What is this? A contest, or more aptly named ADVENTURE where you replay your most hated/least favorite Final Fantasy game with an open mind and then write in your experiences to the RPGamer Mailbag, where I'll be sharing my own experiences as well.
When does this run? From now until the end of April, but it will be extended if a lot of people are still trying to finish.
Is there a prize? Yeah, I'll buy one random participant an RPG of their choice from this year.
How will the winner be selected? I'll create bots in Unreal Tournament 3 with all your names and see who comes out the winner.
Are there rules? Somewhat. You really need to take the FF game on its own terms and truly give it a second chance, which means I'll promptly bin any entries along the likes of "OMG FFXIII's LINEARITY IS AWFUL STILL", "IF ONLY FFXI WEREN'T AN MMO", etc. I want people to really give these games a second chance, as I'll be doing. You are welcome to substitute your #1 most hated for your 2nd or 3rd if there's a particular reason you don't want to play your most hated. For example, if you really don't want to pay for XI's monthly fee. This is for main series titles, but I will allow the following offshoots:
These direct sequels: The After Years, X-2, XIII-2 (too early for Lightning Returns).
Final Fantasy Tactics (if you hate it for some bizarre reason).
Final Fantasy Type-0
Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light
Final Fantasy Dimensions
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
That's it, fire up an FF and (hopefully) have some fun. When complete you should email me your writeup for the rpgamer mailbag at email@example.com or in the RPGamer Mailbag thread.