Ever since the announcement was made that Final Fantasy XIII was going multi-platform and arriving on Xbox 360 in addition to PS3, the collection has achieved success in reaching new audiences. However what of these classics in the 30+ yr collection that had by no means been launched on the Xbox?
All that modified when Sq. Enix introduced they might be bringing basic Final Fantasy titles to the Xbox One in 2019, together with Final Fantasy XV Pocket Version HD and World of Final Fantasy MAXIMA which each launched at the again finish of 2018. And let’s not overlook the whole Final Fantasy XIII trilogy is now backwards suitable and acquired a hefty Xbox One X enhancement.
However have you ever been left questioning the place best to start out with the video games which were promised for 2019? Worry not, as listed here are 5 of the most unforgettable Final Fantasy video games heading in the direction of Xbox One in 2019.
5) Kingdom Hearts III
In earlier than the naysayers say, “Kingdom Hearts III isn’t a Final Fantasy title”, it type of is. And in addition to, my record, my guidelines.
Kingdom Hearts first arrived on PlayStation 2 virtually 17 years in the past and immediately appealed to followers of Sq. Enix’s RPG collection, and followers of Disney movies. Combining characters from each franchises into a brand new and unique story of mild versus darkish, and good versus evil, followers have eagerly been awaiting the launch of Kingdom Hearts III as a conclusion to the general story.
At its’ ‘Kingdom’ coronary heart, KH is an motion RPG the place you management a celebration of three for the most half, travelling to a spread of totally different worlds based mostly on Disney IPs together with Magnificence and the Beast, Nightmare Earlier than Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, Pirates of the Caribbean and lots of, many extra.
Now, there’s a lot going on in the world of Kingdom Hearts, the third mainline entry in the collection is definitely the 12th chronologically and the world has advanced greater than anybody might have anticipated when taking management of Sora in his humble beginnings on Future Island. Finally although, Kingdom Hearts tells the story of keyblade wielder, Sora, who joins forces with Donald Duck and Goofy, tasked with travelling to totally different worlds based mostly on Disney IPs to make sure the Heartless don’t return to these worlds. On their journey they study Group XIII, led by Grasp Xehanort, the essential antagonist of Kingdom Hearts III.
This can be a very crude recap for the story, however there might be one out there when the recreation launches on disc, in addition to a lot out there on-line, to get you in control when Kingdom Hearts III releases on 29th January 2019.
four) Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
Final Fantasy XII initially launched again in 2006 however the model the Xbox One can be getting is The Zodiac Age; a high-definition remaster, up to date soundtrack, fast-forward choices and the Zodiac Job System – one thing solely out there in Japan till then. The Zodiac Age remaster launched on PlayStation four in July 2017.
Regardless of this being 4th on the record, that is nonetheless an distinctive Final Fantasy title, and maybe one which has aged higher than others on this record. It was forward of its’ time for a ‘traditional’ RPG; enemies appeared on screens very similar to an MMORPG, it was one of the first video games to have ‘Hunts’ – quests to kill particular enemies that at the moment are commonplace in RPGs – and with the Zodiac Job System it went again to the roots of Final Fantasy permitting you to customize your characters relatively than them having pre-assigned talents.
XII centres round Vaan, a road urchin who in the future goals of being a sky pirate. He turns into embroiled in one thing far greater involving warring nations vying for management of the final remaining areas, but in addition for management of the magic in the world. Vaan encounters princesses, knights and even fellow sky pirates on his journey that may take him far and extensive in Ivalice, the world in which Final Fantasy XII is about.
There are various comparisons between Final Fantasy XII and Star Wars and certainly, sure characters reminiscent of Vaan, Balthier and Fran act quite a bit like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca respectively. So, in case you are a fan of the area opera, that is properly value a glance.
No dates have but been given for the releases of the Final Fantasy video games but when they’re launched in order of their numbered iterations then XII is more likely to be the final one. Our subsequent one on the listing might be the first one for 2019 although… and undoubtedly the most well-known.
three) Final Fantasy VII
Arguably the most iconic of Final Fantasy titles – perhaps even RPG of all time – Final Fantasy VII is a recreation that the majority could have heard of in many ‘best of’ lists. So, it’s no shock to see it coming over to Xbox One lastly, however chances are you’ll be shocked to solely see it in third place. It’s purely a private factor, while Final Fantasy VII is faultless, I simply most popular others to it.
Celebrating its’ 22nd birthday this yr, VII centres round Cloud Strife, an ex Shinra SOLDIER who joins eco-terrorist group AVALANCHE to assist them blow out Mako Reactors which might be siphoning off the Lifestream of the world.
After a profitable first assault, a second Mako Reactor is focused however the mission fails, and Cloud finally ends up falling into the metropolis slums. Earlier than regaining his bearings he finally ends up serving to a flower woman referred to as Aeris/Aerith (relying on who you ask) from Shinra. Shinra know this woman is particular and can cease at nothing to realize entry to what she is aware of and what she has.
