Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy VI (Final Fantasy III in its North American release) is the sixth mainstream Final Fantasy game in the franchise. It was originally released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1994 and subsequently ported to the PlayStation in the Final Fantasy Anthology compilation and the Game Boy Advance and mobile devices. It was both developed and published by Square.
1,000 years after the War of the Magi nearly destroyed the world, the Gestahl Empire seeks to combine magic and science to conquer the world. A team of heroes must now stop the Empire and its general Kefka Palazzo, from reenacting this ancient war before history repeats itself.
Why It Rocks
- The main villain, Kefka Palazzo, is considered one of the greatest and most evil villains in video game history, taking sadistic pleasure in poisoning the kingdom of Doma, betraying Emperor Gestahl, and causing the very destruction of the world and becoming a god and staying in power for a full year before his defeat.
- Kefka's laugh.
- Amazing Storyline.
- Fourteen playable characters, the largest of any Final Fantasy game. Two of the characters are well hidden.
- As the game advances, the heroes obtain Magicite, the remains of an Esper, which act as the summons. Equipping the heroes with Magicite also allow them to slowly learn their magic abilities by obtaining Magic Acquisition Points through battles.
- Equipping some Espers also add permanent stat bonuses with each level up.
- Two major worlds, the World of Balance and the World of Ruin.
- Awesome music, courtesy of Nobuo Uematsu.
- No true main character. Each character has their own reasons for fighting the Empire and Kefka. Despite this, fans consider Terra Branford the main character due to her being in artwork and the representative of VI in Dissidia: Final Fantasy.
- Dancing Mad, which plays during the final battle with Kefka, is the longest piece of music in all of Final Fantasy. It is over 17 minutes long. Its popularity is rivaled only by One Winged Angel in Final Fantasy 7.
- This game is notable for one of the longest ending ever next to Final Fantasy 7 and 8 endings.
- The World of Ruin has Celes trying to reunite with her friends for the final battle with Kefka. Not every character needs to be obtained, but the good ending requires them all.
- Features many useful Relics, such as Sprint Shoes which speeds up your character, Ribbon which cancels bad status aliments, Running Shoes which can cast automatic haste in battle, Genji Glove which allows your player to equip 2 weapons, Reflect Ring which can reflect magic attacks and the Moogle Charm prevents random battles allowing you to explore dungeons.
Final Fantasy VI is regarded as one of the best games ever made and is rivaled only by Final Fantasy 7 over which is the best Final Fantasy game.
- To use Blitz techniques, you need to input the commands while the cursor is pointing towards Sabin. This can be hard to figure out as the game doesn't explain it clearly enough.
- At the time of its release in the U.S. Final Fantasy II, III, and V had not been released so it was renamed Final Fantasy III for U.S. audiences. II, III, and V would be released to the U.S. years later.
- The main villain of the game, Kefka, is similar to the DC Comics supercriminal, the Joker. Both are evil clowns, both are pure evil (actually depends on the adaption of the Joker), both are completely insane, and both cause chaos for the sake of chaos. The only difference is that Kefka has magic powers and the Joker does not (though the Joker did temporarily become a god by absorbing Mister Mxyzptlk and becoming Emperor Joker).
- One enemy in the Kingdom Hearts Union X is visually inspired by Kefka.