These best Final Fantasy games have been around for decades can have created a memorable experience for players who still swear by them and have created a cult following around the series. Each game delivers a great narrative that stays with you long even after you’re done with it.
Best Final Fantasy Games Of All Time
This list contains the list of the best Final Fantasy games that have been released over the years. We’re listing the best Final Fantasy games that we could not get enough of and those that we highly recommend.
Here’s the entire list of all the best Final Fantasy games of all time:
1. Final Fantasy VI
Though this game was released way back in 1994, the nostalgic factor added with brilliant narrative gameplay and action makes Final Fantasy VI the best game in the series. While the game was released as Final Fantasy III in North America, the game brought in millions of players to the franchise enchanting anyone who spent time with it.
Final Fantasy VI wasn’t just a technological breakthrough but also a visual odyssey that will take you on a journey like never before, if you could go back in time and compare it with the game that was available back then, you would realize how much this meant back then.
2. Final Fantasy VII Remake
While this can be a bit controversial to a lot of players, the remake introduced hundreds of thousands of new players to the franchise making them fall in love with characters like Tifa, Aerith, Cloud, and the rest of the Avalanche gang. Final Fantasy VII Remake does not stop even for a minute, every beat makes the game go on a higher level.
You will fall in love with the game right from the early stages where you see Cloud with the Avalanche gang and as the story progresses, understand everyone and root for their cause. Purely from a narrative standpoint, FF7R is a masterpiece and it is one game that you should not miss out on.
3. Final Fantasy IX
Final Fantasy IX showed everyone the power of the PlayStation 1 by delivering a solid visual and aural experience. Not only does it take you back to the start of the franchise, but it also does it in such a way that you will be moved and enchanted by the surreal cast.
Every detail has been carefully crafted to give you the best immersive experience the console could push back in the day and while it stays true for every game on this list, Final Fantasy IX took things to a completely new level and we’re still in awe of the entire experience.
4. Final Fantasy X
Being a new title on a brand new console this game broke boundaries and gave players something that they hadn’t had before. With 7 playable characters and each having a say in the main storyline, you will often struggle to keep up with the pacing but in the end, it all makes sense.
Final Fantasy X is not only unstructured taking you back and forth in the timeline but it also spans thousands of years and takes you on a beautiful ride along the way.
5. Final Fantasy XIV
Final Fantasy XIV takes you through the Umbral and Astral Eras. Here you will find an experience like no other in the series, as this game has been widely cited as a differnet experience altogether. While the Realm Reborn and other expansions gave it life, there was always potential hidden underneath the surface.
You can easily lose yourself for hundreds of hours as everything from the PvP battles, the quests, and even the lore will keep you wanting more. We would’ve rated this higher up if the launch was as good as the later parts but that does not take it away from being one of the best in the series.
6. Final Fantasy VIII
While Final Fantasy VIII wasn’t groundbreaking when it launched, it provided a platform for future games to revel and upgrade themselves. This entry is purely here for the innovative things it brought just not to the series but the industry as well.
From the active time battle wheel that had roots in the classic battle modes, to reinventing summoning and changing the card game. On top of that throw in the new customization and you get a recipe that will revolutionize the video game industry and ensure a lot of games try to follow your path. This is why Final Fantasy VIII means so much and is on the list.
7. Final Fantasy XII
This game was much more appreciated when it got remastered and got to use all of the power of the PS4, while a lot of the details could not be implemented when the game first came out in 2006, it was evident that the game was being held back due to technological advancements.
Final Fantasy XII was incomparable and still is as you dive deep into the lore of all the wonderful characters going through Ivalice, but the game maintains to hold on to your attention until it completely opens up and from there on it is just an explosion of experiences that will have you question whether if this is the best game you’ve ever played.
8. Final Fantasy V
Final Fantasy V’s gameplay is just as memorable as the story is forgettable, but don’t let that hold you back if you haven’t played this game. This entry feels and looks like a masterpiece when it comes to medieval adventures, everything holds up. This is probably the only game on this list to have a weak story and still be counted as one of the best because everything about it is perfect.
The way this game begins and takes you through the entire narrative with tons of things to do, makes you question if you’re playing a game from almost 30 years back. There are a lot of things that can be traced back to Final Fantasy V when you play the current-gen game. From a complete experiences point of view, there’s nothing else that can make you feel things like it.
9. Final Fantasy
The game where everything began, playing this game you could not fathom what was to come in the future, but the potential always was. To make things even more surprising, this wasn’t even a major hit like the other franchises that it was competing against.
But ignoring all of that the RPG element that Final Fantasy brought was something that no one in the world had experienced, a true 80s gem that withstood the test of time and helped Square establish a firm base off of which the world expanded.
10. Final Fantasy XIII
This is where the high def graphics came into play, Final Fantasy XIII was graphically defining which has led to FF7R looking the way it does, the characters hold on to the aesthetics of the previous entries and then work to overcome this challenge and improve upon it.
While the narrative and other aspects might fall when in comparison to the graphics department, it makes it up by giving you a different way of doing things. From the combat to the job system, everything is different in a way that feels similar yet opens up the world to explore newer things. From a neutral perspective, this game feels like something extraordinary, but it is at the bottom of the list because it is part of the Final Fantasy series.
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