Final Fantasy Friday: Final Fantasy V

Final Fantasy Reviews

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This is the part of a long-term project to play and review/analyze all the Final Fantasy games.  Whenever possible, I will play the original version, but in cases where it’s not available and/or there are time constraints, I’ll use a port and/or watch a Let’s Play, both of which contingencies will be indicated in the review.  Ideally, I will attempt to play a portion so that I can remark more accurately on the gameplay experience.  These will be long-form reviews with detailed plot analyses, so please be wary if you do not want spoilers.

I started my Final Fantasy journey in the 80’s with the legitimate sixth installment Final Fantasy VI, and though I did eventually go back to play Final Fantasy IV (which is now in my top 5 FF games), somehow or another I missed V.  While IV is known for being the first Final Fantasy to have a cohesive and intricate story, it had a static job system with only one character changing per the demands of the plot.  Final Fantasy V allows the player complete control over what jobs their characters have even more than Final Fantasy III, which required a certain amount of points to alter.  This was a huge advantage and helped distinguish FFV from its predecessors.

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The State of the Gamer: 10/16/18

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A weekly post updated every other Tuesday detailing my current gaming projects.  I have an account at Grouvee, which is a site you can use to keep track of your backlog, so please feel free to friend me there!

What I Played

Title: Octopath Traveler
System: Nintendo Switch

Octopath Traveler coverDate Started: August 11, 2018

I finished everyone’s stories with Primrose being the last.  I think her ending panel was my favorite.  Of course I’ll discuss everyone’s story and its significance when I do a thorough review.

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The State of the Gamer: 8/21/18

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What I Played

Title: Octopath Traveler
System: Nintendo Switch

Octopath Traveler coverDate Started: August 11, 2018

Well…I gave into peer pressure, summoned my magical credit card, and bought Octopath Traveler a few weeks ago.  I…regret…NOTHING.  This game is amazing and worth the high price of new Nintendo Switch releases.  The sprite graphics are perfect for an old head like me, but I’m shocked at how much I love the English voice acting.  Usually, I opt for Japanese with subtitles if I have the choice, but something told me to give the English a try, and I’m glad I did.  It’s not fully voiced, only certain scenes, but nearly early line has some sort of vocalization in at the start.

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The State of the Gamer: 8/7/18

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A weekly post updated every other Tuesday detailing my current gaming projects.  I have an account at Grouvee, which is a site you can use to keep track of your backlog, so please feel free to friend me there!

What I Played

Title: Final Fantasy VI
Series: Final Fantasy
System: PlayStation 3

Final Fantasy VI cover imageDate Started: June 2, 2018

I’m encouraged to play this because Hungry Goriya has been streaming her first play-through of it for the past month or so.  Even though I started in June, she’s probably past me right now lol.  It’s always a fun time with good chat, so I’d highly recommend  you follow her!

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The State of the Gamer: 7/24/18

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This is not supposed to be a once a month post, but the last scheduled one was on 7/10, which is my big brother’s birthday and we went out to dinner for that.  By the time I got home it was really late and I was really tired, but he’d had a great time with a bunch of his friends and family, and that’s all that matters.  If I wasn’t so fat and sleepy, I wouldn’t have neglected you fine people, but now you get to see what I’ve been up to for the past month.


What I Finished

Title: The House of Da Vinci
System: iPhone (8)

The House of Da Vinci coverDate Started: June 25, 2018
Date Finished: Unknown

If you like The Room series, I highly recommend this one to you, too.  I think I paid $4.99 for it in the iPhone app store, and it was worth every penny.  It comes with clues similar to The Room, but I needed some extra help as I neared the end (possibly due to my own laziness/concentration issues).  I wound up tapping a walk-through, which not only had text guidance but video as well.  Some of the clues left me stumped so this was really useful.  The music in the game was phenomenal, as well, with the mien you’d expect for Da Vinci’s time.  I’d give the game a 4/5.

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The State of the Gamer: 6/12/18

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What I Didn’t Finish

Title: Final Fantasy V
Series: Final Fantasy
System: PlayStation 3

Date Started: June 17, 2017
Date DNF: May 27, 2018

I called it quits after the Ancient Library.  The job system is just not working for me.  I like the characters and enjoy the story, but it started being a chore to play it.  I told myself if I could find a decent Let’s Play, I’d concurrently watch V while starting VI, and that’s just what I did.

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The State of the Gamer: 5/15/18

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What I Played

Title: Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
Series: Mario, Rabbids
System: Nintendo Switch

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle coverDate Started: May 14, 2015

This is surprisingly fun, and I say surprisingly only because I’ve never played any Rabbids game before.  They remind me of Minions, which I hate much less than the average internet user (I’m also a bit confused why they’re so abhorred besides the propensity of Baby Boomers to share memes of them, which I usually just scroll past.  I think the Minions themselves are cute), so their antics don’t bother me.  The combination of Mario and the Rabbids actually works, probably because there’s always some crazy shenanigans going on in the Mushroom Kingdom, so an invasion of raving rabbids with a device that can combine two separate things isn’t that far fetched.

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