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  • Generalchaos - February 14, 2015 12:41 p.m.

    Great list. Just what I was looking for. Thanks for the spoiler alert on FFVI though! I joke. Great list man.
  • jeff-spencer - June 21, 2014 3:06 p.m.

    Given my vast knowledge and playthrough of nearly every game in the series on every platform/console. I lean myself on being an expert of sorts of the FF franchise and SquaresoftSquarenix Games as a whole. Taking into account the gameplay system, battle system, storylines, character, summons, character development, graphics, musical score, game hype, playability, difficulty, bosses, strategy, and several other factors I give you my top five in the series. Starting at number 5: FFVII - One of the 1st game of the series that caught my attention, when I friend introduced me to it and he and I played through the game during my middle school days. This is one game that really grabbed me, with its 3-d graphics and amazing cut scenes, an awesome turn-based fighting system with the materia upgrades, one of the best and in-depth displays of remerberable characters in the franchise and of course some of the best array of summons and boss fights the series had to offer I give 5th place to VII, having numerous spin-offs and even a movie, its arguably marked as one of the most famous of the series of all time, I mean who could forget the buster sword. At Number 4: FFXII - seeing as I am not taking into account spin-off games or sequels, only straight roman numeral games, that only apply to single player RPG, (no-online games). I give 4th place to FFXII. With several difficult fights, and enthralling dramatic gameplay, plus some kick-ass summons to throw in the mix, this game really drew me in. though not seen as one of the most popular in the series, I really liked the game as imo one of my own personal favorites, I mean hey this game cleared up a lot of my freed-up time in college. At number 3: my top 3 are all extremely close but what I had to go by was how this game impacted a portion of my life as a gamer, so with that I give it to FFIX. FFIX was/or may be actually my personal favorite of the series as gaming alone goes, though it was a relatively quicker play through than most of the others imo its still great, Squaresoft cleaned up and really kinda started from scratch on this one cleaning up complicated battle systems involving junctions, material, or jobs, making it have a higher playability. THe graphics were revamped as well to take on a more cartoony type feel which also imo is A-ok as we don't want everygame to be a clone of the last thus the series looses its thunder. I actually may have (probably would have) given this game the 1st place spot but I really only got to play through it once and didn't get to fully immerse my self into the world of this game as much as I would have liked to. Definitely, still by far A solid game in the series, and I mean come on... how cute is vivi XD. At number 2: FFX, this was a hard one for me as me and my whole family, and several friends all played through this game several times, and I still play on it today, and I've actually had/or have had 3 copies of this game to date.. This game introduced Voice acting into the franchise, and was also the 1st FF game to be introduced to the ps2 next game generation console, Also this was right during the time where Squaresoft was beginning to change over/transfer over to the Squarenix company logo (as I actually have had FF-X games with both logos, either one or the other printed on the game. Introducing the sphere-grid system, and coming out with a vast array of new tricks up there sleeves the guys, and gals at squaresoft/squarenix really hit home with this one. I really honestly can't put into words how much this game means to me or has affected me, it has brought bonds between my nephew's and I and is definitely still fun to play through to this day, marked as possibly one of the greatest, if not the greatest FF ever made, I mean come one, it introduced you to Tidus and Yuna, Blitzball, and of course Sin the giant entity destroyer of worlds type monster that destroys places heavily reliant on machines or those who in fact have Sinned, think of him as like a god-like cleanup crew of men. so I give FF-X a X out X ; ) after much deliberation and determination mainly relying on which game impacted my life the most hands down goes to FF-VIII. This game was the first in the series I was really introduced to and is the singular game that got me into gaming, so for that I give VIII my 1st place spot. Introduced to me by my older brother as I was young I would watch him for hours playing this four disc, epic of a game, but at the time watching was all I did, as my brother finally got to the main boss of the game, but could not defeat it, it wasn't til a year or so later that I gave my hand at rebeating the game and picking up where he had left off, I played through picking up many of the items, summons, and things that he had missed along the way and was able to beat the game, but my interest didn't stop there as the game UNDOUBTABLY has the most difficult boss in franchise history to date: the omega weapon. sry, out of characters.
  • SpoJoe - September 1, 2014 1:46 a.m.

