Ever because the announcement was made that Ultimate Fantasy XIII was going multi-platform and arriving on Xbox 360 in addition to PS3, the collection has achieved success in reaching new audiences. However what of these classics within the 30+ yr collection that had by no means been launched on the Xbox?
All that modified when Sq. Enix introduced they might be bringing basic Last Fantasy titles to the Xbox One in 2019, together with Remaining Fantasy XV Pocket Version HD and World of Ultimate Fantasy MAXIMA which each launched on the again finish of 2018. And let’s not overlook the complete Remaining Fantasy XIII trilogy is now backwards suitable and acquired a hefty Xbox One X enhancement.
However have you ever been left questioning the place greatest to start out with the video games which were promised for 2019? Worry not, as listed here are 5 of probably the most unforgettable Ultimate Fantasy video games heading in the direction of Xbox One in 2019.
5) Kingdom Hearts III
In earlier than the naysayers say, “Kingdom Hearts III isn’t a Last Fantasy title”, it sort of is. And apart from, my listing, my guidelines.
Kingdom Hearts first arrived on PlayStation 2 virtually 17 years in the past and immediately appealed to followers of Sq. Enix’s RPG collection, and followers of Disney movies. Combining characters from each franchises into a brand new and unique story of sunshine versus darkish, and good versus evil, followers have eagerly been awaiting the discharge of Kingdom Hearts III as a conclusion to the general story.
At its’ ‘Kingdom’ coronary heart, KH is an motion RPG the place you management a celebration of three for probably the most half, travelling to quite a lot of totally different worlds based mostly on Disney IPs together with Magnificence and the Beast, Nightmare Earlier than Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, Pirates of the Caribbean and lots of, many extra.
Now, there’s a lot happening on the earth of Kingdom Hearts, the third mainline entry within the collection is definitely the 12th chronologically and the world has advanced greater than anybody might have anticipated when taking management of Sora in his humble beginnings on Future Island. Finally although, Kingdom Hearts tells the story of keyblade wielder, Sora, who joins forces with Donald Duck and Goofy, tasked with travelling to totally different worlds based mostly on Disney IPs to make sure the Heartless don’t return to these worlds. On their journey they study Group XIII, led by Grasp Xehanort, the primary antagonist of Kingdom Hearts III.
This can be a very crude recap for the story, however there can be one out there when the sport launches on disc, in addition to a lot out there on-line, to get you on top of things when Kingdom Hearts III releases on 29th January 2019.
four) Remaining Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
Remaining Fantasy XII initially launched again in 2006 however the model the Xbox One might be getting is The Zodiac Age; a high-definition remaster, up to date soundtrack, fast-forward choices and the Zodiac Job System – one thing solely out there in Japan till then. The Zodiac Age remaster launched on PlayStation four in July 2017.
Regardless of this being 4th on the listing, that is nonetheless an distinctive Last Fantasy title, and maybe one which has aged higher than others on this record. It was forward of its’ time for a ‘conventional’ RPG; enemies appeared on screens very similar to an MMORPG, it was one of many first video games to have ‘Hunts’ – quests to kill particular enemies that at the moment are commonplace in RPGs – and with the Zodiac Job System it went again to the roots of Ultimate Fantasy permitting you to customize your characters relatively than them having pre-assigned talents.
XII centres round Vaan, a road urchin who in the future goals of being a sky pirate. He turns into embroiled in one thing far greater involving warring nations vying for management of the final remaining areas, but in addition for management of the magic on the planet. Vaan encounters princesses, knights and even fellow sky pirates on his journey that may take him far and vast in Ivalice, the world during which Remaining Fantasy XII is about.
There are various comparisons between Last Fantasy XII and Star Wars and certainly, sure characters corresponding to Vaan, Balthier and Fran act so much like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca respectively. So, in case you are a fan of the area opera, that is properly value a glance.
No dates have but been given for the releases of the Ultimate Fantasy video games but when they’re launched so as of their numbered iterations then XII is more likely to be the final one. Our subsequent one on the listing might be the primary one for 2019 although… and undoubtedly probably the most well-known.
three) Last Fantasy VII
Arguably probably the most iconic of Last Fantasy titles – perhaps even RPG of all time – Ultimate Fantasy VII is a recreation that the majority may have heard of in lots of ‘better of’ lists. So, it’s no shock to see it coming over to Xbox One lastly, however chances are you’ll be shocked to solely see it in third place. It’s purely a private factor, while Last Fantasy VII is faultless, I simply most popular others to it.
Celebrating its’ 22nd birthday this yr, VII centres round Cloud Strife, an ex Shinra SOLDIER who joins eco-terrorist group AVALANCHE to assist them blow out Mako Reactors which might be siphoning off the Lifestream of the world.
After a profitable first assault, a second Mako Reactor is focused however the mission fails, and Cloud finally ends up falling into the town slums. Earlier than regaining his bearings he finally ends up serving to a flower woman referred to as Aeris/Aerith (relying on who you ask) from Shinra. Shinra know this woman is particular and can cease at nothing to realize entry to what she is aware of and what she has.
