Research shows that ....
Final Fantasy IV
3.3% (16)
3.3% (16)
Final Fantasy V
1% (5)
1% (5)
Final Fantasy VI
22.7% (109)
22.7% (109)
Final Fantasy VII
15.8% (76)
15.8% (76)
Final Fantasy VIII
9.6% (46)
9.6% (46)
Final Fantasy IX
21.6% (104)
21.6% (104)
Final Fantasy X
18.5% (89)
18.5% (89)
Final Fantasy Tactics
7.3% (35)
7.3% (35)
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Poll: Best Final Fantasy Game.

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I included the FF games I thought would be most likely to be selected. And not to say that people can't have opinions, but anyone who would've chosen FF 1-3 is acting only on retro nostalgia or hasn't played FF in 20 years yet still keeps up with gaming culture enough to be on this forum. What percentage does this honestly exclude amirite? Also, anyone who would choose FFX-2 or one of the Enix era junkstorms is a loon or is twelve years old. (The story of XII...yeah, was it hiding in one of those cutscenes? Those boring ones that thought they could make the game universe seem bigger by introducing two dozen characters with no involvement or relationship to the protagonists? Oh okay, yeah, I must have missed it.)

Also, I could only give 8 options. DATA STORM!

FF2 actually holds up pretty well.
It's got a unique battle system and a pretty messed up ending.

Here's my top FFs in no order:
FF4
FF6
FF8
FFT:WotL
FF10-2
FF12
FFTA2
FFL2

I'm not sure where to rate most of the handheld or Wii games because I don't recall ever actually beating them.

FF6 is the best. Followed by FFX and then FFVII

The way these threads go, it always breaks down into what gen the person played their first FF game.

If they started with the SNES they will claim VI.
If they started with the PSX they will claim VII
If they started with the PS2 they will claim X.
If they started with the PS3 they will claim XII (the poor souls)

Edit: Typo! Meant XIII. I actually liked XII.

For me, the best one is VI. It's just an amazing game. But it was also my first FF game so I that does boost it up a bit more.

After that is VII. VII was a huge change for the series and it did many things well.

Those are the only two favorite FF games I have. When I try to think of more games, it becomes a greater JRPG list

Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy VII
Chrono Trigger
Xenogears
Secret of Mana
Secret of Mana 2 (fan translation)
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Maxtro:
If they started with the PS3 they will claim XII (the poor souls)

Final Fantasy XII is a PlayStation 2 game. I'd give you the benefit of the doubt that you meant FF13, but that was also on Xbox 360. :P

My top three are Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy XII. No particular order.

I liked the older ones, too, but IX, X and XII are my absolute top 3.

Maxtro:

If they started with the PSX they will claim VII
If they started with the PS3 they will claim XII (the poor souls)

I think you mean XIII.

And I'm going to defy your logic and say IX, despite VII being the first one I ever played.

Also, OP, I liked XII for the world-building and unique combat it had. And saying the story is any more ridiculous than any other Final Fantasy game is giving them far too much credit.

For me, it's DEFINITELY IX.

I've played the game only two years ago. And I can safely say that is my most favorite JRPG of all time. Everything about the game just clicked for me. The story, the characters, the battle system, the setting, the art style, the music, whatever. The point is I freaking loved Final Fantasy IX.

Second favorite is probably VII, which I played right before IX. And despite how many people seem to criticize it, I actually liked it. Sure, graphics wise, it hasn't aged that well, and there are a few goof ups in the translation department, but overall, I found it to be a fun game.

Final Fantasy IX was always my favourite. I remember back in my internet novice days lurking on various vidya game sites such as Gamespot and GameFAQS, FFIX was universally (save for the regulars on the game's GameFAQS forum) reviled as the one of the most disappointing of the main series and FFVII was universally heralded as the epitome of vidya games. Fast foward about a decade (I'm old, I know!) and it's esentially reversed. FFIX is the bee's knees and FFVII is overrated. But if everyone thinks FFVII is overrated, then who actually over rates it?

