Top Ten Final Fantasy Games

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1
Final 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.
[Newest]Simply the best... No doubt
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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.
[Newest]The story is the best story in a game I have ever played. full with plot twists and interesting details. The characters are not to be beaten, with maybe tidus a little bit off with great character development. The design is incredible, it is a great landscape. The soundtrack: BEST SOUNDTRACK EVER
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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.
Many games in Final Fantasy are worthy of being called the best, but in my opinion when one considers all the things that make the series great such as easy to learn yet deep gameplay mechanics, memorable characters and storylines, legendary musical scores and exceptional use of the technology available Final Fantasy VI is the comeplete package. Esper's are one of the best mechanic's in series history, characters from Celes to Kefka are memorable and unique and the score is quite possibly the best in series, if not gaming history.
[Newest]SNES 16-bit best characters this should be number 1
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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
[Newest]The creator even stated that when he imagines Final Fantasy. IX is the closest to his vision. So, how is it not the best?
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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.
[Newest]Final Fantasy VI has an awesome and limitless gameplay. It is just plain fantastic.
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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

7Final Fantasy IV
the reason I started playing final fantasy, I love everything about it
This was the best one. Not without its competition though. I've played it on Anthology, the Advance version AND the DS remake.
Simply a classic and is what made all the others a basis for! Cecil kicks ass all the way through not too mention tellaah, rydia, edge, the monk. No other game ever had did the dark knight. Certainly the best by far.
[Newest]Just amazing! This game is the reason I'm a Final Fantasy fan.

8Final 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.
[Newest]By far the best

9Crisis 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
[Newest]Absolutely beautiful soundtrack, and it leads nicely in to FFVII. I think about how good this game is almost every day

10Final 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
Not the best FF game, BUT this beauty is so underrated that I want to give it my vote. Jobsytem! Gigamesh! Battle on the bridge song! Deep customization! A challenge in difficulty! RESPECT FF 5

The Contenders

11Final 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.

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

14final 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

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
Should be in top ten its fun.

16Final 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

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 Tactics Advance
Ths one game boy advance sp was great

21Final 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!

22Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift
SO many hours of my life went into this game
This game is better than tactics advance and war of the lions
This is the best strategic game ever!

23Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

24Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings

25Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers
Despite it not being one of the major Final Fantasy games in the series I think this game is purely amazing! With its unique cast and soundtrack its just so damn amazing! I love it so much! It feels more like you can connect with the characters and it doesn't have the boring and traditional turn based battles that get really boring
Even if it is a spin-off series to the Final Fantasy series, these games were my first exposure to Final Fantasy. I personally have an attachment to these games because of that reason.

Sephirotha


26Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus

27Final Fantasy IV Advance

28Final Fantasy Legend 2
The game of my childhood.
I think, that this was one of the best storylines that I have played, one that made you cry in despair and laugh out loud. One that gave you sleepless nights over defeating a dungeon.
The graphics leave a lot to be desired, but back then it was top notch, best you could get. The music, although it's 8 bit and dated, was way ahead of the rest then.

29Final Fantasy XV
I haven't played this game yet but I have seen some pictures and videos and the graphics are better than all of the final fantasy games and from the videos that I have seen, the storyline is amazing, this is a fantasy based on reality. The main character is Prince Noctis Lucis Caelum and I can't wait to play this game. I think the Release date is 31 December 2014

30Final Fantasy Adventure
My first introduction to the FF series and also the first game to ever make me emotional. The translation left something to be desired but got the job done. I thank this game for leading me to FF6 and FF7.

31Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

32Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest

33Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions

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