For me, it was in Final Fantasy 4 (or 2 since I was playing it on the SNES) It was my first Final Fantasy game to every play, let alone beat.
I got to Zeromus, and was barely staying alive during the fight. It came down to Edge being the only character left alive, and he was down to only a few hundred HP left. I probably only had one turn left before he would have been killed off. So as my final move, I had Edge throw a ninja star. And that was all I needed to do! I somehow survived and killed off Zeromus! He started crumbling to pieces and I started jumping around a shouting like a maniac! That was one of my earliest and fondest Final Fantasy memories. So what are some of your best memories from these games?
FFIX - playing through the "You're Not Alone" segment the first time.ID: hqqcgnv
So many FF games do this thing where in the MOST intense part the battle-music doesn't change and it just builds to the emotion. IX did it so damn well - so did X at Zanarkand.
FFVIII opening... It's just perfect. The beach.. I'll be here...ID: hqph6wh
Then it all flows into the nice relaxing Balamb Garden theme as you're walking. A good start to a game for sure.ID: hqpobec
For me it was the landing scene. Still gives me goosebumps 15y later.ID: hqpo5gi
I was working for Sony when the PS was getting ready to launch in North America, so they sent me home with a loaner console and beta FFVII Disc 1 only, lots of NDAs to sign and then a form to complete about any issues experienced - including typos in the manual! - and I was instantly hooked. Also too inexperienced to realise what I had my hands on, so I spent the weekend doing what I was asked, dutifully filled in all the forms and returned all the kit on Monday as expected...
Because FFVII was work, so by the time I played it for real a few months later, I'd seen the opener a couple of times already so there wasn't the same impact, and I was desperate to get to Disc 2 and see what happened next.
So it was the opening of FFVIII which stuck in my mind - the weird chanting lyrics, the waves lapping at the shore as the music suddenly sped up, the snatches of a conversation about 'I'll be here...waiting...' and glimpses of characters, and all of it completely new to me, drawing me in within seconds.ID: hqpuxe3
There's no opening to any game I've seen more times than this one despite finishing the game only once. I've recorded it onto VHS as a kid just so I could pop the tape in and watch it without the need to boot up PS and load the game. You're damn right it's perfect.ID: hqphnqk
I watch it through every time. It's always perfect, and it gets better every time I see it.
Palom and Porom. Always gets me. Obviously subsequently Tellah and Yang make similar sacrifices but Palom and Porom was always the one for me. I floated both names to my wife for our first child. She was having none of it…ID: hqpvwr3
My sister and I would dance to the Palom and Porom song.
Its not a big one. But in FF4, when Cecil and Kain are leaving baron to head for the village in the mist. They are walking out of the castle as the the prelude starts to build. You leave and then get the prelude in full as the story scroll starts to roll. That to me meant the start of an epic journey and I will always remember that feeling.
The end of a world, and its decline into ruin...ID: hqpvboc
I can remember the music so well. Looking for friends. I’m still looking for friends.
Squall visiting comatose Rinoa and Walking Horizon Bridge. They hit so incredibly hard. Squall’s desperation when he’s calling Rinoa feels so real, even without voice acting, you feel so much. Especially since my dog died recently, that moment feels real.
Him walking the world just for the small chance that he may see Rinoa again, genuinely opening up to her, then realizing she can’t hear him, yet persisting as Rinoa herself would is so beautiful and impactful to me. I can’t describe how much 8 means to me.
Also Waltz for the Moon and The First Laguna Section got me smiling throughout entire duration. I remember exactly how happy I was watching through those bits.ID: hqpc536
8 is a good game! I like when Final Fantasy games take a risk and try something different. The magic system in that game isn't the best but it was interesting.
Bahamut vs Alexander cutscene in FFIX. At the time and as a child, it was the best animated piece of video i could have dreamt of.ID: hqq0xow
All of the FFIX summoning scenes were mind blowing. Atomos and Odin destroying cities, Bahamut vs. Alexander, Bahamut vs. Kuja/Brahne. In no other FF did the summons impress me like that.
Gotta be the final fantasy x cutscene in the water after you beat Seymour in the bevelle area.ID: hqpp53y
That was such a hopeful moment.
FFX I remember grinding to no end as I was having a hard time with the final hours of the game, after this scene I teleported Yuna to the black magic sphere grid - OP to say the least. Yuna casting any damaging spells would always 9999.
I wish I grew up playing FF games, but the ending of Shadowbringers was really sweet. Same for Endwalker's. FFXIV as a whole is such a treat.
