Final Fantasy celebrates its 30th anniversary today, making it one of longest running console RPG series to date (Ultima and Dragon Quest say hello, by the way).
As a way of celebrating one of my favorite series of all time, I thought it’d be interesting to discuss any Final Fantasy-related resolutions we might have brewing up in the ol’ brain sack.
1: I’ll be replaying Final Fantasy Type-0 HD for a Final Fantasy collaboration project. I already beat Type-0 HD back when it launched, but my goal is to give myself a refresher before writing a compare and contrast article on how “Final Fantasy” the game actually is (or isn’t).
2: I’d like to finally finish off the PS4 port of Final Fantasy VII and actually beat Final Fantasy IX. I’ve played through VII numerous times, but I still haven’t beaten the PS4 port that released a while back. I’m nearing the end of “disc one,” so to speak. I’ve also played IX three times but always seemed to fall off during the game’s final disc. I’d like to change that.
3: I’ll work on finishing Final Fantasy XIII and (hopefully) move on to XIII-2 and Lightning Returns. I started XIII last summer and really enjoyed it, but fell off during the game’s open-world chapter (11) — not because I didn’t like it, but I just got sidetracked by school stuff and then Persona 5 consumed me from August ’til December.
4: Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster has been sitting on my shelf for a while now, so maybe I’ll get around to playing the PS4 version. I love Final Fantasy X and have played through the PS2 version three times (I think?), but never got around to X-2. I’ve been meaning to play through both remasters, but you know how backlogs are.
5: Time permitting, I’d like to play through Final Fantasy IV, V, and VI on my SNES Classic. I’ve never finished IV, despite dumping large chunks of hours into the SNES version a few times and owning it on PSP. V is mostly foreign to me. VI is just incredible and it’s been far too long since I’ve revisited it.
BONUS ROUND: I might give Final Fantasy XV another playthrough in NG+ to check out all of the content updates. I loved XV enough to give it my Game of the Year last year and I’ve been wanting to jump back into the more story-oriented stuff instead of the daily monster hunts. There’s also the Comrades multi-player expansion I’d like to check out. My backlog is already big enough as it is, though, so I’m in no rush.
What about you, folks? Got any Final Fantasy plans next year?