Poll: Best Final Fantasy Game.

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It's all about FFIX for me. The characters, story, music and art style was just a perfect mix. I play it over and over again close to once every two years or so since release to relive what was one of my most amazing gaming experiences.

FFX is also very underrated in my opinion for its characters and story (the end was very well done.. damn FFX-2 retconned it) and the only weak link for the game imo was its combat/level up system where the sphere grid allowed you to become damn near invincible with sufficient investment of time the only challenge really being Penance.

I'm sorta intrigued about FFVI now with the glowing reviews you guys are giving it. Any specific port or version of it you would recommend for me to play?

6 (is by far the best of all the games hands down)
4
7 (has the best characters)
9
8
5
2
1
3
Every spinoff game and other type game not of the main series (including Tactics, the FF7 compilation, the Chocobo games, etc. They are all better than what follows)
12
10 (by far the worst fucking characters in the series and if not for 13 the worst most nonsensical, plot hole filled story. But I will say it had the best combat in the series but that is not enough to make this migraine inducing thing [I will not call it a game] a good score)
13
13-2
13-3
10-2 (anyone who says they like this needs to be shot)
11 (fuck MMOs)
14 (seriously fuck them)

FFIX. FFVII may have been my first game of the series, and I have played all the FF games, but IX really moved me. It had a really nice combination of light-heartedness and "shit just got real" that melded really well together. Its character ensemble (except Amarant. Seriously, fuck that guy. And you know what? I think he was a parody of all the worst traits of the Squalls and Clouds out there) was one of the most colorful, memorable ensembles of any of the games, the Active Time Event system was a really nice touch, its world map was one of the most expansive and interactive maps of any RPG I'd played in that era (and this was before X and up decided FF games didn't need world maps...), Tetra Master was addictive as hell and fixed a LOT of the problems that came from Triple Triad, and quite frankly... it's rare that ANY game so clearly reflects all the love and celebration of a franchise that IX did. IX moved me so much that I think a lot of my disappointment from X and up (aside from them being mediocre at best) stems from how poorly they compare to IX.

Purists won't acknowledge IX because they feel the series died at VII, and newcomers won't acknowledge IX because "lolanimugrafix," but it really was an ambitious project with a lot of emotional ups and downs, a main character who could truly call himself a hero, and it will always be the one I remember most.

Also, I'll be damned if you didn't enjoy Chocobo Hot and Cold. DAMNED, I say!

I'd have to say XIII. Mainly because, despite plenty of years as a gamer, the only three FF games I've played are XII, XIII and XIII-2. And as much as I love Balthier's voice, I can let Gideon Emery tongue my earholes in Dragon Age 2 with the exact same voice, because my love for Balthier does not trump my hate for Vaan.

My ranking goes...
VI
VII
T
IV
V

Granted... VIII was the last one I played, so I've still yet to experience the glory that is IX. Something I've been meaning to do for a while. My nostalgia for VI is prolly too strong for it to ever be dethroned, though. I absolutely adore that game: I still replay it start to finish every couple years, and I love it even more every time. If it's not my fave game of all time, it's at least in my top 3.

X is my favourite, I adore the story and I like the way the gameplay ties neatly into it. Square have always understood what levelling up and gameplay is meant to convey (FFX-2 and FFXII are the exception to this). The game was about journeying through a large and hostile world, broken by Sin to the point where simple journey's are a struggle. So everything about the gameplay tied into this, the checkpoint system, the length of the game, the amount of battling etc.

When you play the game, you're getting empathy into the character situation, which is what a good game should be doing

I've actually been on a bit of a Final Fantasy binge lately. After finally getting around to playing VII, I went ahead and played VIII and IX as well. However... X is still my favorite.

VII is my favorite of the three I played recently. I think if the internet hadn't completely ruined the big emotional moment, and if the media that takes place after the end of the game hadn't ruined the somewhat ambiguous ending, it might have been my favorite of all time.

VIII ended up being a bit of a disappointment. Not BAD, just not really amazing or anything. The combat system is entirely too complicated, the main story is full of plot holes, and Ultimecia is a seriously weak main villain. That being said, the ending was actually really good.

IX was pretty damn good, and came in just behind VII in terms of how much I like it. Love the characters, love the story, and the combat/level up system might be my favorite in the series, aside from X.

So, while I've played a few more Final Fantasies than this, in terms of the ones I've beaten, it goes:

X
VII
IX
VIII

Now, I'm off to go play Final Fantasies I thru VI.

