Final Fantasy is such a misleading franchise name, isn’t it? It’s like the Neverending Story: how come it ends in under two hours? Anyway, as you know, there are dozens of Final Fantasy games – and five of the better ones are coming to PS Now. This is a staggered rollout, with Final Fantasy VII being the first to join on 7th September.
To be clear, this is the PS4 port of the original PS1 game, and is not to be confused with Final Fantasy VII Remake. It’s still a classic, though, innit? It’ll be followed, on 5th October, by Final Fantasy VIII Remastered. And then, on 2nd November and 7th December respectively, Final Fantasy IX and Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster will roll out.
The Square Enix love-in will end with Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age on 4th January, 2022. It’s not currently clear whether these will be permanent additions to the service, so we’ll need to wait for more information on that front. It’s a strong selection of games, though, isn’t it? Will you be playing any of these with PS Now? You can find a full list of All PS Now Games through the link.
I remember when Game Pass said they were adding them all. I still don’t think XIII’s on there. I’m glad they’re doing this though, it gives me yet another opportunity to bounce off VIII after the prison.
Yay more old games that I’ve already played to death. Do they even have any PS5 titles on there yet?
@nessisonett XIII just hit game pass today (according to my Twitter feed anyway)
@Dalejrfanfreak No PS5.
Is that the only game being added on september 7th?
@nessisonett FFXIII is being added to Game Pass this month, I'd guess the games are being spread out so much because FFVII Remake can't come to Xbox until at least December 2021 (much more likely to be 2022 if at all given December on the Xbox front is all about Halo).
@Grumblevolcano @Voltan It’s been over a year since they announced it, can’t believe it’s actually here. It’s probably still pants but I’ll probably give it another go.
@Oh_fiddlesticks No, full update will be announced next week I believe.
@nessisonett I enjoyed XIII. It's not the best FF for sure but I thought it was still good
I actually had trouble getting into XII, which is supposed to be much better. Started it twice and never finished.
@nessisonett it has an unfairly bad rep…not a perfect game but still good. It’s also very similar to FFVIIR in terms of structure and FFVIIR takes a lot from it in general, but people seem to like that one fine 🤷🏽♀️
I prefer all five of these Final Fantasy games over FFXIII. I got VII (Also FFVIIR) and IX on PS4, FFX on the Vita, FFVIII and FFXII on the Switch. This offer is good for those who wanted to try out some of the best Final Fantasy games
@Feena I wasn’t really big on either of them. Not a corridor fan.
I'll have to play through FFXIII again when it hits Game Pass. It's one of the few Final Fantasy games that I've actually finished. I think I enjoyed it in the end.
@nessisonett They've been adding, and removing, a FF game to game pass every 3 months for the past year and a half. FF XIII just joined. Each there for 1 year.
FF XIII-2 and LR:FF XIII likely coming in 3 and 6 months respectively. FF XII likely leaving in 2-3 months then FFX|X-2 in 5-6.
Glad to see these on PS Now too. Square Enix having their cake and eating it too, many times over
Fml already picked these up since I didn't expect they'd ever come to Now or PS+.
Please please add the XIII trilogy though, even though they haven't added any PS3 games in like 2 years.
Was really hoping for xiii they need to add missing ps3 games like that
I was eyeing FF8 and 9 so I am glad about this.
Nice to have them on the service. But the chance of me ever having time make a dent in even one of them is 0.0001%
Anyone played FF10?
Anyone finished FF10?
Anyone got so caught up in the story they bought a pair of boxing shorts, dyed their hair red and started throwing balls at lampposts?
I'm all for more people getting to experience Final Fantasy on whatever platform or service they use, but I really miss the days of almost daily announcements and a game every year or two. Ever since Sakaguchi left/was fired they seem to have dragged their feet on decisions that weren't necessarily much better than his bad ones.
Exactly the same got me. Got it on ps2, and then the PS4 remaster, but simply could get into it. It bored me.
Just another reminder of how bad and boring the final fantasy 13 series was.
Shame they didn't go all the way to XIII, as it's the only one you can't play already on PS4/5.
@feral1975 problem is people don't like the FF's that are just an iteration on the previous (which is weird, since X-2 is objectively better than X in almost every way), which leaves them with building up a new game every time which is gonna take a lot longer. And the way FF is done, it's entirely feasible that the next game might re-use little to nothing from the previous game.
So the only option for more rapid releases would be DLC. I wonder if they won't do much DLC for future mainline games though considering they canceled so many of XV's DLC.
To Bad None Of The Spin Off Games Like World Of Final Fantasy Is Being Added.