    I liked your list better. I've always been more of a "serious" game guy, metal gear, resident evil, etc, and story line is paramount (so shooters don't hold my attention). I just started FFVIII for the third time. FFVII was my first, middle school era, and it left an impression. I think the materia system is the best; it made sense for the setting. Then came VIII, and not only did I look like this guy, but I was socially inept, introverted, you get it. I skipped over IX because it was released so close to VIII and I was put off by the big heads. My friend keeps telling me to check it out, and after reading your list, I'm will. I thought XII was the "Greatest" in the proper sense, though after 100+ hours of meticulous gameplay, trying to get everything in the game, my PS3 crashed, and I can't seem to go through it again. The only point of contention I have is with X. I didn't like it. I thought the guy was whiney, the blitzball was ridiculous, and the sphere system made everyone the same. Aside from that, I agree with your list. Thanks for the top 5.
  • UltraModerate - June 18, 2014 11:43 a.m.

    I've read a couple of these lists, and I just don't understand the hype about FF VI. I'm playing it on a SNES emulator right now, and I've gotten pretty far into the game. The character array is kind of cool, but I've got some major gripes about it: 1. It's WAY too easy. I'm partial to RPGs where getting from point A to point B might take several pushes and some leveling up. With FFVI, you can kill most of the monsters with one shot, even when entering a new area. The bosses are a little more difficult, but not much, and it just takes away the sense of accomplishment when you can walk from place to place without feeling worried the first few times. 2. I'm an old school gamer from the 80s, and I know this is a modern convention, but the dramatic scenes are way too often and way too long. If I wanted to watch a movie, I'd watch a movie; dragging out the drama just gets in the way of my monster-killing and treasure-hunting. I haven't played any of the later versions of FF, so hopefully some of them are better. But I'd rather have a game that provides a little more challenge and a little less yakety-yak than FFVI. Give me FFIV, the original Final Fantasy, or even some of the old Dragon Warrior titles (Dragon Warrior IV being particularly good).
  • brooksy - June 1, 2014 5:31 a.m.

    to me deciding the best is impossible. however deciding which had the best in a certain aspect can be possible:My favs- FF7- best main character development / depth and story, also brought the materia system (some hated some loved). FFXIII - moving along with a few characters at a time learning their backgrounds was interesting, then having them come together and picking who you liked the best to have for the rest of the game, also the crystarium leveling and the paradigm shift was great for strategic fights. LR:FFXIII is loads of fun with hours spent on customization of lightnings outfits which have their own unique abilities, being able to move in battle to dodge and auto block enemy attacks as well as attack vulnerable areas made for something new and intriguing. FFXIII-2 for me was a bit of a let down, however the only thing i did like from the first to this was if the first character (serah or noel) died then you wouldnt get game over, where most ff's required the death of the entire party. I enjoyed several others as well but never seem to play through them as they just dont compare in story or in gameplay, but i do enjoy them, maybe it just depends on which one you play first who knows. oh and played ffx when it came out, sold it a day later, why so much hype? made it less relevant for kingdom hearts story but w/e.
  • gary-gary - April 21, 2014 3:35 a.m.

    You are wrong in so many ways about almost every entry but number 1. FFVI is the best of the bunch by far. And I'd rather play Mystic Quest than ever even see X-2 or any of the XIII series again.
  • ruochong-wu - April 20, 2014 10:15 a.m.

