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.

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In my opinion, the only Final Fantasy that just stay fun until the very end and not end up like a chore. The story is perfectly twisted and the timming is well done. Character are fleshed out and the lore of the game and backstory is just as wonderful as mysterious. I never wanted to beat a game till reaching 100% as FFVII and I own every Final Fantasy game.

10/10 would beat again

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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.

I don't see why this one is so popular. I did enjoy it, but to me, it lacks several of the other FFs' qualities. First, the good points:

Fun and complex skill System, awesome new combat System, original and interesting world, hands down the best mini-game ever - I enjoyed Blitzball more than the main game.

My Problems:
The characters suck. Yuna is a mousy push-over. Tidus' clothing hurts the eyes, his demeanor wavers between whining and ADHD. Though I liked the relationship with his father - at the end of the game, I was finally able to connect with Tidus. Most other chars are silent by-standers, only Auron is interesting. Does anyone remember anything about Lulu besides her cleavage?

The dialogue is bland or even annoying (infamous laugh). Remember the first time when all the FF9 chars met in Alexandria? The banter is all over the place, because the contrasting chars play off each other so well. You don't have this variety of relationships in FFX.

And, ...more

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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.

Tons of characters, really in-depth story... Surprisingly focuses on almost every character, if not all 12 of the actual main cast. As a matter of fact, can that be made 13 or 14? Not too sure. The only story in the history of stories about anything where the antagonist succeeds, even if it's only from what is technically the middle of the game until whenever you decide to attack. And don't forget how many optional things you get to do, too, especially after the world is all screwed up.

This is the most fantastic FF title of all times, arguably, FFVII might be a little bit better. I understand younger fans rate FFX higher, but FFIV's plot is better in every way. There are so many lovable characters, the story is very VERY long, there several difficult battles, the summoning/magic system is great, you can choose your party at almost every time. If you haven't played this masterpiece, please do yourself a favor and do it.

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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

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.

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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

Great story, powerful bosses, awesome battle system that is so in-depth. The graphics, sound and music is top notch for a 90's game. I think it's better then FFVII.

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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.

Cecil is the best and the kindest dark knight. = The best!

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8 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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9 Final Fantasy Tactics 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.

One of my favorite, if not my favorite games of all time. I've invested countless hours into this masterpiece.

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10 Final Fantasy XIII 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

Great game. As stated by others, the game starts off linear because it was most likely intended by square. This gives the players a feel for how the characters felt in the first few chapters. After they realizing that they are not puppets of the fal'cie, the game starts to open up into an open world game. This is a great way to intertwine a linear beginning as with most FF games at the start into an open world game towards the end and after the main story. The games music and graphics are surely top tier and the character design was great.

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The Contenders

11 final fantasy X-2 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

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12 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!

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13 Final Fantasy III 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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14 Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII 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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15 Dissidia Final Fantasy 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

012 is better but's a game...where you choose Final Fantasy 1 thur 10 and you fight each other raw. And its not even cheap gameplay, it's one of the best actually. - NekoHybrid

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16 Final Fantasy IV DS 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.

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17 Final Fantasy XIII-2 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

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!

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18 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

19 Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn 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 Final Fantasy Legend 3 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.

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