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Day One Progress

Dec. 14th, 2010 | 02:44 pm

Well, day one of the playthrough!  I am, obviously, currently working on the first game in the series, known only as Final Fantasy.  Although I tried to get my hands on the updated PSP version, I was only able to aquire Final Fantasy Origins, so I will be playing the Origins version of this classic.  Final Fantasy 2 will be on the PSP however.  (It is easier for me to play the earlier games on a handheld system so I can take them with me.) 

The first thing that everyone should now before attempting this game is that there is almost no storyline to speak of.  This is not the epic, character driven adventure that has earned the later Final Fantasy games a place in video game history.  Considering the age of this game, though, it is a legend in its own right.  However, this is not a review, so I won't go into details about that.  This is a quest to try and find the connections between the Final Fantasy games, so let me begin. 

Final Fantasy opens with a CG sequence (I believe this is the Origins version only), and pretty much thrusts the player right into the action.  The plot, (at least the weak, semi-connected events that seem to resemble a plot) begins in the kingdom of Cornelia.  The four heroes of light, my party, are asked by the king to rescue the princess, who has been kidnapped by a former knight of Cornelia named Garland.  Pretty straightforward fantasy stuff, let's move on. 

After an hour or so of tedious leveling, I finally aquired the skill to face Garland.  Well, the Chaos Temple was a much shorter walk from Cornelia than I expected, and it was such a ridiculous dungeon anyway.  I mean seriously, one door and there he is!  Not even a single random encounter.  Well, after a cheesy speech the battle ensues.  Much to my chagrin, everyone dies by the end except my white mage, so she is the only one that levels.  In this game, leveling is no easy task. 

In thanks for returning his daughter, the king agrees to finish building the bridge to the north.  Uh, thanks?  No gil?  No awesome weapons?  Oh well, I guess being allowed to come closer to the end of this game is gift enough. 

After leveling up some more and trying to cross the continent (very slowwwwlly), I finally came to the town by the see, the one with all the pirates.  Man, those pirates were way easy to kill, and guess what?  I got a BOAT!  WooT!  Apparently now I need to  cross the sea to go to some place called Elfheim. 

Well, that's it for the first day... Let's hope I make better progress tomorrow!

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Dec. 13th, 2010 | 10:15 pm

Hello, livejournal.  Welcome to my journal.  I am a huge Fan of Final Fantasy, but have not beaten all of the games.  It has been years since I last played a Final Fantasy, and the series has been a huge part of my life since I was six years old and my older brother brought home a copy of Final Fantasy VII for the Playstation.  That was the game that made me into the hardcore game I am today, and it will always hold a special place in my heart.  Yeah, I was six and didn't understand a damn thing that was going on, but I knew it was awesome.  Hey, that is what replays are for right? 

Well, this is a journal that will be chronicalling my journey through all of the Final Fantasy games.  Yeah, you heard me right.  Every single game to ever bear the name Final Fantasy will be played and completed by yours truly, all within the time of one year. (If everything goes according to plan.)  This is going to be an expensive and time consuming endeavor, but I feel confident that I will be able to complete it. 

Now, just for reference, a list of all the Final Fantasy games I will be playing.  If I leave something off of this list then it is probably  because it is impossible to find in the US and impossibly expensive.  As much as I loath it, I will not be playing FFVII: Before Crisis unless there is a miraculous US release within the next year.  Unfortunately I don't speak Japanese (yet.)  I will be playing all of the games in chronological order, and be reviewing each one as I go along.  For all you Final Fantasy lovers out there, this journal is for you.  (No, I am not going to be playing through FFXI.  MMOs are much too time consuming, and you can't ever really beat them.)

(Core Games and Sequals/Prequals)
Final Fantasy (PSP)
Final Fantasy II (PSP)
Final Fantasy III
Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy V
Final Fantasy VI 
Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core (PSP)
Final Fantasy VII (PS)
Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus (PS2)
Final Fantasy VIII (PS)
Final Fantasy IX (PS)
Final Fantasy X (PS2)
Final Fantasy X-2 (PS2)
Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (DS)
Final Fantasy XIII
(FF games not numbered)

UPDATE: I will NOT be playing FINAL FANTASY LEGENDS.  The reason for this is that these games were not originally Final Fantasy.  They were given this name after being brought to the US, probably as a ploy to make more sales.  Since they were not made Final Fantasy, however, they will not be included on this list.
Final Fantasy Tactics (GB)
Final Fantasy Tactics advance (GBA)
Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles (GC)
Final Fantast Tactics: The War of the Lions (PSP)
Final Fantasy Dissidia (PSP)
Final Fantasy: Chocobo's Dungeon (Wii)

The first section is obviously my first priority, but I hope to get all of the games in if I can.  27 games in exactly 365 days.  That means an average of 13 days per game.  Wow, I am really going to have to play a lot.  The games in red are really kind of iffy.  It all depends on if I can actually get my hands on a copy.  Well, everyone, wish me luck!  I guess I am going to start with Final Fantasy 1 and go from there.