• FINAL FANTASY III
In October of 1994, Final Fantasy VI was released in the US for the SNES with the name Final Fantasy 3. Why? Previously, Squaresoft had only released Final Fantasy 1 and 4 in the US. They released Final Fantasy 4 as Final Fantasy 2, since the original Final Fantasy 2 and 3 for NES were never released here. Final Fantasy VI is known as one of the greatest RPGs ever made. It has touched the hearts of many RPG fans. Here's the game list (excluding 7 and above) to make the US/Jap naming more clear:
Final Fantasy (NES)
US released (90's)
Final Fantasy (NES)
US released (early/mid 2000's)
Final Fantasy Origins, as Final Fantasy (PSX)
The price tag for Final Fantasy 3 (SNES) in the US was $80! Yep, it's true. Other Squaresoft RPGs had the same price. Regular SNES games went for $50.
• FINAL FANTASY ANTHOLOGY
In September of 1999, the Final Fantasy Anthology was released for the Sony Playstation, which is a bundle of Final Fantasy 5 and Final Fantasy VI. Both games are just direct ports from the SNES versions. CGI animation sequences have been added to the beginning and ending of both games. Final Fantasy VI includes some bonus material: a gallery of CGI images and a database of enemy, boss and esper information. The only drawback of the Final Fantasy Anthology is that it uses a form of emulation in order for you to play these SNES games on the PSX, which causes the games to run slower than usual. There are also some inaccuracies in the sound emulation. In Europe their Final Fantasy Anthology only came with Final Fantasy 4 and Final Fantasy 5. Their PSX Final Fantasy VI was released separately and rather late around 2003-ish. Anyway, if you want to see these pictures and movies from the Final Fantasy Anthology, I have them over in my Final Fantasy Anthology section.
• FINAL FANTASY VI ADVANCE
After the release of Final Fantasy IV Advance & Final Fantasy V Advance, in February of 2007 Square-Enix also brought over Final Fantasy VI Advance. It's pretty much a direct port except for a few new features. There are four new Espers: Leviathan, Gilgamesh, Gigantuar, and Diablos. A new dungeon called Dragon's Den and a place called Soul Shrine where you can fight monsters endlessly. There are three new spells: Flood, Valor, and Gravija. There's a beastiary and music screen. The script has been changed to be more true to the Japanese version. Devote RPG fans respect this release's translation to be the best thus far.
Its colors, menus, soundtrack, and sound effects have been modified to fit GBA's hardware. The game has been watered-down, pretty much. However, this less than desired experience can be improved with the "Restored" version offered in Downloads.
• FINAL FANTASY VI REMAKE FOR iOS & ANDROID
The Final Fantasy VI remake was released for Android in January '14 then iOS in February '14. For the most part the graphics were a touchup. Character sprites are all new, resembling a style you might expect from an RPG Maker game. The more significant foes had their battle sprites complete redrawn with gorgeous detail. All battle backgrounds were completely redrawn. The menus and battle interface have, of course, been reworked for a more pleasant mobile experience. They made the game easier so that you don't have to grind as much. You can find Final Fantasy VI on Google Play for around $16; here's a trailer.
This remake was not received well by fans. People were displeased with the new look of the sprites. It didn't help that upon the game's initial release it was full of bugs and typos. There was even a bug that crashed the game midway! These bugs have been fixed since then. But overall, Square-Enix didn't leave the fanbase with a good impression.
