The only headline Final Fantasy fans surely would want to read is something like “Final Fantasy VII HD version coming soon,” but even though this will undoubtedly happen sooner or later I don’t think Sony is willing to do something like that at this point in the PlayStation 3’s lifecycle. In the meantime, you can play other Square Enix popular classics, as this winter (in the United States at least,) the company is planning to rerelease three major role-playing titles through the PlayStation Network digital service: Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI.
This campaign has been titled: the “Winter of RPGs” and Chrono Cross will be the first game to be released. The sequel to Chrono Trigger originally came out for the PlayStation on August 15, 2000 in North America. Chrono Cross was universally praised for its unique story, good graphics, appealing gameplay and large cast of main characters (it features 45 party members.) The title was so successful that it eventually became a Greatest Hits rerelease, but unfortunately, Square Enix has stated that a proper sequel is not in their plans. Chrono Cross will be released on PSN November 8, 2011.
Final Fantasy V was originally released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System exclusively for Japan and the first time the game came out in the United States was as part of a compilation which included both ports of Final Fantasy V and VI. This pack came out for the PlayStation and is called Final Fantasy Anthology. The medieval-fantasy role-playing game had a very traditional story and gameplay, but its Job System made the title quite unique, deep and immersive. Final Fantasy V is expected to come out on PSN November 20, 2011.
Finally, Final Fantasy VI was originally released for the Super Nintendo and came out in North America as Final Fantasy III due to the Japanese-based company not localizing previous games in the series in this territory. Several ports were later on released for various platforms including the PlayStation, Game Boy Advance and Virtual Console. The game’s story follows a group of rebels (14 characters, the most in any game in the Final Fantasy series) as they try to overthrow an evil dictator. From a more technical perspective, the title improved the Active-Time Battle system, making it much easier to tell which character will perform an action next. Final Fantasy VI will be released on PSN December 6, 2011.
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