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A game that helped popularize console Eastern RPGs, however, it is over-rated. Christian Delano (5) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars
The very first Final Fantasy game. Though a completely different beast all together compared to later titles Mr. Huh (112) unrated
A treasure of the 80s, but does it really hold up compared to other games of its time? Masa‚ô•Yuki (3079) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
I guess this is the first game ever that has a (decent) ending Bregalad (968) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
The first game that started it all. ABGamer (107) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.5
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.5
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.5
Overall User Score (91 votes) 3.5

Critic Reviews

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Questicle.net (Dec, 2011)
Final Fantasy is a great RPG and arguably elevated what RPGs could and should be on the NES.
RPGamer (Aug 21, 2005)
Although this isn't the first RPG, I doubt RPG's would be what they are today if this title never came out. If you ever come across an original copy of this title you might want to pick it up, to see where RPG's really originated from.
Geeks Under Grace (May 11, 2014)
This game is a classic in every sense of the word. If you happen see a copy of it at a flea market (highly unlikely) or on eBay (slightly more likely), I strongly recommend you pick it up and experience one of the foremost contributions of the golden age of gaming. You will not regret it.
1UP! (Feb 20, 2009)
Final Fantasy n'a pas beaucoup de d√©fauts mais tous autant qu'ils sont, de la maladresse de la gestion de l'√©quipement et de la magie √† la lenteur des combats, sont li√©s √† l'ergonomie. C'est le grand point faible du jeu, le seul iceberg capable de couler cette oeuvre titanesque des 8 bits. Ce ne sont pas des rhumatismes d√Ľs √† son grand √Ęge mais bien des tares de naissance, des difformit√©s de sa jouabilit√©. A cause d'eux, g√™n√© par-ci par-l√†, il arrive qu'on y prenne moins de plaisir qu'on aurait pu. Heureusement, ce que l'on retient surtout de ce colosse aux pieds d'argile, c'est sa densit√©, sa richesse d'id√©es, de personnages et d'aventures. Il donne l'impression d'√™tre plus grand que la cartouche NES sur laquelle il tient (surtout quand on a jou√© auparavant √† Dragon Quest). La qu√™te se d√©roule et rebondit plusieurs fois de fa√ßon inattendue; il y a un vrai sc√©nario derri√®re elle.
Play Time (Feb, 1992)
Grafisch holt Nintendo mit Final Fantasy 1 so ziemlich das Letzte aus der 8Bit-Konsole heraus. Besonders f√§llt das bei der unheimlich gro√üen Anzahl von Monstern und Gew√ľrm und bei der liebevoll und detailgetreu in Szene gesetzten Landschaft auf. Die Dungeons sind entsprechend ihrer Art abwechslungsreich dekoriert. Selbstverst√§ndlich ist das Ganze mit geschmackvollen Farben versehen und √ľbertrifft in seiner Darstellung so manches PC-Spiel. Etwas zu kurz gekommen ist der Sound. Nobody is perfect. In Amerika wurde Final Fantasy 1 als Rollenspiel des Jahres 1991 gek√ľrt. Nachdem ich ca. 200 Spielstunden ben√∂tigt hatte, um endlich Chaos zu besiegen, war f√ľr mich klar, da√ü dieses Game auch der Top-Favorit f√ľr Deutschlands Top-NES Modul 1991 sein wird.
RPGFan (Jan 29, 2000)
Final Fantasy is a fine example of an old, 2-D RPG. If you're looking for solid RPG gameplay with plenty of places to explore, items to find, and legends to learn, as long as you don't mind the old school graphics and audio, check it out sometime. It's available at most used game stores, and will probably cost $20-$35.
Game Freaks 365 (Nov 01, 2007)
Any fan of RPG’s needs to go back and try this game. This is one of the three major games (Dragon Warrior and its sequel being the other two) that truly brought RPG’s to the videogame scene, and as such, is a blast to the past for people who are used to today's RPG’s.
There's a lot to love about this first installment in what would become Square's primary franchise: charming graphics, excellent music, and the aforementioned solid plotline among them. On the other hand, there's one big thing to dislike - namely, the endless random encounters which often include attacking already dead enemies. Keeping in mind that the game was released at a time when console RPG's were a new thing and MANY console games of the age required excessive repetition, the good certainly outweighed the bad. In this day and age, it's pretty rough dealing with the fifteenth pack of wolves while making a simple trip from Coneria to Pravoka.
Anyway, after hyping the southern hemisphere, you jack a ship, some TNT, and blow up a section of the sea, so now you're free. You end up in a jacked up city where some whacked vampire destroyed it. The church is gone, makes sense, and you have to buy some spells, and you can't buy some of them, you've got to ADVANCE. Anyway, this might actually add some challenge and play ability to the game if you don't, but it's so boring, you'll just start turning to game off and cry.
The grinding, along with a fair bit of exploration due to less than descriptive instructions, will provide the bulk of either the fun or frustration for a player as they travel from caves to dungeons to towns. This is certainly full-featured, fairly large, and worth checking out for any fan of RPGs.
RetroGame Man (Sep 01, 2016)
Overall, Final Fantasy still holds up well today ‚Äď especially its amazing soundtrack ‚Äď but if you want to play the most enjoyable version, please choose the GBA version as the tweaks to the magic system and battle mechanics make it much more enjoyable and smooth. This game is historically important and is still fun if you like JRPGs, but for those who do not enjoy grinding and random battles, please look elsewhere.
Retro Archives (Jan 20, 2019)
Final Fantasy est un titre dont la vraie force est également la principale faiblesse: celle d'être l'un des premiers logiciels sortis d'un moule façonné par Dragon Quest. Impossible d'être surpris par le déroulement ou les mécanismes du jeu pour n'importe quel joueur s'étant essayé un jour à un J-RPG de l'ère 8-16 bits: on est là face aux fondations d'un genre qui aura mis plusieurs décennies à amorcer une véritable mutation. Les grandes trouvailles de la saga ne sont pas encore présentes, et le programme doit une très large partie de son succès au simple fait d'avoir été un des pionniers du genre sur console; on y trouvera donc très exactement tout ce qu'on en sera venu à reprocher au genre sur la durée, à savoir une linéarité à toute épreuve et une progression basée essentiellement sur l'accumulation de combats aux mécanismes encore assez limités.
Players who enjoyed Final Fantasy and wish for a sequel will not have to wait long. Final Fantasy IV was released in Japan this year. So, look for the second scenario of this series to debut in the U.S. in about six months. Although it is somewhat dated, put Final Fantasy high on your list of games to recommend to people who have no idea what a CRPG is or how to play one.

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