So with the release of Final Fantasy XVI, I’ve seen about six months of people arguing about whether it’s too different or if it should even count as a Final Fantasy game. The obvious answer to this is yes since it has the words “Final Fantasy” in the title but really thinking about it, it’s an interesting topic to talk about.
Final Fantasy has changed a lot in its over 35-year history. Even back when the series was just turn-based, we went from the job system to the ATB system, to the junction system (pls never again) to the sphere grid. Now mainline Final Fantasy includes MMOs, open-world games, and most recently hack ‘n slash mechanics.
And yet, most of these games still feel uniquely Final Fantasy in spite of how different things get. So what makes a good Final Fantasy game?
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Final Fantasy XVI will be released for PS5 tomorrow (22nd of June 2023).