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Final Fantasy VI Deserves a Remake More Than Final Fantasy VII

We are less than a month away from the release of the Final Fantasy VII remake. Players have anticipated the game since Square Enix’s announcement in 2015. We have waited five years to finally play it. However, it is not the only Final Fantasy game that deserves a remake. The franchise has another title of higher quality that deserves another look.  That game is Final Fantasy VI.

I argue Final Fantasy VI is more deserving of a full remake than Final Fantasy VII. Both games are widely considered to be two of the best RPGs in gaming history.

What makes Final Fantasy VI better than Final Fantasy VII?

Final Fantasy VI has a better story, cast of characters, design, and music in my opinion. I played the game for countless hours on my SNES when I was a child and I continue to play it on occasion.

This article includes some spoilers, but I’ll do my best to keep them to a minimum.

The History of Final Fantasy VI

Square Enix (Square Soft at the time) changed the title of Final Fantasy VI to Final Fantasy III on the SNES for western audiences. Square Enix was not releasing games in the series in chronological order during this time. This was the third game in the West so the executives at the American branch decided to label it as the third game. The incorrect title caused confusion when Final Fantasy VII was released with the correct title. Western players learned they missed a lot of games in the series.

Later, Final Fantasy VI was re-released with the correct title for the PlayStation and Game Boy Advance. This resolved the confusion of the incorrect title from the original release. Both versions have proper translations and offer the full experience. Despite the PlayStation version being very good, I recommend playing the version released on the Game Boy Advance.

A Memorable Adventure

Many players remember Final Fantasy VII’s one epic moment of Sephiroth killing Aeris. That one moment does not compare to the many epic scenes from Final Fantasy VI. The game delivers the perfect adventure. Every act in Final Fantasy VI evokes fun and are packed with exciting moments throughout the game.

Final Fantasy VI Deserves a Remake More Than Final Fantasy VII

One of the best scenes in the game is Kefka destroying the world. It was one of the darkest moments in gaming during the 16-bit era. The game’s tone quickly changes to despair and the world’s structure completely changes shape, forcing players to re-learn the game’s map. Some scenes show people dying and falling in deep pits. Many towns are left in ruins, and plants are slowly dying in the new world.

Villains

Final Fantasy has two well-known villains. First, Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII is a very popular character in the series and probably the most recognised. Secondly, however, is Final Fantasy VI’s Kefka. This madman is one of the most destructive and yet colorful villains in video games. Kefka is the Joker of Final Fantasy. He kills comrades, burns empires, and poisons an entire empire with only one survivor.

Kefka is not the only evil star in the game. Many members of the Gestahlian Empire leave memorable impressions. Emperor Gestahl, who appears to be the main antagonist, desires to rule the world with a combination of magic and technology. General Leo is a loyal member of the Gestahlian Empire, and his loyalty is challenged by Kefka’s war crimes. Then, Ultros provides comic relief in many battles throughout the game.

Battle System

Final Fantasy VI features fourteen permanent and playable characters and a few temporary playable characters. Each character has a unique ability for combat. Edgar has powerful tools, Locke Cole steals items from enemies, Setzer Gabbiani uses the powers of gambling to defeat his foes. Every unique ability adds depth to each character, and fits their personalities in the game.

Final Fantasy VI Deserves a Remake More Than Final Fantasy VII

Furthermore, Final Fantasy VI is the first game in the franchise to allow the player to swap party members. This system was necessary due to the large cast of characters. The system added strategy, challenging the player to pick the best characters for particular missions and boss battles. I recommend trying a variety of parties to get the full experience.

However, the battle system is not free from flaws. One common criticism is the game can become easy because every character can learn every spell. This system has its advantages and disadvantages. On one hand, you will always have a character with the ability to cast Cure III. On the other hand, there is less strategy in choosing a party for a mission in the second half of the game.

Two Worlds

Many games in the Final Fantasy series have multiple worlds such as Final Fantasy IV. These secondary worlds are often in different locations. Final Fantasy VI has a very dark version of this concept. The game’s second world is a dark and dying world that was the first world in the game. Every location changes from lively areas to towns in ruins and restructured caves.

Final Fantasy VI Deserves a Remake More Than Final Fantasy VII

Furthermore, this is one of the rare moments in games with the antagonist successfully destroying the world during the game. The heroes fail to save many lives. Most games begin with the villain winning the first battle, and accomplishing an important goal. Final Fantasy VI tells the full story of the conflict, climax, and conclusion with Kefka’s defeat. It has a satisfying story as it answers many questions in the game’s adventure.

Amazing Music

Finally, I cannot discuss Final Fantasy VI without mentioning its amazing soundtrack. This is one of the strongest soundtracks in the franchise. Dancing Mad is the theme for the game’s final battle. It is a beautiful composition. I dare say Dancing Mad is a better theme than One-Winged Angel from Final Fantasy VII.

Final Fantasy VI is a legendary game, and it is one of the best RPGs of all time. It is a perfect composition of story, gameplay, and design. Maybe one day Final Fantasy VI will get the full remake that it deserves. No one expected the announcement of Final Fantasy VII’s remake, so there is hope that the best game in the franchise also will also get one down the line.

Which Final Fantasy title would you like see receive the remake treatment?

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  1. I concur, FFVI was better in my opinion as well, but at the end of the day FFVII reigned in terms of sales. But I don’t count out the possibility of a VI remake if VII does really well.

