While I don't know if I will be starting this challenge (officially) tonight or several months/years from now, i feel I should type it out now while I'm motivated. (It is only being posted on my Gamespot page because it's gaming related and my laptop has a short in it's motherboard so I'm typing from a friend's computer at the moment). Here I will be typing out the details of my Final Fantasy Challenge Reboot, or as I have not so subtley named it, "The Final Fantasy Mega-Uber-Challenge of Doom!" This will be an all encompassing Final Fantasy Challenge that will contain every Main Game and Spin-off that I can get my hands on that have been released in ENGLISH. (Which leaves only a few out all together, most of which have been recently released or are download only). Anyway, from here on I will write out some of the more detailed guidelines about this series.
First of all, I thought long and hard about which version of each game I played. I struggled between playing the games as they were originally released to the public (which would mean using fan translations for FFII, FFIII, and FFV, I wouldn't really mind this though) or playing the remakes of most. When all was said and done, I decided on playing the newer versions of the games so that I could review them compared to current gen games while not constantly dismissing things by saying, 'but that's to be expected because of when the game was released'. Because of this, I will be using some fan hacks for Final Fantasy V and VI that I feel make the game more up to date, however these hacks are purely cosmetic and enhance only the presentation of the game, not the gameplay, which is why I feel they do not compromise the challenge at all. If square was smart they would make these enhancements themselves on a further rerelease down the line (we know they are coming). I want to try and review each game as objectively as I can, which will be hard considering my love for the series and hate for particular games, however I am going to try my absolute hardest to give each game a fair chance to wow me again. My other justification for not playing the original versions of each game is because it would only really effect Final Fantasy I - IV, as Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI have not changed much since their original releases (sure there have been gameplay additions and such, but graphics have remained almost completely unchanged, and Final Fantasy IV would only be included because the original version in North America was nerfed pretty bad, taking out abilities, story elements and such things like that).I feel guilty about never having played the ORIGINAL Versions of Final Fantasy I - VI, and I really want to play them, so I may actually include playing the original versions if I get bored with the main challenge, but this will be completely optional and done at my discretion (after all it's my damn challenge ^^). If I do go through with playing the old versions, it will probably only be Final Fantasy I - III and if I play IV, I will probably play the full Japanese Easy Type version with an English Patch so that I can at least get a different final boss out of it.
Secondly, I considered forcing myself to do complete run throughs of each of the games (at least the main series ones) and If I start feeling a little crazy, I might, especially for Final Fantasy I - IX, but FFX and on have INSANE requirements for complete run throughs that I really don't have even the slightest desire to complete. For FFX it's the stupid calm lands monster arena that literally takes 100s of extra hours and sphere grid recreation, for FFXII it's all of the insane hunts (which I may actually consider) and for FFXIII... well anything but the main story is pretty much unbearable... (imo) but we'll see when I get there.
Thirdly: Contrary to my previous statements I will not be playing EVERY FF game... I refuse to play Final Fantasy XI or Final Fantasy XIV... I have a huge hatred for many series MMOs that I will get into on a later date... and considering how awful Final Fantasy XIV was, I don't even really feel bad about this.
Fourth: For all those ignorant people who I've met on the forums... CHRONO TRIGGER IS NOT A F***ing FINAL FANTASY GAME! I don't care that Squaresoft was full of idiots that packaged Chrono Trigger with Final Fantsy IV in FF Chronicles, Chrono Trigger is not a Final Fantasy Game, it's not even a Spinoff, and it will NOT be included in this challenge, (unless I am SO desperately bored I have to play it). I will admit that I do want to play Chrono Trigger again (as the first time I was not impressed... too much hype often kills a game for me) and I've yet to experience Chrono Cross. Anyway, these games will go in a list with the other 'maybes' that I will have below where I will explain the other games and why I may not include them.
Fifth: Several games were incorrectly given the FF name when they came to America, Namely the Final Fantasy Legend Trilogy and Final Fantasy Adventure. Both of these were actually games from entirely different Square series, which were called Final Fantasy for marketing purposes. Final Fantasy Legend is actually the first three games in a series known as the SaGa series, which is a long running series of 8 games if memory serves me correctly. Final Fantasy Adventure is actually Seiken Densetsu, or as it is more commonly known in America, the first game in the 'Mana' Series. In fact, this game was re-released as Sword of Mana for the GBA with more content, better graphics and sound. I have played Sword of Mana, but have not played any of the FF Legend games. I am undecided as to whether or not I am going to include these four titles in the challenge, but I really want to play them, so there is a decent chance I will. And well.. I may begrudgingly allow chrono trigger and cross if I'm really bored because my rule for challenges is at least 3 games.. and chrono trigger/cross only have 2 (unless I count radical dreamers and the two fanhacked games I want to try).
