2. Final Fantasy VIII: Gunblade, nuff said!
So what do you do when you've got a winning formula for a RPG? The logical course of action would be to come up with a sequel and try to replicate its success. Square Enix could have done that with Final Fantasy VIII but instead, they decided to shove all logic aside and go a different route. Smart move.
So did it pay off? After 13 weeks from its launch in 1999, the game earned a whopping US$50 million, making it the fastest selling Final Fantasy title at that point. How's that for success?
So what made the game so memorable? For us, it would definitely have to be the main character Squall's weapon. Let's not kid ourselves. When a game character lugs around a big-ass sword/gun hybrid gunblade around, how can you not call that cool?
There was also the gameplay. The fantasy monsters you summon could be donned as armour, the combat system allows you to draw ANY spell from anyone in any corner of the game’s planet. It also had Square Enix’s version of Magic: The Gathering, which just added more gameplay hours to the title.
The story, on the other hand, wasn't exactly what we called inspiring with its turgid love triangle. Still, it’s worth suffering through, if only for the Gun Blade. Story aside, the rest of the game shows that the RPG-making company can turn things around when all inhibitions are let loose.