Chrono Trigger is one of those games a website has to wait a while before reviewing. Build up a body of work and show that it’s capable of formulating an honest opinion before tackling it. It would be easy to gush all over this game, but instead MBU is taking a direct on honest fresh look at the title that many believe broke the JRPG mould.
Was there ever an RPG as desired as Final Fantasy III? When all of the other games were receiving ports to the Playstation in the golden era of gaming this title slipped the net and it wouldn’t be until it saw eventual release on the DS that gamers could get hold of it and play it for themselves.
The second title in the Final Fantasy series is often considered something of an ugly-duckling when compared to the other titles in the series. This is largely because of the shift from a conventional levelling system into something altogether more complicated, but with hindsight it makes just as many leaps forward as it does steps back.
The Final Fantasy series has made something of a name for itself in the business of innovation. Each new numbered entry features a new world, characters and systems that differ from the last title in the main-line series. Final Fantasy VII played things a little safe when the series made the leap to three dimensions and FFVIII sought to strike out in a new direction.
Final Fantasy V spent a great deal of time in limbo, unreleased to the west whilst the series leap-frogged over it between FFIV and FFVI (renumbered as 1 and 2). This is a shame because although it doesn’t feature the strongest plot it certainly brought a lot of what we now consider to be classic Final Fantasy tropes to the table.
Final Fantasy VII was a watershed moment for JRPGs in the western world. For a long time they had been considered niche and unpopular as a genre outside of Japan, with SquareEnix choosing to stilt the releases of their flagship series because of it, leading to a renumbering of FF6 to FF3, and FF4 being turned into FF2. Final Fantasy VII would change all of that, and upon its release everybody began to ask where these other titles they’d missed had been hiding.
The debate on best Final Fantasy title rages to this day, but whenever the argument is made there’s always hefty debate over the sixth installment into the blockbuster franchise. Final Fantasy VI is a masterpiece on the SNES and one of the best RPGs ever made.