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Celebrating 30 years of Final Fantasy! by DavyWagnarok Celebrating 30 years of Final Fantasy! by DavyWagnarok
I was only 3 when the first game came out. My earliest memory of playing the Final Fantasy was around 8 or 9 and I was BLOWN AWAY. I had already played Dragon Warrior and Ultima but it was the presentation and music of FF1 that really drew me in - that good ol' Square magic. (It should be noted, however, that I am also a Dragon Quest nut, but I didn't get into the series until I discovered emulators). There are too many great Final Fantasy titles just "pick one" as an all-time favorite, but I will say this: FFIV left the biggest impression on me when I was little. I had never played a game with such a deep, engrossing story at the time. It was a character-driven story, which was pretty novel for a 1992 game, especially when you consider it was on the SNES! Anyway, the characters and setting of FFIV really jive with me.

Cecil Harvey is such a great protagonist. One thing I like about him is that you watch him dissent from a Nazi-like regime (Baron) and become a defender of humanity fairly quickly in the game. Cecil starts the game knowing that he is on the wrong side of history. Also, the love story is already set in motion before the game begins, which is pretty unique. These twists of fate are usually left for the ENDING of a game, not the beginning!

If you ever wondered what happened after the events of FFIV, I highly recommend "Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection" on the Sony PSP. I actually prefer this port of the game over the albeit beautiful FFIV on the Nintendo DS. I dunno... I just like the graphics and updated music. Not to mention that all of After Years is collected in one game right here: www.amazon.com/Final-Fantasy-I…

So, if you could see one FF game get a "FF7-like" remake, which one would it be? Despite all my gushing over FFIV it would be FFVI that I want to see enter the modern gaming era! FFIV has had a billion ports and I'm fine with where it's at, but man, I would love to see the World of Ruin in THREEEEE-DEEEEEEEE!


©2017 Davy Wagnarok. The character, Cecil, and the logo obviously belong to the great Sqaure Enix! Just don't steal my shit!

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SnowdustDragon Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree. FFVI would look amazing in the modern console era it is by far my most favorite out of the final fantasies. Nice art too!
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AdagioFantasque Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Them lines oh my goOOosh.

Cecil Harvey is one of the most underrated FF protags for real. He's packing some serious character development, and not just because of the whole darkness to light transition arc.
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arafridi2000 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice transition.
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MagitekMan Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god! So awesome looking. I especially love how the color paletter matches the logo
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DavyWagnarok Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks! It's a pretty cool look! I'm surprised I haven't seen Square artists do something like this for an album cover. I'd pay good money for something like this done by Amano! ;)
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Ms-Manhunter Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. I was 9 when the first FF came out. I wasn't into RPGs at that age; I was still going to the arcades to play Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga! The first Final Fantasy I picked up was 7 and I was HOOKED! So much so that I backtracked and picked up Tactics and I want to say a Chronicles one that had 4, 5 and 6? I can't remember; I didn't play it much because I was too busy with 7! 

I will admit that 8 was my favorite because they switched from the Materia to the Draw system. I've played it so much, I don't have need for a strategy guide, even to this day!

Bought 9 and thought it was cute. I watched my brother play and beat 10. I think 11 was the one that was online only? 12 was so confusing at first but then once you log in the hours, you'll enjoy that system of fighting; I loved Balthier and the Judges! When 13 came out, I was excited but for some reason, my excitement died down quickly. Same with 15: game play is AMAZING but I don't know; it might be that I'm more into writing than gaming nowadays.

I think one of the worst ones was Crystal Chronicles for GameCube. Only because there were battles that required you to link to a GameBoy or something like that and it disappointed me because I didn't have a GameBoy at the time. 

Okay, you got me all nostalgic over here! I'm gonna find my PSP, charge it up and play some Final Fantasies! 

Oh, yeah... you asked a question! :P Hmm. FFVIII would possibly be my biased choice lol! 
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Azurelly Featured By Owner Edited Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, the striking classic FF gradient! :D And it's really a great picture you did!

I wasn't even born as the very first Final Fantasy title came out. My very first title was FF VIII and I was 9 or 10. Later it came FF VII and then the games from the Golden Era (my all-time fav is FF IX. I truly love everything in this title :love:) After FF XII for some reason I forgot keep on playing other titles.

So back to your story I need to admit. I absolutely love FF IV too! :love: It was the first FF-title I've played again after more than 10 years. I played the 3d-remake on the DS (gorgeous graphic for a DS-game) and it has conquered my heart from the beginning. You told it already thought. But yeah, Cecil is one of my favourite characters, too! The story was so great and sometimes touching (and also it warmed my heart if I just heard the first sounds of the "Theme of Love" :heart:) I played the sequel "The After Years" too on Steam with the same graphics like on the DS/IOS. Very good, too!
(I'm trying to play the classic FF-titles, too.)

... oh gosh, I wrote way too much. The fact is: The FF titles are in its own way unique so there's for every FF fan at least one favourite title! :D
I really get hyped to play the FF VII remake :la: I guess it would be interesting to see a remake of FF VIII .... or even FF IX :la:
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LightHearMyCall Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I love Cecil so much. He's one of my favorite characters, and you did very well with this art of him! Great job!
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DavyWagnarok Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Ah, most of the credit goes to Yoshitaka Amano for his brilliant design! Also, Ayami Kojima heavily influences my work these days...

But hey, I'll take the compliment! :P Thank you!
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eddiehimselfstolemyu Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Writer
You can get both FFIV and TAY on Steam, but to be fair, I would not recommend the sequel to all but the most diehard FF fans who must go on everything. I mean it is a bit meh :shrug:
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DavyWagnarok Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Ah, yes! Steam! Sorry, I'm what the internet calls a "retro" gamer, and I must own physical copies of these babies! :P

Yes, After Years is ONLY for psycho mindless fans of the game, such as myself! Lol! I'll admit, I'm blinded by my love for this game too much to critique AE. I'll take any sequels and remakes Square will give me of this and FFVI!
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Paul-Powers Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man, this seriously looks like official artwork for the series--you REALLY managed to capture the style of the series, while still making it your own. Love this one.

*Cough*sixisstillbetterthough*Cough*
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DavyWagnarok Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Haha! Thanks, dude! The classic "FF gradient" was actually an after thought and an excuse not to paint his face. :P  It turned out pretty nice though! Square should TOTALLY pay me to use this for an album cover (kidding).
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