Fantasian gets the original Final Fantasy team back in a JRPG for all

Fantasian gets the original Final Fantasy team back in a JRPG for all

 

Fantasian is a game from Mistwalker, the studio founded in 2006 by Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of Final Fantasy. It is, by its nature, a game with history behind it, vested interests and storied careers, and if you're particularly fond of that history then I'm sure you'll love it: it has turn-based battles and timid, oddly-dressed, techno-magical characters; it has small parochial towns with chatty villagers; it has a fantastical story, something about malevolent gods and machines taking over nature; and it has music from Nobuo Uematsu. Sakaguchi, for what it's worth, has suggested this one might be his last.

I have more or less no familiarity with any of this though, having dipped toes in a number of Final Fantasies and reliably found their water a little cold - but I'm sinking into Fantasian quite nicely. A welcoming kind of "onboarding" is not something I've associated with JRPGs, but - maybe because of its launch on Apple Arcade, with the different, presumably quite specific kind of audience that brings - Fantasian does it well. Deftly, in fact.



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