Mine happened today actually, mostly because the emotions attached to memories tend to expire quickly for me, so only the most recent things tend to have much weight to them. It was the fight with the 5 Judge Magisters at the end of Trial Mode in the Zodiac Age which then got me the "platinum trophy".
I had been struggling with them for a bit, I tried a standard strategy of debuffing with the Nihopalaoa+Remedy trick, keeping Zargabaath asleep and trying to use Zodiark to get rid of Ghis quickly, but I could only ever get one Final Eclipse off before I get wiped.
So I try a new plan, a kind of cheesy plan, but a plan involving a summon I never normally use:Summon Zeromus Bubble Zeromus Give the Nihopalaoa to Balthier (who had Zeromus on my playthrough) Elixir Zeromus Big Bang.
It didn't work the first time, I was a little slow inputting the Big Bang command and Zeromus got hit after the Elixir applied, I got it the second attempt though. I didn't quite catch exactly how much damage (I think it was between 270k and 280k) it did but only Gabranth and Bergan were left afterwards. With Vaan and Penelo back, I had Balthier and Vaan use Wither on Gabranth for a bit, since he seemed to be attacking more quickly than Bergan, before beating him down then did the same to Bergan afterwards with Penelo healing.
A win's a win, and with that the platinum trophy (or rather the Steam equivalent) popped and now I had "platinum trophy'd" my favourite FF. Pretty nice memory, seeing 3 Judge Magisters go down to a single move was pretty funny.
The ending of FFX when Yuna runs at Tidus
That scene is absolutely perfect and a great human real payoff to the whole game.ID: hqqcy9l
This is going to sound cheesy as hell, and I know that... but for YEARS the ending of FFX was the only thing that could make cry.
The FFVI timeskip blew my mind as a kidID: hqp96ma
For sure! That's still my favorite game. I wish I could go back and play it again for the first time.ID: hqq6dyr
I just remember being a kid and getting to the World of Ruin and it was like "holy shit, there's a whole nother world to explore!?"
The first time I saw the ending credits of Final Fantasy Tactics. Saving Shadow from the floating continent. Suplexing a train. Shadowbringers final confrontation with Emet.
(Will likely add something from Endwalker once I can afford it and play through it.)ID: hqpws9b
Had a friend that didn't know you could save shadow. When I told her, she just looked so sad and guilty.
Playing FF4 as a young kid and realizing that games could be more than just reaction testers. I was old enough to read and understand the plot and it blew my mind that this medium could be used to tell such amazing stories. As my first RPG and the title that made me change how I looked at video games as a whole, it's one of my favorite games of all time.
I received the game from my older sister's friend, who gave me a bunch of SNES games when he left for college or the military or something. It already had save files on it. Much of my time was spent wandering his files, lacking context of what was going on in the story. I never saved over his files, though. It took me years to finally play through my own adventure and it was great the whole time. I forgot his name, but thanks, dude.
Hard to tell. Maybe FFVI opera scene. When I went there for the first time I got stuck, so I watched that scene multiple times and the melody got imprinted in my brain. I actually loved it. I even changed the lyrics to something childish and would continuously sing it to my dog. The poor thing heard it so many times that probably memorized the melody too.ID: hqpx8dx
Ohhhh mooo weeee aaaahhhh
The very end of X.
My own relationship with my father has been rocky but ultimately panned out into something really great.
So, the high-five in the final cutscene really means a lot to me.
Im old as fuck and played all of them on release, but nothing brought a smile to my face more than playing FF7 Remake.
Honorable mention to FFXIV for making me feel bad about playing WoW all those years instead.ID: hqp7wmr
Man I need to get back into FFXIV! I was really enjoying it but got too distracted!.ID: hqpqvm3
I think I'm too ADHD for ffxiv. Feels bad man. Still on the heavensward content
My brother & I used to play through Final Fantasy VI (though it was called 3 here in Canada) and used the multiplayer mode so we could both play. We were on our umpteenth playthrough and were going very quickly. We got to the World of Ruin and quickly assembled our preferred party and were deciding what to do next. I said I really wanted to go to the Magic Tower for that amazing Gem Box relic. We were speeding up the tower and got to the boss. The fight started and we suddenly realized we didn't have Life3. We had no way to survive the Ultima the boss casts. So we talked about what to do and had the silly idea that if the boss has no mana he can't cast Ultima. So we spent the better part of an hour casting Rasp and Osmose to drain his mana, healing as we went. Suddenly the bar at the top of the screen announces the boss is casting Ultima! Instead of what I expected would be our downfall a second bar appeared saying "Need MP" and the boss dies!!! The emotional rollercoaster we shared that day was something we still talk about to this day decades later. I'm sure I'll never forget it.
