Top Ten Final Fantasy Games

The Top Ten

1 Final Fantasy VII Final Fantasy VII Product Image

FF VII manages to combine a solid story arc for every single character into a well-paced overall story. Especially outstanding in the department of character arcs are Tifa, Aeris and, of course, Cloud Strife. But every other character also gets some nice development. The extensive compilation material is testament to the awesome world building and the villain Sephiroth may be the most iconic in all of Final Fantasy.

I play this on the PC a lot. This game has an emotional and compelling story, a plethora of good characters who make the experience more enriching, philosophical value, excellent plot twists, a plethora of amazing summons (my favorite so far being Bahamut ZERO), a vast world to explore, fun missions, an easy to hate villain, and an easy to hate organization of villians who think that they are doing good.

Nothing could possibly beat this. I can't believe that I didn't play this game sooner in my life. This was the first Final Fantasy game that I have played myself, but from what I have seen from other Final Fantasy games, this one gets the golden cigar.

While Final Fantasy VI may have been the first game in the franchise to emotionally invest the time of its users, Final Fantasy VII perfected it. It's the only game in the series people love to hate, and hate to love. Whether it be the death of Aerith, to the realization that Sephiroth was much deeper than a final boss fight, hundreds of users spent countless hours dissecting every inch of the game in hope of finding a secret side quest; one that would resolve the tensions surrounding these harsh realities within the plot.

VII will forever be THE Final Fantasy. I have to give a nod to VI as well because that time of RPG's was the pinnacle in my opinion, and together they sort of occupy this time and place where Square was king of the world as they transitioned from 16 bit games to greater hardware where you could tell a story in a different way.

Having started playing the series all the way back to the original on my NES, 7 is still the one that stays with me the most. The story was the best, the villain the best (VI and IX lose points there for me in that Kefka and Kuja seemed more like clowns to a degree, so it wasn't as believable to me for them to be the main villains), and even though nowadays the graphics are a bit dated, at the time the fights and world looked tremendous while you explored. Midgar itself was amazing, and rumors of an expanded look at the city in the upcoming remake have me very excited.

Everyone has an opinion on which is the best FF, sometimes which one they ...more

2 Final Fantasy X Final Fantasy X Product Image

Awesome combat system, the HD remaster made an already amazing soundtrack into something far better than before (some disagree with that but the remaster lets you decide between remastered and original soundtrack anyway). For me Tidus was one of the most believable character arcs in the series. A 17 year old boy thrown into a foreign world where his abusive father is deemed a hero would have many reasons to be whiny. Over time he finds himself, the love of his life, and a sense of selflessness. The love story is one of the most well known aspects of FFX for a reason. The blitzball minigame is confusing and difficult at first but over time I really enjoyed playing it. The endgame is massive: if you want to find/upgrade the Celestial Weapons (which allow you to limit break) good luck doing so without research. If you want to take on every superboss (there are MANY), good luck.

My only complaint is some aspects of the story are very confusing: how did Jecht arrive in Spira, how ...more

First off DISCLAIMER: I have NOT played VII so my opinion of putting this as my favorite should be taken with a grain of salt.

Now that that's out of the way, this game may just be one of my favorite video games of all time (DK64 is probably my favorite but clearly there's a lot of good games out there I have yet to play)
Between 2 save profiles in this game, one last played in 2010 or so and the last one in 2015 (PS2, not HD remake) I have over 300 hours in this game alone and I still could play more. The story can make the player attach emotionally to it to the point where you wish you could change certain twists where at the same time you wouldn't want it any other way.

I wish I could explain more coherently but this game just consumes me.

This Final Fantasy game was my first FF main series game, and boy it did not disappoint. It was brilliant, heart wrenching, beautiful, and smart. The characters in it were so layered they felt as if they were real. Each dealt with different realities they had to face and the worst one of all was Tidus. Tidus is a brilliant and relatable main character he's very funny, cheerful, optimistic, and naive. However even though he's a bit naive it's his growth that is astonishing. During the story he learns so much about reality exploring the world of Spira with his companions. The world of Spira was so similar to the real world, except you know with giant monsters. It dealt with faith, love, self-worth, sacrifice, duty, growing up, and family.

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. It's 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!

3 Final Fantasy VI Final Fantasy VI Product Image

Best story, massive twist mid-way through the game leads to a crazy second act the builds to a climactic final fight. Kefka is easily the best villain of the series, imagine if The Joker knew magic and wanted to be a god of chaos.

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.

