When I was rambling on about how weird levelers are, it was apparent I was going to throw in some RPG reference. One of the most iconic RPG’s out there is Final Fantasy.
“Why is it called Final Fantasy when there’s more than one?”
Kid I swear…just…*sigh*…all the fans know that back in the NES days, Square released their “swan song” game that was going to make or break them. Thus, “This is our Final Fantasy”. 14 numbered “sequels” and a mountain of spin-off games later, and it’s one of the most well known series ever.
I always wanted that Final Fantasy crossover where you could have your DREAM TEAM. You know, all the characters had to get together for some GRAND EPIC ADVENTURE of SAVING THE MULTIVERSE!
“Ok, let me team up…Sabin, Tifa, Zell, and Snow”. Fuck yes monk team!
Or the female dream team, “Let’s pair up Rosa, Faris, Ashe, and Fang.”
Ok ok, one more, fuck you all, “Edgar, Sabin, Faris, Lenna”. Fuck yes Brother/sister combo!
Damn, I can just sit here all day and make up teams.
So along comes…Kingdom Hearts…something about Square and Disney teaming up…I dunno, I couldn’t stomach the game. They introduced this place called RADIANT GARDEN in Kingdom Hearts 2. A town where all these Final Fantasy characters hang out. But they further cocktease me by MAKING THEM NOT PLAYABLE!!!1ONE1!
Flash forward to 2009. This game, ‘Dissidia’ comes out. I have no idea what the hell a ‘dissidia’ is but I see all the Final Fantasy main characters lined up! Is.. this my game?!
WRONG! IT’S A FIGHTING GAME! BOO!
Seeing as this will the closest I can get to my dream game, I picked it up and wasn’t very thrilled.
But then I started playing more characters. I started to NOTICE things. Like…characters doing certain poses…or REFERENCES being made to the older games.
Then I beat the game and I was blown clean off my rocking chair. This game was made for every single final fantasy fan. Even if you ONLY played FF7, you can romp around with Cloud and be happy. If you are a new fan and only played 10 and 12, hey great, you got Tidus and motherfucking GABRANTH! If you’re an old school fan, well you’re in for a treat because whoever made this game pays attention to detail.
THAT’S old school. THAT’s attention to detail.
You end the game with the beginning of Final Fantasy 1. Epic.
If you never played FF1, you wouldn’t notice this. But you can still enjoy the game. If you DID play it, holy crap your brain exploded into awesome chunks, not to mention the MILLION other things about this game that all tie into FF1.
They sneak in little things like this throughout the game:
The Final Fantasy Wikia used to have a list of all the references made, but I don’t know what happened to that particular page. I can’t find it anymore.
There’s ONE more reference I want to point out because I don’t think ANYONE has picked up on it. Possibly because I’m “reaching for straws”, but check this out.
I was ALL about Nintendo Power back in the day. This was the goto source for video games. In the early days of the magazine they did a review for Final Fantasy 1 which is how I first found out about it. I found a scan of the page I want to show you.
Look at the bottom right of that page. That guy leaping is the “Warrior of Light”, also known as “Fighter” before the “PS1 standardization of FF”. The guy with the blue armor is Garland, because…they tell you right there. You got that? Now look at this:
Garland is ALMOST identical. Look at his left hand, it’s the same pose! Even the viewing angle is the same. I’ll admit the whole warrior of light leaping is reaching for straws but…there’s just to many similarities. The only thing I know for sure is the artwork is Japanese because it has that feel of “classic Dragonball” to it.
I know it’s hard to believe but Japan actually drew manly things at one time. Before the whole “androgyny” thing became a prominent selling point.
You said it Kenshiro.
I’m willing to bet my entire Magic collection that someone on the design team SAW that same picture from WHATEVER the Japanese equivalent of Nintendo Power was and slipped it in. That or they were going through old art on file.
Cabinet that is.
That’s a joke son, dont’cha get it?
You kids and your damn internet. The point of all this is Final Fantasy Dissidia: Dewy Decimal comes out today and I’m totally stoked. It added some new characters and apparently it’s a prequel. I thought Dissidia was so amazing that I have to pick this up regardless.
Get outta here and go buy it!