Top Ten Final Fantasy Games

The Top Ten

1 Final Fantasy VII

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.

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

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.

This is by far the best Final Fantasy, and is the only final fantasy game with a remake, showing even the makers thinks it's the best. It has a great story line, and characters, and everyone loves chocobo's. It has a good map too. I also like how it keeps the old battle style, and it's soundtrack is great!

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2 Final 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!

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.

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.

The purely turn-based battle system ends up being faster than both the turn-based original games and the ATB Super Nintendo and PS1 games. The game is still a sight, and with its crazy colors, it provided a nice contrast to the grey and black of some of the other games. The characters are great. I think that FF6 had a bigger story and was probably a bit better in that regard, but the rest of the game balances it out. This is just the one I have the most fun with.

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3 Final 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.

Should be number 1 the characters are great and a great story

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4 Final 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

yes

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5 Final 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.

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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

What. This one should be on top. It has an excellent game play and awesome story and good graphics. All other releases so far don't have them all.

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6 Final 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!

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.

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. - kisssy15

Someone keeps saying it had sex in it. Seriously?! This is better than VI - yunafreya648

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7 Final 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.

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.

My favorite game of all time

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8 Final Fantasy Tactics

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

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.

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

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9 Final 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!

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

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

My favorite Final Fantasy series, I don't care if some FF Fans say it's a crap or whatever, because I love it. The story is good, battle mechanics is better than most game, and the Superbosses are powerful too.

The only problem is... the enemies' power are overwhelming (Well, most of them). Novellas are well written too, the game is the same. But Lightning Returns is the problem for me... but I like the comeback of her previous garbs (Knight of Etro, Overture, etc.). - GirlyAnimeLover

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10 Final 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

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

I think this game is the best but close to VI

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The Contenders

11 Final 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

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

Future hope is so cool

I've played it, and it is great, but the Superbosses... mhmm... it's the same as the previous superbosses and bosses. :/

Yomi = Vercingetorix
Adamantoise = I don't know the name
Ochu = Neochu
Immortal =... None - GirlyAnimeLover

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12 final 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

Super cool!

13 Crisis 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!

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.

Best Final Fantasy EVER! Story, Music, Modern Gameplay, The FEELS Man! Hats off Square..

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14 Final 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!

Actually a really fun game

A really fun game - GirlyAnimeLover

15 Dissidia Final Fantasy

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.

012 is better, but idc - GirlyAnimeLover

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16 Final 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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17 Final Fantasy XV

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

Love every second of it!

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

FFXV is the best game I've played in a long time

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18 Final 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.

19 Final 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.

20 Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
21 Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

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?

22 Final 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!

23 Final Fantasy II

Maybe not the original, but the 20th Anniversary PSP remake was really something else. It's essentially Star Wars with a medieval setting and a really interesting level progression system.

Best game in the series, just kidding, this game sucks

24 World of Final Fantasy

Neat.

25 Final Fantasy Legend 3

I've heard so much about this game!

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.

26 Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster

Even better than FFX itself. The remaster revamps the music, graphics, and even the bosses.

27 Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
28 Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

This game deserves a better rep, it's a nice start the tactics franchise, definitely try it out

This game is amazing, my favorite of the series!

Ths one game boy advance sp was great

29 Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings

With a loveable cast and a beautiful and remarkable story I think this game is by far the best. It shows you the depth of the human heart and shows you that with friendship, trust and with understanding you can get through even the most difficult and hardships!

30 Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
31 Final 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

32 Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus

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

33 Final Fantasy XI

This was the most complete Final Fantasy of the entire series in terms of job system, spells and abilities, and battle complexity. The memorable locations and thematic music are the best in the entire series. In its heyday, it was the single greatest gaming experience before or since.

34 Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy
35 Final Fantasy IV Advance
36 Final 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.

37 Final Fantasy Legend
38 Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest
39 Final 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.

40 Final Fantasy Type-0

This game was amazing, the only few flaws were that Machina survived and class zero didn't. This game was the definition of perfection with its wide range of playable, awesome battle system and playable settings. I hope they continue this legend of a series due to the fact that it was so incredible. It managed to get you to connect with not just one main characters but TWELVE of them, each having their own unique qualities and personalities and fighting style. I hope they do something to bring back these twelve because they were so perfectly done you wouldn't need to start over with new characters to continue this game, if you're a true FF fan I highly reccomencd you play this beautiful masterpiece.

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41 Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates
42 Final Fantasy: All the Bravest
43 Bravely Default

Spinoff but still better than most newer FF games

44 Final Fantasy: Dimensions
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