It is not any secret to long-time fans of the Final Fantasy series that Square puts a lot of detail into their environments (and if you are new to the series, you are in for a treat). From underwater temple ruins like Baaj Temple, to intricately designed shadow puzzles in Desert Palace, they have consistently taken our breath away. Even older franchise favorites utilize the system’s graphics capabilities to the max and produce an immersive experience unlike any other.
But what makes an environment beautiful? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, certainly, and fans will no doubt have opinions one way or another. It is also easy to say that “Final Fantasy [insert roman numeral here] has the best environments because [insert graphics or other favorite reasoning here].” That’s all well and good, but there is more to it than that. What we did was pick areas that were not only gorgeous (it is pretty unfair to compare Super Nintendo graphics to the PlayStation 4), but also unique in design. We picked areas that allowed players to wander around and be taken with the architecture and level of detail put into each pixelated or high definition tree, places that really made you stop and taken in your surroundings, and environments that have made our jaws drop in some form of awe.
Above we have gathered 20 of the most beautiful places that exist in the main Final Fantasy series. And yes, we could have included the spinoffs and offshoot games like Crystal Chronicles and Tactics, but then we would have been here four hours, (and you don’t want that, do you?)
Let us know how we did! Did your favorite place make it onto our list? Is there an area that we missed that you think should have made it? Drop us a line and leave a comment below!
Al'Taieu (Final Fantasy XI)
Hope of the Celestial Capital, Al' Taieu's crystal-esque design and mesmerizing glow causes us to really take a a moment and drink it in.