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Final Fantasy is a classic Turn Based RPG that involves saving the world from the four Fiends and their master Chaos (Garland). Combat in Final Fantasy consists of physical attacks, and certain characters can perform black and white magic allowing for some interesting and varied fighting. Killing the enemies with physical damage and offensive spells can be supplemented with status ailments, spells to increase the capabilities of your own units and healing. Worth noting is the game's large variety of monsters, bosses, and setting which help to keep the game engaging, especially the first time you play through. Upon starting a new file you are given the option of selecting your character's job classes including fighter, black belt, thief, and three different types of mages. These classes can not be changed during the game so each game played is a unique experience. Factors that you can balance (or not to make for a greater challenge) are the team's equipment/spell costs, offensive and defensive capabilities, and healing magic. Something else to consider is how powerful the team will be overall in the early hours of gameplay up to the class change to the very end of the game. For example, the black belt/grand master becomes insanely powerful after reaching level 40 dealing thousands of damage per attack while the red mage starts out as the best character but ends up as an average late game unit. The only real problem with the balance between the various units is that the black mage's most powerful spell (nuke) is barely a step up from ice 3 which does not really make sense considering that the white mage spell fade is nearly as powerful. Other problems I encountered while playing Final Fantasy were the fact that it only has one save file available, and you have to buy items such as potions one at a time making for a long and painful experience buying 99 healing potions. Still, overall the game is pretty balanced and will provide some real challenges and nearly endless entertainment.
The sprites used all look pretty good and the world map, towns and other areas are well drawn and colorful. The only real problem with the graphics is in battle as almost the entire screen is an empty black void with nothing present other than the characters'/enemies' sprites, the menu, and a strip of background. Still, nothing that detracts too much from the enjoyment of playing the game.
The sound effects are good enough but one of the best aspects of Final Fantasy is its music. Wonderfully composed music pervades every moment and is always suitable for the situations that occur in the game. The only problem is that only one piece of music was created for the combat in the game so no bosses (including the final battle) have their own music. Still, an Final Fantasy is an enjoyable experience in terms of sound nonetheless.
A single play through will take between 30 and 40 hours depending upon the team that you are using but where this game truly excels is in it's nearly unlimited replay value. Within about a year of its initial release I had finished it about ten times and I still play it occasionally easily making for 500 hours of great entertainment.
While helping to pioneer the RPG genre on gaming consoles Final Fantasy provided an unbelievably fun experience and nearly unlimited replay value making it a real classic and a worthy start to the Final Fantasy series.