Even though it took about a decade Australia finally got Final Fantasy Tactics...The War of The Lions. And I must say, outside of the main series it's hands down the best game Square has ever created. Hot damn, that is perfect game. Everything about it is perfect, the story, characters, atmosphere, gameplay. Genius. Yes, even Ramza's crotch piece armour is genius.

I'm gonna say my top 5 are, in no particular order:

Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy XII
Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy II

My first Final Fantasy game was X, though I don't think I would call it my favorite. Though I owned both a NES and a SNES, I never played I-VI until their re-release on the various gameboy systems and the DS.

Oh, also, though it doesn't make my top five, X-2 was a fucking fun game. The combat was great, the outfit system was interesting, if a bit fan-service-y, Blitzball, at least in my opinion, was actually rather fun, vastly improved over it's shitty iteration in X, but yeah...the story was shit, and the retconning made me rage. Oh, and the references to FFVII made me smile.

It's got to be IX. Being a Brit I started in the PS1 era, and while I loved VII, IX left me with such a great impression that I still feel to this day. A goddamn masterpiece.

I was torn between 6(3) and 9.

I sided with 3 because I loved the sheer roster you could accumulate.

9 had the best character arcs in the series I have seen. I stopped playing after 10 though as I felt the series had become stale.

My favorite would be FFX - given that it's also my favorite game of all time. Does my avatar surprise anyone?

Having said that, FFIX and FFVI are both absolutely fantastic, and VII, VIII and IV are really good as well.

I wasn't really impressed by XII at all and haven't played any of the Tactics games.

IX, everything about it, the characters the story, the world is simply enchanting. And the music was so beautiful it was what inspired me to start learning piano.

I live in a very anti FFX community with most of the love going to FFIX. I love X so much because it is rather inventive they went for a water world! as opposed to the others like fantasy (with air ships), or something a bit modern/sci fi. The music is also some of my favourite like to Zanarkand, and Sins boss fight music.

I also just think that turn based combat is a million time better than real time, how am I supposed to think when I also have to be careful not to waste my time to do something? whilst working an annoying menu scroll system? And no its not more fucking realistic its still dumb. Because how many fights have you seen where the fighters have to run back and fore hitting each other, and their both scrolling through menus?

Seriously no love for 7? It is really one of the best its my second favourite the third being 4.

It's good to see your poll isn't at all biased by your ignorant opinion.

Anyway, going by the Final Fantasy I've put most hours into/enjoyed the most I'm going with XII. The story was dumb but so are most all the Final Fantasy games, but the combat and progression system was a lot of fun, and the environments looked amazing.

My favourite would be FFX, also the first FF I've finished. The music is amazing, the world is so enchanting, and the characters endearing.

I've also played 7 but it did not agree with me and deleted my saves 4 times (all of them are around 30-40 hrs in). I had some problems with FF8 too so I couldn't finish it.

And I thought FF13 was pretty good, I enjoyed it!

Damn whipper-snappers... I started with the first game in 1988...

But yeah, the series peaked at VI. The plots started losing cohesion in favor of pure spectacle in the PS1 era, and have only gone further in that direction since.

So I guess my rankings go
VI
IV
VII
V
I
IX
VIII
III
II
...the rest.

FFVI is my favourite. I keep getting told it's all nostalgia though despite only playing it long after finishing FFXII...

Edit: I should give an honourable mention to FFIX though, loved it to bits

Final Fantasy IX is my favourite... if that wasn't already evident

Without a shadow of doubt I will have to go with Final Fantasy IX.

I have kept comming back to that game over the years... and it keeps just clicking in all the right places for me. The story is dynamic, ever changing and not entirely predictable - it also leaves you with a slightly uncertain feeling of where the adventure takes you next, leaving a lot to exploration and endeavor.
The characters are fairly well fleshed out, some of them having very good (some even slightly sad) character arcs, especially Vivi. That and the music is also fairly memorable, and last but by no means least, the protagonist is not the classic emo feeling down suffering type, or the overly gullible type.