FFVIII
FF:Tactics
FFVI
FFVII
FFX
FFIX
FFIV
FFXII

Something like that I guess. FFXIII doesnt qualify

I guess maybe I got out lucky cause I hadn't really played a Final Fantasy game till XIII so I think all the expectations I had were not quite the same as if I had already enjoyed the series. Anyways XIII is my favorite, probably followed by VII and then X, but to be fare those are the only three I've played besides XIII-2 and well honestly XIII's battle system beats all the others to me. Storyline was confusing but once I read through the extra stuff I mostly understood it, and as much as graphics don't make the game XIII was amazing to look at.

It's a really tight call for me for 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. But because it was the one i sunk most time in I picked X.
My probably top order
1) X loved everything about it, plus Yojimbo and Anima in this game were awesome.
2) VII mainly cos vincent was my favourite character in any game
3) IX
4) VI
5) VIII

For me it goes:

VI (by a large margin)
IX (Jim Sterling covers this game's good points pretty well)
VII (Overrated does not mean bad)
FFTactics (only the original... fuck the Advanced versions)
IV (Mostly nostalgia factor here to be honest)
VIII (Squall is a mope, but still more likable than Tidus)
V (Not bad, but I played it too late for the nostalgia factor to take hold)
Mystic Quest (bite me, the music was good)
X (Square's first foray into voice acting killed the game for me. Also, Tidus is a baby)
...I never finished any of the others, though I keep swearing I'll get around to finishing XII one of these days(at which point it will probably get pushed at least above X for having better voice acting).

I think FF6 is a great game for its time, but I have no idea why lots of people think its the best. Ultros is absurd and almost single-handledly makes the game worse than some of the other choices. The anachronism drives me nuts. For instance, when someone calls Sabin a "gym rat" or something to that effect? There are zero instances of gyms in that world. How is that polished? It doesn't make any sense.

Leemaster777:
I've actually been on a bit of a Final Fantasy binge lately. After finally getting around to playing VII, I went ahead and played VIII and IX as well. However... X is still my favorite.

VII is my favorite of the three I played recently. I think if the internet hadn't completely ruined the big emotional moment, and if the media that takes place after the end of the game hadn't ruined the somewhat ambiguous ending, it might have been my favorite of all time.

VIII ended up being a bit of a disappointment. Not BAD, just not really amazing or anything. The combat system is entirely too complicated, the main story is full of plot holes, and Ultimecia is a seriously weak main villain. That being said, the ending was actually really good.

IX was pretty damn good, and came in just behind VII in terms of how much I like it. Love the characters, love the story, and the combat/level up system might be my favorite in the series, aside from X.

So, while I've played a few more Final Fantasies than this, in terms of the ones I've beaten, it goes:

X
VII
IX
VIII

Now, I'm off to go play Final Fantasies I thru VI.

I don't think you can appreciate VII at full value if you spend any time with the crap media that came about after it. Keep in mind, most, if not all of that stuff came from Square-Enix and not Squaresoft which is a huge indication that it is homogenized, incoherent, uninspired trash. I consider FF7 as canon unto itself and ignore the financial afterthought nonsense that came years later.

I still play it every few years and the emotion of the Aeris scene isn't lost on me still, but I also played it well before the Internet got to it. (Or anything for that matter.)

I actually liked X and X-2. But don't flame me yet.

I liked the characters in X. They were generally cheery, with the only drawback being the daddy issues of Tidus (and the laughing scene, but we won't talk about that). The combat was relaxed and Aeons felt nice to use. It was a nice storyline too in my opinion.

Final Fantasy X-2 was a bit different. It was clearly fanservice. The scene in guadosalam was borderline porn. However the combat was in my opinion, really fun. And the twist on Yuna wasn't that bad. I remember seeing the advert for FFX-2 when I was in primary school (elementary I think is the US equivalent) and thinking "AWESOME! SHE JUMPS AROUND AND STUFF!". If you remove a bunch of the story and focus on the quirkiness and humor of the characters as well as the gameplay, the game is actually really fun.

I can't only pick one:-P...

In no particular order the best FF games IMO are: 6, 9 and 12

My favourite FF game on the other hand is hands down 10-2.

Oh my god! I love you! You remembered Tactics! If only I could find a working PS controller where I live =(

FFVI, FFVII and FFIX are the best in my book (with honorable mention to FFXII because of its amazing world and battle system. Vaan, and a somewhat weak story brings it down though).

