The Final Fantasy series of role-playing video games is developed and published by Square Enix (previously Square). It is a fantasy series with science fiction elements. The first game was released in 1987, with 14 other main-numbered entries being released since then.
Also part of the Final Fantasy series are the spin-off Crystal Chronicles , Final Fantasy Tactics , Final Fantasy Mystic Quest , and Final Fantasy Legend series. Final Fantasy also has numerous ports of the main-numbered series games and other titles available on multiple platforms, which were published by Square Enix or its sister companies prior to merging into one company.
Final Fantasy VII is a role-playing video game developed by Square (now Square Enix) and published by Sony Computer Entertainment as the seventh Final Fantasy installment. Final Fantasy VII introduced 3D graphics, a more modern and imaginative setting with steampunk influences, cross-platform playability between PlayStation and PC, a themed line of toys called the “Play Arts Figures”, multiple minigames, side quests, and music by Nobuo Uematsu and Final Fantasy veteran Final Fantasy VI composer, Yasunori Mitsuda . Final Fantasy VII is the first game in the series to use full-motion video (FMV) for its cutscenes. It was also the first Final Fantasy title to be released in Europe. The international version included an extra area called “Golden Saucer”, which has games which Final Fantasy VII characters would partake in.
The Final Fantasy series is well known for its fantasy settings, Final Fantasy games feature traditional elements such as dragons and magic but also include more modern qualities such as guns, motorcycles, and robots. Many Final Fantasy games are set in a fantasy based on Asian cultures , with influences either from East Asian or South Asian culture. Final Fantasy VII takes place on a futuristic Earth with mainly Japanese, but also European and Middle Eastern influences that still maintain the game’s original fantasy setting.
Final Fantasy VII was first released in Japan on January 31, 1997 for PlayStation video game console . The North American version came out in September of the same year after being delayed from its original June release. Final Fantasy VII was later re-released worldwide on the PlayStation Network and for PC as Final Fantasy VII International . Final Fantasy VII is regarded as a cultural icon and often considered to be one of the greatest games of all time; it has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling game in the franchise , and is the third best-selling Final Fantasy title.
The Final Fantasy series was created by Hironobu Sakaguchi, a Japanese game designer who began developing games in 1978. The series originated on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES); its first installments were Final Fantasy I (1987) and Final Fantasy II (1988). The gameplay of each Final Fantasy game is similar. Each Final Fantasy title features a fantasy setting with a plot centered on characters and the parties they form to explore the world and fight against the enemies they encounter along their journeys. Final Fantasy games feature “active time battle ” (ATB) systems, which originated in Final Fantasy IV , allowing players to see character names and a real-time gauge showing how long remains until the character will execute his or her next action. Final Fantasy II introduced an icon-based “reaction system”, which has been used in later Final Fantasy titles to determine whether an opponent will be “weak” (reacting positively) or “strong” (reacting negatively) to a given character. Final Fantasy IV introduced a “conditional turn-based battle ” (CTB) system alongside the ATB system, which became Final Fantasy VII ‘ s “Conditional Turn-Based” or CTB2 system. Final Fantasy VII brought innovations such as “Materia “, espers, and large plot twists that have become staples of Final Fantasy games. Final Fantasy VIII and Final Fantasy IX featured improved graphics and sound, making them some of the most well-received Final Fantasy games by both reviewers and fans alike to date. Final Fantasy X was a high-definition remastering of Final Fantasy X , bringing it back to its pre-rendered backgrounds and movie sequences with updated gameplay elements; it was also released on the PlayStation 3 alongside Final Fantasy X-2 . Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XII were developed for PC, using Square Enix’s Crystal Tools engine ; Final Fantasy XII was also ported to the Xbox 360. Final Fantasy XIII s battle system is considered a hybrid between “linear” and “open” design: it changes automatically depending on whether the player-controlled characters are fighting a single opponent or multiple enemies. Final Fantasy XIII was released for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. Final Fantasy XIV is an MMORPG developed for both PlayStation 3 and Windows PCs; it first appeared in public as a concept at E3 2006 . Final Fantasy XIV Online features battles fought by players with customized avatars who are part of customizable “Guilds”; there have been Final Fantasy games where players have to control a party of characters chosen by the player, and Final Fantasy XIV is no exception. Final Fantasy XV is an upcoming action role-playing game being developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One . Final Fantasy XV will feature an online multiplayer mode, which will allow players to play with others over the internet. Final Fantasy XV features a “warping” system: its landscape is divided into large landmasses connected by roadways with warping points. Final Fantasy XV releases worldwide on November 29th, 2016.