Before starting to read i would like to say that there will be a lot of spoiler about the FF games in this thread. So now let's start with my story with Final Fantasy. I try to list the game in the order i played them
1)My story began with FF 1 from the nintendo. I was really amazed by this game and quickly became one of my fav game on the best with Metroid, Zelda, Ninja Gaiden, Double Dragon and others. I really loved the quests and the fact that the more u fight the stronger u get.
2)Years later i was able to get FF2 for the SNES (FF IV in reality) and this was like the first game i have ever played to actually start like a movie. The songs, the themes, the attack, the airships, the betrayals, the companion sacrifycing themselves for your survival. This game was at that time the best game i have ever played
3)When i heard FF III was out on the SNES (FF VI in reality), i knew i had to go get that game no matter because FF IV was just too amazing. The Terrah theme was amazing. In the beginning i was wondering what is going on, because i had no clue what i was doing. Just sent to a village to only fight a weird bird in ice. That actually make me really curious. After playing for a while this game had already became my fav game ever. Controlling people from different places so that they can meet together, only to loose everyone again to start alone. That was the best thing in this game for me.
4) And then come the best selling FF ever, FF VII. I mean this game started right with the action, there was no break at all, just running and killing soldier. This game was also the most surprising FF ever for me in a sense that "things are never what they seem to be". I thought Shinra was the bad guy only to find him dead at his office. Had to take a chocobo to cross some plains because of snake to realise that Sephirot kills those snakes like he was killing some rats. Wondering who would Cloud choose in the end of the game: Aeris or Tifa, only to see Aeris killed by Sephirot(One of the most suprising moment in video games for me). And some other suprising moments.
5) And then FF VIII came with thoses amazing graphics (at that time please) but the game was ok, once u get Squall lionheart, it become pretty much easy. And then FF IX a lot of nice cinematics, also felt like watching a movie, but the difficulty was definitely there. I think FF VIII was a bit too easy, but FF IX was challenging and the story was better than VIII
6) Now FF X. And i was like: "FINAL FANTASY is BACK". this game was amazing. U had a whining tidus who becomes a man, Auron was my fav character. Lulu a silent but deadly black magic user, Wakka who just talks to much and Yuna with the crazy Summons. Sorry for the kimarhi and Rikku fan, just cant find what to say about them. The puzzles in the temple was great, story was more than great. Love the fighting, love the sphere grid, i have no complaint about this one.
7)Well after that comes FF X-2, it was a challenging FF but the story was just too boring. And then came FF XII, the only FF that i haven't restarted playing after finishing it. The game was ok, but there is no replay value in this one, once u finish it, u go for some more hunt then that is it. So far i can't tell who was the leader in this game. Summon where useless, never had to call one execpt to open a certain door. I m not saying the game was bad, but for a 3 to 4 years wait, they could have done a much better job
8) Now for FF XIII, this game is a mix of the best FFs ever made in my opinion (FF IV+VI+VII+X). It's FF IV beginning because u once served those people you are fighting against and believe what they were doing was the right things. Its FF VI development because you played with parties from different part of the world only to meet again and form a unique party till the end. It's FF VII because Lightning looks so much like the female version of Cloud. Well FF X sphere grid came back and was called crystalium grid. The story was good, the game was also challenging (hard to believe someone beat it without ever upgrading his crystalium grid). But i felt to game was to short. Will be restarting it again for sure, just don't have the time now.
So this is my story with the Final Fantasy franchise, let me hear yours or comment on mine.