My first time seeing FF was FF8 in 1998/9 and my mind was blown.
I used to love coming back from nights out in 2008 and playing FF10.. Playing FF8 for the 1000th time and discovering new lore..
It sparked a love and borderline obsession with the series but my overall favourite memory is years after FF9 came out, replaying it again in 2006, at Gizamalukes Grotto with my new puppy running around daft playing with toys.. life was good. 15 years later, my good boi has only just died a few months ago and its became an even more treasured memory.. RIP Ben, Il miss you always buddy <3
Getting on the moon for the first time... in both games 😀
For me it was playing my first final fantasy game (7), and me and my brother couldn't figure out how to get past the Midgar zolom (that damn snake in the swamp). We thought we just had to kill the damn thing, so we kept grinding and grinding. When we still couldn't beat it, we eventually figured out the real way past it, but by then we were way over leveled.
FFIV (SNES) - Rydia coming back to save my ass all grown up!
FFVI (SNES) - Finding out on like my third playthrough I could have saved Cid.
FFVIII - Squall charging Edea in cutscene during parade. Blew my mind!
FFXIV - Finally beating Twintania right before second coil landed! (Personal fave moment)
My dearest memory would be Aerith in the church with flowers blooming song on the background. Just love it. It's my favorite game ever. I also have great memories from FFIX.
Probably just running stuff and joking around with my linkshell back in my FFXI days. Like when two buddies and I went on an "adventure" and the PLD fell asleep at her keyboard, so the DRK and I (and BLM) spammed different calls for her to wake up. Or when some of us partied in the Yuhtunga Jungle for 19 hours straight.ID: hqpayrp
As a healer leveling in Lower Delfkutts Tower I passed out on my party. I woke up to the same party that kicked me with a new healer in my place, so I don't think I fell asleep for long lol. Iirc I was dead and had to home point, and lose my experience. Makes me laugh thinking about the long days and nights I put into that game.
FF7. Exiting Midgar and boom the open world blew my mind. Then you go into a entire different town!! Kalm is still my favorite Final Fantasy town for this reason. New weapons, new materia. You get quake for the first time. Honorable mention Neo Bahamut.
The garden war in 8. 8 was my first ff and yeah we can all address its flaws but the cinematics in that game are some of my childhood's most treasured memories, the garden battle being the first that comes to mind. The introduction comes close too especially the first cinematic of garden still gives me chills.
I was like 9 or 10 playing FFX, and I was struggling with the Evrae battle and getting big mad like only a kid could. My grandpa moved my PS2 out into the living room and told me to try the battle again with him and my grandma watching, and the whole time they're cheering me on like I was playing QB in the super bowl. When I won we all celebrated like I had achieved something monumental lol. Great times!
I’ve been through the first 13 mainline games, and exactly two moments gave me chills:
Cecil pulling himself off the mat with 1 HP to face Zeromus, followed by the rest of the party. This is the video game equivalent of Captain America hearing “On Your Left”, and is the single best usage of the Bridge Crossing theme in the series.
Final Fantasy IX. You’re Not Alone. Nothing more needs to be said.
FFVII.When the end credits fade and you hear the sound of children playing and laughing. Probably the most profound moment in any game till this day.
IV. Seeing that iconic red box at a blockbuster video for the first time. Picking the game up, not knowing at the time that this game would blow my little brain.
VI. Same. Went to rent a game. I remember it pouring rain. I had no idea VI was even out. At the time IV was god tier. I spent the entire rainy day starting what would become one of my favorite games of all time.
VII. 100% when Cloud removes his helmet in his true memory. The theme swelling at that exact moment was brilliant.
XIII. When Hope tries to stab Snow. At that moment, when you have to fight a boss alone, then half way through, Lightning and Fang show up. The music totally made the scene, but what pushed it over the top for me was the party swap overlay triggering mid scene, showing Lightning and Fang being added to the party when they appeared.
XV. This fucking trailer. This was the best this game was ever going to get.
There is at least one iconic scene I'll always remember in every ff I've played, but if I have to pick one of the most meaningful moments I'd say the Kilika sending from ffx on my second playthrough, some years after I finished the game for the first time. I realized then and there that I had grown up enough to understand that what I was looking at was as beautiful as I remembered, but also extremely tragic, something my 12yo self didn't fully grasp on my very first run.