So most people consider FFVI to be the ‘golden boy’ of all the early Final Fantasy games. Bollocks! I never liked it as much as 4, and I will go on record right now and say it is a worse game than VIII. Yeah, I said it.
I’m only about 6 hours in, and admittedly every one of the Final Fantasy games takes some “getting into”. But I can think of three immediate reasons why I don’t like it.
1) It’s just gloomy. The main city of Narshe is a cold, empty place. Other towns you visit early on are equally devoid of anything charming. Then you start hitting places like Zozo and the Vector… all just dismal places. The music doesn’t help – the melodies in VI are pretty dour as well. There’s no uplifting songs like in the last couple of games. Maybe it’s the ‘technology’ theme they went for, but they went for rusty hand-crank drills and not sleek pneumatic awesomeness.
2) It’s a succession of “oh this my least favorite part in the game”. Literally, like five in a row. I can’t stand doing the Death Train, I can’t stand doing stupid Narshe battle (I ended up just making one super-party and kicking everyone’s ass with it), I can’t stand Zozo at all, I think the opera sequence is very silly to have in an RPG (it belongs in FFX-2 if anything)…
3) I know the earlier games lacked back-story for many of the characters, and that was considered a fault. 4 saw tiny back-stories for each, 5 expanded a bit and gave two or three of the characters significant back-stories. In 6, EVERYONE and their mother has a back story. Seriously, do I need to know that the assassin is afraid of bats!? C’mon!
My two saving graces – I get to name all the characters in this game, and so far Dr. Tom (for Gau) and Hugles (for Shadow) happen to be my two favorites. And FFVI DOES contain the best character in ANY FF game. Yes, it’s the YETI, who’s special attack is that he hurles YOUR OWN PARTY MEMBERS at the enemy for extensive damage. Simply awesome.