    Type-0 was EXTREMELY good. My friend got me it when he traveled to Japan and it ruined my sleep for a month. While not turn base combat the action based combat was really good and smooth, the graphics were beautiful considering the low horsepower of the PSP, the world was huge and had LOADS of secrets to discover, but the best was the story, which in my opinion is one of the best in FF history. The deaths of characters made me very sad, the plot twist in the end leading to the final suicide mission caught me completely off guard, and the ending brought tears to my eyes. I truly hope one day Square will come to their senses and release this work worldwide and on more platforms
  • james-eide - April 19, 2014 5:13 p.m.

    No Type-0??? never played it but i heard it was good?? is it even out in america???? @.@ Google powers activate!!
  • luke-mcardle - April 19, 2014 12:32 p.m.

    im playing 10 right now its my favourite :D
  • mark-miller - April 19, 2014 11:19 a.m.

    this list should be drastically cut down. i say how about a 7 best final fantasy games. FUCK YOU COCKSUCKER. THIS ISNT SPAM
  • evoxpisces - March 18, 2014 10:43 a.m.

    There is no right or wrong rankings of Final Fantasy games - everyone has their own opinion. That said, I'm shocked to see FFTA2: Grimoire of the Rift ridiculously high on the list. I thought it was mediocre at best, and in no way better than FFT or FFTA. In any event, here is my list: 1. Final Fantasy IX 2. Final Fantasy XII 3. Final Fantasy X 4. Final Fantasy IV (original) 5. Final Fantasy VI 6. Final Fantasy VII 7. Final Fantasy XIII 8. Final Fantasy VIII 9. Final Fantasy V 10. Final Fantasy XIII-2
  • thelegendaryX - March 13, 2014 6:45 a.m.

    Faves are, in no particular order: FF9, FF6, FF7, FF8, and FF12 Least favorites are FF10 and FF13 because of the linearity (in more than one aspect of the gameplay) and annoying characters.
  • SpoJoe - September 1, 2014 1:54 a.m.

    I feel ya. I just walked away from FFX because that voice over was painful, blitzball? Get out. I really wanted to like FFXIII but nothing kept me playing. The story was weak, and everything had the same name. Plus, and a military guy myself, if I was Lightning and those idiots were on my team, I'd just walk away and let my sister die.
  • metalgatesolid - February 27, 2014 11:48 a.m.

    Final Fantasy X is my favorite. One that really got me into the series. Tried VII enjoyed but didnt love it. X was beautiful and had one of the best stories outside Metal Gear Solid,
  • steven-grau - February 25, 2014 10:49 a.m.

    Excellent article. As a big Final Fantasy fan, it's nice to see an objective look at the series like this. Very refreshing compared to the "my favourite one is the best and all others are garbage!" statement most people make. Good stuff, gamesradar!
  • pinoklin - February 24, 2014 8:39 p.m.

    I am really glad you included theathrythm, which happens to be my fav 3ds game so far
  • TrAnMu - February 24, 2014 10:46 a.m.

    I appreciate that XIII is on this list (And XIII-2 as well though I prefer XIII). It really is a beautiful game that tells a great story with a fun battle system. Sure its linear for 2/3 of the game but that matters so little when the content is all still there. There are still missions, megabosses, etc. to keep you busy well after the credits roll. If you really invest yourself in the mythos that the game creates (it becomes a little muddled in XIII-2; haven't played LR yet), and in the complexity and openness of the battle system, there is a lot of fun to be had.
  • richard-stachowsk-iii - February 24, 2014 9:40 a.m.

    The list is already complete crap,cause two of the XIIIs are included.all three of those games suck.In fact the XIIIs make me believe SE is ran by barely functional idiots that want to kill the franchise.Only the most devout and blind fanboy will say the XIIIs were in anyway good FF games.Don't believe me the HD rerelease of X and X-2 are doing better in sales then the XIIIs.
  • CalamityEnsues - February 24, 2014 12:44 p.m.

    Whoa dude, so edgy. Never head that before. XIII was not anywhere near the best but it was far far FAR from crap. Why not shut your fat face up and take your crying elsewhere. Thanks!