I started playing this a couple weeks a go to try to get a bit of a headstart. I'm still only a couple hours in though. I'm playing the SNES version on the Retro Pi
It's very strange coming into this game for the first time after playing so many of the later FF games (I've finished VII, VIII, IX
, X, X-2 and quit on XII and XIII) and having very limited experience with any pre-PS1 JPRGs (Chrono Trigger
is the only one I've played and I didn't finish it). There have been so many little quality of life and accessibility changes as the series went on. I expect to find them here, but they are absent. For example, a description of what spells/abilities do - It's confined to the manual. No little in-game descriptions for those, or listing of stats on weapons you're looking at in stores. It makes it difficult to know what an upgrade is if you're not playing with the manual open on your lap (or phone).
Also, some things which I think should work from later game experience don't. Like when I run into zombies, I can cast cure on them to injure them but using a Cure item on them does nothing.
So it's taking some getting used to, but I'm enjoying it so far. My favourite thing is that the party is constantly changing, giving you lots of different abilities to use and learn about. I also LOVE that you can have more than 3 people in your combat party. RPGS that let me have 4 or more people are A+ in my book, which is one of the (many) reasons Star Ocean 2 has always been a favourite of mine.
Also, I always thought the FF7 soundtrack was great
. However, I also thought it was original but apparently they just copied most of the themes from here.