Top 5 Friday: Top 5 Final Fantasy Games

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Top 5 Final Fantasy Games

This week, Joshua talks about the best of the best in the Final Fantasy franchise.

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To be honest, I agree with this list. I usually hate on lists that put 7 on a pedestal because it's usually "My-First-JRPG" for some people. 6 and 5 tend to be forgotten and Tactics ignored due to being divergent from the series. I may disgree with some things out of pure preference, but it's a good list.

It's a good, honest list that doesn't shove things in there for controversy and doesn't put 7 on a pedestal just because.

For me it is
5:6
4:8
3:10
2:7
1:9

But whatever floats your boat.

I turned this off when the mistake of equating FFV with the NA release of FFII was made.

So that was basically a FinalFantasy Fanwank. As somebody who has never really played the series it felt like an empty "Hey guise, isn't his series great? It is, isn't it? It's the best series!"

Alternately it feels like "Hey, you complained last week about only new games! Well this week we DIDN'T do any of the newest games! So there!"

When did Tintin dye his hair?Now THAT's and old call back
I wonder if any of these will be available on the PS4 Onlive.

aeric90:
I turned this off when the mistake of equating FFV with the NA release of FFII was made.

Yup, IV was USII, Josh. Also, the gameplay in 8 was terrible, as was the card game.

tldr (or is it tldw?): 8, 5, Tactics, 7, 6

Mine: 9, 4, 1, 7, 6

Top Final Fantasy Lists are always interesting because everyone always has such different opinions.
For me the list goes like this...
#5: Final Fantasy 10
#4: Final Fantasy 12
#3: Final Fantasy 7
#2: Final Fantasy 9
#1: Final Fantasy 6

Though If I were to count Spin Offs it would look more like...
#5: Final Fantasy 12
#4: Final Fantasy 7
#3: Final Fantasy 9
#2: Final Fantasy Tactics
#1: Final Fantasy 6

All things considered I'm probably one of the few people who has no abiding love for Final Fantasy 4. I don't hate it... I just... don't love it.

Falterfire:
So that was basically a FinalFantasy Fanwank. As somebody who has never really played the series it felt like an empty "Hey guise, isn't his series great? It is, isn't it? It's the best series!"

Alternately it feels like "Hey, you complained last week about only new games! Well this week we DIDN'T do any of the newest games! So there!"

In all fairness, the newer games are pretty awful. As for me, I probably would ranked the top 5 thusly:

5. FF VIII
4. FF IV
3. FF VII
2. FF IX
1. FF VI

Problems I had with his list... I can see why he chose FF V, but the characters in that game never grabbed me. As for FF Tactics... I love the game, but it really shouldn't count since it isn't really a Final Fantasy game; it's a Tactics Ogre sequel wearing a Final Fantasy wig. No seriously... check out these screenshots of the Playstation version of Tactics Ogre and tell me it anything looks familiar:

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I know this is all "personal opinion" and such, but I'm still gonna complain about it.

FF VII and VI are obvious choices, they're in every FF list, kind of cliche they have to cover the 1 and 2 spots.
FF V and VIII? Huh, strange. Not that I'm exactly against it. (But can you really complain about FF X-2 if you like the FF V job system?)
No FF IV? Huh, strange. Not that I care.
No FF IX? Huh, strange. Go eat a dick!

Interesting, I've never seen V in anyone's top, but a good reason if you're a big fan of the job system. And massive props to including Final Fantasy Tactics, I've been a huge fan of that since playing War of the Lions on my PSP. In fact, it kept my PSP alive for years.

I'm still not sure about VI. I feel like VII gets called out a lot for having very loud fans who're very nostalgic (I love 7 but I'd never put it top of best FFs, I agree it hasn't aged well), but having gone back to try and play VI I don't think it's number one material either and wonder if it's not just another case of nostalgia. It's topping a lot of 'best' lists at the moment, and I can't help but feel it's coming from a lot of people who grew up in the SNES era. For example, having gone back to play Chrono Trigger I do agree that is amazing still, but VI... Couldn't finish it.

Of course, ranking the 'best' is entirely arbitrary since there's no real definition of what way we're looking at the best, just saying which one we prefer, which means opinion which means YAY DIVERSITY! Opinions for all!

On that note, I'd give 9 or 10 my top spot for overall polish of gameplay, music, story and characters. As far as I can tell they're still good to play now, not suffering from VII's terrible script translation or broken materia system. Though 9's plot started to fall apart towards the end like most FFs do, and the characters kept getting forgotten about. So hey Freya, how's that development of yours going since Fratley buggered off?

For me, it falls:

5:10
4:8
3:4
2:7
1:6

For me i have only played final fantasy 9, So for me:
5:9
4:9
3:9
2:9
1:9

Not TACTICS man, just, no it's wrong, it's just wrong...

