55 Final Fantasy games explained in 10 seconds or less

From its humble beginnings in 1987, Final Fantasy has since blossomed into a ridiculous multimedia empire. There are, of course, the main numbered entries, but there are spin-offs, sequels, kart racers, energy drinks, even feature-length movies - and it can be tough to keep track of it all. To help make sense of the convoluted mess of games that is the Final Fantasy brand, we've made a list of nearly every single Final Fantasy game released in the West, and have explained each entry in 10 seconds or less. 

Note: We've left off the Japan-only releases, as well as the compilations and remakes, otherwise we'd be here all day rattling off Chocobo's Dungeon games. And no one wants that.

Final Fantasy - The classic
Final Fantasy 2 -
The not-so-classic
Final Fantasy 3 -
The first game to introduce 'job' classes. It's fine.
Final Fantasy 4 -
Those wizards came from the moon. The whale, too.
Final Fantasy 4: The After Years -
An episodic sequel made 18 years later. Sure, why not?
Final Fantasy 5 -
Butz and the Bird's wild ride
Final Fantasy 6 - A lot can happen after the end of the world.
Final Fantasy 7 - Ridiculous sword man wants his mommy
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy 7 -
Hot Topic patron slash fiction.
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 -
Cool as everyone said Zack was in 7. 

Final Fantasy 7 Snowboarding - Refreshing mountain air on a flip phone.
Final Fantasy 8 -
The best episode of Dawson’s Creek ever.
Final Fantasy 9 -
Tail guy fights the somebodies for love and profit.
Final Fantasy 10 -
It was all a dream.
Final Fantasy 10-2 -
I used to read crazy dress up fighting magazine.
Final Fantasy 11 -
Turns out Final Fantasy works pretty well as an MMORPG
Final Fantasy 12 -
Medieval Star Wars, but way sexier.
Final Fantasy 12:
Revenant Wings - Pirate kids make too many monster friends.
Final Fantasy 13 -
Gorgeously stupid.
Final Fantasy 13-2 -
Makes even less sense but with pet clothing. 

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 -  Lightning's on a mission from God, plays dress-up, kills God.
Final Fantasy Type-0 -
War and high school are both hell.
Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn -
First it sucked, now it's great!
Final Fantasy Tactics -
Turn-based Final Fantasy Game of Thrones
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance -
Same, but with kids.
Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift -
Same again, but the kid has a ball sword thing
Chocobo's Dungeon 2 -
Bird meets girl in a cave, it’s nice.
Chocobo Racing -
Bird on rocket skates versus car-driving NYPD mitochondria powers lady.
Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales -
For kids!
Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon -
Chocobo roguelike. It's fine? It's fine. 

Chocobo's Crystal Tower - Final Fantasy Farmville on Facebook, also it doesn't exist anymore
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles -
I’m not carrying that, you carry that.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates -
DS friendcode nightmare edition.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King -
Simmy simmy bang bang.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Dark Lord -
EVVVVIL Simmy simmy bang bang.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time -
Maybe Wii and DS crossplay workNOPE.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers -
So broken, so rad.
Crystal Defenders -
Mobile Budget Final Fantasy Tactics
Crystal Defenders: Vanguard Storm -
Mobile Budget Final Fantasy Tactics but better
Dissidia Final Fantasy -
The gang’s all here and they can fly. 

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy - The gang’s back and their campaign is inscrutable.
The Final Fantasy Legend -
Not actually Final Fantasy
The Final Fantasy Legend 2 -
Not actually Final Fantasy 2: Cthulu Boogaloo
The Final Fantasy Legend 3 -
Not actually… you get it
Final Fantasy Adventure -
Actually a Secret of Mana prequel
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest -
Final Fantasy for babies
Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light -
Final Fantasy for nostalgic masochists.
Final Fantasy Dimensions -
Final Fantasy for people who have exhausted all other options.
Theatrythm Final Fantasy -
A neat little rhythm game with great Final Fantasy tunes.
Theatrythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call -
Same, but, like, all of the songs.
 

Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade - Final Fantasy dungeons, but bad, and no longer exists.
Final Fantasy All The Bravest -
Absolute garbage. Simply the worst.
Final Fantasy Record Keeper -
Free-to-play NES battles with Cloud, Gau, and Fran. Actually good.
Final Fantasy Explorers -
Combine Monster Hunter and Final Fantasy, but make it boring.
Final Fantasy Brave Exvius -
Literally came out while we were making this video.