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Final Fantasy VI is worlds apart from most games, setting the standards for roleplaying games. Leaving such an impression on the gaming world is not easily accomplished, but Final Fantasy VI makes it look so easy.

From the opening minutes, Final Fantasy VI brings the gamer into its world. Final Fantasy VI’s story, one of mystery and intrigue, grasps the gamer right from the start of the game. Coupled with luscious graphics and amazing music, Final Fantasy VI’s opening is truly memorable as two armed soldiers lead an enslaved girl through the bitter winter snowfield, in attempts to acquire a frozen Esper. Just how does this frozen Esper directly relate to this enslaved girl’s past, present, and future? The answers are found throughout the game. And up until the game’s close, you’ll ponder these same questions, as Square does a remarkable job at keeping Final Fantasy VI’s plot intriguing through the entire game.

This is only possible because of Final Fantasy VI’s cast of characters, both playable and not. Final Fantasy VI forces the gamer to empathize with each hero and to hate each villain.

There are many characters that will join you along the way, and each one has a unique story to tell. Meet Edgar, ruler of a kingdom, whose fate was determined by the flip of a coin. Cyan, a noble warrior and loyal father, whose own kingdom he takes the ultimate responsibility for. Celes, a general in the evil empire’s army. Locke, a thief after the world’s greatest treasures. In addition to these characters, there are many, many more that each hold a vital responsibility in the world’s fate.

Throughout the game, each character’s story is unfolded through touching music and powerful dialog. Final Fantasy VI’s music, composed by Nobuo Uematsu, is possibly the greatest musical score in video game history. Tracks such as “Awakening” and “Aria de Mezzo Carattere” highlight some of the best works from the soundtrack. There are over fifty tracks found throughout the game, and nearly each one is absolutely incredible.

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