Heroes' Hiro Knows His Final Fantasy

Entering the press room at BlizzCon 2010 late Saturday afternoon, I overheard one of Blizzard's PR people arguing that Final Fantasy XIII was the best in the series. I couldn't help but get involved. Neither could Heroes star Masi Oka.

I didn't get involved in the conversation because Masi was standing there. I got involved in the conversation because someone, who shall remain nameless, was calling Final Fantasy XIII the best game in the Final Fantasy series.

As I approached, an attractive Asian female started to loudly argue that Final Fantasy VII was the greatest game in the series, hands-down. The Blizzard PR rep argued that it was overrated. I crassly commented that Final Fantasy VII was only popular because teen girls want to see Cloud and Sephiroth making out.

The argument went on for nearly a full minute before I realised I was in a Final Fantasy discussion with Hiro Nakamura and his female companion. I wasn't even sure it was him until he held out his hand and offered, "Hi! I'm Masi."

Somewhere deep inside me my inner fanboy was screaming, but there was Final Fantasy to discuss. I should Masi and friend my tattoos.

"The first Final Fantasy was brutal," he commented. I agreed. All of that trouble to save Princess Sara, and all you get in return is a bridge. There was tons of grinding and little instruction on where to go or what to do.

"The second and third ones got better at it," he added.

Note that I didn't ask Masi for his autograph or take his photo. We were inside the press room, and while a major star in geek circles deserves to get mobbed when walking into a room full of journalists, it seemed a bit tactless to go from a frank discussion on the Final Fantasy franchise to "Hey, can I get your picture?"

While we were chatting I called my camera woman/fiancée over to show off her chocobo tattoo, which led to her and Masi's female friend pairing off to discuss the relative cuteness of chocobos in Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon.

In the end, both Masi and I agreed that we didn't mind the straightforward, linear gameplay of Final Fantasy XIII when compared to the aimless wandering of the original.

Before wandering off to grab a little press room dinner, I suggested Heroes' Hiro try out Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light for a nice balance between old and new. I hope he didn't think I was trying to be funny.

Masi Oka can currently be seen playing the role of medical examiner Max Bergman in the CBS remake of Hawaii Five-O.


Comments

    I should YOU my tattoo. Typo in 4th paragraph

    I love the old "get lost and swear at the console" RPGs.

    Love 4 heroes, it's breaking me!

    I wonder if there were any good words said about FFVI in this conversation?

    I'm not certain that "it's better than FF1" is a compliment XD

    I still believe final fantasy 6 was the best. FF7 was just FF6 with fancy graphics.

    But what was his favourite? And yours for that matter, Mike.

    I still favour FFVIII.

      And here I thought I was the only one.

        Definately not, VIII was brilliant. While its formula wasn't that greatly changed, for me it was a breath of fresh air... story wise, graphically, and music were all vast improvements over VII. Its one of those games you'll never fully forget and never see surpased; not because better games can't be made, but because you made a connection with it at that time of your life. Which is why im sure everyone has their own opinion as to which game was better... and why noone would choose XIII if they grew up with the originals.

    you see? You see what those stupid fantards have done to FF7? My personal favourite is FF7 with FF6 coming up behind. Why? They had such an engrossing story and fairly strategic combat system imo. Sure cloud got to be stupidly whiny after a while, but it's fantards who have ruined the public's view of ff7 and that saddens me. Please, play ff7 WITHOUT thinking of fantards and there's an enjoyable game!

    "There was tons of grinding and little instruction on where to go or what to do."

    Sounds just like high school...

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