If you didn’t start gaming until after the year 2000, then you may never realize the degree to which the 90’s kids were spoiled. We were those ungrateful little girls who, on their Sweet 16, whined that their brand new Mustang was the wrong color.
Because back then, SquareSoft could just sneeze, and a game as brilliant as FF Tactics would splat against the wall. Nowadays, we’d get something like Crystal Chronicles.
This was a thinking man’s game – no amount of droll “X” pressing would get you anywhere. It took away that tired criticism of JRPG gameplay amounting to repeated button-mashing and replaced it with intensely deep character customization, elevation changes, and a mature storyline.
Look, we loved Tactics Ogre, but FFT really brought the whole package together.