Who remembers snowboarding in Final Fantasy 7? How about the chocobo races? The arm wrestling and basketball shooting in the arcade? I remember playing all these mini games back when I was a kid. In the recent games there haven’t been many fun mini games or side quests like one experienced in Final Fantasy 7. There have been some other mini games and side quests in the newer games but they just don’t seem as fun or memorable.
In FF7 you are actually forces to play these fun games and snowboarding down a mountain and racing a chocobo are included in the storyline. Later one you are able to play these over again and also race the chocobo’s you’ve spent so much time raising. There was always Joe on the black chocobo though that always had a chocobo with stats a little better than the one you are on. This always kept the game challenging and didn’t just let you win because you have a new awesome chocobo you trained. Having the arcade you could go to and re-play the snowboarding game and many other games in there as well was a nice addition to the game.
In Final Fantasy 8 they did introduce a card game that I’ll admit, I spent a lot of time playing. The card game wasn’t all that fun but was rather tedious in trying to play the same person over and over until they put the card you wanted to win into play. Once you got several of the best cards the game became rather easy, until some strange rules were added and you had to avoid playing in certain regions where they added rules such as “random” where all cards are chosen at random. This would make it hard to get the opponent to play their good card you want, and even when they did it would be hard to win with you having random crappy cards in your hand.
The card game in FF8 was better than the one in FF9 however. FF9 did have some stuff you could do in chocobo forests like digging for treasure, they also had that in Final Fantasy 13 where you could find treasure while riding a chocobo around… but these features just weren’t that fun, not like the old chocobo races anyway. You’d think with the new games that come out they could make some really great mini games rather easily. So why Don’t they? Okay the Blitzball game in FFX was interesting for a while I admit, and wouldn’t mind some attempts at something like that. Something other than “hunts” or “quests” anyways would be nice, as those were never very exciting either in Final Fantasy 12 and 13.