Final Fantasy I (PS1)

For many games, what remains after a playthrough is more important than what happens while you play. In Final Fantasy, the part of me that relishes the consistent progression encouraged me to press forward towards the next milestone, regardless of the hollowness of the experience. While later Final Fantasy titles use these feedback loops to explore vibrant worlds, engage with vibrant characters, or even just a slightly deeper combat system, the original relishes in the grind. The difficulty may make this grind more engaging, but it is still video game junk food, compelling at the moment but lacking in substance.

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