Captain Sunshine:
Interesting, I've never seen V in anyone's top, but a good reason if you're a big fan of the job system.

It really doesn't get enough love. The level of character customization created through such a simple development system is pure genius. The story is overly long, the characters are a little bit bland, and the graphics are somehow worse than IV, but it has some unique dungeons, some of my favorite SNES music, and of course that awesome job system.

aeric90:
I turned this off when the mistake of equating FFV with the NA release of FFII was made.

That was an offensively bad failure to do even your most basic Wikipedia research.

Oh, and I greatly disagree with the man's opinions as well, with the exception of where he put FF6. For me:

6 > 9=12 > 4 > 3 > 10~7 > 1 > 2 > 13 > 8

Never played 5, or tactics or whatever, so they aren't on my list. As well as the fact that ff11 and ff14 DO NOT COUNT. they are a DIFFERENT GENRE. So there.

And the number of times I have to find myself defending how good Final Fantasy XII is to a fanboi of Final Fantasy XIII, I actually have lost count.

Anyway. My avatar ftw.

Scars Unseen:

Problems I had with his list... I can see why he chose FF V, but the characters in that game never grabbed me. As for FF Tactics... I love the game, but it really shouldn't count since it isn't really a Final Fantasy game; it's a Tactics Ogre sequel wearing a Final Fantasy wig.

As a matter of fact, that's EXACTLY how FF Tactics was made, it's not really a FF game at all, it's a Tactics Ogre game that has a FF "theme" which granted the title. And well, I hate that sort of game :p

So they managed to make a Top 5 that panders to the FF elitists while simultaneously screwing up something that would drive a lot of them into a frothing fit (conflating FFV with FFII in the US)...

Huh.

My list usually pisses people off because of what my number one is:
5.) FF VI
4.) FF X-2 (don't judge me)
3.) FF X (LPing the International, which is gonna be fun)
2.) FF IX
1.) FF XII (mainly the International one since it's soooo good)

That's right XII is my favorite Final Fantasy game out of all of them.

Omnicide:
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I have to defend my love of FF XII all the time. Heck I mainly play the international one now which helps improve my points, but still people give XII too much flak if you ask me.

I really like seeing other people's Final Fantasy top-5's/top-10's. There are some people who outright refuse to include spin-offs and I'm sure there are people who prefer spin-offs to any of the numerical releases. I can respect this guy's list though. It's not like I could fault anybody's list of course, since a lot of these are like listing your favorite family members.

Anyway, my top 10 because a lot of other people have done it:

5 - IV
4 - II
3 - VIII
2 - IX
1 - VI

Including spin-offs:

5 - Crisis Core
4 - VIII
3 - Mystic Quest
2 - IX
1 - VI

I would almost mark VI and IX as equals at this point but I can't help but think IX is a game that I can't look at in any way other than through a rose tint. Learning abilities in IX is like learning spells in VI (only it uses accessories instead of Espers). I loved the characters in both though but even before the mid-point of VI it seems like there's more going for it than IX has. I'll need to go through IX again once I finish VI.

My list i know rather different from a lot of people

1=8
2=7
3=9
4=6
5=tatics

I find the lack of IX to be deeply disturbing. I think it and VI blow the rest out of the water.

Also, I like how it's become cool to hate on VII. It was a well made and progressive game for its era. Overhyped or not, I can't see good justification for saying it sucks when accounting for its age.

Yay, FF6 was first! :D

FF7.
Yuck.

Mediocre JRPG hyped to no end.

Of the final fantasy's (from the main series) I've played this is my opinion, best to worst: IX, VI, X, IV, XIII-2, VII, XIII, VIII. I like to consider this unbiased of nostalgia considering if we allowed Nostalgia VIII would be my favourite even though it's not the best thing in the world.

Lvl 64 Klutz:
It really doesn't get enough love. The level of character customization created through such a simple development system is pure genius. The story is overly long, the characters are a little bit bland, and the graphics are somehow worse than IV, but it has some unique dungeons, some of my favorite SNES music, and of course that awesome job system.

The Clash on the Big Bridge and adding Gilgamesh as a character is enough to justify it on any list for me =D

Shoggoth2588:
My list usually pisses people off because of what my number one is:
5.) FF VI
4.) FF X-2 (don't judge me)
3.) FF X (LPing the International, which is gonna be fun)
2.) FF IX
1.) FF XII (mainly the International one since it's soooo good)

That's right XII is my favorite Final Fantasy game out of all of them.

And XII had a brilliant world, amazing art design and very addictive combat / hunting mechanics. Though I can't say I got hooked by the story and only really liked Balthier and Basche, it had a lot going for it.

