Top Ten Final Fantasy Games

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1Final Fantasy VII

I played final fantasy vii to see how it compares to the other games and it beat the crap out of the other games in everything except the graphics because compared to xiv & the other new ones the graphics just don't compare;though everything else about it is way better. I mean I just wish they'd re-master it for ps3/x-box 360/pc with way better graphics & it'd be no questions asked the best game out there

Final Fantasy VII is the best final fantasy in every category except of course graphics. That being said, Final Fantasy VII was the pinnacle of graphic achievement when it came out in 1997. If you keep that in mind, then surely you will appreciate that the game is quite old and shows its age. The story, plot, gameplay, and game mechanics are top notch and will forever be not only the best final fantasy, but also one of the best games of all time.

The characters and plot are my favorite out of all in the franchise. The only game that I think will come close to this is 13 versus and I've done extensive research on that game and it looks amazing. There's a reason this game has movies and branch off games; it's because it's the best.

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2Final Fantasy X

From someone who has played every FF game to completion, this was my favorite, and still is. One of the things a true FF fan will notice about this game is the MUSIC, this game's soundtrack is absolutely, ridiculously good. Its a bridge to the emotions of the player and it works SO well that I could say it is potentially the most important part of this game. Remember The Hymn of the Faith in all its different incarnations playing as almost a underlying theme to the whole story.

The story is epic, the battle system is the best of all FF's even today (best blend of classic FF style + you can swap your characters in mid battle, making them feel like they are all helping! ). The characters themselves are amazing and except for Tidus being kind of a whiner sometimes, thy are all pretty are fantastic. I'm thrilled they are remaking this, and for good reason. They know how good it is too. Go Square!

The story is amazing, the emotion in this game really connects with the player. The music enhances this game spectacularly like is rarely ever seen, and some of the characters such as Auron, Khimari and Lulu are among the best ever seen. The sphere grid leveling system was the most fun mechanic I've seen in a FF game, and you really got the sense of TRAVEL across a fantasy world as you work towards Zanarkand. My favorite FF ever, what I believe to be the pinnacle achievement for the entire series. A spectactularly amazing game.

No FF has ever had a more emotional quality to it like this game has. Plus the game-play and all the rest makes this the assured greatest FF ever made. No one should ever argue with this.

This game has alway been my favorite for the beautiful music to amazing graphics I have beaten this game time and time again because of the amazing story and amazing characters this will go down and one of my favorite games

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3Final Fantasy VI

It's the longest and most complex story, the love story is not the main plot, but it really touch you, because is not as easy (or pretentious) as in the other ff like "i saw you then I love you". Is not as square as "you have just one main character", you have 3 main characters, besides a lot more really great characters. You are free to decide even if you don't want to use the main characters (not that I recommend it, because they are great). The music is very advanced for the time. And has a villian that you really hate

Ranked #1 on nearly every critics list out there, and by far the purest FF experience of any of the games in the series this one walked the perfect balance of futuristic and medieval settings. With the exception of this one, fans of the series are quick to point out the flaws that each of the other FF games have. There's a reason for this. Can anyone think of anything truly wrong with this game? FFVII and X routinely score higher than they deserve on lists for FF games because of the high number of younger fans they attracted who hold them in higher esteem and nostalgia, but while neither is by any means a bad game, the real aficionados will always place FFVI higher.

Final Fantasy 6 is the best because it does so many things. The characters are by far the best from a final fantasy game. They feel human, as if they are real people with real problems and real feelings. This is shown best in the World of Ruin. Unlike 'the chosen ones' they don't miraculously gain power to destroy kefka (the best villain by the way), instead they live like ordinary people. Celes commits suicide if cid (the only other person that lives in her mind) dies. This isn't a grand sacrifice for a greater cause but out of sheer depression and hopelessness. Terra helps protect a broken village and supports the children and the young adults whilst the woman is pregnant. Locke desperately tries to resurrect his loved one. In the World of Balance, Cyan has to deal with losing his kingdom to kefka and comes to terms with his loss in the WoR. Setzers also has to deal with loss as he descends into his loved one's tomb to recover her airship. Shadow has an incredible backstory that I won't spoil ;). Every character is written like a main. The Opera Scene is truly incredible and iconic as well. The villain succeeds in his maniacal scheme and manages to kill many people and manipulate the power of the gods whilst still remaining funny. On the subject of funny, a giant purple octopus named ultros gives comic relief to help balance out the bleakness of the game. The music is phenomenal with amazing pieces such as mad lab, Terra's theme, Relm's theme, Edgar and Sabin's theme and Dancing Mad to name a few. The soundtrack is consistently incredible from start to finish. Plus, the gameplay is intricate and makes every character unique with their special abilities which ffvii fails to do. The system used paved the way for future installments such as ffvii but I feel like ffvi does it best. I could sing praises about this game for years but I feel like I've summed it up the best I can. I could talk about the sidequests, bosses, graphics etc but those things must be experienced and frankly, I don't have the time. For a 16 bit JRPG, this is one of the most real experiences I have ever had.