  2. FFVII being remade made much more LOGICAL sense than whatever notion people have about what game is better or worse. That’s not the POINT. FFVII was remade because of what it represents for Square as well as the world. Its release was the first of many things for video games as a whole. If that’s too hard for y’all to understand, then I’m sorry. FFVI being better or not has no relevance. FFVI was not a critical success. FFVI was not groundbreaking in technology. FFVI merely continued already established concepts and designs in video games. FFVI doesn’t have the relevance in the world the way FFVII has. Everyone knows Cloud and Sephiroth. All these things matter.

    So again, stop thinking video game remakes get made simply because you like one over the other. History matters. And FFVII has the richest history of all FF games.

  3. I’ve heard this argument a couple times. VI is a great game, but when you say better story and cast of characters, that… as you said is a matter of opinion as I believe most would agree VII’s story and cast of characters were better. I’m not bashing VI… it was awesome. But VII was a worldwide phenomenon. VI was not worldwide. Also, Nintendo got angry with Square and booted them from their platform in 1995-1996. As a result VII became a PS exclusive. I would doubt that square would retroactively go back and remake the last game for SNES before getting booted. That’s a tragic story because I’d love to see a VI remake. I don’t believe it’s more deserving than VII, but I’d buy and really enjoy that game as well.

  4. I was into this until I saw how biased and opinionated it was. You’re barely using facts to back up why you think FF7 is inferior. You say
    7 has one epic moment well clearly you forget The dead midgar zolom body left by sephiroth or the weapons awakening and wreaking havoc all over the world and the mass amounts ofsephiroth followers commiting suicide at the north crater. Then you go as far as saying 6 has a better story and characters,which convinces me you’ve never even played 7. Not because I believe it has better characters, but because they are memorable and do have good character development, that makes you care about them. A bigger team doesn’t mean a better one, with less you get more. And if you’re going to compare games on why you think one should be made over the other come unbiased and with full facts.

  5. Way to substantiate your reply. In the vein, VI has the best story. Period.

    In reality, the best story is what spoke to you and should be appreciated for what it is. Aa pointed out above, VII historical impact ensures it means a lot to more people than VI ever did. I’d prefer VI over VII personally but me arguing that with an internet stranger is dumb.

    Appreciate someone’s opinion and move on. Better yet, dont real an opinion article if you’re going just say, “wrong.”

  6. 10 has a better story than both. So does the 13 trilogy. on top of that 5 is more deserving of a remake than 6 anyway. Lastly you dont even present your article as an opinion but rather state it as fact, and then get upset when someone says something different like 4 has a bettee story. You can see this in your replies by using the word period to describe an opinion

  7. FFVI may be the best RPG game ever together with Chrono Trigger. FFVI certainly deserves a remake but it would be difficult to make one that pleases people. How would you even start to design it? Would you go full CGI and have the game design like FF7 or would you go A Link to the past remake style and maintain a similar feel to the original. Would you maintain the same combat system or change it significantly to please the younger fans. There are a lot of questions that dont neccesarily have a right or wrong answer but can ruin the way the game is received by the community.

  8. FF7 has the psychology, philosophy, cinematography, archaeology, spiritualism, science, existentialism, colour theory, also hidden history, alchemy, anthropolosophy, religious subtext interwoven into characters and plot points. You can ignore all that, and you probably will, depending on how much you know in life.

    But even ignoring all that I can just say if FF6 was announced it wouldn’t have anywhere near the same reaction.

  9. Yes! More FF6 fans tears! MMMMM they taste so good! FF7 will always be more loved. It doesn’t matter which one is better, all that matters is which game makes more $. Reality bites.

  10. All those that have followed the FF franchise have favourite music or moments. I have every game in series and already pre-ordered FF VII remake.
    I would say music theme XII, sentimental is General Beatrix red rose theme in IX. Worst story is X2, worst game play XIII (far too linear). I am in love with Prompto in XV…. My favourite FF is VIII.

  11. FF6 fanboys are so flippant. I loved FF6 so don’t get me wrong when I tell you to get your head straight. This whole article was an angry rant for, in your opinion, favorite FF game. You proved nothing in your attempt make FF6 sound better then FF7. If fact, your just bitching about two awesome games. So accept my smiley face emoji when I tell you a real fact. FF7 is being remade, because it’s the best final fantasy game 🙂

  12. By the time you get the airship in the World of Ruin, the player can pick up every character including two extras: Gogo & Umaro.

  13. Nothing about Final Fantasy 6 was remarkable. Sorry Terra adventure was a little lame. Granted with HD space the way it is now the story could be followed up better and turned into something amazing; but lets get real the only thing cool about FF6 was all the magicite and number of summing you can do. I mean seriously when it comes to FF games you can’t harsh on graphics or music they are always top notch when released. You must set that aside every iteration will get graphically better and tighter music, but the story is either bust or not. FF 7 took us to a new level in terms of trying to bring FF into as modern of a world as possible with a great flare. I think the only fair way to judge a FF game is by its story thats why FF13 is the worse ever.

  14. Although you make good points, Final Fantasy VI wasn’t even in the top 5 sellers while FFVII sits on top. Hell FFVII had 3 discs.

  15. You aren’t completely wrong, but FFVII is more deserving than FFVI because that’s what got a lot of people into the series including myself although FFX is probably tied with FFVII for my favorite

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