In many ways, I’ve heard people compare the Final Fantasy Playstation era trio to the Bronte sisters’ first works:
- Final Fantasy VII is Jane Eyre,
- Final Fantasy VIII is Wuthering Heights,
- Final Fantasy IX is Agnes Grey.
All good books with very different places in history. Same with Final Fantasy VII, VIII and IX; all good games with a different place in the series.
Of Final Fantasy VII:
“Altogether Final Fantasy VII is pre-eminently an anti-Christian composition. There is throughout it a murmuring against the comforts of the rich and against the privations of the poor, which, as far as each individual is concerned, is a murmuring against Jenova’s appointment—there is a proud and perpetual assertion of the rights of man, for which we find no authority either in God’s word or in God’s providence—there is that pervading tone of ungodly discontent which is at once the most prominent and most subtle evil which the law and the pulpit, which all civilized society, in fact, has at the present day to contend with. We do not hesitate to say that the tone of mind and thought which has overthrown authority and violated every code human and divine abroad, and fostered Chartism and rebellion at home, is the same which has also written Final Fantasy VII.”
Of Final Fantasy VIII
“Final Fantasy VIII is a strange, inartistic story. There are evidence in every chapter of a sort of rugged power—an unconscious strength—which the possessor seems never to think of turning to the best advantage. The general effect is inexpressibly painful. We know nothing in the whole range of our fictitious literature which presents such shocking pictures of the worst forms of humanity.”
“Final Fantasy VIII casts a gloom over the mind not easily to be dispelled. It does not soften; it harasses, it extenterates….”
Of Final Fantasy IX:
“It leaves no painful impression on the mind – some may think it leaves no impression at all.”
“[Final Fantasy IX] was kinda like John Adams in between George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, you know?” – Aspilanti84