First Final Fantasy game I ever played, will always remain the best in my heart - cbrann10

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4Final Fantasy IX

The ninth game of the series is probably what we can call a perfection.
Some of the strongest characters (in personality) come here, and the story is the best one in all the games of the series.
The characters are complex, the story is complex... The best character ever of the series is here... Everything is. It's perfect.
This wins the most perfect character of the series is also here: Vivi is the most complex person in any FF game.
Even though FF IV and VI come close after this one, in 2nd and 3rd spots, in order, I gotta give up to IX, which is perfection.

I enjoyed VII very much, but I feel it overshadows other entries in the series. My vote would have probably gone towards Final Fantasy X, which in my opinion was the last good game in the series. However, Final Fantasy IX is full of magic & charm that made the series so great in the first place. This game boosts some of the finest visuals on the PSX and is the best looking on the platform. It was underrated due to the success of the PS2.

How does IX lose to VI? VI bored me for a good while and the story wasn't nearly as appealing as IX. IX has everything that makes Final Fantasy: Awesome music, great story and characters, perfect controls and battle system, and an excellent adventure. A classic RPG

No words can describe how amazing this game is.

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5Final Fantasy VIII

I've played nearly all the final fantasy games and this is the one I keep coming back to I loved the way that you had to make your weapons and the way that you drew magic and GFs from enemies this is defiantly the very best final fantasy!

The story is weird, but what FF game isn't? Ff8's uniqueness should be given credit, it surely is different, but I personally find the story and cast very nice and well done, it's the plot holes that causes many confusion, most people won't get it on the first try. Finally, if you're like me, loves drama, 8's live story drama is its greatest attraction.

Sadly, this game is so underrated. It has a great and engaging story, wonderful heroes and villains and an absolutely outstanding score. The gameplay wasn't bad either - it actually was pretty good with an innovative battle system which let the player very much freedom at customizing their characters.

This is the first Final Fantasy Game with sex in it. 9-now have sex in it too.

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6Final Fantasy XII

Final Fantasy XII remains my favorite game of all time. The game as a whole breaks away from so many of the cliched pitfalls the other Final Fantasies fell into, such as random encounter turn-based battles and the overdone end-of-the-world storyline. Its graphics were top-of-the-line at the time it came out, and don't cease to amaze me (though graphics are not what make a game). The storyline is undoubtedly the most developed, and surpasses the rest in the series. It was so excellent that Square Enix hired professional actors to voice all of the characters, so that the plot would have no injustice done to it. (Not to mention the characters are all so well expressed and realistic, anyway. ) The gambit system was a stroke of brilliance, both very challenging and an excellent way to break away from random encounters and turn-based game play. Playing it, I loved leading a revolution against an overpowering empire, and unraveling the mystery behind everything.

Just as a side-note, I believe FF XII is the reason the "Ivalice Alliance" came to be; as big a success as it was, making more games set in Ivalice was no doubt called for.

This is actually the best one ever. You have horrible taste and should be ashamed of yourself if you thought this game sucked. This is what a Final Fantasy game should be. This was a great ensemble of main characters (plural). The English voice acting was great, none of this whiny crap that goes on in anime (seriously, who directs those actors to talk like that? ). I don't know... I guess anime fans have a different mind set. The other games were fun but seemed castrated. This one actually had a pair! Best story, best aesthetic value, best game play, best voice acting (you other people should learn from this) BEST GAME EVER!

this should be on top, its surely my all time favourite RPG, and yes I played vii

I voted Final Fantasy12 infinity times!

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7Final Fantasy IV

the reason I started playing final fantasy, I love everything about it

I don't believe this should be number one, but this entry definitely deserves top three. The ultimate story of redemption is poured into the world of Cecil the dark knight. Never to be forgotten.

This was the best one. Not without its competition though. I've played it on Anthology, the Advance version AND the DS remake.

Hey hey hey this needs to be top 5!

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8Final Fantasy V

Why is this so low on the list? This game was by far the best when it came down to music and game play, I played it twice just to see the final boss as well ;).

Job class system is amazing. This game doesn't get enough credit

It amazes me that this should be anywhere on the list beneath VII.

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9Final Fantasy Tactics

Complex story, awesome soundtrack, believable characters, good length and probably the best battle system of the series.

