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Final Fantasy Marathon Look-Back: The Worst Dungeons!

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We’ll open with the same screenshot, just like playing the actual dungeon!

So, during my most recent FFVIII post, I was discussing my least favourite dungeon in the entire Final Fantasy Marathon, D-District Prison. For point of reference, I also threw some shade on my previous least-favourite dungeon, the Ronka Ruins from FFV. But as I added after the fact, I actually replayed FFV not long after FFVIII, and realized I didn’t dislike the Ronka Ruins as much as I remembered. If you want to see my comments on those two dungeons, check out that post. In this post, I’m going to follow up those thoughts by trying to work out my new #2 least-favourite dungeon!

Now, some quick standards: I’m going to consider any dungeon in the traditional RPGs, any chapter/stage in the stage-based games, and any battle or fixed series of battles in FFT (spoiler: there are no FFT battles on this list, not even the duel with Wiegraf. But I thought it would be nice to have that rule in case we revisit this list after playing FFTA!). Also, this is only for games we’ve covered in the Final Fantasy Marathon at the time of writing (in the middle of FFVIII), and for Final Fantasy alone. If I had allowed Persona 1 dungeons, there’d be nothing else on the fucking list, so I am happy to dismiss it. No TV episodes or films either, both because they’re so different and because, like Persona 1, LotC and FFU would just dominate the list. With that out of the way, let’s take the the dungeons in Marathon order.

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A Crystal Compendium – Final Fantasy Legend III

This post is a part of A Crystal Compendium, a collaborative blogging project between multiple writers, reflecting on the Final Fantasy series.  Check out the hub article for a full listing of games and posts! (more…)

Final Fantasy Marathon Look-Back, Part 1

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Since we wrapped up the FFVI Journal last week, we decided to take the opportunity to do a celebration here at Marathon Recaps and look back over the past two eras of Final Fantasy: the 8-bit and 16-bit eras. And it won’t just be me: for the first time you’ll be hearing Kyle’s thoughts here as well! With many of these games, it’s been years since we last played them, and we wondered if a good look back might have changed out opinions. So here’s the plan: this week, Kyle and I will alternate talking about each game, giving some time-aged insight into each. Next week, we’ll be back with two Top 5 lists each: our Top 5 Worst and Top 5 Best Moments in the Marathon! Be sure to be back for that! (more…)

Final Fantasy Filler – Airborne Brigade and All the Bravest

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Goodnight, underwhelming prince. May a chorus of MovieClips sing thee to thy rest.

One thing Kyle and I are constantly aware of in regards to the Marathon is that time is always creeping up on us. The Marathon’s chronological nature means that one day, we’ll catch up to the next game on the list only to discover that Something Has Gone Wrong. Something that would have worked on release no longer works today. Final Fantasy III DS lost its MogNet features to the Nintendo DS WiFi shutdown, Bravely Default’s unique demo has only 30 plays a system.  And if our shitty PSP TV Out cables drop dead or transform into snakes to physically throttle us, it would only be in line with their previous behaviour. But nothing is more vulnerable than server-driven smartphone games. Not only is every online server doomed to die before too long a life, but smartphone games often exist on no other platform. If Kyle and I were to rely on a Steam copy of Lightning Returns, we would still be able to turn to a hard copy if Lightning Returns were removed from Steam. But by the time Kyle and I get to Final Fantasy Dimensions’ slot in our playlist, just after the FFType-0, the game may no longer exist!

As a result, I made a point to get to all of the “vulnerable” games ahead of time, to get down my thoughts into the original Marathon journal blog as soon as possible. We’ve already lost a few games entirely!  There was Tetra Master online, Ivalice-universe Flash game Dive II Hunt, and also Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade.  Thankfully, I got to play Airborne Brigade just a few months before shutdown.

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