“Your first Final Fantasy game is usually your favorite.”
This popular opinion usually comes up a lot in the Final Fantasy Reddit. And generally, it’s true, depending on the circumstances. My first was Final Fantasy VII. During the time, it was my favorite game…period. No one game of any other platformer or genre could come close to it at the time. It goes without saying that it was also my favorite Final Fantasy game.
Now, after playing other Final Fantasy games, I can see what they have to offer. Many of the other Final Fantasy games have interesting narratives, battle systems, music, etc. But how true is this? And what does this mean for the other games?
Consider apagandolasluces’ first Final Fantasy game, Final Fantasy XIII:
My first true FF experience was XIII, then XIII-2 and Lightning Returns. I loved them all and I’ll never forget the happiness and sheer enjoyment that I got from those games.
I always wondered why they got so much hate. Why everyone said they were such terrible games. I still don’t get it. But when I tell people they are my favorite FF games, the responses I get make me feel like they’re talking about a completely different game.
Since XIII, I’ve played X, XIV, XV & currently XII: ZODIAC AGE and I still am totally sure that XIII is my favorite. I loved X, I loved XV but they didn’t give me that amazement that XIII did. I feel like most of the FF fanbase is now is too wrapped up in the past, but this is my whole point.
People love the first FF they play, then compare new titles to their favorite and end up not liking it as much.
I’m just wondering does anyone else feel like this?
For apagandolasluces, the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy was their favorite – even after playing the other more “popular” titles!
Most people swear that Final Fantasy XIII is among the worst in the series. Yet if this were true, it wouldn’t matter for apagandolaslices whether this were their first Final Fantasy or not. If Final Fantasy XIII were truly universally bad, no one would like Final Fantasy XIII. Yet, many do, especially after it being their first.
It just so happens that those who hate Final Fantasy XIII played another game in the series first. And usually, that game is their favorite, despite what they’ve played before.
So then, is this a testament to the rule “your first Final Fantasy is your favorite”? I’m sure many can relate to apagandolasluces’ anecdotal observation. But if so, then why? Why is it like this?
Maybe it has something to do with the amaze factor of each Final Fantasy game. Every Final Fantasy game contains a certain “magic” to it, an element of enjoyment that causes amazement in the player. Even if you think some Final Fantasy games are stronger than the others, there’s no denying their charm. Sometimes we desire more from Final Fantasy games. But even still, all of the elements seem to come together, creating the game’s personality. Square Enix brings out the best of each game, making a whole. Having a chance to experience Final Fantasy for the first time is special.
If it’s our first, how do we compare it except by playing the other games? That’s when our nostalgia factor kicks in. Usually, we’ll compare the next Final Fantasy game to our first. The music, the graphics, the battle mechanics, the characters, the stories, etc. All will be under scrutiny. Does it exceed expectations, or fall short?
If it falls short, it only bolsters the claim, for misguided reasons, that our first Final Fantasy is our favorite. Why? Probably simply one that suits our tastes hasn’t come along yet. And sometimes we play a Final Fantasy game, only have another become their favorite. But say our second Final Fantasy game is our favorite. Our first will still always hold a special place in our heart, and in that sense may still be our favorite.