Final Fantasy (NES)
- For other games in the series see Final Fantasy.
Final Fantasy is first game of the largest fantasy RPG franchise in history. It uses a pretty standard RPG system that was already popular by the time it came out; you create a party of four members, walk around an overworld map, fight random encounters, enter towns, talk to randomly roaming NPCs, etc. However, expecting the game to be their last, the developers of Final Fantasy added a great deal more to the experience with lots of little details: the player attacks are animated, the enemies are beautifully drawn and show up in large bands, there is a strategy to the spells you learn, the dialogue can include upper and lower case letters, the is a wide variety of equipment, and many more positive nuances.
The story is so common these days that it has become cliché. The power of four orbs, each representing one of the four elements, has been extinguished. As the heroes of light, you must go and defeat each of the four elemental fiends in order to return light to the orbs. To do this, you must go through numerous quests, battle plenty of bosses, and drink an obscene amount of potions.
The game is a whole lot of fun, and while it has a few annoyances (having to buy items individually for example), it sets the stage for an uncountable number of imitators.
Final Fantasy's soundtrack was composed by Nobuo Uematsu, and it's quite large for a 1987 NES game. Uematsu made a cohesive soundtrack; though the songs have their own distinct sound to fit their area of the world, they still share common factors. For example, many of the more passive songs (menus, towns, etc.) lack rests, and notes are constantly played. Likewise, most of the songs lack percussion entirely, which is very unusual for an NES soundtrack. The music also successfully conveys an orchestral sound even at low fidelity.
There is a lasting quality to the soundtrack as well. A couple of the tunes, especially The Prelude, are reused in later games, and several songs from the soundtrack are often found in fan's top-ranked NES tunes.
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(Source: Nobuo Uematsu has claimed credit for the music, the game lacks credits)
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- mobygames.com/game/nes/final-fantasy - MobyGames.
- gamefaqs.com/nes/522595-final-fantasy - GameFAQs.
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Final_Fantasy_%28video_game%29 - Wikipedia.