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 villain that you really hate

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.

4 Final Fantasy IX Final Fantasy IX Product Image

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.

Awesome story, Well-developed characters, Addictive gameplay, Enchanting music, Fun towns to explore. Final Fantasy IX is the best as even the creator of Final Fantasy said that it is to him, "the ideal Final Fantasy."

Final Fantasy VII is overrated and it's just about Cloud's lies.
Final Fantasy X is mediocre compared to its predecessors.
Final Fantasy VI, well, fantastic story but the game is only second to IX.

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.

First game I ever played so nostalgia takes a huge part in this but I love 9 more than any other PS1 Final Fantasy games. The graphics are great, the music is great, the characters are great and the combat looks simple enough but can be expansive. My problem with many newer FF games is that they are all futuristic or modern however FF9 returned the series back to it's roots which continued in later games. I don't know how to end this. Good game.

5 Final Fantasy VIII Final Fantasy VIII Product Image

One of the best ever in the franchise. I most especially enjoyed Squall's growth as a character. From being an anti-social, doesn't give a damn about anything type of teen, he grows into a young leader, starts caring for the well-being of his friends, and overcomes his fear of being left behind. Gameplay wise, I rather enjoyed the R1 trigger, the Limit Breaks and the girlfriend casting.

I love most off ff games some more then others. Every game have something interesting that other game don't have. So I'm gona vote here for ff 8 cose I know its not favorite game for majority of ff fans. For me it was rly fun game and Squal my favorite hero I also like junction system and draw. Ff vii is maybe better cose have tons of things you can do in game, but you know to get all things done in ff vi you need more than 100 hours for that. And for the end ill say that Chrono Cross is best game Square ever created and for that I thank them for that, cheers.

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.

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.

6 Final Fantasy XII Final Fantasy XII Product Image

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.

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This version of Final Fantasy is one that I found most fascinating. Ever. Period. Unless of course you love playing same games with same characters, playing styles, cliched storylines etc. Sure I liked VI, VII and X as well. But these seemed somehow... the same. At the end of the day, I could say to myself I enjoyed it, but when somebody asks me which games was the GREATEST, I would have to give credit to something which introduced some new and memorable things, like XII.

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!

Final Fantasy XII's gameplay strayed a bit from the usual turn-based system final fantasy fans are used to seeing, but it is a nice change. The gambit system has a few flaws, but overall the game is really addicting. The sidequests are one of the most difficult I have ever experienced in a Final Fantasy game. Another reason to play this game (and repeat it over and over) is Balthier, who makes up for Vaan's slightly dull character.

7 Final Fantasy IV Final Fantasy IV Product Image

Best storyline and characters, in my opinion better than VII or VI. The only thing I wish it had was the ability to customize your party, instead of it being totally dependent on the plot. I would love to have Edward at Level 40 fighting Zeromus with a harp that spews 5000 HPs of damage, or something like that.

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.

Playing this game was one of the most fantastical experiences of my life. Going across the world, going under it, and going to the moon in a wale ship. There is no better game.

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.

8 Final Fantasy Tactics Final Fantasy Tactics Product Image

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

Really 9th place!?! this is seriously the second best final fantasy ever made, after final fantasy vii, too bad, not many people love tactical games like these, is also the reason why these type of games no longer exist in this gen, but ff tactics marked a before and after

This is my 2nd favorite final fantasy game of all time, behind VII. I liked how it was easy to level your team up and you could poach monsters for rare weapons. Plus, the Chaos Blade is sweet.

The story will break your heart and the job class mechanic will have you reworking your characters for hours. Still one of my all-time favorite games of any genre.

9 Final Fantasy V Final Fantasy V Product Image

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

This game has a great job system and humor. Shame that it didn come over as a snes games.

One of the best in the series while also being one of the most underappreciated

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 ;).

10 Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Product Image

Just AMAZING game. I recommend this game for these, who want have fun and want great (unforgettable) story - which is not just in any game. Final Fantasy VII Crisis core is one of the best and unforgetable game ever made for any PlayStation, and it's one of the best game from Final Fantasy franchise.

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.

This game is just fantastic. Great Story, Gameplay, and Graphics. Zack Fair's story is a very sad but even though you know how it will end (if you've played FFVII) but its just a great experience.