I think the first one I played was VI in some forgotten part of my childhood. The one that really sticks out through nostalgia is VII, I used to love to play that game with my brother..

But niether is the best in my opinion. List as follows:

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
Final Fantasy IV (DS-version)
Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2
Final Fantasy X-2 (Don't hit me!)

I guess I'm pretty alone in thinking that the Crystal Chronicles-series is better than the original series, or even in having played it. And X-2 well, SHUT UP! It's fun!

Well, I've played (or at least tried to play) FFVI, FFVIII, FFIX and FFX. And out of all those, Final Fantasy X is the one that stuck with me. I like the story, I like the characters, I like the music, I like the voiceacting (yes, even the infamous "HA HA HA"-scene. It is MEANT to be awkward!), and it is the game I've gotten the furthest in before drifting of to do something else.

I should probably boot it up so I can finally defeat Sin once and for all...

Maxtro:
The way these threads go, it always breaks down into what gen the person played their first FF game.

If they started with the SNES they will claim VI.
If they started with the PSX they will claim VII
If they started with the PS2 they will claim X.
If they started with the PS3 they will claim XII (the poor souls)

I didn't own any of those games around their prime. I played FF 8 first, then 7. After that I played a little 10 until I broke the disc with a hammer because that game was just shit. After that I played 10-2 and enjoyed it. Continued with 13-2. And then I got 6 from a flea market (where they oddly never sold fleas...) and it is by far the best of all those games. Close followed by 13-2.

But you are basically right. People prefer what they started off with or just the best of the generation of consoles.

Wasn't 12 on the PS2? I think you meant 13 there.

Maxtro:
The way these threads go, it always breaks down into what gen the person played their first FF game.

If they started with the SNES they will claim VI.
If they started with the PSX they will claim VII
If they started with the PS2 they will claim X.
If they started with the PS3 they will claim XII (the poor souls)

Nope, I started with 1 on the NES. Loved that game back in the day. Wasn't free like Dragon Warrior, but it was a superior version as well. Started long before the PS, but my favorite is VIII. 7 and 8's days were in my college years, and I really didn't have time for all of the grind. VII REQUIRED hours of grind I couldn't give it. VIII was the perfect solution. Once you drew up to 100, you were done with that spell forever. With many spells, I did that in 1 encounter. It was a beefy game that actually limited grind. Good for me at the time (and to this day as I am employed.)

Nothing wrong with folks who perfered the grindy ones. Some people just like that kind of thing I suppose. MMO's have fans and they are ALL grind and no payoff.

For me, the order goes:

FFX
FFVI
FFVII
FFXII
FFIV
FFX-2
FFVIII

X had some of the most fun characters, a combat system that was simple enough to understand, but gave you a lot of room for both strategy and tough bosses, a story that was genuinely touching at points, and some of the most fun side quests.

VI had the best character development

FFVII did everything okay

FFXII had the best side quests

FFX-2 had the best combat system

FFVIII had the best mini-game.

loc978:
Damn whipper-snappers... I started with the first game in 1988...

But yeah, the series peaked at VI. The plots started losing cohesion in favor of pure spectacle in the PS1 era, and have only gone further in that direction since.

So I guess my rankings go
VI
IV
VII
V
I
IX
VIII
III
II
...the rest.

Everytime I see this, I bring this up:

WATCH IT IN JAPANESE. IT IS WORSE. THE SCENE IS SUPPOSED TO FORCED AND AWKWARD AS HELL.

Eeesh, context people, context.

VIII is my favorite, followed by IX. I lost interest after X. Possibly due to over zealous fanboyism towards everything VII related.

NameIsRobertPaulson:

loc978:


...the rest.

Everytime I see this, I bring this up:

WATCH IT IN JAPANESE. IT IS WORSE. THE SCENE IS SUPPOSED TO FORCED AND AWKWARD AS HELL.

