Update: I was unfortunately not aware of Shamus Young's severe criticism of Fallout 3 available here to link in the original piece and I regret that. It dovetails rather nicely with what I've written and it's much better executed than my piece. I strongly recommend anyone...
With only a few more games to go in my (long) series of Final Fantasy reviews, its now time to take a look at a classical game, one that without a doubt can stand the test of time. Final Fantasy 3, or 6, with 5...
Ok ok, we get it all confused, as Final Fantasy 3 in the U.S IS Final Fantasy 6 in the real timeline, but the game here is Final Fantasy Anthology, a fun, 8 Bit diddy that made a splash on the origional PSX, despite being an emulation.
Normally I would go through my usual points, Graphics, Gameplay and Sound, but I will make this breif tonight. In this package, we get 2 games, Final Fantasy 5, which has never been released in the U.S, and Final Fantasy 3/6, which is quite possibly one of the greatest RPGS ever created. I kid you not. The storyline is one for the ages,with the lovely Heroine Terra trying to defeat the Empires reign, which uses Magitek weaponry and armor, which is chanelled by Espers, goddes that created the world years ago.
The story is actually familiar for Final Fantasy 6, as it resembles FF 7 in many ways. Parallells can be made between the causes of AVALANCHE and the resistance movement in 6, the use of Magitek, and destruction of the earths natural forces. Plus the eventual bloodlust of the antagonists, Kefka and Sephiroth. Kefka is probably one of the more popular villians in FF, and very well so, as he is manical in this adventure.
Final Fantasy 5 has a lighter story. You star as Bartz, a wanderer on a chocobo who happens to rescue a woman named Reina. Togeather, you roam the land looking for crystals, before a force known as X-Death gets them first. Twists and turns ensue, but honestly, FF5 has an arguably weaker story. But it's benefits are the class system that makes FF so distinguished, the less amount of characters, and the shorter completion time.
If you care for those things. In all honesty, owning this game is a treat, because finding it now is a pain. Graphically, it seems out of date, with SNES graphics on a PSX disc, but that shouldn't matter to a true fan.Sound wise, it is at it's best. Some of the best musical scores are on FF6, and some nice, catchy tunes for FF5 as well round it out. Plus some new in game movies with PSX graphics and other litte additives like CD mixing and the beastiary, make it a worthwile purchase.
In the end, they don't make anthologies like this anymore. If you can find it in the stores still, or E-Bay, buy it. It is worth every penny, that is for sure.