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Final Fantasy (ファイナルファンタジー Fainaru Fantajī?) is a media franchise created by Hironobu Sakaguchi, and is developed and owned by Square Enix (formerly Square). The franchise centers around a series of fantasy and science fantasy role-playing video games (RPGs), but includes motion pictures, anime, printed media, and other merchandise. The first game in the series, published in 1987, was conceived by Sakaguchi as his last-ditch effort in the game industry; the title was a success and spawned sequels. The video game series has since branched into other genres such as tactical role-playing, action role-playing, massively multiplayer online role-playing, racing, third-person shooter, fighting, and rhythm.

Although most Final Fantasy installments are supposedly independent stories with different settings and main characters, they feature identical elements that define the franchise. Recurring elements include plot themes, character names, and game mechanics. Plots center on a group of heroes battling a great evil while exploring the characters' internal struggles and relationships. Character names are frequently derived from the history, languages, and mythologies of cultures worldwide.

The series has been commercially and critically successful; it is Square Enix's best selling video game franchise, with more than 100 million units sold, and one of the best-selling video game franchises. It was awarded a star on the Walk of Game in 2006, and holds seven Guinness World Records in the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2008. The series is well known for its innovation, visuals, and music, such as the inclusion of full motion videos, photo-realistic character models, and orchestrated music by Nobuo Uematsu. Final Fantasy has been a driving force in the video game industry, and the series has affected Square Enix's business practices and its relationships with other video game developers. It has also introduced many features now common in role-playing video games and has been credited with helping to popularize console-based RPGs in markets outside Japan.

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Final Fantasy X-2 (ファイナルファンタジーX-2 Fainaru Fantajī Ten Tsū?) is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square. Originally released in 2003 for Sony's PlayStation 2, the game is currently scheduled for a high-definition re-release for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in 2013. It was released two years after the main game Final Fantasy X. The game's story follows the character Yuna from Final Fantasy X along with Rikku and new character Paine as she seeks to resolve political conflicts in the fictional world of Spira before it leads to war while searching for clues related to the fate of Tidus from the previous game.

Final Fantasy X-2 set several precedents in the Final Fantasy series aside from being the first direct sequel in video game form and the second sequel in the franchise, after the anime Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals. It was the first game in the series to feature only three playable characters, an all-female main cast, and early access to most of the game's locations. Additionally, it featured a variation of the character classes system—one of the series' classic gameplay concepts—and is one of the few games in the series to feature multiple endings. Finally, it was the first Final Fantasy game in the series that did not have musical contributions in it from longtime composer Nobuo Uematsu.

The game was positively received by critics and was commercially successful. After nine months of being released in Japan, it sold a million copies in North America, and approximately four million copies worldwide. Final Fantasy X-2 was voted as the 32nd best game of all time by the readers of Famitsu. The English version of the game won an award for "Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance" at the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences in 2004. The game has attained a rating of 86% on Game Rankings and an 85% rating on Metacritic.

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Final Fantasy is a media franchise created by Hironobu Sakaguchi and owned by Square Enix that includes video games, motion pictures, and other merchandise. Almost every game in the franchise has had albums of music related to just that game. There has additionally been a set of Final Fantasy compilation albums of music from the series produced by Square Enix, as well as several albums produced by outside groups, both officially and unofficially licensed. These albums include music directly from the games, as well as arrangements covering a variety of styles, such as orchestral, piano, vocal, and techno. Nobuo Uematsu, the primary composer of the music for the first ten games of the main series, was heavily involved in the arrangement of many of the albums prior to his departure from the company in 2004.

Square Enix produced the first album, Final Fantasy 1987–1994, in 1994. Since then, Square Enix has produced eighteen albums, leading up to Piano Opera Final Fantasy IV/V/VI in 2012. The first compilation album produced by an outside group was The Best of Final Fantasy 1994–1999: A Musical Tribute, released in 2000 by Sherman F. Heinig; the newest is Those Who Distorted, a download-only album from Cellythm released in 2009. Reception of the albums has been mixed; while some albums are considered by critics to be key components of the Final Fantasy musical catalog, others have been derided as not worth any cost.

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Final Fantasy series

Main series: Final Fantasy • II • III • IV • V • VI • VII • VIII • IX • X • XI • XII • XIII • XIV (A Realm Reborn)
Compilations and collections: I-II • III DS • Collection • Anthology • Chronicles • Origins • Dawn of Souls
Related titles: Mystic Quest • Ehrgeiz • Dissidia (012) • The 4 Heroes of Light • Dimensions • Airborne Brigade • Theatrhythm • Artniks • All the Bravest
Related series: Chocobo • Crystal Chronicles • Fortune Street • Kingdom Hearts • Mana • SaGa • Tactics
Films and animation: Advent Children • Last Order • Legend of the Crystals • The Spirits Within • Unlimited
Overall: Media (Video games) • Character design • Gameplay (Character jobs) • Music
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