Even for those who haven’t performed Final Fantasy VII but, there’s one second that everybody associates with it. Sure, that second involving Aeris/Aerith and Sephiroth. It’s as iconic a second as you will get in gaming – simply just remember to don’t have all of your good gear and Materia outfitted on her when it will get shut.
That is, nevertheless, totally different to the introduced Final Fantasy VII Remaster that’s occurring at present. This model will function up to date character fashions however these pre-rendered backgrounds will stay. For a lot of, these aren’t an issue, however they will present a video games age these days in contrast with trendy graphics.
Once more, there isn’t any confirmed date for when Final Fantasy VII is because of arrive on the Xbox Retailer however it might be timed with Distant Worlds – the Final Fantasy orchestral live performance – that’s happening once more at The Royal Albert Corridor in Might, as there can be a celebration of the music of Final Fantasy VII throughout the performances there. Sure, I’ve already obtained my ticket.
2) Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
If that is something like the PS3/PS4 remasters, then this Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster comes as a two-for-one deal and must be handled as such.
The Final Fantasy X duology has its’ doubters, and whilst a religious fan I can see why. Finally, this can be a love story between playable characters Tidus and Yuna. Yuna is a summoner who has the monumental activity of defeating Sin and bringing about the Calm. Alongside the means there are marriages, tears, laughter, dying and deceit, racial undertones and the single funniest second in any Final Fantasy recreation involving a name again to a 90’s dance craze. And that’s simply the first recreation of the two.
Final Fantasy X-2 took on board the criticisms of the first and tried to place them proper: Extra open-ended gameplay, distinct character courses in the type of dresspheres and a a lot lighter tone in basic. What adopted the first recreation was an evening and day distinction in phrases of tone and, when you play these two back-to-back, will discover an incredible comply with up after the bleak first recreation.
The HD Remaster that Xbox house owners are getting will function up to date graphics and the capability to modify between the previous and new soundtracks in the menu. The voice appearing from the unique launch will stay, nevertheless as this was the first FF title to be voiced, it will possibly all sound a bit ropey at occasions. Don’t overlook that even this recreation is nearing maturity, the unique Japanese launch will flip 18 in July 2019.
These two are second on my listing as a result of I loved them first time round once I was a pair of years youthful than Tidus and Yuna however the relationship between them resonated with me even then. The one cause it isn’t prime of my record is as a result of the subsequent recreation was a way more grounded and conventional affair, at the least in phrases of RPGs.
1) Final Fantasy IX
Final Fantasy IX was a send-off to the unique PlayStation while additionally going again to the collection’ roots. After the extra futuristic settings of VII and VIII, IX went again to a time with castles, rural villages and the place mages nonetheless used capes.
IX begins with Zidane and his theatre troupe Tantalus heading to Alexandria to carry out for Queen Brahne. Secretly, they’re on a mission to kidnap her daughter, Princess Garnet. The kicker right here is that Princess Garnet was already planning to flee from Queen Brahne, resulting from her newer excessive behaviour.
Regardless of going again to the collection roots, IX options rather more character improvement than earlier entries by introducing Lively Time Occasions. These are on-screen prompts that present what different foremost characters are doing at that second in time, away from the major celebration. In consequence, IX options my favorite Final Fantasy character of all-time, poor little Vivi. Vivi additionally hops onboard with Tantalus while they’re kidnapping Garnet however most of the first eight hours are actually centred round him and his existential disaster he suffers. He’s additionally one of the best mages in the complete collection and is a continuing member in my lively get together.
The battle system in Final Fantasy IX additionally acquired a small tweak that made an enormous distinction: VII and VIII had solely three slots for lively members however IX bumped this as much as 4 slots. This meant while you had extra assault energy, you wanted to actually tailor the celebration to take advantage of weaknesses. Vivi might have made a superb mage, however when brute pressure was wanted, Steiner or principal protagonist Zidane could also be a greater choice.
Any of the prime three in this listing make a legitimate level for the prime spot – and certainly on totally different days it might be one other Final Fantasy recreation sitting fairly at the prime – however Final Fantasy IX will all the time maintain a particular place in my coronary heart. It’s all the things I would like from a console RPG: medieval setting, incredible characters and a soundtrack that invokes so many feelings even a pair of hours in. Zidane oozed confidence, Garnet was the woman subsequent door, and Vivi was simply somebody you needed to wrap up in cotton wool and take house to take care of. Even Steiner – extremely annoying at first – was somebody I warmed to immensely.
And that’s my – extraordinarily self-indulgent – listing accomplished! In case you hadn’t observed, it’s a collection I am keen on. I’m very excited to have the ability to play them once more on my Xbox One, and much more excited that there shall be a wave of new followers to expertise them for the first time!
However what about you? Are you a fan of the collection already, do you agree with my listing placings? Or are you wanting ahead to enjoying some of the classics for the first time? Which one will you begin with? As all the time, tell us in the feedback!