Well Mikey and I had a little agreement. I said if he would cover Final Fantasy VII in this thread, I would do Final Fantasy VI. So here we go.
System: Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Genre: Role-Playing Game
Well where to start with this one. First off Final Fantasy IV already hit a pretty good success here, so a nice successor was not too far way. What we got was nothing short of perfection. The characters and story is what works really well here. The story is pretty simple. The game steps out of it's traditional medieval setting and into a more modern take, a steampunk setting. Pretty much it's technology vs. magic. I know that is an understatement and a very blunt way of putting it, but that's the best way I can say it without spoiling it.
I can't tell you much about the characters and the story, because shedding any sort of light will spoil the game. I can't even tell you about the main character for two reasons. One doing so would spoil the very beginning of the game and two there is no main character in Final Fantasy VI. Some would argue that the beginning of the game does show you the main character, but with everyone's back stories and stories throughout the game, makes it to where there is no real one main character.
One character I can talk about is that of Kefka, which is going to be my rebuttal to Mikey's FFVII post. Also SPOILERS AHEAD! TURN BACK NOW! Yes Kefka does destroy the world, he fucked it up badly, in other words he did bring it to an end. The world doesn't have to blow up for it to and end... the happy ending of it being reversed does disappoint me though, and that's not really a big spoiler. When Sephiroth kills off a character it has two different meanings. One if you were emotionally involved with this character, then it was a really sad moment. For me though, it was more of a shock. A character that you played as, worked on leveling up, and battled with was gone. For good. Not coming back.
With Final Fantasy VI, the world did end. Which was a shock at that time to. Mainly because you would always stop the villain before they actually destroyed the world. However here, you were too late. I will tell you, this pissed me off. No matter how hard I fought, I lost.
The graphics are great, not as great as Chrono Trigger, but still great. The music is also amazing and stands as some of the best music on the Super Nintendo... and that's saying something. All in all Final Fantasy VI was a true staple in the Final Fantasy series.
Looking back on this game, it has aged quite well. The graphics still look really great, the music is still outstanding, the story is still amazing and overall it still stands tall. However unlike Chrono Trigger, it's not as perfect as it used to be. The battle system is very basic when stood up with other games.
The characters although still engaging, when stood up with others they do fairly good at some times better than the more modern characters. A good example would be Final Fantasy VI characters are more engaging than Skyrim, but not as engaging as Mass Effect's characters (let the hatred commence).
The only character that is still just as engaging is Kefka. Although not as much backstory as Sephiroth, with Sephiroth you sympathize. With Kefka you pity. Kefka doesn't have a lot of story to him, which does make him more mysterious as well, and in my opinion means less is more. It's why to this day people are still trying to figure out Link's character.
All in all what can be said. What was set in stone is still just as good, it has been outclassed though. This game would be the framework for Final Fantasy VII though, that much is obvious. One thing I will say though is this. Final Fantasy VI's graphics have aged better than Final Fantasy VII's. If there were a game that needed an HD remake it would be Final Fantasy VII. There really isn't much else to be said about this game. What was here was still good, but when matched up with games we have today... it kind of steps back a bit.