Final Fantasy VI - PlayStation

Also known as: Final Fantasy 3', 'Final Fantasy 6', 'Final Fantasy III

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Final Fantasy VI (PlayStation)
Also for: SNES
Viewed: 2D Top-down, Multi-way scrolling Genre:
Adventure: Role Playing
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Square Soft. Co.: Square
Publishers: Sony (GB)
Released: 1 Mar 2002 (GB)
Ratings: 11+
Accessories: Digital JoyPad, Memory Card

Summary

Europe has always been a low priority for Squaresoft, due to excessive localisation periods required for the translation of giant, text-heavy role-playing games in Europe. But it seems the Japanese giant is going soft in its old age. To ease the wait for Final Fantasy X in the UK, Square has treated us to a cheaply-priced release of Final Fantasy VI, the classic SNES instalment that never previously saw the light of day on European shores.

Previously released on PlayStation as part of the Anthology edition in the States, FF6 doesn’t possess any gameplay improvements over the original 1994 SNES release, but the video game CG experts have put enough time and effort into the game to produce some lovely FMV introductions and cut scenes. As unnecessary as this feature may seem to begin with, it does tell the story much better than the SNES releases ever could.

Staying true to the rest of the series, Final Fantasy VI consists of an epic tale of love, life and death, interspersed with magic, wizardry and of course, fantasy. Like it or not, Final Fantasy is renowned for its random battle methods of gameplay, and the sixth instalment is no exception. However, the carefully crafted balance between player and enemy statistics makes it a necessary attribute to the last 16-bit instalment.

Final Fantasy VI features primitive but imaginative gaming environments, and the random battles are filled with special effects. As ever, no Final Fantasy title can be completed without clever tactics and careful thought, so RPG newcomers may need several hours to get to grips with Final Fantasy VI’s battle system and general game progress. The SNES original is also littered with side-quests and mini-games that assure 50+ hours of RPG action.

It was assumed that any Final Fantasy title before Final Fantasy VII would never be released in Europe, so Square Europe’s decision to release Final Fantasy VI is welcomed with open arms. The game also comes with a playable demo of PlayStation 2’s Final Fantasy X, sure to whet the appetites of European Square aficionados.

It’s nice to see Europe finally getting a taste of early Final Fantasy magic. Can we hope to see Final Fantasy V at some point in the future?