Hey kids, it’s the second issue of the GameSpite online magazine. Which is slowly transforming into a replacement for the lost-to-life’s-unhappy-changes ToastyFrog Zine, it would seem. This issue has mutated dramatically over the past week or so, transforming from a big round-up of all sorts of things to something very specifically centered around Final Fantasy’s 20th anniversary (which happens in about three weeks on the the Japan side of the ocean). This ties in neatly with next week’s big-ass retrospective at 1UP, I guess, and also tidily frees the site up to talk about less obvious things. It also means the third issue will be along quite soon, since I had to push a bunch of completed articles aside to make for a nice, tidy theme. So! Let us begin.
The Final Fantasy series hub page isn’t quite complete, but it’s off to a decent start. Which is something, I guess.
Us old-timers remember well Nintendo Power’s (vaguely manic) determination to hype the living insanity out of the original Final Fantasy. Mightyblue kicks things off by revisiting the game in a quest to determine whether hype in 1990 translates to playable goodness in 2007.
Final Fantasy Portmania
And as a side stop on the Final Fantasy retrospective route that MapQuest planned out for Mightyblue: A look at all the various and sundry ports of Final Fantasy. Which (if any) are worthy of the series’ legacy? And which are pretty much complete crap cashing in on a big name?
Final Fantasy III
Next, wumpwoast pontificates on the merits of Final Fantasy III. Mainly he focuses on last year’s DS remake, although a cosmetic downgrade is available for those who prefer the original Famicom edition.
Final Fantasy IV
A journey into the mind of Torgo to study the merits and demerits of the game that effectively defined what the Final Fantasy series would be. Don’t worry, it’s safe. He’s not the Torgo from Manos: Hand of Fate.” Or is he?
Final Fantasy IV Advance
Nah, he’s not. He also provides a detailed analysis of the good and bad of the most recent iteration of the game, its GBA incarnation. Note that this is only “most recent” for another couple of weeks, when the DS remake arrives in Japan. Ah, Square. Also: a look at FFIV’s genre-defining cast. How many stereotypes can you spot?
Final Fantasy VI
Next, bobservo reevaluates fan-favorite entry Final Fantasy VI with the cynical eye of grim adulthood. Does the game wither under his baleful gaze, or does it flourish? Only by reading will you know for sure.
Final Fantasy VIII
Our look at the eighth Final Fantasy comes from chud_666, who, despite the name, is not actually a man-eating hellbeast hiding in America’s sewers. Or if he is, he does a pretty good job of keeping abreast of and writing about video games.
Final Fantasy IX: Fantasy Made Reality
Kolbe sent a carrier pigeon from Mexico (it was cheaper than using post). Attached to its leg was not a full-fledged review of Final Fantasy IX, but rather a specific look at the game’s strongest elements: its characters and themes. I was never that crazy about FFIX, but who doesn’t love Vivi?
Final Fantasy XII
And finally, I decided to contribute something myself. Unfortunately, it’s merely a long, rambling and ultimately pointless discourse on Final Fantasy XII — and not even one as fun as that old Advent Children review, since all the vituperation has been replaced with something akin to glowing affection. A nice reminder of why the word count limits at 1UP and EGM are such a good idea.