The 25th anniversary of Final Fantasy, one of the greatest game series of all time, takes place today, December 18th.
The Final Fantasy series began with the launch of a single title bearing its name in Japan 1987. It has since spread into a variety of releases, both numbered and named, on a variety of platforms. Today the series has expanded the use of epic stories and character development, combined with gorgeous graphics and design, that continue to uniquely shape the genre.
Final Fantasy VI was my first exposure to the series and the role-playing genre as a whole. Many happy memories return when I think about this game.
My favorite Final Fantasy memory, actually my favorite video game memory ever, was when my friend Megan and I would play Final Fantasy VI together. We would trade off the controller, read and sing along with the characters. We would make frozen lemonade and popcorn, sipping and munching while we played. To both be so into the story and it’s characters, to still feel that attachment so strongly today is the type of magic the Final Fantasy series creates in our hearts.
What is your favorite Final Fantasy game and/or your favorite memory associated with one?
Below are the Final Fantasy games with numerical titles and their synopses.
The world lies shrouded in darkness. The winds die... The seas rage... The earth decays... But the people believe in a prophecy, patiently awaiting its fulfilment. "When darkness veils the world, four Warriors of Light shall come..." After a long journey, four young travellers did at last appear...
...and in the hand of each was clutched a crystal.
FINAL FANTASY II
In the Kingdom of Fynn, a rebel army arises to combat a threat, but their castle falls to an all-out assault by the empire. Left with little choice, the rebels beat a hasty retreat to the remote town of Altair.
In the ensuing chaos, four youths orphaned by the empire are also forced to flee from Fynn...but they are soon to find that the empire is not so easily escaped.
FINAL FANTASY III
The Gulgan thus prophesied: "The earthquake was only the beginning. The great tremors that swallowed the crystals, the light of our world, only to spawn monsters from the depths of the scarred land, are nothing but harbingers of what has yet to come.
Something is coming...fathomless, ominous, and full of sorrow... But hope is not yet lost. Four souls will be blessed with light, and so it shall begin..."
FINAL FANTASY IV
Birthed from womb of Dragon's maw and borne unto the stars. By light and darkness cast aloft are dreamtide oaths resworn. Moon is swathed in ever-light Ne'er again to know eclipse Earth, with hallow'd bounty reconciled.
Former Captain of the Red Wings and Dark Knight for the Kingdom of Baron, Cecil embarks on a journey gathering allies to combat the powerful Golbez.
FINAL FANTASY V
Hope blesses the Earth Courage sets the Fire alight Kindness flows from the Water The Wind carries wisdom for the quest If people possess the four essences, light will be born.
FINAL FANTASY VI
Many centuries have passed since the war. Civilisations have been rebuilt with iron, machines and technology. For years the Espers have existed only in ancient legends. Now an Esper has been discovered and the forces of magic are beginning to return. The risk of another, more devastating war is about to surface. The story focuses on Terra Branford escaping the control of Imperial forces from the south as she learns more about her origins.
FINAL FANTASY VII
I Midgar, a city controlled by the megaconglomerate Shinra. Inc., the No. 1 Mako Reactor has been blown up by a rebel group, AVALANCHE.
AVALANCHE was secretly formed to wage a rebellion against Shinra. Inc., an organization which is absorbing Mako energy, destroying the natural resources of the planet. Cloud, a former member of Shinra's elite combat force, SOLDIER, was involved with the bombing of the Mako Reactor.
Can Cloud and AVALANCHE protect the planet from the huge, formidable enemy, Shinra. Inc.?
FINAL FANTASY VIII
At the forefront of a rising tide of violence brought on by Galbadia's war declaration is a SeeD cadet named Squall Leonhart. Serious to a fault, Squall is thought of as being very much a lone wolf.
An encounter with the freespirited Rinoa Heartilly turns his universe upside down. Squall finds Rinoa's carefree attitude fascinating but has no time to ponder these thoughts, for the job of dealing with the sorceress behind Galbadia's hostility has fallen to SeeD and Squall.
FINAL FANTASY IX
Queen Brahne of Alexandria has begun using highly-advanced magical weapons to terrorize neighboring kingdoms. Her daughter, Princess Garnet, runs away from the castle and befriends a group of good-hearted bandits lead by a skilled thief, Zidane, who intends to end the evil queen's desire to dominate the world. Soon after embarking on their quest, they discover that the queen's threats merely cover a far more sinister plot. For the sake of mankind, Zidane and his friends must put an end to the Queen's reign before she and the evil forces that accompany her can carry out the deadly plan..
FINAL FANTASY X
The magical world of Spira is under threat from Sin - an evil entity that unleashes havoc, terror and destruction. Join Tidus, a heroic blitzball superstar, and Yuna, a courageous girl skilled in the ancient art of summoning, as they embark on an epic quest to defeat Spira's deadliest enemy.
FINAL FANTASY X-2
In the sequel, two years have passed since Sin was destroyed. Since defeating Sin and becoming high summoner, Yuna has returned to her childhood home of Besaid Island. Yuna senses something is missing... One day, she is shown a movie sphere. Of him. Or is it? No matter what the truth may be, the answers she finds will change her life forever, and a new journey starts.
FINAL FANTASY XI
The world of Vana-diel stands at the brink of war. Three powerful nations, united in their plight against the beastmen forces, look to their last hope - brave adventurers like you!
FINAL FANTASY XII
As war looms on the horizon, the mighty Archadian Empire begins a campaign to subjugate its neighbours. The small kingdom of Dalmasca shares their fate.
Our story follows Ashe, Vaan and his friend Penelo, the sky pirate Balthier, and his partner Fran. Accompanying them is Basch, a captain of the Dalmascan army who turned traitor and slew his king.
Join them on an adventure spanning Ivalice that traces the mysteries behind the Archadian Empire's invasion.
FINAL FANTASY XIII
As a deepening crisis threatens to plunge the floating world of Cocoon into chaos, a band of unsuspecting strangers finds themselves branded enemies of the state. With the panicking population baying for their blood, and the military all too happy to oblige, they have no choice but to run for their lives. Join them on a desperate quest to challenge the forces controlling their fate, and prevent untold destruction.
FINAL FANTASY XIII-2
In the sequel, they all believed she was gone forever, never to return. Everyone, that is, except Serah Farron. She clung to a different truth. Lightning! Could she be alive? Could her beloved sister really be in that world of chaos and death, fighting to save a dying goddess? It does not take long for Serah to make the fateful decision. She accepts the weapon that Lightning has gifted her, and resolves to follow this stranger into the future...
FINAL FANTASY XIV
The story of Final Fantasy XIV focuses on the player’s adventure in the continent of Eorzea as they party with friends to defend their home against the invading Garlean Empire.