Final Fantasy: Finished

I didn’t think I would actually finish Final Fantasy 1 on time. Nevertheless, sometime after midnight on 7/31 Chaos was struck down by my Master, Ninja, Black Wizard, and White Wizard.

The latter half of the game progressed much more smoothly than the first part of it even though I never did figure out how to access the world map. I know the brooms in Matoya’s Cave told me how, but I wasn’t paying much attention to them at the time.

The game got progressively easier as I found armor that cast spells. My favorite was the healing staff. Towards the end of the game my white Mage just spammed heals with the staff and very rarely used any of her mana. The black wizard did the same thing once he got the black robe. He just cast blizzara on everything regardless of its weakness.

If I were to play again (and if had taken the whole month for this I probably would) I would definitely take a knight. It seems like about 70% of the equipment found in chests was geared toward the knight. I felt cheated having walked all across the dungeon to get it and then not being able to equip it.

One of the downsides to playing most of the game on the road without headphones is that I didn’t get to hear a lot of the music (Korn > PSP speaker). I played some of the latter dungeons late at night and got to hear the music. My favorite was the theme in the sunken shrine. It was haunting. Listening to the MIDI from the FFI soundtrack I have, not so much.

after over twenty years, I can see why Final Fantasy captivated audiences back on the Nintendo. Its gameplay is a little rough around the edges for current RPGs, and its story was a little loose, but still a great beginning to an epic franchise. They get better from here.

With a new month, a new Final Fantasy. Moving right along I’ll tackle Final Fantasy Ii on the PSP. If it has a Japanese language option I will probably attempt to play it in Japanese and be just as confused.

Final Fantasy: Slow Going

I’m thinking that maybe two weeks to complete Final Fantasy was a bit ambitious on my part. It wouldn’t have been if I wasn’t also attempting to play Dragon Quest IX—which steals all my attention. And 牧場物語ふたごの村 (Harvest Moon: Twin Villages).

Initially I was setting a timer to play Final Fantasy for 30 minutes a day (I know, a timer to play games? WTF, but I’m easily distracted and having a timer for distraction-free time is immensely helpful). Then 30 minutes became 35…then 40…but I didn’t seem to be making a dent in the game. I was still running back and forth to the same spots and hadn’t even made it to the first crystal.

I hate to say it but FFI is a little bit boring to me so far. The fighting classes are lackluster. They just attack or defend. The mages are a little more interesting since you have to buy spells and can’t have them all. I’m all about customization. And the random encounters? ugh. It took me three tries to get through the Earth cave because I kept running out of MP.

To spice the game up a little bit I decided to play it in Japanese. I only know a little (少し)but I get really excited when I recognize things, like the shop keepers welcoming me (いらしゃいませ!)or the innkeeper saying good night (お休みなさい!)。This is a bonus since I’m studying Japanese on my own. I think of it as 2 for 1 time.

I’m on vacation right now and I thought ‘this will be the perfect time to catch up on Final Fantasy!’ What better time than 10 hours of driving to play, play, play?! Well, on three hours of sleep and with an anxious cat in (and under) the back seat dungeon running is not optimal. On yesterday’s drive I played…not at all.

Today however I feel very accomplished. Stuck in the hotel room in the morning since this is a working vacation for the hubby I finally made it through the Earth Cave and lit the Earth Crystal. The Vampire(バンパィア) and Lich (リッチ)went down quite easily with firea and dia. I was somewhat vexed that I couldn’t use anything from the chests. All the gear was for a warrior. I don’t have one…

So, with any luck later tonight or tomorrow I will work my way to the fire crystal. I have a seven hour drive tomorrow sans anxious cat. If I get my sleep I may finally get somewhere in the game.

The Plan

Last night Casey attended the San Francisco Symphony to hear them perform music from Final Fantasy. We had fantastic seats. Nobuo Uematsu 様 was in attendance. They performed the opera from Final Fantasy VI. It was a magical evening.

I was thrown into nostalgia land from the very first note. Somewhere in between the Main Theme from Final Fantasy VII and Prima Vista featuring Susan Calloway I had an audacious idea. I could play a Final Fantasy game a month in order to revisit the games (and their music) for a year (or so).

Currently there are 13 numbered games out—I am not considering playing spinoffs (gah X-2)except possibly Tactics, but I could play that alone for several months. In September there will be 14 games out (oh my!). But I don’t know if I really want to delve into the MMORPGs. The husband has an account for FFXI, but I don’t have a PC and don’t know if I want to be bothered…

I just finished playing Final Fantasy XIII, so in my opinion that’s one down. Unless I feel like playing it in a year. There are so many decisions to be made. Do I play in order? What happens if I don’t finish a game? How do I keep up my motivation? What happens after September when Pokémon comes out and I want to focus all my attention on catching new Pokémon? What platform do I play the games on? I mean, with 1 and 2 I have my choice of Playstation, iPhone, PHP, gameboy. Sheesh.

Following in the footsteps of Nike (pun intended) I have decided to Just Do It!. The very flushed out plan (ha!) is as follows:

  • Play one Final Fantasy Game each month for one month each
  • Listen to the game’s soundtrack for motivation
  • Blog weekly about progress, frustration, whatever.

I’ll be starting with Final Fantasy for the PSP…now. I figure it could be a two week trial.

Anyone with me?