@Lightning_FF13 i like ff13 too! its my first final fantasy game
@nessisonett I don't usually like corridor games either, but 13 wasn't all that bad. When you get the Steppe thing it opens up and you can screw around on chocobos to that weird Japanese interpretation of 90s poppy rnb with loads of symphony. The soundtrack is weird and wonderful and tbf much better than the game. In fact, just go listen to "In the Sky that Night" and "The sunleth Waterscape" instead of playing it. Haha
I hope they add some more current games, I’m just not a fan of final fantasy in general. I especially don’t want to play the old one again
The issue with XIII is they’d have to stream it as it’s part of the PS3’s library. And I think Sony wants to add more download content to compete better. Given the underwhelming lack of popularity, I’m not sure they’d want to do a remaster either or rather against other titles.
Even the 1X enhancements were handled by MS not SE.
@Lightning_FF13 yup MS has full store integration works like it would if you buy FFXV from the store.
@Lightning_FF13 yeah your definitely going to get the faster load times on an Xbox and they might do a native PS4 version if the GP version has a lot of users. I just think it’s a black sheep game right now; although the easiest to remaster.
As someone who purchase an XB1X for these games (specifically FF XIII-2) I get you, but I’m an odd duck..,
Does anyone here know about why it's really called Final Fantasy?
Back in Square Enix earlier days they were on the brink of bankruptcy so they called what they thought would be their final game ever 'Final Fantasy'.
Yet their final gambit paid off, the game was so popular it kept the company afloat and they were able to make more and more impressive sequels up to number 16- yet there's more titles than that (ironically) So the ''Final'' Fantasy thing now can taken as a big ironic middle finger up to the company's would-have-been demise. (Plus you can't change the title of something already successful right?)
Oh and the neverending story hints that it never ends in their world- or peoples' imaginations probably
@Lightning_FF13 for me it came out when i was guess how old ? 13 ! i always knew what final fantasy was because of my older brother ; but when 13 came out , i seen him playing it and i seen those graphics , and heard the beautiful music , i had to play it for myself . i end up getting it for my xbox360 and made it pretty far but couldn't beat it !
Hmm...I disagree, FFX was impressive but it sacrificed freedom which was a large part of the appeal of the earlier games, but X-2 was awful, an example of Square changing to please journalists and demographics who had badly reviewed/played FFX who didn't even like the genre.
In terms of an FF sequel even Revenant Wings was better.
VII, VIII, XI and earlier iterations were done with a year or so between them. Unfortunately since then they've been chasing the whole photo realistic high budget format
Which isn't necessary a bad thing but they could release more story/character driven mainline entries that aren't quite as high budget, if well done they'd still hold up the franchise and sell well.
@feral1975 FF has always been about high budget highest quality possible, it's evident on every platform for the mainline games. Even on the NES the goal was to make a high budget game, I believe it was one of the first games to have dedicated artists, writers, etc. Even the reason FF switched to playstation instead of N64 was because they wanted to make higher quality games than the N64 would allow. FF7 is listed as the 5th most expensive game to produce of all time (granted, most games total costs are unknown so this might not be accurate), but it does beat out plenty of AAA games that came after it and look much nicer. It just takes longer these days.
Back to FFX, one of it's biggest flaws is due to chasing high quality. The PS1 games didn't have voice acting because there was so much text and they were already 3-4 discs. But now in PS2 they could fit everything in a single disc (I think it was one), but there's the problem. I'm assuming to keep the space requirements down, all of the dialog is spoken in awkward one-liners instead of something natural. Maybe it better in Japanese, but it's painfully bad in English. Considering all of the main quest is now these awkward voice clips, it really detracts from one of the main pillars of the game. The combat system was good, but it's actually a worse version of FFT's charge time battle system (i.e. powerful actions taking turns to charge and execute), having one of the core mechanics specifically being a worse version than an older game (albeit not mainline) isn't a great look. Blitzball was awesome though (IIRC they removed it for some reason in X-2, that's like the only downside, not counting the bad roguelike implementation in the PS4 version).
I don't necessarily disagree with you, at least the first part. But they worked faster in the old days because they'd bring the ideas in front of Sakaguchi and he was a powerful enough voice (for better or worse) to make a definitive decision and then they'd move on.
That's what has been their problem for years, and is documented.
Tetsuya Nomura was useful in pushing FFVII to another level, but since then he has become the antithesis of Sakaguchi, making fleeting decisions and reversing them based on popular culture, similar to heads of western studios ( FFXIII becoming a musical after watching Les Miserables for example)
Edit - I get your point about the transition to voice acting in FFX, though, it's understandable they might have lost a lot of story driven dialogue during that.
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Don't need to play them on PSNow, I still have all my originals from the original consoles they were released on.
Now if they were to remaster Final Fantasy 9 that would get my interest...
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