This is what I meant, most FFs are really good at certain things and if you're into that, then it'll be your favourite.

CAPTCHA: Bon voyage. Oh dear, I'm being shipped off to France again

Neronium:
My list usually pisses people off because of what my number one is:
5.) FF VI
4.) FF X-2 (don't judge me)
3.) FF X (LPing the International, which is gonna be fun)
2.) FF IX
1.) FF XII (mainly the International one since it's soooo good)

That's right XII is my favorite Final Fantasy game out of all of them.

Omnicide:
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I have to defend my love of FF XII all the time. Heck I mainly play the international one now which helps improve my points, but still people give XII too much flak if you ask me.

XII isn't bad. It's easily best recent FF game. It's more MMO like too, so people more fond of that genre are likely to like it. Given your list, though, I'm going to go out on a limb and guess you're younger than most of the other people here. Hard to say how much nostalgia plays into these lists.

Ukomba:

XII isn't bad. It's easily best recent FF game. Given your list, though, I'm going to go out on a limb and guess you're younger than most of the other people here. Hard to say how much nostalgia plays into these lists.

I am younger (18), but I've played most of the numbered FF games. The only ones I've not play are 1, 3, 4, and 5 (I do own V though and I'm gonna start playing it). My list isn't based on nosalgia, but on what I've played. Now I didn't play any FF games when I had a PS1, but I've played a lot of them now that I have a PS3. Heck FF X was my first ever FF game and it's barely at 3rd on my list and it might even go down.

I'm confused as to why they decided it would be a good idea to do a top Final Fantasy video... I mean it's one of the most argued about franchises ever, they should have known that his opinion would spark some grand debate in comments. Maybe that was the goal?

If that's the case then next week I would expect to see "Top 5 Mario Games" or something :/

Zelgon:
I'm confused as to why they decided it would be a good idea to do a top Final Fantasy video... I mean it's one of the most argued about franchises ever, they should have known that his opinion would spark some grand debate in comments. Maybe that was the goal?

If that's the case then next week I would expect to see "Top 5 Mario Games" or something :/

Top 5 flavours of crisps/chips.

The impossible debate begins.

I like 1. There, I said it. I loved 7, and I probably stretched out my play of 6 over too many months so I lost track of the plot lines (didn't get it on SNES, only played on PS1 re-release so it my exposure came way out of order).

My main gripe on 7 is that none of the characters play any differently, except for limit breaks that just mean some are good and some suck. Your style of play never changes based on character, just on what materia/equipment you have and there is definitely a RIGHT way and WRONG way to do that. Anything but KOTR on auto-cast followed up by Cloud's limit break is just a waste.

That's why I like 1. Your entire play-through and approach to combat as well as even the order you do some dungeons in is totally different depending on which classes you choose. For that reason and because it was the first NES game to truly capture my heart, I put 1 at the top, followed by 9 and 6 in a 2-way tie. Then 7, then 6. 8 can wipe my ass.

Out of all the ones I've played, VIII was the worst. Haven't played much of VI yet.

My list.

5.) Final Fantasy 9: After being rather let down by Final Fantasy 8 I absolutely LOVED Final Fantasy 9. It's still today a game I will play once every other year or so. Loved the stylized look loved the throwback characters. Even loved the card game.

4.) Final Fantasy 4: First RPG I ever was able to sit down and go through start to finish. Great characters and a really good story. Plus I farmed the hell out of that game to get a pink tail.

3.) Final Fantasy Tactics: Probably one of the best Strategy RPGs out there. I still to this day play the hell out of it and have bought it on more platforms than I care to think about. I really dig the job system and building up your characters and the whole political intrigue story was pretty kick ass too.

1.)Finaly Fantasy 6&7 (tie): Ok it's a coin toss over which Final Fantasy is my favorite. The later days of the SNES and the early days of the PSX were probably my favorite time as a gamer. This was also the time Squaresoft was at it's peak. Those two systems are capped with two of my favorite games in Final Fantasy 6 and Final Fantasy 7 and I honestly can't say which one I like more than the other.

5. Final Fantasy 7
4. Final Fantasy 3
3. Final Fantasy 1 [There is purity in it's simplicity]
2. Final Fantasy 9
1. Final Fantasy 6

I usually go for:
5. FF 10
4. FF 12
3. FF 7
2. FF 1 (original nes version... pure masochism)
1. FF 6

And then there's FF-IX. I don't ever put it in a "top X in series" because it's by far my favorite game of all times. The characters, the graphic design, the story, the music, modafockin VIVI, Eiko's "sugar"! and the very last battle with the Death of the Time itself. I'm a melancholic guy and that game is pure melancholy, so go figure...

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