One of the primary RPG franchises in the industry. Final Fantasy made its debut in 1987 on the NES and it really hasn’t stopped since. Every generation has a mainline installment of this insanely popular franchise. However, which ones are the best to play?
Final Fantasy is one of the more tricky franchises to definitively rank. Here, we’re going to do our best to rank at least five of them in order. Like every Top 5/10 list, it is a subjective list. Without further ado, let’s begin.
#5: Final Fantasy XIV (PC)
One of the better MMO’s on the market right now. What’s fascinating is that it certainly didn’t start off that way. Final Fantasy XIV’s initial release was terrible. To the point where the developers publicly apologized for it, killed off the game and rebuilt from scratch. Thankfully, their efforts were not in vain as the new XIV is one of the better MMO’s out there.
It takes the foundation of XI and significantly improves on it while still being accessible to new players. It’s numerous expansions also make it better and better, especially with Shadowbringers. If you are a fan of MMO’s, do try this game out.
XIV is one of the more notable comeback games of the past decade with how it managed to turn itself around. It’s comparable with No Man’s Sky in terms of comeback status.
#4: Final Fantasy XV (Xbox One, PC)
And here we have one of the more underrated and divisive titles of the franchise. Final Fantasy XV had a lot to live up to and at launch, while it was fun, has plenty of issues. When Royal came out, the game got another chance at life and was much more appreciated.
While the game remains flawed and unfortunately unfinished, this game is still fantastic despite it all. A fantastic set of main characters, great bosses, visually stunning world and has one of the best villains in the series. XV is also home to one of the best themes in the series with “Somnus”.
We have done a review for this game here so if you want more detail on the game, you can check it out. XV deserves more credit as a game then the scorn it gets.
#3: Final Fantasy VI (PC)
Widely regarded as one of the best RPG’s of the SNES, Final Fantasy VI is a masterpiece. It takes all the elements that worked in IV and V (two great games in their own right) and simply perfects it despite the limitations of the console it was in.
Some of the most likable casts in the series, phenomenal music, engaging gameplay and a great villain in Kefka. The story and narrative in VI was an important stepping stone for storytelling in games because of it’s scope and themes. And did I mention that the music was great? Because it is.
Final Fantasy VI‘s biggest hurdle is that it’s one of the harder games in the series to get a hold off. While the version on PC isn’t the greatest version, you are still playing VI so if you have never played it, give it a try.
#2: Final Fantasy IX (Xbox One, PC)
One of the more overlooked yet more beloved entries in the series. IX is the least successful main entry in the series on the Playstation so it as overlooked entry like V. However, just like V, it is a fantastic game that deserves to be played by more people.
This game was a departure of the sci-fi elements of the previous two games and goes back to old school Final Fantasy. The setting, the style of music, the characters are all a throwback to it. And it all works fantastically well. The narrative is surprisingly mature and really pulls at your heartstrings. Vivi is one of the best characters in the series and I shall stand on that hill.
If you’ve never played IX, it is on GamePass right now and I heavily encourage you to check it out. IX is a beloved entry in the series for a reason.
Honorable Mention: Final Fantasy V (PC)
Easily the most overlooked entry in terms of quality. V takes everything about III and perfects it. Especially the Job system. It allows for insane customization of your party and makes it one of the more replayable entries in the series.
Honorable Mention: Final Fantasy X (Xbox One, PC)
Quite the popular entry this one. Being the first game in the series on PS2, it makes sense. X is worth playing by it’s story and characters. It has one of the best romances in the series and Auron is one of the series best characters.
#1: Final Fantasy VII (Xbox One, PC)
The single most popular entry in the series and easily it’s most important member. It’s pretty difficult to talk about VII because, what else is there to say about it? One of the most important games ever made, has one of the more iconic villains the industry, has a heart-wrenching twist and more.
VII can be seen as overrated and while it is flawed in some aspects, so is every game mentioned on this list. The story of VII is revered for a reason and so is it’s gameplay and music. And of course, the impact it left on the industry is undeniable. Showcasing just how big on scale games could tell stories. It’s on Xbox GamePass if you haven’t played it.
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