The best Final Fantasy games: our ranking

Final Fantasy has been one of the most influential JRPG style video games since its release in 1987. Some of them are still better than others, apart from spin-offs, sequels and remakes.

The Japanese video game series Final Fantasy was released in 1987 by SquareSoft. Since then, many fantastic series have been recorded, including remakes, spin-offs and sequels. With each new release, the developers have introduced new features, whether it be in the scenery or combat styles. They also introduced new characters, no doubt to give players a new experience. Therefore, the innovations brought to this game cannot be denied, however, some episodes attract more fans than others. For our part, we have ranked from best to worst. However, the word “worse” does not necessarily refer to the quality of the game, rather, it is a relative term that says that some are better than others. We also excluded sequels and spin-offs, as well as remakes. Without further ado, here is our ranking:

Final Fantasy IX

Final Fantasy IX received the Best of 15 award for its compelling storyline. In the game, you will put yourself in the place of the thief Zidane. You are forced to ally with Princess Garnet, the knight Steiner and the sorceress Vivi. Your mission is to explore a beautiful world called Gaia where you will come face to face with a villain.

You can play this episode on many consoles like PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch or Nvidia Shield. You can also access it through an Android or iOS device.

Final Fantasy XIV

FF XIV, more game options

Whether you’re a fan of single player games or a fan of multiplayer games, Final Fantasy XIV has something to keep you entertained. In principle, the story looks predictable. But, nevertheless, it has small touches worthy of playing FF as a JRPG.

There’s no shortage of fighting styles here, as well as gameplay options like a fashion show and a card game tournament. All in all, there is enough to keep you entertained in your moments of relaxation.

Final Fantasy VI

FF VI, the most popular

Some say that Final Fantasy VI is the strongest in the series, others consider it the most popular. In our current ranking, it took third place due to its mind-blowing technical characteristics. Indeed, there is everything from graphics to sound.

In addition, the game features a rather gripping storyline starring Kefka, the villain of the series. The story is actually the result of combining FF II and IV.

Final Fantasy IV

FF IV, the introduction of ATB combat

FF IV is no less attractive than the previous ones on our list. The introduction of the ATB or Active Time Battle system makes it much more enticing. The game takes players into a universe full of surprises and unexpected twists, complete with a series of sacrifices and victories.

Regardless, the FF IV can be sidelined, just like the FF III. In the next parts, the developers are going to improve the game, however, it has modern versions, such as the updated Pixel, available on mobile devices and on Steam.

Final Fantasy III

FF III, the introduction of iconic elements of the game

In Final Fantasy III, we see iconic elements of the series for the first time, such as flying Muggles. Also, FF III allows you to jump safely, unlike most other episodes.

Unfortunately, the game didn’t make it to the NES. However, the title, as well as other versions of it, are more easily accessible on PC, DS, and PSP.

Final Fantasy V

FF V, customizable gameplay

Among the first games in the series, Final Fantasy V seems to be quite successful. Of course, the story is not the most exciting. But we have to admit that the designers have invested a lot in the characters and setting.

Between 4 warriors of light and 8 crystals for protection, it is very likely that players will find an atmosphere there. In addition, its gameplay is highly customizable and the game reintroduces the ATB combat system first introduced in FF IV.

Final Fantasy VII

FF VII, public choice

Final Fantasy VII, in a way, won the People’s Choice Award. The name helped JRPG games become one of the flagship genres for the PlayStation 1. Also thanks to FF VII, SquareSoft became one of the most influential third-party developers.

The only problem is that this title offers rather superficial gameplay compared to other episodes in the series. Regardless, we get to meet some of the best characters on the show, as well as one of the best stories.

original final fantasy

FF original, series classic

As the name implies, the original version of Final Fantasy contains all the main elements of the series. Whether we focus on its story or its gameplay, we notice that this is a simplified JRPG classic. However, the customization of tasks available from the very beginning of the game makes it more attractive.

There are no heroes to follow. Thus, you have a great opportunity to name your teammates however you want. The game offers a total of 8 places where you can insert names that sing to you for your team members.

Final Fantasy XII

FF XII brings sweeping changes

When SquareSoft released Final Fantasy XII in 2006, fans were confused and confused. There was a drastic change to the title that gamers felt was beyond the scope of other games in the series. But this decision is ultimately well researched and already explained by other top FF games.

In that case, you can benefit from a more interesting remastered version of FF XII: Age of the Zodiac. This includes a number of visual and audio improvements. It also provides bonus content that you can get on PC, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and Xbox.

Final Fantasy X

FF X, first aui joined PS2

Among the major Final Fantasy episodes, this one has joined the PS2. In addition, not only was there no world map in FF X, but there was also a completely new combat system that we had not encountered before. And watching the dub is also a first for the series as a whole.

Despite these changes, Final Fantasy X is no different from the classics for fans. It is in the title that we last see random and turn-based combat.

Final Fantasy XV

FF XV, the most controversial

Final Fantasy XV is perhaps less successful if we focus on its story. Four comrades who must do everything to stay alive; That’s all there is in the game.

Luckily, you can find the perfect balance between convoluted story and simplistic combat. To do this, you can play the royal version. It is supported by many consoles such as Nintendo Switch or Xbox. If you are a fan of the mobile version, you can choose the iOS or Android version.

final fantasy 2

FF II, pretty bad game

In general, all games have novelties in new titles. However, this does not apply to Final Fantasy II. Although the story is more interesting, it is hindered by the mess on the side of the leveling system.

The developers had to resort to remakes that offer players less complex and intricate fights to hide this shortcoming. There is also an updated version of Pixel available for iOS, Android, and Steam that is easier to attract subscribers.

Final Fantasy VIII

FF VIII, science fiction story

If Final Fantasy VIII is classified as such, it’s because its plot is rooted in science fiction. In addition, the characters were created with designs inspired by a completely different universe. This is what confuses gamers in general. But on top of that, there are some rather experimental concepts, such as the attachment system, instead of sticking to the traditional game mechanics.

The name, however, suits very well those who are accustomed to exceptions. FF VIII also offers a bunch of extra content as well as love story gameplay. You can try the remastered HD version on PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PC. The title also exists in a mobile version.

Final Fantasy XIII

FF XIII, a tangled story

Undoubtedly, the quality of graphics in Final Fantasy XIII is undoubtedly successful, as is the soundtrack. However, the game has an intricate story, intricate scenarios with insipid characters. These were the main subjects of the reviews and the discrepancy between player opinions immediately after its launch.

However, FF XIII is not a real disaster. The speed and smoothness of the battles go well with the quality of the graphics. Therefore, we cannot reject it, even if it is not the first recommended title.

Final Fantasy XI

FF XI hard to reach in multiplayer mode

In last place is Final Fantasy XI. Its weaknesses lie mainly in its availability as an online multiplayer game. When it came out in 2002, playing with other players wasn’t always easy.

On the other hand, we cannot deny its merits, which come down to a rather fascinating story and difficult struggle. Therefore, FF XI is worth playing if you can find other like-minded players.

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