Final Fantasy Origins
Final Fantasy Origins is a collection of the first two Final Fantasy games which makes the origins of the series accessible to new fans.
|Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: April 8, 2003
JustRPG Score: 68%
+The roots of Final Fantasy are now easily accessible to fans.
+Significantly enhanced in terms of graphics, music, and gameplay compared to the originals.
-Graphics are still dated by today’s standards.
-Story line is lacking in FF2 and almost non existent in FF1.
-Little replay value.
Final Fantasy Origins Overview
Final Fantasy Origins is a collection of Final Fantasy 1 and Final Fantasy 2 originally on the NES and the SNES. This collection makes the roots of the legendary Final Fantasy franchise now more easily accessible to new fans of the series. The graphics of these games were also improved for this new release. Although this release makes these games more accessible the graphics are still pretty dated by today’s standards and the story lines in each game are pretty weak. There is also almost no replay value once you beat the game once.
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Final Fantasy Origins Review
By, Charles Cosgriff II
|Square-Enix takes two classic games – one previously never released in North America – and packs them onto one disc, complete with upgrades. Still, these are games from the early days of RPGs. Can they stand up against modern hits?|
It took years, but Square-Enix has finally started to re-release the original Final Fantasy games for the current generation to enjoy. The remakes of Final Fantasy 1and 2 originally appeared on the Wonderswan, but have since made their way to the PSX in the form of Origins. This is a blessing to North American gamers, who missed out on a few of the early Final Fantasy games, including Final Fantasy 2.
|The original Final Fantasy puts players in the roles of four Light Warriors given the task of restoring light to the four orbs by defeating their representative fiend. As each orb’s light waned, its representative element turned into chaos. Players will choose a party from several classes, including White Mage, Black Mage, Fighter, Thief, Red Mage and Monk, and explore a large world trying to pacify the elements.|
|Final Fantasy 2 begins the more story-driven approach of the series by introducing set characters for the players to control.|
The graphics are reminiscent of the Super Nintendo’s entries in the Final Fantasy series, which is both a good and a bad thing. Compared to the original versions of the Final Fantasys on the Nintendo, the visuals are brighter and more detailed, but they are still lacking when compared to 2D RPGs in recent years.
|The music also received an overhaul. Most of the tracks are vastly improved over their original forms. Each track sets the mood and helps draw the gamer in. The music fits the time and place, whether peaceful village or volcanic cave. While not quite as memorable as later games in the series, the improved music is on par with many of the games released in recent years.|
The gameplay, however, remains simplistic compared to modern-day RPGs. Square-Enix added some minor improvements to the formulas (no more attacking air, certain spells fixed), but for the most part they remain simplistic battles of ”select Attack, select Enemy, repeat.” This was a solid system for its day, but much of the strategy is lost.
|Final Fantasy 2 offers a significantly different experience system that ends up a mixed blessing. As you use a sword, you gain strength. As you take hits in battle, you gain hit points. While it sounds good in theory, players can easily exploit the system and have exceptionally powerful characters early on.|
Also notable to Origins is the built-in Monster list and unlockable artwork. As gamers encounter monsters and events through the course of the game, a new entry will be put into the Monster journal and new artwork will become unlocked.
|Even with the significant upgrades, Origins still suffers from age. In its heyday these games may have been the cream of the crop, but the majority of current gamers should avoid Origins, even with its $30 price tag. Still, for the diehard fans of Final Fantasy and RPGs in general, and those interested in the roots of modern RPGs, Origins is a must-have.|
|Final Verdict: 68%|
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