Sixth: Though I've pointed out games I will not be adding, here is a game many might find to be a strange addition: Vagrant Story. Though not a Final Fantasy game, it takes place in Ivalice (the world of FFtactics and FFXII). Just like my reasoning behind the Chrono Games, I've always wanted to play Vagrant story, but can't make a challenge out of it, and since it belongs in Ivalice Alliance (a group of games which I think are good enough to be their own series seperate from Final Fantasy) this is as great of a time to play it as any. On that note however, as part of my challenge, I will be seperating that 'tactics' section of my challenge from my 'FFXII and Vagrant Story' section. I don't really have a good reason for this besides wanting to play the Tactics games in a rather unique order, while the rest of my challenge will be chronological (FFI, FFII, FFIII etc.)
Seventh: The spin off games have no particular placement in the timeline... so basically, I will play them when I FEEL like playing them. If they have no direct storyline tie-ins with a main game in the series, they will be placed wherever I feel is best. For Example, since I want to keep my order as chronological as possible, in place of FFXI, I will be playing the Crystal Chronicles Games. I will probably put FF Mystic quest during the SNES era of Games. The one exception to this is Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy. During each of the main games in the series I will be leveling the characters in said games to level 100 on dissidia, in hopes of maxing out my roster and completing the storyline of Dissidia by the end of my challenge. In case I worded that poorly I will give an example: During Final Fantasy VII I will level up Cloud, Sephiroth, and Tifa to level 100 in Dissidia 012. I will also complete the main story of each character in dissidia as I play the correlating game. I will not be playing the first Dissidia because essentially the whole game was packaged into Dissidia 012.
and finally Eigth: I know they are in the process of making and releasing a lot of Final Fantasy Spinoffs right now, including Final Fantasy XIII-3, Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Final Fantasy Type-0 and Final Fantasy Theaterythmn. I want to play all of these games if/when they are ever released. I know Theatrythmn is out, and I really want to play it but don't have a 3DS, so for now, I can't include that game in the Challenge, as for the other three, a NA release is not yet in sight. If those games come out before I complete the challenge and I have the appropriate systems to play them, I will gladly include them in the challenge. Also, I feel I must add that I do not include Kingdom Hearts as a spinoff to Final Fantasy, as it has more than become a self-standing series. Well without further...ramblings, here's the Final Fantasy Challenge list... Finally.
1) Final Fantasy (PSP)
2) Final Fantasy II (PSP)
3) Final Fantasy III (DS)
4) Final Fantasy IV (DS/PSP yet to be decided)
Final Fantasy IV: The Aftery Years (PSP)
5) Final Fantasy V (GBA with romhack enhancement to sound)
6) Final Fantasy VI (GBA with romhack enhancements to sound, graphics, and script)
7) Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (PSP)
Final Fantasy VII (PSOne)
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (PS2)
8) Final Fantasy VIII (PSOne)
9) Final Fantasy IX (PSOne)
10) Final Fantasy X (PS2)
Final Fantasy X-2 (PS2)
11) Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles (GCN)
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates (DS)
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time (DS)
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers (Wii)
12) Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (DS)
Vagrant Story (PSOne)
13) Final Fantasy XIII (PS3)
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3)
14) Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (GBA)
Crystal Defenders (PSP)
Final Fantasy A2: Grimoire of the Rift (DS)
Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions (PSP)
Now the rest of these are the 'spin-off' games, and are in no particular order, but I may have rough ideas of where to put them.
15) Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (SNES) - Probably between FFIII and FFIV
16) Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light (DS)
17) Chocobo's Dungeon 2 (PSOne)
Chocobo Racing (PSOne)
Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales (DS)
Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Dungeon (Wii)
And now the games that may not even be included for various reasons:
18) Final Fantasy Legend (GB)
Final Fantasy Legend II (GB)
Final Fantasy Legend III (GB)
19) Final Fantasy Adventure (GB)
20) Chrono Trigger (DS/SNES)
Chrono Trigger: Prophet's Guile (SNES Fanhack)
Chrono Trigger: Flames of Eternity (SNES Fanhack)
Radical Dreamers (SNES)
Chrono Cross (PSOne)
I feel like I'm forgetting a couple spinoffs, but I will add them later. Well, I'll see you later gamespot.