…the game that can include the most side content. No joke.
Final Fantasy X and beyond might be too soon. So now, we have Final Fantasy IX and below. How well does each of them stack up?
We know Final Fantasy VII is already underway. So what else?
I think we’ve seen Final Fantasy I, II and IV’s potential on the PSP. Those games have a ton of side content, but mostly “brain teaser” games and dungeons. And those are fine the way they are. Also from their Nintendo era, Square Enix could improve such classics as Final Fantasy III, V and VI. These games weren’t sidequests heavy, so developers might have to add “brain teasers” and extra dungeons.
During Final Fantasy VII, we saw Chocobo racing & breeding, Materia hunting, a slight dating sim, the Gold Saucer, Fort Condor SRPG. This content took up just as much time as the game itself. This is what we have to look forward to in the Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Final Fantasy VIII and Final Fantasy IX.
Final Fantasy VIII has multiple ways to play the game, each through several different playthroughs. One example is Triple Triad Triple Triad, an addicting card game you play with NPCs. The more NPCs, the more cards played.
Also, let’s talk about the extra potential:
- Extra SeeD missions
- Laguna missions
- More training levels in Balamb Gardens
- More slice of life activity in Balamb
- A possible dating sim
- Maybe using Laguna’s past to affect the future
- Selphie throwing events for Balamb gardens
Final Fantasy IX doesn’t quite have this. Tetra Master is a nice diversion, but ultimately pointless within the game. The jump rope and Hippaul racing games are a waste of time too. Quina’s frog catching game and Mognet are perfect. You can collect coffee for an older gentleman to obtain model airship if you want?
Chocobo Hot and Cold doesn’t quite contain the combination of strategy or variety we see in past titles. Maybe Final Fantasy IX emulated the old school Nintendo games, where side quests had little importance to the game.
Final Fantasy VIII’s remake seems to be the logical choice after the Final Fantasy VII remake.