The Final Fantasy series has been around for decades and it's still going strong. Square-Enix's ridiculously popular jRPGs are rich with story and I can't personally say that I've logged hours upon hours into the remake of Final Fantasy III on Steam.
Speaking of remakes, Square-Enix has been surprising their long-time fans with beautiful remasters of some of their most popular games. We first saw the 3D remakes of Final Fantasy III and Final Fantasy IV for Nintendo DS back in 2006 and 2007, respectively, then we received Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster just last year. To follow that up, Square-Enix revealed that a complete remake of arguably the most popular game in the series, Final Fantasy VII, will be making its way to PlayStation 4 complete with HD graphics and a new combat-based battle system (rather than turn-based like the original).
*Potential spoilers ahead!
Here are some other remakes that we might expect to see in the next few years.
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
Maybe this one is a bit too young to have a remake just yet, but originally released for the PSP in 2007, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII follows the events that lead up to the main story of Final Fantasy VII. The game follows the story of Zack Fair, a member of SOLDIER, as he searches for Genesis Rhapsodos, a missing SOLDIER.
I don't want to spoil anything, but I'll tell you now that the story and music are totally amazing. The game uses a real-time combat battling system, but still retains many RPG qualities, much like many of the newer installments of the Final Fantasy franchise.
Overall, I think we all just want to see Zack's hair in HD. Let's be real, guys.
Final Fantasy IX
This one seems to be a little more untouched. Final Fantasy IX was originally released for the PlayStation back in 2000. The plot follows Zidane Tribal as he tries to take down Queen Brahne of Alexandria. Developed at the same time as Final Fantasy VIII, the vision of this game was heavily influenced by the earlier versions of Final Fantasy. That said, it wasn't quite as popular as Final Fantasy VIII, but by the end of its run, it sold over 5.3 million copies worldwide.
Even though it didn't sell as well as its predecessor, Final Fantasy IX is a gem in its own right. The characters are super likable, the gameplay is easy to grasp, and the music is to die for. To be honest, when I saw Vivi appear in Kingdom Hearts II, I kept my fingers crossed for a Final Fantasy IX remake. That's a lot of years of finger-crossing.
Final Fantasy VIII
Call me a weirdo, but Squall Leonhart is, hands down, my favorite Final Fantasy character in any of the games. I remember buying the game and thinking "Wow! The characters aren't short and blocky!" After crying over blocky Aeris' death in Final Fantasy VII, I can only imagine how connected to these character real-looking I'll be. The graphics, I think, were the main drive of the Final Fantasy fans when this game came out. It's like the transition from Super Mario 64 to Super Mario Sunshine- everything just looked so much more beautiful! The new approach seemed to be a successful move on Square-Enix's part: Final Fantasy VIII sold over 8.5 million copies worldwide.
That said, I think that Final Fantasy VIII was really the turning point when it comes to what Final Fantasy games look like today, and, of course, I would love to see this game remastered for PlayStation 4 in the way the Final Fantasy VII was.