Even should you haven’t performed Remaining Fantasy VII but, there’s one second that everybody associates with it. Sure, that second involving Aeris/Aerith and Sephiroth. It’s as iconic a second as you will get in gaming – simply just remember to don’t have all of your good gear and Materia outfitted on her when it will get shut.
That is, nevertheless, totally different to the introduced Ultimate Fantasy VII Remaster that’s occurring presently. This model will function up to date character fashions however these pre-rendered backgrounds will stay. For a lot of, these aren’t an issue, however they will present a video games age these days in contrast with trendy graphics.
Once more, there isn’t a confirmed date for when Ultimate Fantasy VII is because of arrive on the Xbox Retailer however it might be timed with Distant Worlds – the Remaining Fantasy orchestral live performance – that’s happening once more at The Royal Albert Corridor in Might, as there will probably be a celebration of the music of Ultimate Fantasy VII through the performances there. Sure, I’ve already received my ticket.
2) Ultimate Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
If that is something just like the PS3/PS4 remasters, then this Remaining Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster comes as a two-for-one deal and must be handled as such.
The Ultimate Fantasy X duology has its’ doubters, and whilst a religious fan I can see why. Finally, this can be a love story between playable characters Tidus and Yuna. Yuna is a summoner who has the monumental activity of defeating Sin and bringing concerning the Calm. Alongside the best way there are marriages, tears, laughter, dying and deceit, racial undertones and the only funniest second in any Last Fantasy recreation involving a name again to a 90’s dance craze. And that’s simply the primary recreation of the 2.
Remaining Fantasy X-2 took on board the criticisms of the primary and tried to place them proper: Extra open-ended gameplay, distinct character courses within the type of dresspheres and a a lot lighter tone usually. What adopted the primary recreation was an evening and day distinction when it comes to tone and, in case you play these two back-to-back, will discover an amazing comply with up after the awful first recreation.
The HD Remaster that Xbox house owners are getting will function up to date graphics and the power to modify between the previous and new soundtracks within the menu. The voice appearing from the unique launch will stay, nevertheless as this was the primary FF title to be voiced, it could possibly all sound somewhat ropey at occasions. Don’t overlook that even this recreation is nearing maturity, the unique Japanese launch will flip 18 in July 2019.
These two are second on my record as a result of I loved them first time round once I was a few years youthful than Tidus and Yuna however the relationship between them resonated with me even then. The one purpose it isn’t prime of my listing is as a result of the subsequent recreation was a way more grounded and conventional affair, a minimum of when it comes to RPGs.
1) Last Fantasy IX
Last Fantasy IX was a send-off to the unique PlayStation while additionally going again to the collection’ roots. After the extra futuristic settings of VII and VIII, IX went again to a time with castles, rural villages and the place mages nonetheless used capes.
IX begins with Zidane and his theatre troupe Tantalus heading to Alexandria to carry out for Queen Brahne. Secretly, they’re on a mission to kidnap her daughter, Princess Garnet. The kicker right here is that Princess Garnet was already planning to flee from Queen Brahne, on account of her newer excessive behaviour.
Regardless of going again to the collection roots, IX options rather more character improvement than earlier entries by introducing Lively Time Occasions. These are on-screen prompts that present what different major characters are doing at that second in time, away from the primary get together. In consequence, IX options my favorite Remaining Fantasy character of all-time, poor little Vivi. Vivi additionally hops onboard with Tantalus while they’re kidnapping Garnet however a lot of the first eight hours are actually centred round him and his existential disaster he suffers. He’s additionally top-of-the-line mages in the whole collection and is a continuing member in my lively celebration.
The battle system in Last Fantasy IX additionally acquired a small tweak that made an enormous distinction: VII and VIII had solely three slots for lively members however IX bumped this as much as 4 slots. This meant while you had extra assault energy, you wanted to actually tailor the get together to take advantage of weaknesses. Vivi might have made a superb mage, however when brute drive was wanted, Steiner or primary protagonist Zidane could also be a greater choice.
Any of the highest three on this listing make a legitimate level for the highest spot – and certainly on totally different days it might be one other Ultimate Fantasy recreation sitting fairly on the prime – however Remaining Fantasy IX will all the time maintain a particular place in my coronary heart. It’s every little thing I would like from a console RPG: medieval setting, unbelievable characters and a soundtrack that invokes so many feelings even a few hours in. Zidane oozed confidence, Garnet was the woman subsequent door, and Vivi was simply somebody you needed to wrap up in cotton wool and take house to take care of. Even Steiner – extremely annoying at first – was somebody I warmed to immensely.
And that’s my – extraordinarily self-indulgent – record accomplished! In case you hadn’t observed, it’s a collection I am keen on. I’m very excited to have the ability to play them once more on my Xbox One, and much more excited that there will probably be a wave of latest followers to expertise them for the primary time!
However what about you? Are you a fan of the collection already, do you agree with my record placings? Or are you wanting ahead to enjoying a number of the classics for the primary time? Which one will you begin with? As all the time, tell us within the feedback!