In an age long since past, a time that we can only imagine, mysterious people were said to hold the power of magic in their souls. All kinds of magic spells of healing and spells of destruction. So amazing was their power that they dominated the known world. No one contested their right to rule. The years pasted peacefully. People worked the land, raised their families and lived their lives contentedly. But as the years ambled by, those in power began to bicker. First, they quarreled over minor issues, but as their hunger for power grew, so did their fights. As the magic-wielders quietly chose sides in the growing dispute, they began to work on weapons of destruction. Those weapons evolved by way of magic into a frightening group of beasts known as Espers. The coming of the Espers was the beginning of the end. Battle lines were drawn, and the masters of magic faced off. The contentious forces pitted esper against esper in battles that tested magic and violently ripped the world apart. Caught in the middle of power struggle were the people. The fighting first crept then raced across the country, leaving burned buildings and devastated families in it's wake. Soon, the entire land lay blackened and smoldering, the grim result of a power struggle gone mad. Finally, with Espers destroyed and the people slaughtered, three of the magi looked on the devastation caused by their petty jealousies--and their magic. They realized that magic was too powerful, too dangerous. So they used the last of their energy to summon all magic, then they retreated to a remote cave and turned themselves into stone, sealing magic away with them forever. As the three magi hoped, magic disappeared from the world, and the great war, which became known as the War of the Magi, faded into history. Few people spoke of magic, and Espers were only mentioned in legends that many claimed where fictional. As time passed, the people lived peacefully, they learned much about machines and studied technology. Centuries later, living with advancements made possible by science, not magic, few believed that magic had ever existed at all. But then there were the Espers. Although no one had actually seen the strange beings, rumor about their existence persisted. Was it possible that Espers had survived the War of the Magic? During the peaceful time that followed the War of the Magi, a handful of kings ruled small realms with fair and even hands, that the people wanted for nothing. Most were satisfied. But some were not. A few greedy, power-thirsty and disgruntled men emerged with plans to take over the world, bit by bit. The force that was to become known as the Empire was first led by Gestahl, who ruled with an iron fist. His generals were loyal, and the soldiers they trained swore allegiance to the Empire. Dissention was not allowed. The Empire was destined to be an awesome power, for it knew something that others did not. The secret? Espers. Gestahl and his generals had learned that Espers did still exist, after all. They had even followed them to a great gate that lead to another world. For all of his planning, Gestahl failed to foresee how his greediest general would one day tragically twist the power of the Empire.
This is my all-time favorite RPG! Always and forever it will be. The recent Final Fantasy games may have better graphics and better everything but they could never beat the storyline Final Fantasy VI had. The storyline has every major element stories have: heroics, betrayal, love, excitement, humor, sorrow, mystery, friendship and more. Few words can express how this game is, it's just... beautiful. Before I continue I must talk about something else. Many people have a most prized possession. It could be such a thing as a photo or even a pencil. Whatever the most prized possession is, it reminds a person of a time in their life and the happiness they had. Final Fantasy VI is my most prized possession. I'm obsessed with fantasy stories that have lots of emotion. Final Fantasy VI brought me a lot of happiness during a difficult time. It seems more to me than a game, it's like a part of me. I can relate things in my life to the situations in the game. It expresses so much emotion; it overwhelms me with feeling. In every way it has. The artistic beauty of this game has such a powerful impact, it leaves me breathless. Always and forever... Final Fantasy VI will be my favorite.
I remember the days I first played Final Fantasy VI. At first I rented it and got up to the part where you move around Mog and choose the 3 scenarios. I remember how the graphics took my breath away with my first impression. I remember the beauty of its music; the impact of Terra trying to find the right path. It's all so beautiful. It didn't take long for the rental to convince me to purchase the game. My first experiences playing this game all the way through will live forever in my heart. I remember getting so stuck in the Opera House. I remember that the phantom forest and floating island were so hard. What I remember most is Celes' leap off the cliff, and in the background Forever Rachel was playing. Ah, Forever Rachel, that song was my first favorite from the soundtrack. To this day I still find it very beautiful. The song carries so much emotion; every tone reminds me of another Final Fantasy VI memory. Everything about Final Fantasy VI is beautiful, even such a thing as walking across the world map and listening to the theme. Watching the mountains and coast scroll in different directions. Entering a town and listening to the soft and relaxing town theme. The game's exciting moments will be remembered as well. I will never forget the rush of excitement when you save Terra from Narshe's guards, defending Duncan from Kefka's army and escaping the Magitek factory in the rail car. All that will be remembered always by me. And the impact of all the characters' pasts; Gau's rejection of his own father, the bond of two brothers and a kingdom, a magical woman struggling to find some sort of satisfaction to her life, and much more. I will remember all of that. The beauty and wonders of Final Fantasy VI will live forever in my heart.
ShadowZ49's Final Fantasy VI Review - A solid review of the game, covering every aspect; includes scores (out of 10).
Jackie's Final Fantasy VI Review - A solid review of the game, covering every aspect.
LockeJV's Final Fantasy VI Review - A solid review of the game, covering every aspect; includes scores (out of 10).
NeoOtaku's Final Fantasy VI Review - A solid review of the game, covering every aspect; includes scores (out of 10).
IDooku's Final Fantasy VI Ramblings - He talks about his favorite team, opinions on all the characters, views on certain events in the game and the many wonders of Kefka's giant boner. Don't take his negative thoughts seriously, he's just teasing.