I've been sensing that there are quite a few Final Fantasy fans on the boards here, so I thought I'd start a thread for all things Final Fantasy. Maybe you want to just say which one is your favorite, or maybe you want to discuss game music, or maybe you want to post a novel length fanfic rewriting Tidus as the main character of the Wonder Years. Either way this is the place to put it (and chances are I'll probably enjoy reading it because yeah I'm that sick).
Let me start things off by just giving a few of my opinions on the FF series. Feel free to respond to any of these or just post your own thoughts about whichever game you like.
Final Fantasy 1 - This was one of my favorite games on the NES. I think I played through it 3-4 times. I just loved creating different parties and taking them out to level up. A couple of years ago I bought this on the Gameboy Advance and it just didn't seem like it had aged well to me. RPG's have come a long ways over the years and my standards have gotten a lot higher.
Final Fantasy 2 - Tried playing this on the GBA, but I couldn't finish it. I can't get into the old school RPG gameplay like I used to.
Final Fantasy 3 - This is the only Final Fantasy I haven't played. My wife has this game on the DS and has said it's really fun.
Final Fantasy 4 - I played this when it first came out on the SNES. It totally blew me away. The story and gameplay had just advanced by an amazing amount since FF1, and console RPGs were kind of scarce at the time it was released. It's a game I'll have to play again soon to see how it still holds up, since I don't remember many of the details. I do remember thinking that the ability to jump a million feet into the air and then spear someone coming down was one of the coolest things ever.
Final Fantasy 5 - This game was really fun to play but I never finished it. The story is meh, but the job system is fantastic. I think if I had played this before FF Tactics was released I would have played it more, but I was first introduced to the job system in FF Tactics.
Final Fantasy 6 - This game is truly awesome. I never got to complete this game when it was originally released because my SNES was stolen before it came out. Just a few months ago I managed to sit down and play through it entirely for the first time. Even though the graphics are outdated and the game is smaller than modern RPGs because it was designed for a cartridge, I believe it still holds up very well. I love how they developed the background and motivations for several of the characters, and I love how the story takes a very different turn about 2/3 of the way in. It's truly a great game and it's amazing what they could pull off limited by 16-bit technology.
Final Fantasy 7 - This is my favorite game of all time. (Not just my favorite FF, but my favorite game period.) I think a lot of it has to do with it being the first console game to fully take advantage of CD technology. CD's were slower than cartriges, but had way more memory storage. It just so happens that RPG's are the perfect genre for slow yet gigantic games. So FFVII had a huge world with lots of FMV cutscenes and plenty of evocative music tracks. Also the story and gameplay are kickass. It was an innovative idea using new technology that was executed fantastically. That and I totally didn't see the Gwen-Stacy-like plot twist coming. Well, I could go on forever about this game, so I'll just stop here for now.
Final Fantasy 8 - My impression of this game is great story, sucky gameplay. The characters in 8 are some of my favorites in the series, and yet the game will forever have a black mark for the horrible gameplay that came with it. Normally I like to do a lot of the optional content in these games, but with FF8 I just rushed through to see how the story would progress. (The one exception is that I did find the card game to be pretty addicting.)
Final Fantasy 9 - I can't think of anything I'd call "exceptional" with 9, but I do think it was "very very good" in every single way. This game was purely enjoyable from start to finish. I don't know why but I still love that Blue Mage chef character. This is a game I keep meaning to buy so I can play it again. (Unfortunately my list of must play games is growing faster than I can play them.)
Final Fantasy 10 - I remember playing the PS1 RPGs and thinking, "the only thing these games really need is voice acting". Well FFX added just that, and I think it really helped me get attached to the characters. I don't know why I got so attached to Tidus, since another side of me just sees him as the Final Fantasy version of Fred Savage. Also while I love FF music in general this game probably has my favorite music overall. Did I mention that the story and gameplay were kickass? Yeah this game had it all. I rank this as my #2 favorite FF game after 7.
Final Fantasy 11 - A lot of people don't count this as a Final Fantasy, but I've spent several years where this was the game I played the most. I've completed the main storyline, and I'm contemplating if I want to stick with it to finish the expansion storylines. It's a fun game (and a frustrating game) and I agree it's much different from the single player Final Fantasies.
Final Fantasy 12 - This is the opposite of FF8 for me: awesome gameplay, sucky story. I mean I've logged about 100 hours playing this game so I can't say it's anything but fun. At the same time the story was irritating to me because it seemed to parallel Star Wars too closely. I'm not sure I could stomach another playthrough even though the gameplay is top notch.
Anyway I'm going to stop here for now. What do you think of the Final Fantasy games? Which is your favorite? Is there anything you've always wanted to talk about, but never thought anyone would listen? Well here's your open invatation.