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Final Fantasy VI 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 Sony PlayStation in the Final Fantasy Anthology compilation and the Game Boy Advance and mobile devices. It was both developed and published by Square.

Plot

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

  1. 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.
  2. Kefka's laugh.
  3. Fourteen playable characters, the largest of any Final Fantasy game. Two of the characters are well hidden.
  4. 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.
  5. Equipping some Espers also add permanent stat bonuses with each level up.
  6. Two major worlds, the World of Balance and the World of Ruin.
  7. Awesome music, courtesy of Nobuo Uematsu.
  8. 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.
  9. 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. It's popularity is rivaled only by One Winged Angel in Final Fantasy 7.
  10. This game is notable for one of the longest ending ever next to Final Fantasy 7 and 8 endings.
  11. 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.
  12. You can make one of your characters a powerhouse by leveling up their strength, equip the Genji Glove, Offering relics and equip the Atma Weapon and strong weapon so they can attack up to 8 times, this works best with Terra, Locke, Celes, Edgar.
  13. Some of the best characters to use are, Strago, with his Step Mine or Traveler lore can do up to 9999 damage if you run enough steps (though this takes time). Gogo's Mime ability can copy any attacks and Gogo can customize his battle menu (However he can't equip espers for status bonus) Sabins Blitz attacks can damage enemies or heal your party members (However you have to memorize the order to push buttons.) Edgars Tools which can damage enemies, Celes who can use runic to absorb Magic, Shadow who can use throw attack, Terra who can Morph into a powerful Esper to do double damage, Locke can use his steal or Capture to steal useful items from monsters.
  14. You can fight most enemies including Intangir with vanish and doom for 10 magic points (though this bug is fixed in the Game Boy Advance).
  15. You can fight Intangir with Traveler lore that does 9999 damage for 10 magic points early on in the World of Balance.
  16. Some of the Relics in the game are useful 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.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some of the characters are considered to be useless or have useless abilities including Umaro who is always berserk cannot equip any weapons on him rendering him unreliable, Gau with his rage attacks causing him to go berserk or having to use leap out on the Veldut and then fighting a random battle to get him back, Setzers Slot ability is often random, unreliable and useless, Cyans Swordtech which charges up slowly just to get a number and him to attack, Mog's Dance ability which causes him to go berserk.
  2. Relms sketch ability can glitch up the game if you use it on invisible enemies or Boss battles (this is fixed in the Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console, iOS, Android, Steam ports).
  3. Some of the Esper summons are useless including Stray Cat (Also known as Cait Sith) that confuses enemies or Siren that silences enemies.
  4. The auction house presents items at random including unbuyable items such as the Chocobo making this a pain to get both Golem and Zoneseeker Magicite plus you need 30000 GPs total to buy 2 of them.
  5. Some of the useful items such as the Genji Glove, Thunder Shield, Elixir or Megaelixir can be hard to steal or you end up stealing a less useful item at random.

Reception

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.

Trivia

  • 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).

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