The story, characters, gameplay, everything about this game was great and the finest game on the series. - AlfredFJones

This game is the most underrated thing I have ever heard of. The immensity of perfection that this game has is crazy.
1. The job system is the best I have seen in any game by far, its understandable, well animated, unique and really gives the creation of a character from a simple squire to dark knight a story. Every character you create has a personal fulfilment
2. It has the dragoon class
3. the skill sets are amazing with the Jp system and mastery system
4. The characters are amesome, with people like Ramza, Delitia, Agrald, Agrais, CLOUD STRIFE! And many more, each have a detailed and fulfilling story
5. The story line has such a great meanning
6. The whole game is set in old English that is just awesome to read, makes the experience the more unique

10Final Fantasy XIII

I don't care if people think this game is bad or has a crap story line! I think the story line is amazing and beautiful! The characters are amazing and unforgettable and I can really connect with them! I love lightning so much. She's proof that woman can be strong minded!
Also with the best battle system I've seen on a Final Fantasy game and with all the choices of what style you want to fight with makes it easy to find the style to suit you! And to top it all off the game has an amazing soundtrack! I can listen to one piece of music from that game 5 hours straight!

After playing Final Fantasy XI and XI-2, the Final Fantasy XI games were really good in my opinion but not the best.. Then when Lightning Return came out.. Wow.. The story was the best so far and we can see how developed each character is compared to the first game. I think it's a beautifully well written story and I love the gameplay even though most do not

Lightning is hot and that black guy is cool.

By far the best

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The Contenders

11final fantasy X-2

To me, Final Fantasy X-2, was the best FF game ever, with amazing graphics, awesome characters and emotional music, this game should have more credit then what it's given to right now, this game is the reason it makes me love FF, it makes me cry every time. Not to mention the story is the best of any FF game

12Final Fantasy

Everyone seems to forget that, without this game, there WOULDN'T BE Final Fantasy. It was a last ditch effort. It is also truly great how the first enemy you face is also the last. I thought he was just a tutorial enemy, while he is ' Chaos. I'm pretty sure no one knew who Garland really was. One Word for this game: EPIC!

13Final Fantasy III

Amazing Famicon game that really pushed the system to its limits. It kept amazing me time and time again with what they managed to pull off on such limited hardware. It's really too bad it was never released outside of Japan. This game definitely deserves to be way higher on this list, despite its simplicity compared to the later parts in the series.

I hadn't even mentioned all the cool concepts this game introduced! An evil Djin that turned people invisible against their will? A huge flying tree? An endless ocean with that beautiful background music that just screams "grandiose" as you're flying over it. It's incredible. - Maplestrip

Sixty or so hour of this may seem to much but it the best final fantasy game ever

Love the game, so many hours and so much strategy

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14Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

This is a great game. I have recently played Crisis Core before I started replaying VII and then move on to watch the movie Advent Children. The story on how the Buster Sword came into Clouds possession is remarkable to say the least.

Amazing story and graphics for PSP! Definitely my favorite PSP game of all time! Also one of my favorite games ever!

Why is this placed 11, suppose not many people own a psp... Graphics, storyline, awesome cutscenes, battle system is a little more active but only matter was that it was short for me

Hey! Everyone should vote this game because this is the prequel of final fantasy 7

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15Dissidia Final Fantasy

To me is the best Final Fantasy Game, its a shame that it wasn't already in

Great graphics, awesome story and incredible characters and much more

I'm not a big fan of Final Fantasy, but this game has to be for me one of my all-time favorite games. - CastlevaniaFanboy128

It deserves the crown

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16Final Fantasy IV DS

The best Final Fantasy Remake in my opinion. The story is awesome and the characters are lovely and unforgettably awesome. For me it is the best Final Fantasy Game on Nintendo DS and is one of the "graphic- highlights" of the Nintendo DS.

My first final fantasy game.

17Final Fantasy XIII-2

Even if it's kinda new, it was a HUGE improvement over the last game, and storyline wasn't as hard to understand as well. Great game, beat it in about 30 hours (not counting optional stuff). - Akai

Wow! SO much better than XI! This is definitely better than a lot of the games that are higher. FFIV twice? You've got to be joking. This one's the best!

18Final Fantasy II
19Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Has multiple elements from past Final Fantasy games, and really brings you intro its world with its setting and story. Forget the original crap release of XIV. FFXIV:ARR is an amazing title, and you should check it out!

Great story, beautiful setting, awesome music, fun gameplay, yes this game has it all. It really is underrated.

20Final Fantasy Legend 3

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is one of the underrated gems of the series. The story was heartfelt and moving and fairly complex. The game play wasn't without faults but it does nothing to take away from the playability. The graphics and music were great considering the platform it was on. The characters were engaging and believeable and the message of the story was one worth taking note of, its OK to escape from your problems for a while but someday you have to stop hiding and face them. Even
Today I'll still pop this gem in and do a play through.

I've heard so much about this game!

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