The Final Fantasy series contains some of the most revered games in history, and the sixth installment regularly comes up in discussions of the greatest RPG of all time. In this new recurring feature, we take a nostalgic look back at the many things – big and small – that made our favorite games great. We're going to kick it all off by looking at Why We Love Final Fantasy VI.

Lifetime Achievement Award: The Opera House

You can’t talk about the iconic moments of Final Fantasy VI without mentioning the scene at the Jidoor opera house. In fact, many of the game’s other great parts rarely get their due credit because everyone’s busy raving about the opera sequence. So, let’s just get that over with right away. Here’s a video of the section where Celes is singing:


Yep, that’s still awesome. Time to move on.

The Cast

Final Fantasy VI has the largest playable cast in the entire series. With so many characters, you might think that your ranks would get padded with garbage party members. Thankfully, that just doesn’t happen. Most of the characters have useful abilities and cool backstories and are just generally fun to have around during your quest to save the world. Locke, Terra, Celes, Edgar, Sabin, Cyan…the list keeps on going.

Being General Leo

Established from the beginning the Empire’s most skilled warrior, general Leo is the only member of the enemy forces you can actually respect. He serves the Empire with honor, aiming to protect its citizens and forge peace. All of Leo’s build-up as a character pays off when players get to control him for an all-too-brief battle against Kefka, which ends tragically for the general.