Site Columns By Lisa
August 28, 2001 - 8:18 PM

Hello World!

After going to see 'Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within' at the cinema, I have come to one sad, yet inevitable conclusion. I need a Playstation 2.

I love the final fantasy games. They're like nothing else; existing somewhere between a film, a book and a game. Final Fantasy IX came out for Playstation here in Europe in February. It's going to be the last Playstation FF game. And, if the release schedule over at Square Europe is to be believed (and it may not, I'm not even sure if Square Europe still exists) it will have been the last game by the makers of the games and the new movie on the system. Bear in mind that us European gamers don't have all the fine releases you lucky Americans have, like Xeongears, Final Fantasy Tactics, Chrono Cross, Legend of Mana, Final Fantasy Chronicles the Lunar games, Tales of Destiny and many many more. And no, importing isn't an option for me, as my knackered old telly doesn't accept an NTSC signal.

So what is a girl to do? Get one of the new systems that this company is developing for now, of course, There is one slight problem with this.

When I bought my faithful Playstation, it was somewhere in the region of a hundred quid. A Playstation 2 however, is more like three hundred. 270 to be exact. You have to admit, that's rather a lot of cash.

I don't care about the fact that it can play DVDs or blends in with other technological equipment. I don't care about the bells, the whistles or the fact that it can make my coffee in a morning. I just want it to be able to play Final Fantasy X. Being able to play it without bankrupting myself would also be an advantage.

I'll just have to be patient and hope that maybe just maybe, the price will come down eventually. Or that someone I know wins the National Lottery. Or that Christian sees sense and realises that it would be a business expense ("Just think of all the Trek games I could review for you!"). Or keep playing Breath of Fire IV (my latest obsession) on my PSX and attempt to convince myself that it's just as good. *sigh*

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