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Final Fantasy 14:
My happiest moment was the entire game and the journey of it's re-development, from traversing the Black Shroud 1.0 in it's maze-like splendor to experiencing the end of the world of the game as the counter's time diminished, being apart of 14's re-development and watching it grow into the great game it is now, will stay with me forever, because never in the history of mmos can someone say "I helped them turn the game into something great" I have never seen a developer take a broken game and turn it into something worth it's weight in gold, and I can honestly say that I have never been happier in changing the fate of a game and hope more developers follow suit.
For me it was actually the purchasing on Final Fantasy 8. I was 16 years old at the time and my parents had long made it clear that whatever i wanted from then on out, i had to work for it to get it. I swept up and mopped many popcorn and soda stained floors from the local movie theater i worked at.
Finally i had saved up enough money and went to the mall to purchase FF VIII. I remember getting home and tearing open the package. Ahh it smelled so good. The book, gotta read it first before playing it, per the ritual. (I'm an old-school console gamer at heart.)
I pop the disc in and the most beautiful intro since Soul Blade on Playstation 1 greets my eyes. Yes!!! All my hard earned money was well spent i remember thinking. The duel between Squall and Seifer looked amazing and Rinoa was drop dead gorgeous. (And how cool was that card minigame; I loved it.)
FF8 may not be the Final Fantasy game to go to when people reminisce, but for me it was filled with great memories. I can remember that my game save file turned red after i clocked in over 100 hours lol. I definitely got my money's worth
I love that you can change you class by just chaining your weapon and that you can use other skills if it has the correct affinity. The game world is beautiful and my first experience with the Titan was outstanding, got crushed.
I haven't played FFXIV because my desktop doesn't have a good enough graphics card for it (which is why I'd like to win so I can play it). I did play FFXI though for a few years and one of my best experiences in it was camping the Peacock Amulet with my ingame friend Skylynn.
Back then I was playing an Elf Monk named Jehuty and she was playing a Tarutaru White Mage. We met in the game after joining the same Linkshell and ever since then we became inseparable. In some ways she was kinda like my online girlfriend (we never did anything naughty or weird, just cutesy kisses and stuff, we also got married ingame). She'd always help me out by Teleporting me around and we'd always grind exp in groups together. But anyway, this time I was trying to get a Peacock Amulet because it was too expensive to buy and she was helping me out because it was also being camped by farmers....it took us 3 days to get it but it was a great time hanging with her and chatting while we waited. I was so grateful for her help and I just love this memory cause I had never been so close with someone in a game before...or since. If there's one thing I regret about quitting FFXI it's leaving Skylynn behind. It's been 8 years but I wish I could find her and play with her again someday.
I haven't had a chance to play Final Fantasy XIV yet, but my favorite FF moment is either "growing up" in the original Final Fantasy (class change is fun!), or Palom and Porom from Final Fantasy II. Them constantly harassing and punching each other always cracked me up - it reminded me of two of my good friends growing up.
I'd love to try the MMO - I've heard good things since the revamp!
I have been interested in the lore of Final Fantasy since the beginning, it is original, inspiring and cool. Having a graphics card and a copy of the game will give me the opportunity to see more of this developing and interesting world. The influence that FF has had on the gaming community is easily unprecedented placing this franchise one of the most incredible of all times.
With or with out winning it is clear the historical impact that FF has and obviously a franchise worth playing.
My favorite FF story happened several years ago. My son who was around 10 at the time came to me complaining of being bored and wanting to buy a new game for his computer. Being a lifelong gamer myself I understood and asked what kind of game was he looking for. He didn't know just something good that will last a while he told me. So after about an hour of looking around online we weren't any closer to finding anything.
He went back to his room kind of disappointed and I felt sorry for him. Then I had an idea, I went to the attic and found my old original playstation that I packed up years before and a box of games. I must have about 50 or so games for that old system but I was only interested in 1. Once I had it all together I went down to his room and handed him my old playstation and a single game.
To say he was skeptical is an understatement, he grew up in a house that always had at least one current generation game system and 3 good gaming PC's and here I was handing him an old dusty playstation and one old game. So before he could complain I just said "Try it". So we hooked up the playstation and miracle of miracles it still worked, then the moment of truth. I opened the lid of the playstation and inserted Disc 1 of Final Fantasy VII.
Once the game got started I told him to overlook the graphics and just pay attention to the story. After getting him settled I left him alone to play. He has been a FF fan ever since and has gone up against Sepheroth countless times since.
I remember playing that same game when I was his age and I loved every second of it, so watching my son fire it up after all those years and loving it as much as I did when it was new was something I'll never forget.
I have never played the game, I'd rather see the prise going to a real fan but I thought I'd throw my body in here. My only knowledge about FF is watching Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children movie many times.
Just can't get enough of that movie.
Final Fantasy 3 (not sure what number it technically is, but this is what it was called for my SNES) I played this game, over, and over, and over. One of the best RPGS of all time, an epic story, Terra and the Espers, the ghost train, the opera, 2 of my favorite FF chars of all time Edgar and Sabin. Man what a great game.
Nothing beat the feeling of getting to Kefka for the first time and having that long epic battle with him. It's one of my favorite games of all time. If you haven't played this game, I encourage you to somehow get a hold of it one way or another if you can handle SNES graphics, and play it, you won't regret it.
Ok I looked it up I guess it was actually FF VI, but it was FF3 on my SNES.