasy), but for whatever stupid reason I quickly shut it off. In fact, I’ve only played Final Fantasy IX, X, XII and a little bit of XIII. (I’ve come *this* close to finishing VII and VIII, just never followed through.) Nevertheless I love the series (despite the weirdness as of late) and as soon Final Fantasy downloaded and splayed itself across the TV, I fell in love at the first bleepbloop.

FF1

THIS GAME IS  ADDICTING. Honestly I didn’t think I’d become hooked; I thought I would just play a few hours here and there, but shit! I find myself hanging out at my parents until 11:30 almost every night so I can play the stupid (albeit awesome) game. And I know, I know… I could transfer the save data to my Wii, buuut  it’s kind of nostalgic playing at my parents’ house plus it allows me to help my mama, so it’s this thing called a win-win. But anyway, I’m absolutely loving the simplicity, the wonky armor and weapon equipping (DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY I HAVE WASTED TRYING TO EQUIP MY CHARACTERS WITH THE WRONG ARMOR?!) the slow turn-based goodess, the music, the old school graphics, I’m somehow addicted to leveling, which is a veeery slow and tedious process in this game, but that’s okay. …ALL OF IT. I seriously love all of it. If you can’t tell.

Plus, it’s kinda cool for me to finally see all of those iconic sprites in action and make series connections, like the resemblance between the Black Mage and Vivi in FFIX, the White Mage and Freya, not to mention it’s so cool to hear the battle music and end-of-battle chime…man, it’s just a whirlwind of nostalgic feels. Anywho, after I finish Final Fantasy I’m going to dive into The Last of Us. My original plan was to play TLOU immediately following my completion of Resident Evil: Revelations, but I found myself wanting something that erred on the side of, like, not demonic, deep, creepy or depressing. Resident Evil: Revelations gave me quite a bit of that!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have, uh, orbs to light up? I think that’s what I’m supposed to be doing. This game’s plot has gone over my head.

I know quite a bit of you have played Final Fantasy — any tips you’d like to share? Do you think FFI is one of the best  installments in the series?

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  • Robby Gregg

    I have never played final fantasy 1 I’m gonna download it tonight on my emulator on my iPad haha

    • britt5091

      OH YOU. 😉

      • Robby Gregg

        The music is so awesome!

  • Boots_33

    Did you get to the Marsh Cave yet? There’s a fight in there that is stupid and will make you want to murder kittens.

    Side note: Eff wizards. In the mouth.

    • britt5091

      LOL! Not yet! CAN’T WAIT.

    • rich

      if I remember from years ago I think you have to take off all your armor to go in the cave. gravity or magnetism magic or something

      • Furenzoku

        thats a different final fantasy

  • Devin Hudson

    I love the original Final Fantasy (though for the record, I played the GBA version, which I’m sure is largely the same, save for some updated bleepbloops and stuff). It’s hard for me to compare it to a lot of the other FF games though, because it was pretty light on story and that’s usually the most memorable aspect of those games to me. But from a gameplay perspective it’s just amazing classic RPG goodness that still holds up against any other game in the series.

    • britt5091

      YEAH! That’s just it. Final Fantasy IX is one of my favorite games EVER because of the story. This game is just so heart-warming because of the gameplay and the little, original Final Fantasy-isms scattered throughout.

      • Boots_33

        FFIX is the fart of the PS1 games.

        I am not alone in this opinion. 🙂

  • Patrick Malone

    While I loved FF I think there are quite a few installments that are better, in my opinion of course. FF2 FF3 and FF7 (Us versions respectively before the number change) Were by far my favorites

    • britt5091

      Sweet! After I finish FF1 I *might* try to do some FF II/Last of Us combo.

      • Patrick Malone

        Hell yea it is definitely worth it! You wont be disappointed!

  • Dan Binkley

    I remember really liking FF when I had it for the NES. Another awesome classic RPG was Dragon Warrior. It’s worth checking out.

    • britt5091

      Oh yeah! I’ll have to make a point to do that!

      • Dan Binkley

        Because of this blog I went out and got an ond FF NES cartridge. Been playing the shit out of it. On the last caste now.

  • Furenzoku

    I remember them putting in a strategy guide for the first third of the game into the instruction manual so people wouldnt go “F*** THIS GAME!!” and throw it out

    • britt5091

      SERIOUSLY? Ha! That’s too funny!

  • Lloyd

    If you Like the FF 1, download Dragon Warrior. Or my all time fav classic game ChronoTrigger.

    • britt5091

      I need to play Chrono Trigger AND Dragon Warrior!

  • Deidre Loiselle-Root

    To be honest I was a total idiot a few weeks back and bought a DS card thinking I could use it for my 3DS. Dumbass move, I know .___. I’m still relatively new to the whole “handheld internet card…thing” plus why the fuck should you have Nintendo Points AND Nintendo Cash? Whatever! – to the point I needed to use $20 worth of POINTS and I found out I could use the DS card on the Wii Shop Channel and I was looking for decent games to download…and VIOLA you came through for me. 😀

  • Abraham

    When you’re done leveling up, don’t think you can take on EVERY monster in a dungeon. Pick your battles (or rather, they’ll pick you, with Treasure Chest Monsters and whatnot) Potions and Cure spells instantly become something you can NOT waste.

    And it’s been said before, but yeah, You need to play Final Fantasy 2/4, 3/6, and Chrono Trigger.

    Oh yeah, and you’re saving the ORBS from the Bosses holding them in order to calm down Nature that’s suddenly crazier than a Bee with an Itch!

  • singing_pigs

    That is the best NES start screen I’ve ever seen.

    • Boots_33

      I don’t even know if that was the actual “Title Screen.” I think you had to first make you party, complete the short intro quest, and then when you crossed the bridge to the larger landmass, this screen came up with some story exposition.

      It was a pretty sweet title card, though. Not many have been better.

  • Josh Reese

    Of all the Final Fantasy games i have had the pleasure of spending hours…and days…and weeks…and months playing i would have to say Final Fantasy VI is the all time BEST EVER! Seriously you gotta try that one. Kefka is truly a villian you will love to hate 😉

  • Antonio

    Final fantasy 1 is my second favorite final fantast with 6 being number 1 but its still amazing.

  • Andrew T Clark

    Final Fantasy 2 is my all-time favorite. It has the most unique leveling system of any game I’ve ever played. Your characters level reactively, instead of linearly. If you use Magic, you become smart and resistant to magic, but physically weak. And vice-versa. Beautiful. 🙂