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Celebrating 25 years of adventurous fantasy

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- Twenty-five years ago, four noble youths, each holding a darkened orb of their own, set out in an adventure to return light to the crystal, vanquish evil and restore peace to the world. Their two-dimensional journey on the now-extinct Famicom marks what gamers all over the world would call the landmark of the RPG (Role-Playing Video Game) genre - the birth of the best-loved video game series, Final Fantasy. 

For 25 years, Square Enix (originally Square), has charmed the world with one adventure after another, on platforms that range from the Famicom (Nintendo Entertainment System) and Super Famicom (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) to PlayStation, Gameboy Advance, PlayStation Portable (PSP) to iOS and Android. To celebrate two-and-a-half decades of giving gamers the world over an adventure full of exciting and heart-wrenching plots, gorgeous, ground-breaking graphics and music scores that have been performed by orchestras all over the world, Square Enix is releasing "Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Ultimate Box", which contains all 13 main games, plus limited edition goodies.

Those who have the guts to buy this box set, priced at JPY35,000 (13,000 baht), surely must love the series enough to have at least played each instalment once - and the discs would probably be meant as collector's items than for real use. This is because in order to play all 13 games, you need to have four Sony systems - an original PlayStation (PS1), a PSP, a PlayStation 2 (PS2), and a PlayStation 3 (PS3). Final Fantasy through Final Fantasy IX, with the exception of Final Fantasy III, works with PS1, while Final Fantasy X-XII with PS2, Final Fantasy XIII with PS3 and Final Fantasy III with PSP. Or, if you're lucky enough to possess a rare PS3 with backwards compatibility, you still would need a PSP to play Final Fantasy III.

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