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  • Summary: Final Fantasy Origins delivers the first two games in the Final Fantasy series. Originally released in 1998 in Japan, Final Fantasy II never came to North America, but now RPG fans will be able to experience the emotion-packed sequel and its predecessor with all-new event scenes, enhancedFinal Fantasy Origins delivers the first two games in the Final Fantasy series. Originally released in 1998 in Japan, Final Fantasy II never came to North America, but now RPG fans will be able to experience the emotion-packed sequel and its predecessor with all-new event scenes, enhanced graphics, and improved sound. Whether you're on a quest to recover a magical Crystal or on a journey to stop a merciless ruler, both games provide grand stories complemented with deep characterization and touching music. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Game Informer
    93
    The sound is excellent and the music consists of lovely tunes typical of the series. [Apr 2003, p.85]
  2. If you can get pass the obvious dated graphics then you will be in for a serious treat.
  3. Unlike the later games, Final Fantasy II showcases the most involved learning and experience system of the series - all weapons, shields, and spells have some associated skill level in using them.
  4. 80
    Anthologies can be a sketchy business, but Final Fantasy Origins delivers the goods and shows that, even now, the current crop of high-gloss, tech tour-de-force games have ancestors that can and should be honored.
  5. netjak
    75
    Play this to understand where Final Fantasy, which has done so much for gaming in general, has come from. Play this to appreciate how good things were even back then, even if they aren't really the same. But if you want what you had before, save your cash. Time and gaming has moved on - even if I haven't fully.
  6. A no-brainer for anyone that enjoys RPGS.
  7. Pleasant graphically, but disturbing as a more complete experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. AS
    Mar 24, 2003
    10
    This owns you all!!
  2. Aug 3, 2016
    10
    Origins is one of the best of the series probably the 4th and one of the best PS1 games ever! Probably the 10th best Playstation 1 games yet.Origins is one of the best of the series probably the 4th and one of the best PS1 games ever! Probably the 10th best Playstation 1 games yet. So this game is amazing. Expand
  3. KendraL.
    May 7, 2003
    10
    I love the FF1 and 2. I remember playing FF1 one the original NES. It is so close to the original FF1 game that I am happy to own it. I had I love the FF1 and 2. I remember playing FF1 one the original NES. It is so close to the original FF1 game that I am happy to own it. I had always wished they would come out w/ the original for PS1 and now that they did I am extremely happy. Expand
  4. LordGangrelV
    Jul 3, 2003
    10
    Great to play an old school role playing game again, the story line is good and ya dont to much graphics, i like playing a game that is a gameGreat to play an old school role playing game again, the story line is good and ya dont to much graphics, i like playing a game that is a game and not a movie. it is a very good buy and fun to play. lets hope they redo the shining force games. Expand
  5. PAULR.
    Oct 16, 2003
    10
    This game is a 10! I grew up in the heyday of 8 bit nintendo and LOVED the first final fantasy. It has a great story and plot. The fact that This game is a 10! I grew up in the heyday of 8 bit nintendo and LOVED the first final fantasy. It has a great story and plot. The fact that the graphics have been updated make this game even more KILLER!! As for FF2, EVERYONE into RPG's should experience this game!!! I played this with the 8 bit graphics even though it wasnt available in the US until now on a PC emulator and it RULED!! NOw that the graphics have been redone on this one too, it makes the game about 50 times more enjoyable if that is even possible! Truly one of the greatest storylines in the series. NOONE should pass up the opportunity to pick this up and experience these games, especially the younger crowd that was weaned form FF7 and up. THESE ARE REAL RPG'S and all true fans will appreciate their worth and magnitude to gaming in general. Expand
  6. XV_
    Dec 19, 2019
    8
    Final Fantasy I (7.5)

    I never played the NES version but for what I read is very similar just taking out of the way some annoying
    Final Fantasy I (7.5)

    I never played the NES version but for what I read is very similar just taking out of the way some annoying things, that being said... At least for the first 15 hours (took me 32) there was a lot of boring mindless grinding, the problem is that feels unbalanced, some enemies were very difficult but gave almost as much exp as other ones that weren't as hard, but either way, the exp they gave was so little.

    Another thing that feels very unbalanced was the boss fights, it took a lot of time and grinding and backtracking to get to the boss's room but once when you get there it was very easy compared to all the stuff you need to get through. Another thing that was so frustrating was the random encounters, especially in the final dungeon (it was like 6 steps and bam! random encounter), they were so frequent and thanks to that and the mindless grinding I almost quit this game a lot of times... Which I'm happy I didn't because on the other hand there's a lot to like in this game, the music and the writing are charming, they're not great but have a lot of soul, the thing I liked the most was the sense of wonder, what kind of town will be the next, what kind of characters will be there, the dialogue is short but always good and important for your advance, so you better make some notes.

