Come this September 30, the next entry to one of the most popular franchises in gaming will release. Is the hype surrounding it deserving though? Let’s take a look at the history of Final Fantasy and try to understand what makes this franchise one of the best in gaming.
In 1987 a Square developer by the name Hironobu Sakaguchi created a game which he thought was going to be his final chance at creating something good for Square hence the name Final Fantasy. He drew inspiration from earlier titles like Dragon Quest, The Legend of Zelda and Ultima. Little did he know that his final game was going to kick start a revolution in gaming history that’s set to continue for decades on into it’s eighth generation.
Final Fantasy started on the Nintendo entertainment system back in 1987 and from then on it has graphically improved and became more impressive. In the beginning the game was sprite base 18 bits to 16 bits with bright colorful pixels and groundbreaking sound for its time. Telling the story of a warrior, a mage and a thief who all evolves into stronger characters. To some, Final Fantasy is the granddaddy of all RPG’s because it uses the elements better than most and tells a story that’s deep, rich, enticing and exciting.
In the beginning with a deep story and interesting characters, because of the power of the console; you had to use a lot of your imagination to visualize what was really going on. Even though you’re playing the game the graphics weren’t that impressive until square release Final Fantasy VII on the original PlayStation back in 1997 . With the release of Final Fantasy VII on the original PlayStation we were treated with full motion videos(FMV)for cut scenes in between gameplay that became a staple in the franchises history. With the release of each new title under the Final Fantasy name each if in the became more impressive and help flesh out the story visually a lot better within time.
By the time of the release of Sony’s next console the PlayStation 2, Final Fantasy has grounded it’s self as the best RPG on game consoles and gamers were awaiting its next impressive title, Final Fantasy 10 or Final Fantasy X. Final Fantasy 10 showcased a great improvement for the series with not only better visuals in the full motion videos and the game itself but also voice acting for each character in the game. For the first time gamers didn’t have to imagine what a character sound like. With each character having voices it brought more emotions to the story which gave the series more life.
Well does that mean Final Fantasy XV deserves all the hype surrounding it? I will say yes because watching it grow from sprite pixel base to full-fledged almost photorealistic visuals, I think that’s why Final Fantasy XV has the hype it does. Almost each area of Final Fantasy XV looks like a full motion video as you play. It has become open world, the voice acting is dramatically more impressive in telling the story that we are about to receive and it seems to be the deepest, most entertaining thought out story in a Final Fantasy game.
This is a game that will ignite debate that has been going on and gaming for years; Graphics or Gameplay? The Final Fantasy franchise is the embodiment of that question because in the beginning of the series graphics didn’t matter but gameplay did and it grew into where graphics became impressive and the gameplay needed to be an overhaul. I think with the release of Final Fantasy XV we are getting the overhaul in graphics and gameplay, we are getting something thats fresh, new and that’ll be innovative for more games in the near future. It has already impressed one developer, a single man who started on his own game because of the visuals and the gameplay Final Fantasy XV has produced. This is just an opinion and we would love to know yours, follow us on Twitter @hardknockgamers and join our Facebook group HardKnockGamers. Thanks for reading!