One of my favourite elements to the Final Fantasy game series are what I most commonly refer to as summons (although they have went by other names too, e.g. aeons, esper.) Since I've played a few Final Fantasy games and a few of these summons appear in more than once but sometimes alter in form. It got me wondering, how do they look in games I haven't played? How have they developed with technology?
Before we get in to it, the dates are generally the first release date (normally Japan) and all of the images and stuff are not mine - they are from Wikia which is terrible of me, I know, but I want to point out I'm not taking credit for these images, I've just collected them to display in this timeline.
"Shiva's basic physical characteristics are that of a willowy humanoid female with pale skin and long, blue hair so to invoke an image of ice and cold. This image is reinforced in later summon sequences by the addition of arctic winds, freezing temperatures and large ice crystal formations." (Final Fantasy Wikia)
Final Fantasy III, NES version (1990)
Final Fantasy IV, SNES version (1991)
Final Fantasy V (1992)
Final Fantasy VI, SNES Version (1994)
Final Fantasy VII (1997)
Final Fantasy VIII (1999)
Final Fantasy IX (2000)
Final Fantasy X (2001)
Final Fantasy X & X-2, Dark Shiva (2001)
Final Fantasy XI (2002)
Final Fantasy XIII, Shiva Twins (2009)
Final Fantasy XIII-2, Shiva Twins (2011)
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Shiva Twins (2013)
Final Fantasy XIV (2013)
Those were the Final Fantasy series in my eyes, but of course there are a bunch of other Final Fantasy games too in which Shiva has appeared. I'll be honest, this kind of post makes me realise how little I've played in the Final Fantasy series when I consider it one of my favourite series of games. Whoops. These are spin offs, remakes and games in their own right.
Final Fantasy Tactics (1997)
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (2003)
Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift (2007)
Final Fantasy IV, DS version (2007)
Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, DS version (2007)
Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)
Final Fantasy Dimensions (2010)
Final Fantasy III, iOS version (2011)
Final Fantasy Type-0 (2011)
Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy (2011)
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (2012)
Final Fantasy Airbourne Brigade (2012)
Final Fantasy Tactics S (2013)
Final Fantasy IV, iOS version (2013)
Final Fantasy Record Keeper (2014)
Final Fantasy Chocobo Series (various)
I hope I've covered every version I could find. I'll admit I haven't played all of these games on every single console and some I didn't even know existed until now. If anything is wrong do point it out!
I was hoping for a nice progression of graphics and themes, but it's a little all over the place due to different consoles and re-releases. No matter! I personally like the aeon version of Final Fantasy X because her dreadlcoked hair is big and decorated. I haven't played Type-0 but I enjoy the fact they put Shiva on rollerblades - it makes her seem youthful and sprightly.
Which is your favourite version of Shiva?