Another day, another
cool trailer hot out of Tokyo Game Show 2018. Before the event, Square Enix emptied a big bag of Final Fantasy announcements out onto the metaphorical table, chief among them (in my eyes) the return of Chocobo’s . A port of the underrated Wii game from 2007, Mystery Dungeon adventures Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy updates the experience with HD visuals and new mechanics, such as the aptly-named Buddy System. This new trailer leverages its excitable narrator to show off more of the game, giving us a good look in particular at the friendship-driven co-op element.
Check out said trailer below:
Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy still looks like a Wii game from 2007, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the trailer shows off the long-lost Final Fantasy Fables style. While the footage is still in Japanese for now, it also reminds us that this game was fueled by a classic job system that brings us back to the halcyon days of Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy Tactics.
Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy video’s description gives us an official rundown of what the game is all about:
Chocobo doesn’t just kick, and isn’t just cute! Due for release this winter on Nintendo Switch & PlayStation 4, the
Chocobo’s Dungeon series returns for the first time in ten years with Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! The rules to this mysterious dungeon are simple… every time you enter, the world around you changes shape, but it only moves whenever Chocobo moves, whether Chocobo walks, kicks, or uses an item. Become buddies with all the monsters and adventure through countless dungeons, all whilst enjoying a deep and engaging story, it even includes 2-player co-op play!
Chocobo’s Mysterious Dungeon: Every Buddy currently has a winter 2018 release window for the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch. The only thing that could make this better would be the inclusion of Chocobo’s Dungeon 2 on the PlayStation Classic.
Ranking Final Fantasy
Ranking the Final Fantasy Series
15. Final Fantasy
All series have to start somewhere, and the original
Final Fantasy was certainly a valiant effort for Square. While it was certainly impressive in 1987, not much about the game (besides the fantastic soundtrack) has aged well. The once impressive class system is now a genre norm, and the story is barely there, let alone interesting. It served its purpose and kickstarted an amazing franchise, but there's little reason to revisit it unless players want a history lesson. The PSP remake, which is pictured, is the best way to experience it in 2017.
14. Final Fantasy II
By the time
Final Fantasy II actually released in North America, the 1988 RPG was 15 years old. Despite its age, it still offers up several improvements from its predecessor, even if it won't provide the most epic adventure. II also features a story that isn't unlike Star Wars: A New Hope, and is worth checking out since most fans never played it.
13. Final Fantasy V
Another title that took several years to come to North America was
Final Fantasy V, which was originally released on the Super Famicom but didn't come stateside until a PlayStation release seven years later. Sadly, it featured a poorly done translation (play the Game Boy Advance version if you can) and felt like a step backwards for the series. It's too bad that V's English release was so botched, as it has a lot of interesting gameplay mechanics in place, including a great job system.
12. Final Fantasy III
While the first two titles paved the way,
Final Fantasy III is where the series really started to come into its own. It was the first Final Fantasy game to introduce the series' signature job mechanic, and the story had players going on a truly grand adventure. It wasn't available in English until 16 years after release, but thankfully the remake features some adorable graphics and updated features that make it highly enjoyable even today.
11. Final Fantasy XI
A lot of players were worried about Square Enix's decision to take their beloved series into MMO territory, but
Final Fantasy XI turned out pretty well. It showed that fans of the series were willing to play (and pay) for a solid online experience. While it originally had some poor quest designs when it launched, a lot of the issues were ironed out over time, and many fans look back at XI with fond memories.
10. Final Fantasy XIII
Despite receiving a lot of hate,
isn't a bad game. In fact, it's pretty darn good once the story really gets going. The 2010 release still looks shockingly good today, and features a really satisfying combat system. Those that are able to get past the game's slow start will be rewarded with one of the PS3's best RPGs. Final Fantasy XIII
9. Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy VIII will always have a special place in my heart, as it was the Final Fantasy title I played the most growing up. While I love its sprawling narrative, and the teenage angst of protagonist Squall appeals to me on an inner level, even I can admit that the Junction system wasn't quite the evolution to the battle system that fans were looking for. Despite this hiccup, VIII features a really enjoyable story and some of the coolest sequences in the series' history.
8. Final Fantasy XV
Despite releasing last year, I found it hard to really rank
at the moment. With major patches and sizable DLC still being released, it seems like the game is constantly getting better post-release. While the game never could've lived up to its long development cycle, it still features a fantastic cast of characters and a truly grand adventure that is worth partaking. Final Fantasy XV
7. Final Fantasy X
was truly the end of an era as it was the last traditional turn-based game in the main series as future titles gave players more control over the action. It went out in style, though, as the PlayStation 2 classic was a visually striking release that managed to wow players with its many plot twists and impactful ending. It recently made its way (alongside its sequel) to PlayStation 4, and the remastered version is definitely worth playing. Final Fantasy X
6. Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy IV was where the series really came into its own. It featured an incredible story that had players swapping party members regularly, and really redefined what a role-playing game should be. The PSP remake, which came out in 2011, is a great version of the game, and even includes its sequel, The After Years. The fact that it holds up over 20 years later proves that IV is truly a classic.
5. Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy game in the main series to debut on PlayStation was a special one. I'm talking about Final Fantasy VII, which helped the series find an even greater popularity in North America. The game might be pretty tough to look at now, but the story of Cloud Strife still holds up. There's a PS4 remake on the way that should make this beloved title even better, but the PS1 classic is still highly enjoyable in its own right.
4. Final Fantasy XII
It took me a long time to truly appreciate
, as I initially hated the drastic change in combat. It eventually won me over, though, as Ivalice is easily the series' most fleshed out world. The story may get convoluted in some spots, but it helps create a truly breathing world that is a joy to explore. Final Fantasy XII XII was a RPG that was ahead of its time, and one that can really be appreciated on PlayStation 4.
3. Final Fantasy XIV
Despite a disastrous start, Square Enix has been able to turn
into one of the best MMOs ever created. Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn continues to get better with each expansion. and any fan that's avoiding the game simply due to its online nature is missing out on one of the best games in the series.
2. Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy VI features an incredible cast of characters (14 of which can join the player's party), including one of the greatest bad guys ever in Kefka. Its highly memorable story is only one of the reasons why the game has stood the test of time, though, as its turn-based gameplay is incredibly balanced & the spritework still looks good despite originally being released in 1994. It's a true classic, and a game that every fan has to play.
1. Final Fantasy IX
When I think about what I want out of a
Final Fantasy game, I think of Final Fantasy IX. Not only does the PlayStation classic feature the great turn-based gameplay I love, it also features a compelling story and writing that is as funny as it is captivating. IX has also aged better graphically than many of its peers thanks to the game going for a deformed art style rather than realistic characters. Overall, it's a captivating experience that sums up exactly why the series is so special.