In between the uplifting, satisfying wins and the demoralizing losses that come with the Starcraft 2 multiplayer experience, I travel through the open landscapes of Final Fantasy III on my Super Nintendo. Even with the firm belief that no Japanese role playing game can persuade me to think that the genre is actually worth spending time with, I still remain curious. I have yet to see - despite multiple attempts with different games from different eras - why the Japanese RPG was ever relevant, or even somewhat still desirable in this generation.
I firmly believe that experimenting with a variety of games within the genre that I'll be able to understand the draw that has lured in so many people. So why did I spend ridiculous amounts of money on a 20 year old game for a genre that has consistently disappointed me? It was probably the reputation of Squaresoft's third game in the Final Fantasy franchise (really the sixth game if you want to be technical) being arguably the best Final Fantasy ever made. This ambiguous reputation revealed to me a sliver of hope that Final Fantasy III will be the game to spark a revelation, thus ultimately change my perspective about the genre. At around 13 or so hours into this highly regarded JRPG, my experience has been the most enjoyable and least painful of comparative ventures, but I have yet to see the brilliance that makes this the best Final Fantasy.