The Final Fantasy series is an iconic staple in the realm of RPGs. It has a rich history that spans multiple decades, encompassing both mainline and spin-off releases. As technology continues to advance, the prospect of remakes for beloved classics has fans eagerly speculating about the possibilities. With Final Fantasy VII Remake as a gauge of quality, how could we not be excited for more? In this article, we will explore some of the Final Fantasy games that could benefit from a remake. Whether to reintroduce them to a new generation or to breathe new life into their already cherished narratives.

The Final Fantasy games, known for their rich storytelling, diverse characters, and innovative gameplay mechanics, provide a treasure trove of titles worthy of the remake treatment. Whether it’s revisiting the classic narratives of Final Fantasy VI, exploring the strategic depths of Final Fantasy Tactics, or delving into the untold stories of spin-off titles, the potential for revitalising these games for modern audiences is vast.

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Final Fantasy VI: A Masterpiece in Need of Modernisation

Widely regarded as one of the greatest RPGs of all time, Final Fantasy VI (aka Final Fantasy III in the west) is a gem. Despite its timeless storytelling and memorable characters, it could benefit from a remake. The 1994 classic, originally released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), offers a captivating narrative and a diverse cast of characters. A remake could leverage modern graphics and technology to breathe new life into the world of Terra, Locke, and Kefka. It’s an opportunity to bring both nostalgia for longtime fans and an introduction to a new audience.

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Final Fantasy IX: A Beautiful World Awaits Rediscovery

While Final Fantasy IX received critical acclaim upon its original release for the PlayStation in 2000, it often stands in the shadows of its more celebrated predecessors. A full-scale remake is surely on the cards. Square Enix could bring the whimsical world of Gaia, along with its charming characters like Zidane and Vivi, to the forefront of modern gaming. With updated visuals and potentially expanded storytelling, a Final Fantasy IX remake could reintroduce this hidden gem to a wider audience and allow fans to experience its magic in a whole new light.

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Final Fantasy Tactics: Unleashing the Strategic Renaissance

The first of our Final Fantasy spin-off series, Final Fantasy Tactics released for the PlayStation in 1997. The game is a tactical RPG, and remains a cult favorite among fans. The intricate storyline, political intrigue, and deep strategic gameplay have left a lasting impression. A remake could elevate the game’s visual presentation, implement quality-of-life improvements, and potentially explore additional storylines or characters. With the resurgence of interest in tactical RPGs, a Final Fantasy Tactics remake could attract both seasoned players and newcomers to the genre.

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Final Fantasy V: A Hidden Gem in Need of Polishing

Often overshadowed by the success of its predecessors, Final Fantasy V is a hidden gem in the series. Originally released for the Super Famicom in 1992, the game only released in Japan. It wouldn’t be until the PlayStation port that the west got to experience the game, some ~10 years later. The game introduced the innovative Job System and featured a lighthearted narrative. A remake could enhance the visual and audio aspects while introducing quality-of-life improvements to the Job System. By revitalizing Final Fantasy V, Square Enix has the opportunity to showcase its unique gameplay mechanics to a broader audience.

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Final Fantasy VIII: A Vision of Love and War

Final Fantasy VIII has a dedicated fanbase, and has already benefitted from a remaster. However, a remake could address some of the divisive aspects of the original release. And of course, potentially introduce the captivating love story of Squall and Rinoa to a new generation. With modern graphics and updated mechanics, a Final Fantasy VIII remake could bring the game’s unique Junction System to life in a way that enhances gameplay without sacrificing the original’s essence. Revisiting this title could allow players to experience the captivating world of Balamb Garden and the epic conflict with the Sorceress Edea in a fresh, visually stunning context.

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Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings: An Airborne Adventure

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings is a spin-off released for the Nintendo DS in 2007. The game takes place in the world of Ivalice and continues the story of Final Fantasy XII. The RTS gameplay, unique for the series, could be revitalised with a remake that leverages current-generation technology. By bringing this airborne adventure to modern consoles, Square Enix could introduce fans to the untold stories of Ivalice and provide a fresh perspective on the events that unfolded in Final Fantasy XII.

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: A Co-op Classic Reimagined

This one’s a bit different. Originally released for the Nintendo GameCube in 2003, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles offered a unique cooperative multiplayer experience. However, the necessity of using a Game Boy Advance as a controller to get the most out of the game limited accessibility. Could a remake could reimagine the cooperative gameplay for modern platforms? Why, yes it could. Facilitating online multiplayer would be a fantastic enhancement. But wait! Square Enix has already done so, with Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. A remaster opposed to a remake, one big issue remains: it’s yet to launch outside of Japan.

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Final Fantasy Tactics Advance: A Portal to Another World

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance for the Game Boy Advance released in 2003. The game introduced players to the world of Ivalice through the eyes of a group of children transported to a magical realm. With a rich tactical RPG system and a compelling narrative, a remake could elevate the game’s visuals, expand upon the lore of Ivalice, and introduce quality-of-life improvements to enhance the overall gaming experience. As with Final Fantasy Tactics itself, a Final Fantasy Tactics Advance remake could reintroduce this charming and underrated title to a new generation of players.

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Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII: Vincent’s Solo Symphony

Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII, released for the PlayStation 2 in 2006. The game acted as part of the early expansion in the now ever-growing Final Fantasy VII saga. The focus of the game shifted to Vincent Valentine. The action RPG gameplay, combined with Vincent’s dark and mysterious narrative, has the potential for a remake that explores more deeply the lore of the Final Fantasy VII universe. With improved visuals, refined gameplay mechanics, and expanded storytelling, a Dirge of Cerberus remake could provide a fresh perspective on one of the iconic characters from the beloved Final Fantasy VII.

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Mystic Quest Legend: A Gateway RPG Rediscovered

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest, as it’s known in the US, released for the Super Nintendo in 1992. It was designed as an entry-level RPG for western audiences. While considered simplistic compared to other entries in the series, a remake could reintroduce Mystic Quest with updated visuals, enhanced gameplay mechanics, and additional content. By targeting a broader audience and capturing the essence of the original, a Mystic Quest remake could serve as a gateway RPG for new players entering the world of Final Fantasy.

While the prospect of remakes raises questions about balancing nostalgia and innovation, the success of recent remakes like Final Fantasy VII Remake demonstrates the appetite for revisiting beloved classics. As Square Enix continues to explore new ways to engage both longtime fans and newcomers, the future holds exciting possibilities for Final Fantasy games, promising a journey that transcends generations and introduces timeless tales to a whole new audience.

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