Where Final Fantasy II felt like it was really trying to branch away from the original Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy III almost feels like a retread of the very first game. In both its storytelling and its core gameplay systems, the third instalment in Square's series has much in common with its progenitor — although it does well to expand upon what came before.
The main attraction of Final Fantasy III is undoubtedly its job system — the first of its kind in the franchise. You start the game with four generic heroes, but at various points in the story, you unlock new jobs — character classes — allowing you to build and customise your party however you like. It's a flexible and fun system, even today, and gaining access to shiny new jobs is always a joy.
There's a really nice sense of character progression here, as you level up your heroes as well as their current class. Finding specialisations for each of your four protagonists can be an addictive and rewarding process, especially when you start finding job-specific equipment and all-powerful items later on in the adventure.
As mentioned, though, the plot does take a backseat in Final Fantasy III. Not necessarily to a detrimental degree, but it's another streamlined, good-versus-evil fairy tale that rarely engages. Again, it's the gameplay that'll keep you hooked, between the jobs and some deceptively tricky turn-based combat.
Indeed, the game does kick up the difficulty at times, forcing you to prioritise team composition. There's a strategic depth to this third title that previous entries didn't achieve, and it makes for some surprisingly tense encounters.
In a world where the 3D remake of Final Fantasy III exists, it's hard to argue that Final Fantasy III Pixel Remaster is the definitive version. However, there's no denying that this classic RPG still holds up, even though it struggles to wow outside of its enjoyable job system.
Final Fantasy III on DS is actually one of my fondest memories from my school days, because there was this certain charm attached to the game because it had never seen release until that point. Shame the game turned out to be brutally difficult and borderline unbalanced in that iteration (looking you, Chimeras).
But this is probably the entry I'm most looking forward to replaying of the bunch. Yet another return of Vancian Magic like the original NES release, gorgeous sprite art, and those wonderful music remixes?
I enjoyed the PSP remake a lot, I played it on the Vita a few years ago. As far as I know it's the DS remake but with a bunch of quality-of-life improvements. I highly recommend it.
Will give this version a try one day and see how they differ 😀
If you never played III before this is by far the best way to play it. I love its job system even though some jobs are unbalanced and also it has great boss fights. Towards the endgame is when it shines though when you get access to Ninja and summoner there are so many possible strats that make it so addictive.
Does this version provide save areas in the final dungeon? I heard in the original version the final dungeon is 2 hours long with multiple bosses and no option to save.
The DS remake is good but insanely brutal! QOL would be nice for sure.
@Don The Pixel Remasters have a quick save option that can be accessed at any time in the party menu. Basically lets you save anywhere.
@Browny Possibly III 3D had a balance pass between DS and the mobile / Steam version, I don't remember the latter being crazy-difficult outside of the hidden post-game dungeon.
this is why i don't want invest in this pixel remaster, each game is 100s of hours i don't have time for that, even modern RPGs are shorter than this, persona 5 Royal was an exception but i can't justify the time required for all these games as much as i would like to play some of them i just can't 🤷♀️🤷♀️ i'm glad the boosters are there to help with the grind but the games will still be a time sink regardless, imo anyways
I recently played through this on my modded Nes classic and it's definitely the best of the Nes FF games!
@huyi the first can be done in about 6 hours without factoring in trophies. Maybe even less if you really don't care about trophies because you don't have to back-track for enemies or loot and the boost significantly reduces grinding by giving you upto 4x EXP and money.
The first 3 are remastered NES games, hardly long with those limited Cartridge capacities. I'd even dare say that without trophies, all 6 combined are probably quicker than P5R.
@Shadow17 so the whole lot of these games how long in total if I wanted to get a play through and get quick plat out of them?
Hahaha it's 15 quid for FF V and 4 no god dam way, they are not even bundled this is a laughable greedy joke 🤣🤣
Why is Final Fantasy 3-6 more expensive on the store than FF 1 & 2
final 2 and 3 are the only games in the mainline i never played. you can bet i will get this one.
FF3 is an important title for some of us job change lovers. It's also what propagated the franchise' name and gave birth to the whole DQ vs FF rivalry in Japan.
It's also the root cause of the original divide in the fanbase, in a sense that many saw FF5 was what FF4 should have been as a true successor to FF3, when the idea that FF is a transient series had not yet been established.
@ShogunRok Thanks for sharing that! It'll make some of the tougher fights alot easier.
@huyi 1-6 are bundled as a collection, though. Also no idea where you're pulling "100s of hours... timesink" from? 1, 2, 3, & 4 all take (maximum) 20hrs or UNDER to 100% and Platinum, WITHOUT any boosters or dialogue skipping... 🤷♂️
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