Final Fantasy Anthology was the first of the PlayStation 1 compilation releases from Squaresoft. The success of this release led to Final Fantasy Chronicles and Final Fantasy Origins being released. This compilation was the first official release of Final Fantasy 5 outside of Japan. Final Fantasy 6 was originally released as Final Fantasy 3 on the SNES, so this could be considered the first official release of Final Fantasy 6 as it’s actual title. Also included was a music CD that included music from both games.
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Concerned about the behavior of the Wind, King Tycoon mounts his dragon and takes off to find out what’s wrong. His daughter can only watch as he and the dragon fly away. All around the world, the wind stops and people are taking notice. Camping with his Chocobo, Bartz feels the ground quake as a meteor hits the ground nearby. As he approaches the crash site, he notices goblins are carrying a girl. He is attacked as he runs towards them.
Final Fantasy 5 features a job system, improved upon from Final Fantasy 3’s job system, with 22 classes to choose from. This game featured two types of experience that player’s gathered for their characters, regular experience and ABP for leveling each player’s selected job class. As player’s leveled up each character’s classes, they could learn abilities that could be equipped and used when changing classes. Accessories were introduced in this game and allowed a new equipment slot for characters allowing for passive abilities to be equipped.
Originally expected to be released after the Final Fantasy 2 (actually Final Fantasy 4) release for the SNES, Squaresoft felt like gamers overseas weren’t ready for another flagship game in the series and worried that the average gamer wouldn’t be able to pick up and play this game. A PC version was also in development in 1997, but Squaresoft and the game studio hired for the port experienced bad communication and Square scrapped the project.
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A thousand years after the War of the Magi scorched the planet, technological advances like iron, gunpowder, and steam engines were rediscovered. Wishing to enslave the world, the destructive power of magic has been revived. Three Magitech machines stand on a cliff looking over a town containing a sought after esper. hey continue their journey towards the town.
With 14 playable characters found throughout the game, this game introduced the ability to change party members at almost anytime during the game. Each character can equip magicite shards that allow them to use magic in battle. Espers are this game’s version of summons and can be summoned once per battle.
Originally released as Final Fantasy 3 for the SNES, this compilation reestablished Final Fantasy 6’s correct title. Considered by many to be one of the best storylines in the series, Final Fantasy 6 is set in a steampunk fantasy world with a large cast of characters with a antagonist that is one of the most memorable in the series. This release included an intro and ending FMV along with other extras like a bestiary and art gallery.
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