When we reminisce about old Final Fantasy games, we don't tend to think about the monsters — the strange and often wonderful beasts that inhabit the overworld map and numerous dungeons. But thanks to VGCatrography (DeviantArt and Twitter), we've been reminded of just how amazing these monster designs still are.
VGCartography catalogues models, maps, and more from all kinds of games, uploading them to the aforementioned sites as high resolution galleries. And in particular, these Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, and Final Fantasy IX bestiary collections are an absolute treat.
If you're anything like us, just gazing across all of these PS1-era monsters is enough to get some prime nostalgia flowing. It's also really interesting to see how Squaresoft's designs evolved over the course of the PlayStation generation.
Please note that endgame enemies and bosses are spoiled in these images.
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy IX
Pretty cool, eh? Do you have any favourite monster designs from Final Fantasy? Mop up some precious experience points in the comments section below.
[source deviantart.com, via twitter.com, twitter.com]
Those Final Fantasy IX designs are god-tier. What a game!
Shout-out to the triceratops tank hybrid from FFVII. I don't even think Hellhouse surprised me as much as that thing.
Damn that swole Sand Golem in IX.
What an absolute unit.
I love the weapon's designs in VII, especially Emerald.
Also thanks for making an article about this, it's really cool. I love seeing stuff like this from older games.
The evil vivi's in IX are my favourites, I remember being a kid and seeing them for the first time, it was one of the coolest baddies for me!
FF7 was my first big boy game and I've loved it ever since. It took me forever, as a kid, to figure out how to get past the Midgar Zolom. That giant cobra really left an impression.
@thejoesenone I'm with you on that one. This is literally my favourite game ever and the sneaky slithering little s**t had me stumped for a bit too! 😅
Just finished platinuming FF8 and forgot how good some of the enemy designs were in that game. Although 9 is by far my favourite set of designs. It does show you the leap of early PS1 games when most devs had never really done a 3D game to the later ones were everyone started to get to grips with it all.
@Alpha_Pulse And then once I got strong enough, I would go back and beat the crap out of it just because lol
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