The Escapist Final Fantasy Timeline

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The Escapist Final Fantasy Timeline

We take a look at the history of perhaps the best-known JRPG series, Final Fantasy.

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Nothing on Dissidia for the PSP? That was a fun game.
What about Zack and his game for the PSP?

a bunch of FF material missing from the list!

Nitpick time: Final Fantasy X-2 is not actually the first direct sequel to a Final Fantasy game. Legend of the Crystals is. It's a sequel to Final Fantasy V, somewhat disguised by the fact that things in it are not just lost in translation but actively strangled, shot, stamped on, and buried in an unmarked grave at midnight in translation.

There is also no Tactics, or any handheld release for that matter.

No Dirge of Cerberus either, though that might be understandable.

What I'm not greatly happy about is the lack of Ergheiz.

The space-to-time ratio appears a bit distorted in the very beginning. Also, if Square re-released Chrono Trigger under the name "Final Fantasy, why is it not included in the Canon?

You forgot the 1980-1986, the period where Ultima 0 trough 4 were released that directly inspired Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy.

Interesting to see artwork of the US versions of FF2 and FF3 (aka FFIV and FFVI) representing the actual FFII and FFIII. Sticking with the familiar perhaps?

I think the credit given to X2 as the first direct sequel probably owes more to the obviousness of it, and the following-on of the exact same characters and the same plotlines (though I've not played Legend of the Crystals so I can't speak to that one).

There's no mention of the Ivalice Aliance games. I understand tactics etc are not straight rpgs, but Ivalice could be an IP on its own merits. Should probably feature in there.

Also the complete absence of the Gamecube/Wii Crystal chronicles series except for 'my life as a king?'

Seriously?

3 'full' RPG's, and the only thing mentioned is a wiiware spinoff?

Wow.

GloatingSwine:
Nitpick time: Final Fantasy X-2 is not actually the first direct sequel to a Final Fantasy game. Legend of the Crystals is. It's a sequel to Final Fantasy V, somewhat disguised by the fact that things in it are not just lost in translation but actively strangled, shot, stamped on, and buried in an unmarked grave at midnight in translation.

That was the four part anime thing right? I think I remember watching that a long time ago as a kid.

There is so much missing from this timeline it's ridiculous.

Crisis Core is the best FF game ever, everyone knows that!

That was rather incomplete. No mention of the main members of the team leaving to create mistwalker. No mention of Nomura taking over for Amano. No mention of Nobuo's formation of The Black Mages. Nothing about any of the handheld games or even the Gamecube Crystal Chronicles games. No mention buying out the Ogre Tactics team thus creating Final Fantasy Tactics as well as one of the only worlds to be revisited in the franchise multiple times, Ivalice.
It's all well and good, but when compared to the level of detail they gave the Warcraft[ timeline, this one lacks any kind of detail.

Wow, you all are a bunch of babies. If you read the little paragraph right before the timeline it says "Our timeline reviews some of the major events in the Final Fantasy saga, but can only scratch the surface of this behemoth of a franchise."

Im sure the spinoffs and half sequals they made dont quite count as major events.

Anacortian:
The space-to-time ratio appears a bit distorted in the very beginning. Also, if Square re-released Chrono Trigger under the name "Final Fantasy, why is it not included in the Canon?

What "canon" are you talking about? A game can only have canon if there is one storyline that links it all together. In FF you have the major games that have no connection to each other.

None of the offshoots...huh.

I'm wondering, did whoever put this together just watch the DVD from 'FF12 - Collector's Edition' and use that info only?

Why did you use the images from the American FF3 release (FF6) for the Japanese FF3? Same for FF2... that was odd. They are completely different games. A lot of the blurbs on the games were pretty useless as well. I'm thinking 6 and 12 especially.

There's a distinct lack of FF Tactics on this timeline...

Uh, the FFIII moogle is the moogle from the box art of FFVI... Sure, VI was released as III in America, but come on. I wouldn't be a FFFan if I didn't complain about this.

American time format on dates ಠ_ಠ
Is it just because the writer is accustomed to use it, or is the writer trying emphasize the months for some reason...

Nobody else uses that backwards and illogical time format, and it's a Japanese game, so why not use ISO 8601 as in YYYY-MM-DD?

Way to phone it in for FFVI

Scytail:
Wow, you all are a bunch of babies. If you read the little paragraph right before the timeline it says "Our timeline reviews some of the major events in the Final Fantasy saga, but can only scratch the surface of this behemoth of a franchise."

Im sure the spinoffs and half sequals they made dont quite count as major events.

Anacortian:
The space-to-time ratio appears a bit distorted in the very beginning. Also, if Square re-released Chrono Trigger under the name "Final Fantasy, why is it not included in the Canon?

What "canon" are you talking about? A game can only have canon if there is one storyline that links it all together. In FF you have the major games that have no connection to each other.

A canon is simply a list. There does not have to be an overarching story. For instance, the Canon of Saints and Canon Law (so far as I know the very original use of the word).

Chrono Trigger was ported to the Playstation as Final Fantasy Chronicles. It would appear the Square thus considers it a Final Fantasy game. This would make the franchise unique in that it is the only game to enter into and not originate under the Final Fantasy title.

