1. Final Fantasy VI Advance, 2. Final Fantasy IX, 3. Final Fantasy VII, 4. Final Fantasy V Advance, 5. Final Fantasy X. Final Fantasy is one of the most influential and essential video game series of all time. It's also one of the most interesting. No two numbered Final Fantasy titles are the same, whether it's because of fresh locales and characters or drastically different fighting systems. The Final Fantasy series comprises fifteen major entries, as well as a staggering array of spin-offs, side tales, sequels, crossovers, remakes, and more, becoming one of gaming's most prolific brands. Let's discover the best Final Fantasy games of all time now.
Final Fantasy VI Advance
In the West, it was known as Final Fantasy III on the SNES back in 1994, and the RPG controversy about whether Chrono Trigger or Final Fantasy VI is better continues to this day. For a long time, this was the final mainline Final Fantasy to arrive on a Nintendo platform — and it still is the last one to premiere on a Nintendo device, despite remakes. Final Fantasy VI is one of the rare games that evoke such strong feelings. This was the game that defined the 16-bit age for many old-school RPG gamers, and there are still aficionados that take every tiny aspect of FFVI apart to this day. Now, over 13 years after its first debut, Square-Enix has decided to reprint the game on the GBA, complete with extra material to offer fans something to drool over. While it isn’t as good as it was when it was originally published, Final Fantasy VI is still a terrific RPG.
The intricacy of the design and gameplay may surprise both newbies and those who haven’t played FFVI in a while. Despite its sprite-based visuals, the scenery, monsters, and characters have incredible realism, and the combat special effects are still as stunning as they were. Combat is fast-paced and enjoyable, and the fact that each character has their own set of skills lends strategy and diversity to party-building that many FFs lack.
Release date: 2007
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Final Fantasy VI Advance (GBA)
Final Fantasy IX
Final Fantasy IX is a role-playing video game released by Square in 2000 for the PlayStation video game platform. It is the ninth installment in the primary Final Fantasy series. The narrative revolves around a struggle between nations in Gaia, a medieval fantasy realm. Players follow Zidane Tribal, a robber who kidnaps Princess Garnet Til Alexandros XVII as part of a ruse devised by the neighboring nation of Lindblum. He joins Garnet and an ever-expanding cast of characters in their mission to bring down her mother, Queen Brahne of Alexandria, who initiated the conflict.
Release date: 2000
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Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII is an action role-playing game released in 2020 by Square Enix. It is the first game in a planned series recreating the 1997 PlayStation game Final Fantasy VII. Players take control of mercenary Cloud Strife in the dystopian cyberpunk metropolis of Midgar. He joins AVALANCHE, an eco-terrorist organization attempting to prevent the mighty megacorporation Shinra from utilizing the planet’s life force as a source of energy. Real-time action is combined with strategic and role-playing aspects in the gameplay.
In April 2020, the PlayStation 4 version of the game was published. It was well-received, with acclaim for its aesthetics, gameplay, narrative, and soundtrack. Critics praised how accurate the plot and mythos remained to the original 1997 game while building on it. The new fighting system was hailed for its strategic components as well as its aesthetic embellishments. However, reactions to the game’s linearity and the repetitive nature of its sidequests were divided. Final Fantasy VII Remake quickly became one of the best-selling PlayStation 4 titles, selling more than 3.5 million copies in three days and more than five million by August 2020. Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, an improved version, was published in 2021 for the PlayStation 5.
Release date: 2020
Final Fantasy VII (Switch eShop)
Final Fantasy V Advance
Final Fantasy V is a fantasy role-playing video game released in 1992 by Square. It is the Final Fantasy series’ fifth major installment. The game was initially released in Japan for Nintendo’s Super Famicom (known internationally as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System). It has been converted to Sony’s PlayStation and Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance, with minor modifications. Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals, a 1994 original video animation, acts as a sequel to the events presented in the game. On April 6, 2011, it was launched in Japan on the PlayStation Network.
The story starts with a wanderer named Bartz investigating a fallen meteor. He meets numerous personalities there, one of whom discloses the danger that the four Crystals that regulate the world’s elements face. Exdeath, a wicked sorcerer, is sealed by these Crystals. Bartz and his companions must protect the Crystals from Exdeath’s influence and prevent his return.
Final Fantasy V has been acclaimed for the player’s ability to customize the characters through the considerably enlarged Job System. Despite only being available in Japan, the Super Famicom version sold over two million copies. The PlayStation version has achieved the “Greatest Hits” classification after selling over 350,000 copies.
Release date: 1992
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Final Fantasy V Advance
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy X is the tenth main installment in the Final Fantasy series and was developed and released by Square. Originally published in 2001 for the PlayStation 2, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster was re-released in 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, in 2015 for the PlayStation 4, in 2016 for Microsoft Windows, and in 2019 for the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. The game marks the Final Fantasy series’ move from wholly pre-rendered backgrounds to fully three-dimensional locations (though certain parts remain pre-rendered), and it is also the series’ first to integrate voice acting.
Final Fantasy X development began in 1999, with a budget of more than $32.3 million ($52.5 million in 2021 currencies) and a crew of over 100 employees. The game was the first in the main series not fully composed by Nobuo Uematsu; Uematsu’s co-composers were Masashi Hamauzu and Junya Nakano. Final Fantasy X was a critical and economic success, selling over 8.5 million units on PlayStation 2 worldwide. It is regarded as one of the best video games of all time. It was followed by Final Fantasy X-2 on March 13, 2003, making it the first Final Fantasy game to have a direct game sequel.
Release date: 2001
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Final Fantasy X