PlayStation has announced that starting this month, 5 Final Fantasy titles will be making their way to the PlayStation Now service, one per month.
Firstly, the original Final Fantasy VII will be added to the service on September 7, 2021. This game needs no introduction, and if you have somehow avoided playing it for all this time and are a PlayStation Now subscriber, this will be an ideal opportunity to play this classic entry that popularized the JRPG genre to unfathomable extents.
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered will be added on October 5, 2021. While one of the more controversial entries in the franchise, primarily due to its unconventional combat mechanics, this title more than deserves a chance. It is certainly one of the more standout games in the series thanks to its courage in embracing uncharted gameplay waters, and it has some fan-favorite locales and characters.
Final Fantasy IX will be added on November 2, 2021. Hearkening back to classic Final Fantasy, especially after the futuristic settings of the prior 2 entries, Final Fantasy IX has stood the test the time and has arguably aged the best over the years. It boasts an engaging medieval-esque world, simplified combat still brimming with depth after Final Fantasy VIII, and a fantastic narrative.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster will be added on December 7, 2021. This is kind of cheating since this package contains 2 titles, but regardless, these 2 entries are definitive must-plays. Final Fantasy X was the first mainline entry to have voice acting, and, memes aside, it has aged significantly well. The story it tells is one for the ages, and it is my personal favorite game in the franchise. Final Fantasy X-2 is a bit more of a mixed bag thanks to its drastically different tone and approach to narrative, yet its combat is praised as one of the best in the series and, at least in my opinion, is worth playing for that alone.
Lastly, Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age will be added on January 4, 2022. Even after this recently modernized re-release, Final Fantasy XII remains one of the most underrated titles in the series. While its story is more of an acquired taste, the explorative majesty and gameplay variety this game houses are second to none. It also has modern conveniences like turbo mode to make progression far less of a chore.
To be honest, I find the timing of this collective announcement to be somewhat humorous, considering that Final Fantasy XIII just received an updated release on Game Pass, but, hey, maybe this is leading up to a PlayStation compilation of the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. Who knows, right?
You can view the announcement for these aforementioned Final Fantasy games making their way to PlayStation Now on PlayStation Blog.
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