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Final Fantasy was released in Japan in 1987 by a fledgling company then known as Square Company, Ltd. Because of the enormous success of Enix’s Dragon Quest video game, Square decided to try and make a game much like Dragon Quest, while improving the basic formula. All of Square’s resources were placed into the development of this game. If the game was not a huge success, Square would no longer exist. Needless to say, their idea worked. Originally, it was released as a game for the Famicom system in Japan. Later, in 1990, the game was released in the United States for the Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES.

The gameplay of Final Fantasy is amazing for its time period. To play the game, the player is given a choice of four characters to make up their adventuring party. Each character can be a Fighter, a Black Belt, a Thief, a Red Mage, a White Mage, or a Black Mage. Each character has their strengths and weaknesses. For example, a White Mage can cast curative or defensive magical spells to help the party, while a Black Mage can cast offensive magical spells to harm the opposing party, with the Red Mage being able to cast a smattering of both colors. Beware, as some parties make it easier to complete the game than others. The right combination of fighting ability and spell-casting will make the game easier to complete. Final Fantasy is an extremely fun game to play, because any number of people can play it any number of ways. Overall, the gameplay of Final Fantasy is one of its major successes, and therefore earns a high score.

Final Fantasy has an immersive story. The four characters that make up your party must go on many quests in order to complete their adventure. The quests which must be done were new and interesting, at the time. There was nothing clich’ about Final Fantasy. While the basic premise was similar to Dragon Warrior, the way in which the objective had to be completed was brand new. Several items had to come together in order for the adventure to continue. Everything was there for the player to find, but the player had to figure out how to get everything to work together in order for the game to progress. The story of Final Fantasy, along with Dragon Warrior, defined what the RPG genre was going to be about. Nearly every Role-Playing game following had the same basic story, the same goals, and the same roundabout way in which these goals are achieved.

Gameplay 4.5 / 5
Soundtrack 4 / 5
Replay Value 3 / 5
Storyline 3.5 / 5
4 / 5 Great!