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Final Fantasy
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I always do this. I'm meeting Alison and Yvonne today. Aimed to be at Paddington for 11ish but my paranoia about lateness kicked in at here I was at 10am.

But there's a branch of Electronics Boutique here and after browsing for a while I stumbled across the newly re-released Final Fantasy 4&5. The shop assistant was quite surprised. He automatically assumed it was one of the 'pre-order FFX' boxes from the shelf and started to tell me he couldn't give it to me right now, then did a double take, cut himself short and asked 'Hey, when did this come out?'

I am starting to think maybe I should find time to play these games I'm collecting. Wish I could get away with THAT at work! Question is do I buy FFX on Friday or just wait...?

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FF7 introduced me to the series, and although I enjoyed it thoroughly from start to finish, I didn't really get into it in a big way. Some of the plot's twists and turns are quite convoluted; I think I'd get more out of it, or at least a better understanding of Cloud/Zack's history, with a second play through.

When FF8 came along, though, it really sank its teeth in and didn't let go, as you might have guessed from the terribly fanboyish addition to my site =) I seem to be diametrically opposed to most other fans of the series in liking this game, and I'm not sure why. If the game's characters weren't particularly likable (and I'm not sure I'd agree with you there) I found them consistent and well-written. Besides, how many of , say, William Gibson's characters have you really liked, as people?

I also found the game's story engaging. Many FF games have the handicap that although their stories are complex, they are oversimplified in the telling. I think FF8 helped redress the balance very well. Perhaps its problem is that much of the story only starts to hang together towards the end of the third disc. In addition, some elements of the backstory only come to light if you go out of your way to look for them. I thought this was a good idea, but perhaps it was a lesson in how not to tell a video game story.

I found FF9 fun, but a return to the 'complex story, simplistically told' formula. It's worth finishing though, if for just one absolutely sublime moment during the ending FMV.

So I hold out hope for FF10. FF games are said to run in cycles: even-numbered games bear similarities to each other, as do the odd-numbered. Who knows? Tidus and Yuna bear a marked similarity to Squall and Rinoa, if their story seems familiar too, I for one won't be too disappointed =)

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