Final Fantasy is a massive franchise consisting of 14 major titles (with more on the way), game sequels and add-ons, comic books and manga, anime, and even a couple of feature-length films. The main series is primarily RPG-based, but there are tons of spin-offs and additions that focus on other formats.
Note: The Final Fantasy spin-off series, Crystal Chronicles, is not included here for the sake of brevity. See the ESRB’s catalog for the ratings.
Although not much is maintained from game to game in the way of storyline, there are a few broad categories that we can discuss with kids:
- Do you identify with the protagonists of these games? What about them causes you to identify with them or not?
- Have you ever seen the technology/magic dichotomy in other fantasy series? Do you think this is something unique to Final Fantasy?
Chocobo are yellow chicken-like birds, often functioning as mounts for characters.
Cid is a recurring name attributed to a different character in each game.
The Buster Sword is a recurring weapon in different games, and is sometimes present in other franchises (such as Yu-gi-Oh!).