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. 

David Roberts
David Roberts lives in Everett, WA with his wife and two kids. He once had to sell his full copy of EarthBound (complete with box and guide) to some dude in Austria for rent money. And no, he doesn't have an amiibo 'problem', thank you very much.