Eeesh, context people, context.

I actually got that from the english dub as well. I get that

what I don't get is why... anything... in that storyline. It moves from setpiece to setpiece, showing off the PS2's (impressive for its time) rendering power with only the thinnest excuse for a plot to add context.

FF6 has always come across as the most polished of the series although I'm going with FF4 here. I think FF4, including the more recent After Years expansion / DLC is easily my favorite title out of the whole series. In short it was just a lot of fun to play. I enjoyed the story and meeting all of the different characters as well as exploring the world aboard a high tech airship. It had this neat 'high fantasy' feel to it, along with a solid soundtrack. I included two of my favorite soundtracks below. Enjoy :)

My second favorite though would have to be FF X. I don't care what anyone says on this one, I felt the story was genuinely moving.. and a bit tragic, bad voice acting and all. :3

Also, if anyone was wondering, I had a Nintendo and the original FF1 way back when it was new. I've tried to play all of them, time permitting, including the Gameboy titles, FF Legend 1-3 and Adventure (which was pretty fun actually).

I haven't played the SNES games (an Android port would change that, Square-Enix!), so my vote is IX, followed by VII, XII and Tactics. I think some of the negativity XII catches is crossfire from people who hated X and XIII and never actually played it. The game itself is actually excellent, much better than any of the Final Fantasy games from (or since) the PS2 era, and definitely better than VIII. That's just my humble and insignificant opinion, but it's also objective fact.

There's a certain style that appears in VIII, returns in X and completely absorbs the series in XIII and its sequel that really turns me off. Everything's highly stylized and empty. The stories are extremely focused on a couple of characters to the detriment of everything else, and those characters are just as horrible and boring as the rest of them.

On the plus side, the one thing they can never seem to screw up is the music.

Final Fantasy VI is like my Lord of the Rings. As much as I love other stand outs in the series like IX and IV, and have played more FFXI than any other game in my life and absolutely love FFXII.. No game has ever impacted me like Final Fantasy VI. So many great characters, each with deep and engaging stories together in an ever deeper and more engaging overarching narrative. Just thinking about Kefka's laugh can give me chills.

I still play it every summer. I hope Square never gets it in their head to remake it. They'll never improve on it.

(Though, if they were to do so, I'd happily ignore it if I weren't happy with the result)

loc978:

NameIsRobertPaulson:

loc978:


...the rest.

Everytime I see this, I bring this up:

WATCH IT IN JAPANESE. IT IS WORSE. THE SCENE IS SUPPOSED TO FORCED AND AWKWARD AS HELL.

Eeesh, context people, context.

I actually got that from the english dub as well. I get that

what I don't get is why... anything... in that storyline. It moves from setpiece to setpiece, showing off the PS2's (impressive for its time) rendering power with only the thinnest excuse for a plot to add context.

Don't mistake an easy to understand plot for a thin one. While the overarching plot is simple enough (Collect the aeons, kill the big sea monster), everything else adds so much. The corruption of the church and the reasons behind it, the thin veil of hatred of machinery to mask the church's corruption, the stories of each guardian as they attempt to redeem themselves for past discretions. It all flows together very nicely.

I'm going to cheat, my favourite for the PS1 would be a tie between 8 and 9, and for the ps2 it would have to be 10. Finally for the 360 it would have to be 11.

P.S i voted for 8.

My favourite is probably XIII because it's the only one I've ever managed to completely finish. I also like most of the characters and the story and stuff. But then I am a bit simple so the deeper themes of the other games probably go over my head.

As for the games in the poll, it's a toss up between VII and X. I probably preferred X overall (pretty much because Auron), but VII doesn't have as many bosses that instantly spring to mind as soon as the game is mentioned that are so difficult that I don't want to play it ever again.
Gosh darn Mt. Gagazet.

2 actually is my favourite, and I roll it out every now and again on an emulator. But of the choices you gave 8 by far.

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