Game with the Best Story
BAD PERSON MISSED A DAY. D:< It’s… just that this is such a huge question. It is the ULTIMATE QUESTION for a J-RPG fan! I mean, it’s not even “favorite”; that I could do (Hint: It would be IX). It says best. That’s objective, for goodness’ sake.
I don’t even know games well enough to say objectively! I mean, I hear VI has an amazing story, but I haven’t gotten far enough in it to know. Then there’s VII, of course, but over the years I’ve kind of lost my enthusiasm for VII.
Might just be the hype I’m sick of, though, not the game itself. But… IX really is good, too…. And loathe as I am to leave Final Fantasy, I’ve gotta say, Tales of the Abyss and Symphonia had pretty great stories…. Kingdom Hearts, sorry, but you have way too many plotholes to stand even a remote chance here.
Okay, okay, though. Based on my current knowledge… gotta come down to either VII or IX.
I think IX is vastly underrated for its plot, for a couple of major reasons. First, the path of each character. XIII did really nicely at this too, come to think of it, but a few of its other points are somewhat less than stellar. What I mean, though, is that you don’t have just one big party. You have eight characters. And they all have their own motivations and goals… and it’s not just a given that they’ll stay with the party. Some games fall into the trap of finishing a character’s personal issues and then just keeping them around for the heck of it, like they don’t have anything better to do than hang around your main character. At many points in IX, you have one or two characters running off to do something on their own, and as a bonus, that gives you parallel stories running in different places. For example, when Dagger puts the party to sleep and runs off to Alexandria with Steiner while everyone else goes off to Burmecia.
VII, on the other hand… Like in IX, every character is important. But most of them do become.. rather unimportant later on. That’s okay, though, because Cloud and Sephiroth, and their whole story, is so awesome. Backstory is definitely what turns a good plot into a freaking amazing one. You skip great and plain amazing; a good backstory raises you three notches. Between the Cetra, then Sephiroth, then Cloud and Zack and Sephiroth, and jeez.
And the presentation! I’ve gotta give credit to a game where you get a dramatic Big Reveal, and the main character has a flashback revealing his dark past with the villain… and it ends up not being true. XD I mean, he believed it too, though, and that just makes it better. XD
Wait, I didn’t mean for it to be funny; I meant for it to be a fascinating twist and a thought-provoking insight into his psyche. Seriously, I think it’s brilliant to have a main character who’s so messed up in the head. Just refer to my Zack entry.
*sigh* I could and should go on and on about each of their good points. I didn’t even make the best ones, I don’t think. But it’s late, I have class tomorrow, and I’ve gotten almost no sleep the past couple of nights. For now, I am going to keep this answer open-ended, and leave you only with my thoughts on the matter for you to make your own judgements.
tl;dr: I don’t know.