Widely regarded as one of the greatest games of all time; Final Fantasy VII not only set the Final Fantasy franchise in a new direction, it became a defining moment in JRPG’s, winning new audiences in the west and setting a new, lofty bar for the genre itself. Square Softs Final Fantasy VII was the first in the series to receive full polygon rendering, bringing familiar magic spells like ‘Firaga’ new splendour and awe, as well as series recurring summon creatures like Bahamut to life.
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES was developed to be something that would be loved by its particular fan base, but something had changed; Persona 3 embraced the words “accessible” and ‘’unique’’ in ways I could never have imagined it could at the time. For all Square Enix’s attempts in making JRPGs more “western” to increase its appeal with Final Fantasy fans, it is highly ironic that a game as rooted in Japanese tradition such as this became such a sleeper hit. It’s so strange!