I love Final Fantasy 2.

serbog

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There. I said it!

People are bothered by the system; but I gotta tell ya, it's enthralling to take up the challenge and explore a part of the franchise that not many people have the stones to venture into.

I also find that the system is actually fun and engaging. Seriously; this is a game where you are not compelled to mash A for 90% of encounters, and you can make every battle matter, even the ones with the small fries. FFII is very playable if you train your characters against each other; when making the long trek between Altair and Bafsk, for example, I'll have Guy cut down Firion to an inch of his life, and end the battle. The next battle, I'll have my white mage heal Firion, while Guy then goes to town on Maria. And so on.

It may be cheating the system, but it allows for a smoother experience than a handful of random encounters that give paltry experience. Also important to know is that no character can be a mage AND a fighter. A mage needs to be casting their spells almost all the time from the beginning in order to be effective mages, and they have to be in the back row, and they cannot have any armor/weapons equipped besides cuirasses. (If they run out of MP at any point, I stick them with a bow.) It starts out confusing, but these quirks have made the game so satisfying to play, because of the forethought they require.

Though I'm a huge fan of this franchise, I can never shake the feeling that it could be more dynamic. This game is exactly the answer to that issue. I swear, figuring this game out and navigating its quirks has, oddly enough, been one of the best experiences I've had, in terms of gameplay, with a Final Fantasy. FFI is like a diluted blueprint in comparison and I can barely make myself finish even the watered down iOS/GBA port.

NOT TO MENTION: so much of the FF iconography started here. Chocobos, Cid, Dragoons. Heck, it was a game where the story was written first and everything was built around it. The director of this game was relegated to Final Fantasy Legend games after this, and barely anybody has played his main series installment -- yet he's responsible for so much that defines the franchise. I find that so damn cool.
 

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I definitely echo your sentiments. I think there is a lot of variety of gaming experience in each of the FF title. And you have many things to explore there too. I'd say on that note it's worth playing game such as this. I don't know how much depth people play and so their liking can differ though.
 

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I am glad you like Final Fantasy 2-but it felt a lot different than the first Final Fantasy and was more about a ruthless empire that was really into destroying everything on the planet. The Final Fantasy before Final Fantasy 2 was more about some elves, the crystals and a fairy-tale story about saving the world though.
 

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I think that I liked the whole turn to the ruthless empire side of things. At least at the time I probably would have been more into it just given my age but I do typically like darker themes.
 

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Hi everyone? Personally I would say no. There's too much backstabbing, the stat system is a real pain, and the dungeons designs atrocious, full of red herrings and doors that lead to nothing but empty rooms

Final Fantasy 2 is worth appreciating for how influential it was, and how it dared to be different rather than just tweaking the first game's formula. But it's not a very good game.
 

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I don't know but I just love fantasy. The FF games have some of the most pleasant and deadly worlds in popular culture. And it's influenced a lot of my writing. I love all the characters that I've seen so far. I love the musical scores and the stories. I just hope they don't change too much as time goes on.
 

Emma kwamboka

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I don't know but I just love fantasy. The FF games have some of the most pleasant and deadly worlds in popular culture. And it's influenced a lot of my writing. I love all the characters that I've seen so far. I love the musical scores and the stories. I just hope they don't change too much as time goes on.
I feel you are being so general whereas we are specifically on Final Fantasy 2!.
 

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I really enjoyed the storyline of Final Fantasy II than I did FFI. What I didn't like about FFII is the gameplay, but everything else from the lore to bosses and even music, was excellent.
 
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