GloatingSwine:
Nitpick time: Final Fantasy X-2 is not actually the first direct sequel to a Final Fantasy game. Legend of the Crystals is. It's a sequel to Final Fantasy V, somewhat disguised by the fact that things in it are not just lost in translation but actively strangled, shot, stamped on, and buried in an unmarked grave at midnight in translation.

So it's a sequel in the same way that an identity thief is a 'son'?

Anacortian:
Chrono Trigger was ported to the Playstation as Final Fantasy Chronicles. It would appear the Square thus considers it a Final Fantasy game. This would make the franchise unique in that it is the only game to enter into and not originate under the Final Fantasy title.

Final Fantasy Chronicles was a compilation release. It did not retitle either of the games included in that compilation. To claim that it did is silly and wrong.

The only non-Final Fantasy games which have been released titled as Final Fantasy games are the first three SaGa games, released as Final Fantasy Legend 1-3 in the west, and Seiken Densetsu, released as Final Fantasy Adventure in the west.

Latinidiot:

GloatingSwine:
Nitpick time: Final Fantasy X-2 is not actually the first direct sequel to a Final Fantasy game. Legend of the Crystals is. It's a sequel to Final Fantasy V, somewhat disguised by the fact that things in it are not just lost in translation but actively strangled, shot, stamped on, and buried in an unmarked grave at midnight in translation.

So it's a sequel in the same way that an identity thief is a 'son'?

It's rather stranger than that. It's a direct sequel to a product which was never released in the west, which was released in the west but with all the names translated even more horribly than usual. (And for Final Fantasy V that's saying something. No-one can quite agree what the name of the main bloody character is supposed to be, and as for the villain....)

GloatingSwine:

Anacortian:
Chrono Trigger was ported to the Playstation as Final Fantasy Chronicles. It would appear the Square thus considers it a Final Fantasy game. This would make the franchise unique in that it is the only game to enter into and not originate under the Final Fantasy title.

Final Fantasy Chronicles was a compilation release. It did not retitle either of the games included in that compilation. To claim that it did is silly and wrong.

The only non-Final Fantasy games which have been released titled as Final Fantasy games are the first three SaGa games, released as Final Fantasy Legend 1-3 in the west, and Seiken Densetsu, released as Final Fantasy Adventure in the west.

Latinidiot:

GloatingSwine:
Nitpick time: Final Fantasy X-2 is not actually the first direct sequel to a Final Fantasy game. Legend of the Crystals is. It's a sequel to Final Fantasy V, somewhat disguised by the fact that things in it are not just lost in translation but actively strangled, shot, stamped on, and buried in an unmarked grave at midnight in translation.

So it's a sequel in the same way that an identity thief is a 'son'?

It's rather stranger than that. It's a direct sequel to a product which was never released in the west, which was released in the west but with all the names translated even more horribly than usual. (And for Final Fantasy V that's saying something. No-one can quite agree what the name of the main bloody character is supposed to be, and as for the villain....)

why, that's just silly!

Looking through all of this, it seems like such far off memories of my brother playing FFVII back in '97 when I was 3 years old.

GloatingSwine:

Anacortian:
Chrono Trigger was ported to the Playstation as Final Fantasy Chronicles. It would appear the Square thus considers it a Final Fantasy game. This would make the franchise unique in that it is the only game to enter into and not originate under the Final Fantasy title.

Final Fantasy Chronicles was a compilation release. It did not retitle either of the games included in that compilation. To claim that it did is silly and wrong.

To claim that I wrote "retitled" is silly and wrong. "Included" would be a more accurate word for the claim that Chrono Trigger "enter(ed) into... the Final Fantasy Title."

As to other games Chrono Trigger not being unique in this claim, I concede my ignorance.

It's worth noting that FFIX was released around the same time the Playstation 2 was, and thus was kind of ignored in lieu of the hype for the next generation Playstation.

That quip from an FFXI Guild who quit after 18 hours of a boss fight - it makes no sense, unless you already knew about the incident. Because you give it no context at all. Even being familiar with that event, I had to read it three times to figure out what it was referencing...

Anyone have a time machine or future vision or something so we can chart when this nasty boil on the ass of the otherwise wonderful JRPG genre dies?

Well... people already said a lot is missing. <.<

It's lifetime is bigger than what I had though. :o
Still, I wonder... will there be a badge for watching this like WoW did? :p

I'm a complete Final Fantasy freak, so much I could say about how much I love these games.

But even I can admit it needs to stop now, they're just killing it.

I just think for something that's part of the front page, it's really poorly done.

Bad Q&A by The Escapist, which is a shame given the level of quality most of us expect from this site.

It's not even the 'OMG THIS IS MISSING', but as some have pointed to the 'shout out for FF7', incorrect information regarding FFX-2, messed up pictures, and even the 'um, so what?' bit about the boss fight (Hell, I didn't even know what it was referring to at first).

Sigh, IIVIIII will always be the best.

btw What is the blue wizard guy called again?

Lagao:
Nothing on Dissidia for the PSP? That was a fun game.
What about Zack and his game for the PSP?

a bunch of FF material missing from the list!

They also missed the Crystal Chronicles which I thought started on the gamecube.

THANK YOU ESCAPIST!!! Because of this I just found out that I was born the same day that the very first FF was released.

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