Playing Final Fantasy I to beat the Final Fantasy XIV queue blues (#1)

Let's Play Final Fantasy

You may recall in last week’s Rice Digital Friday Letters Page I fully intended to jump back on with Final Fantasy XIV and get caught up, because Endwalker is here and, if the amazing music that has been emanating from my wife’s study for the last three days is anything to go by, it is Quite Something.

However, if any of you have attempted to log into Final Fantasy XIV at any point other than first thing in the morning for the last few days, you will have almost certainly run into the queue — or, worse, the notorious Error 2002, which is apparently due to more than 17,000 people being in the queue at once. They didn’t know this was a problem because there have never been more than 17,000 people in the queue at once up until now. Guess people really want to know how the Hydaelyn/Zodiark saga ends, huh?

Anyway, rather than waste my time bleating on Twitter about it I thought I’d do something vaguely productive that I’ve been meaning to do for a while: jump on the Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters and start playing properly. So here we go — let’s play the first FF in glorious pixel-o-vision!

The Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters are a new range of rereleases of the classic Final Fantasy games — currently only for PC at the time of writing, but fingers crossed they’ll make their way to consoles at some point. While they have their issues, they’re good adaptations of the “vanilla” incarnations of the old-school Final Fantasy games — and if nothing else they’re worth playing for their astonishingly good soundtracks.

Final Fantasy is an extremely simple game by modern RPG standards — and the Pixel Remaster doesn’t do much to “fix” that, even going so far as to be even easier than the NES original — but it’s still a lot of fun to romp through. So I thought we’d take some time and do that, and perhaps move on to the subsequent entries after that.

For now, please enjoy the inaugural episode of what may well become the Rice Digital Final Fantasy Marathon — and the taxation on my throat that doing The Old Man Voice brings.

Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster is available now on Steam.

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