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

The Contenders

11 Final Fantasy XV Final Fantasy XV Product Image

My introduction to the series. Without this game I never would have even considered touching the other FF games. The soundtrack is absolutely astonishing. I had a lot of fun with the combat system (all four characters have unique tactics that are all not only viable but fun to play with).
The loadup for the game claims FFXV is for beginners and series fans alike. I would say this game is more for people new to the series since so many FF traditions were broken (MP not used for magic, white magic no longer exists, no ATB or time-based battles, you use the same four characters from start to finish, etc). Noctis started off as a whiny beta-boy but developed into one of the most determined badasses I have ever seen. My only complaint about his development is the pacing of it was inconsistent and kinda all happened at once instead of over time. Also, the relationship between Noctis and Lunafreya is unconvincing.
Besides my few complaints, this game was amazing. First game to ever ...more

I've played VII, IX, XV, and have started the X/X-2 PS4 remaster (really looking forward to playing VI and XII). Of the three I have played, I don't know which is my favorite, but XV does not deserve to be this low. The characters/story are engaging, believable, and well told with exceptional music (standard for the franchise), but the production value is out of this world. Graphics aside, the incredible detail put into the design, from the reflection on the Regalia, to the way the characters behave out of cut scenes, down to the way they run all scream personality (I will take this opportunity to mention Noct's limp as he runs out of stamina). This game is 100% worth the 10 years it took to make and deserves to be up there with VII, IX, X and the rest.

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

It's my first final fantasy game and it's instantly one of the best games I've played... so I guess I'll have to play the other games before I can truly cast my vote but I'm casting right now

12 Final Fantasy XIII Final Fantasy XIII Product Image

Breaks many traditions seen in other FF games. This is not a dealbreaker to me; I enjoyed the change of pace. The soundtrack is probably the best part of the game overall. The combat is enjoyable but not my favorite. Worth picking up if you want a less traditional FF game.

I had the entire final fantasy 13 trilogy on both the PS3 and the Xbox 360 and completed them all multiple times, and honestly, the we're all incredible. I know ff13 gets a lot of hate and is often called a bad game, and it is a bit confusing at first, but once you get into it, the story is actually amazing and very special. Most of the characters were surprisingly very good, and it probably had the best battle system in the whole series, and even though no body asked for the two sequels, that doesn't mean they are bad, they are actually even better. Ff13 did have its flaws, but most things were done so well that it doesn't matter. Anyone who thinks ff13 was bad should play it for themselves, never mind the hate. I'd give the entire series a 10/10.

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!

Didn't exactly feel like a Final Fantasy game, but it was truly something amazing. A really good game with an interesting story and plot line with awesome characters. All of this tied in with outstanding production quality. Overall, a well made, well designed, fun and interesting game with lots of character. Great graphics, audio and storytelling made this game an experience I enjoyed. It was nowhere near as gripping as any other Final Fantasy game but I was so connected to the characters. It was an amazing game and experience I truly enjoyed. 8.5/10

13 Final Fantasy XIII-2 Final Fantasy XIII-2 Product Image

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).

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!

This won't do much but...This game is good. That's all

Future hope is so cool

14 Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Product Image
15 Dissidia Final Fantasy Dissidia Final Fantasy Product Image

Great graphics, awesome story and incredible characters and much more

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

Should be in top ten its fun.

It deserves the crown

16 Final Fantasy Final Fantasy Product Image

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!

The start to the epic franchise!

Actually a really fun game

A really fun game

17 Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus Product Image

Everyone is crazy for forgetting about this game. I say "forget" because no one in their right mind would rank XIII, X-2 and Tactics higher.

I enjoyed this game immensely,a welcome return of Vincent,a vastly unappreciated character of ffVII

18 Final Fantasy IV DS Final Fantasy IV DS Product Image

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.

19 Final Fantasy III Final Fantasy III Product Image

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.

Really good graphics for Nintendo Ds and the battle song theme is really good to

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

By far the best game in the series, and for the NES!. Not to be confused with the easy and mediocre FF6 (snes)

20 Final Fantasy VII Remake Final Fantasy VII Remake Product Image

It's going to be a hit

21 Final Fantasy X-2 Final Fantasy X-2 Product Image

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

22 Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift Product Image

This game is better than tactics advance and war of the lions

SO many hours of my life went into this game

This is the best strategic game ever!

23 Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Product Image

By far this game has undeniably the most amazing graphics, in battle and out of battle to the pleasant cinematics. The story line is absolutely thrilling, engaging and I loved that lightning was happy in the end. A brave new world, eh?

24 World of Final Fantasy World of Final Fantasy Product Image

Comeplete garbage. It feels like children made this game. - Gehenna

25 Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Product Image

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.

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