ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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Final Fantasy has a legacy that extends back to 1987. The game was created by Hironobu Sakaguchi and developed by Square for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Since then, Square Enix have developed one of the most successful franchises in the history of Video Games, with some installments being labelled as some of the greatest games of all time.

Final Fantasy 15 hopes to continue that legacy on its release date in 2016. But what does it need to draw from in the history of this series? Which three games does this installment need to draw inspiration from in order to succeed? Let's take a look at some of Square's finest achievements and some of the best Final Fantasy games ever made!

Final Fantasy 15
Final Fantasy 15

Final Fantasy 15 - The Three Final Fantasy Games it Should Learn From for Release Date!

When it comes to picking the greatest games in this series, it can be difficult to agree from one fan to the next. But these games have undeniable charms. They succeeded in so many ways and helped innovate the JRPG genre throughout the years. If you haven't played any of the installments that I put on this list, you definitely need to check them out - you'd be doing yourself a favor!

Final Fantasy 9

Final Fantasy 9 is essentially the Blade Runner of JRPGs. Its protagonist, Zidane is forced to ask the kind of questions we see Harrison Ford's Deckard contend with. Final Fantasy 9 is simultaneously an homage to old-world RPGs, and an unequivocally modern adventure. The game beautifully blends cliches like wizards and dwarves and collides their worlds with those of clones and sentient beings.

Final Fantasy 9 deals with the subject of mortality. We see the protagonist come to grips with the fact that he will indeed die in the near future, there's nothing he can do to fight it. This leads to some truly exceptional segments in the game and some stellar writing. If Final Fantasy 15 can rival the writing of IX, we'll be on the right track to a remarkable game.

Final Fantasy 15
Final Fantasy 15

Final Fantasy 6

To many, Final Fantasy 7 was the first game that really connected with them, and demonstrated the emotional power of this art form. But Final Fantasy 6 managed to achieve a level of emotional depth that equals the achievements of VII almost 3 years earlier. From an evening at the Opera House to the reunion of a Gau and his father, Final fantasy 6 is saturated with emotional and memorable moments.

Additionally, it boasts one of the greatest soundtracks in gaming history! What Final Fantasy 15 needs to learn from Final fantasy 6 is simple, memorable sequences and riveting music. Can it trump one of the greatest JRPGs of all time?

Final Fantasy 15
Final Fantasy 15

Final Fantasy X

Final Fantasy X was the first in the series to arrive on one of the most beautiful consoles ever created, the Playstation 2. It had fifteen years of a legacy to live up to and a new generation of fans before it. Somehow, with all of the pressure that the world had mounted upon its shoulders, it exceeded our expectations. Its graphics blew our minds and its locations demanded to be explored.

Aside from its locations though, Final Fantasy 15 has one thing to learn from X: characters. The narrative of X focuses on Tidus and Yuna, whose relationship is possibly one of the most natural and nuanced the series has yet produced. It was deeply moving to see their relationship blossom throughout this epic campaign and we hope that 15 can tone down the madness for some quality time to connect with its characters.

Final Fantasy 15
Final Fantasy 15

Of course, Final Fantasy 7 should be an inspiration on every installment in this franchise, but it seems like that's just a natural part of Square Enix's development process. The success of that game is always on their mind and they've actually hurt a lot of its sequels in their attempt to replicate its accomplishments.

Additionally, I'd love to see Final Fantasy: Tactics inspire a mini-game or the fighting system of Final Fantasy 15. Its tactical combat and strategy-focused gameplay is easily the most challenging and rewarding of the series. If you have any opinions on what Final Fantasy 15 should draw from on its release date, then let us know in the comments below!


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