I’ve heard criticism about how Final Fantasy XV’s story was very short, only 20 hours. What happened to 40 hours of story content? Well, 20 hours isn’t that bad if the story’s good. And considering the first Final Fantasy games were much shorter, I say we got a pretty good deal. In fact, let me relay my experiences in playing the first two Final Fantasy games.
The ones which are really short.
So when I start the game, I decide I’d name all of the characters after Final Fantasy XV characters:
Warrior = Noctis
Monk = Gladio
Red Mage = Ignis
Thief = Prompt
I ran out of space while naming the thief. Iris the White Mage and Cor the Black Mage would just have to sit this story out. So the story starts at a Kingdom, just like Final Fantasy XV. I shop, talk to the townspeople, walk around etc. (you know, normal JRPG stuff). Next, I enter kingdom Cornelia. I talk to more people, dignitaries, soldiers and the like, and make myself to the throne room. The king of Cornelia gives me an order to fight Garland and retrieve the princess. So far so good. I traverse the open world fighting wolves and imps until I reach a dilapidated castle. This final dungeon really is hard, as the enemies are pretty tough for my level. Maybe I should have done more grinding? Luckily, after a couple of game overs, I figured out I just had to go straight through the doors. Inside, the evil Garland has, sure enough, kidnapped the princess. I defeat him. The king promises me to build a bridge. As soon as I step on the bridge, the ending credits roll. At least that’s what it looked like. I turned it off soon as I saw it.
And that’s it. I beat the game. Maybe I’ll play the post-game everyone’s talking about. The one where you spend the rest of the game looking for crystals and doing fetch quests. Maybe I’ll even tackle the super bosses, like Chaos from Dissidia. But for right now, I’m just glad I was able to beat the first Final Fantasy. Pretty short, huh?
But then there’s an even shorter story. On to Final Fantasy II. When I start the game, I notice I can name my characters. If I could, I would have named them:
Firion = You
Maria = Have
Gus = Been
Leon = Trolled
I thought these names would be perfect to say to the enemies I fought. So I start out the game on the run from imperial soldiers. Neat! Kinda like Final Fantasy XV’s story. But – oh no, they surrounded me! And even worst, the soldiers are so powerful, they’re able to one shot me. In less than a minute, they wiped my whole party. I started the story up again and the same thing happened to me. It’s not random based; I restarted at least fifteen times to the same conclusion. There’s no way to grind and get stronger, no alternative path to take, no way to simply skip this battle. I just die, at which point I just shut off the game immediately in frustration. Mega bummer, dude. It looks like I have been trolled…
And even to this day, I still can’t beat the game…much less this battle. To everyone who’s ever complained about how boring it is to “hit each other” to gain stats…
At least be glad you’ve made it that far. I can’t even beat the first battle!!! This game must be really hard…
And so, of course, Final Fantasy XV is short for a Final Fantasy game. It’s short even for a triple-A title. But Final Fantasy I & II combined are shorter than the first chapter of Final Fantasy XV. And I say Square Enix has come a long way in the length of their games.
EDIT: I’ve found out that when you do beat the first battle, your last team member disappears for a while. So then if this is true, the team would read:
Firion = You
Maria = Have
Gus = Been
Been what? What have I been? Why would you do this to me Final Fantasy II???