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.

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

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.

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2 Final Fantasy X Final Fantasy X Product Image

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!

This is my favorite final fantasy of all time 7 is a pretty close second though

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

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.

3 Final Fantasy VI Final Fantasy VI Product Image

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.

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.

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.

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

This game is so underrated. It's a treasure. Beautiful storyline, touching characters, and a amazing soundtrack. It had a much better hero than Cloud and Tidus and one of the best endings in Final Fantasy history. Should be top spot. 4 CD's of pure goodness!

5 Final Fantasy VIII Final Fantasy VIII Product Image

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.

Final Fantasy VIII has the best system with the junction and the gf and drawing magic. The story is so intense with the Laguna and Julia and Raine and Ellone and it links to Squall and Rinoa and the sorceress the Love stories in the midst of the sorceress war is amazing. Best game ever. Hands down.

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 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!

Not sure why there are not more fans for zodiac age, the story is epic with a lot of twists and the battle system is the best so far

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

7 Final Fantasy IV Final Fantasy IV Product Image

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.

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.

8 Final Fantasy Tactics Final Fantasy Tactics Product Image

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.

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

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.

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

10 Final Fantasy V Final Fantasy V Product Image

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

... With mashed potatoes and cheese biscuits!

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

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

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 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

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.

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).

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

Future hope is so cool

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!

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

It's going to be a hit

It's Coming!

16 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

17 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

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.

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

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 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

Super cool!

21 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

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

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 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

Neat.

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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