    When the time the epilogue was rolling and the story took a nice twist, I have this nice feeling that maybe FF I wasn't a goodbye letter but a promise letter, a promise that there's a lot of ideas and stuff that can be made in this universe given the opportunity, and as flawed as it is I think is worth your time, just make sure you have the right mindset and time. Oh, and whatever you do, have a Warrior on your party, there were a lot of armors and I think the most powerful weapons are only available to this class, I know because I couldn't use any of those.

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    Final Fantasy II (8)

    Given the number of infamous opinions people seemed to have with this entry I search for starting tips to make my experience more "unpleasant" truth to be told I find some of them pretty useful but I also discovered that this black sheep was not what people said it was.

    At first, I was pleasantly surprised of the amount of plot this game starts with, unlike its predecessor you'll unravel a lot of things and a lot of things will happen, this was the thing that I liked the most, the main cast is basic and somehow dull but the supporting cast is pretty good, I was genuinely moved by some of the plot twists within this game, also is safe to assume that this was the basis for a lot of things that happen in later entries.

    Gameplay-wise is were things start to shake a little, before I continue, I have to say that this game has an exploit that power-ups your weapons and magic and is completely broken, I did use this exploit but mainly to fasten up the grindy parts of this game, and balance things up, this way I wasn't OP but I didn't have to grind, my advice is that you use it wisely to have fun and a good challenge. The part that is not fun in the gameplay is its individual growth nature, in order for you to upgrade your attack you have to attack, to have defense, get hit, and so on, is not that great but isn't terrible, if only they did it different with the HP and MP, if you want your HP go up for example, you have a good % of your total HP to go down, if you heal yourself before the battle ends your opportunity to grow up that stat will disappear, same with MP, when you get like 100 of MP you have to make a lot of spells in each battle for the system to recognize that you can upgrade it, this translates to slow and repetitive grind that can at times kill the mood this game has.

    As far as character design and environment design they're pretty good and the music is amazing too, I loved some tunes, particularly the overworld and the 1st boss battle theme, this one is incredible.

    For all things considered, FF II is superior to its predecessor in almost every therm, I can see why it has a bad wrap but it is also way too misguided and unfair. If you want to try this game please give it a go, my recommendation is that you use the "attack" exploit with moderation to have a nice balance of fun and challenge.
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  7. Oct 5, 2019
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Final Fantasy
    Unless you just have to see where it all started or you wanna faceroll the game with three monks and a white mage don't play this game. I had fun sometimes. Keyword sometimes. I appreciate what it created in the long run and I'm thankful but man was this an empty infuriating **** of a ride. I hear the PSP version fixed some stuff but as far as I know, it's not a real game-changer. I thought the sprite work was awesome and loved the music the bosses were cool. 21hrs and 51 minutes probably the fastest I've ever beaten a Final Fantasy game.

    Final Fantasy II
    The characters in this seem super cool and I wish they were more fleshed out I feel like part of my problem is they decided to name the characters and vaguely give them roles so it just feels awkward that they don't really have any personality. I even looked into if it was a translation problem and it kind of is but even with a script that has been better written (the PSP version) it doesn't fix the lack of dialogue to make these characters feel more than just cool designs.

    Also duh I get that this a basically just a basic remake/reskin of the NES version so it plays NES adjacent and there were hardware and space limitations, but **** man from what I've seen other than an extra dungeon and some story stuff that really doesn't change anything you didn't even try to make this more fleshed out for the PSP version. Great music, great sprite work absolutely great sprite work. Honestly, the plot of this game could be written in a two-page max essay and it feels super jumbled up and all over the place, cool **** executed poorly is just this whole game.

    You can definitely see this is still heavily DnD inspired but it's like a poor man's DnD. The dungeons in this game have pretty tile sets and not much else and 90% of this game is just running dungeon to dungeon with nothing interesting to break up the same same. If this game didn't have the Final Fantasy name I'd never have played it. The coolest part of this game was the leviathan which you don't even get to see, the intestines having acid that damages you was a cool touch and seeing the teeth in its mouth was awesome but then your just back on the world map and it's like "WHAT!?".

    The last boss was an absolute joke, really cool moves, awesome background and dope music but such a ****in joke. Dissidia's designs of the Emperor and Firion made me wanna play this game and even though I feel it'll never happen I'd love a proper fleshed out remake someday to do these interesting set pieces some justice
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