I'm still surprised that many people think so highly of FFX. I mean, it was good, but nowhere near the quality of the other top games. It had Tidus, shitty voice acting across the board and an absolutely ridiculous looking villain in Seymour Guado. So no, that game is not top tier in my book.

The first FF was my favorite, only because it let you choose your party.Which added replayability for me trying to see how far I could make it with weird combinations of parties....trying to play with a party of four white mages ect...

I've only played IV, VI, X, and XII.

VI is in my opinion the best out of the ones I've played so far.

The expressions from the sprites is 5000% more human than angsty polygons.

The poll is irrelevant. Which game has spawned 3+ spinoff games and 2 movies?

That's right.

For me, IX then VI. VI is probably the better game in terms of mechanics, but I still prefer IX for its world, music, characters and such.

Leemaster777:
VII is my favorite of the three I played recently. I think if the internet hadn't completely ruined the big emotional moment, and if the media that takes place after the end of the game hadn't ruined the somewhat ambiguous ending, it might have been my favorite of all time.

I think that the biggest blow the Internet Hype Machine (and subsequent media, building off this) dealt to VII was the flanderization of Cloud as whiny, weak, and angsty. As a convenient illustration, compare his FF7 art to his Dissidea art:

The standard, cliche RPG arc goes something like, "I thought I was a loser/nobody, but I'm actually the hero!" Ie, an average person who finds out they're not so average, either through birth or prophecy (or both.) Off the top of my head... FF4, 5, & MQ, both Lufias, Illusion of Gaia, and Xenogears start from this premise. What 7 did was to set up Cloud as someone who knew he was the hero, then reveal to him (and the player) that he's a loser. He thought he was an elite fighter, both by training and genetic engineering, but turns out he was an enlisted grunt who wasn't good enough to make the cut for SOLDIER, and the "engineering" was harmful tampering rather than beneficial improvement. He has his mental breakdown, but comes out of it sure that he can be the hero on his own merits. Rather than the angst ball he's caricatured as, his trajectory is more "incredibly cocky and sure of himself->existential crisis when he learns his self-image is based on bullshit->reconstitution as a legitimately heroic individual once he comes to terms with and accepts who he really is."

So yeah, it was a really radical departure from the standard formula at the time, but it's something that later media/hype has kinda lost sight of.

(On a similar note, I really hope 6 holds up well for you [and other new players in general.] There are so many incredibly innovative things in that game that it invented but which I worry new players might mistake as cliched because later games copied them so aggressively.)

my personal favorite is VII, followed by VI, then IV, and finally... I know I'll be hated for this but... XIII and XIII-2

the rest of the series changes based on the day II has always remained at the bottom and VIII right after it, I just never really understood what's so great about those 2 games; then again I was never to fond of emo

bananafishtoday:
*SNIP*

Ah, I agree completely. In fact, I made note of that while I was playing.

I was kinda struck by how Cloud's personality didn't seem to match how he was portrayed in some of the other media I've seen of him. Throughout the entire game, I never thought he came off as "emo" or anything to that effect. It's like you said, he came off more to me as just overly confident. And personally, I prefer this to how he's protrayed in other games. It just seems like they want him to be more like Squall. (Incidentally, I found Squall almost insufferable throughout VIII. It took me a GOOD long while to finally warm up to him... which makes me question how he got so many people, both in the game and fans, who seem to like him so much.)

FF 9 is the best. I love everything about 9. Music and characters being the two main reasons. But if you are only looking for one thing that makes 9 the best then here it is. It is the best because of this guy:

The_Scrivener:
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.

I certainly hope you would not be suggesting that games from a series that has its roots in the NES era are only considered the best in the series based on nostalgia or ignorance of the other entries. If so, my gold cartridge of the original Legend of Zelda (one of the most groundbreaking and innovative games that was but one of many classic masterpieces that helped pave the way for games as we know them today) would like to have a few words with you.

Dude, next time, just admit you didn't have enough room for the whole series and replace the spinoff title you did put up there with "Other entry (explain)" or a similar option. People rarely click that option without clarifying what they mean in the thread so you'll still get a definitive answer and more posts to boot.

Anyway, my choice is, of course, Final Fantasy VI. For reasons that would just have me repeating what everyone else has already said.

My favourite is IX, always. I also enjoy I, IV, V, and VI. And Tactics.
And I know I'm not supposed to like XII, but I do.
VIII and XIII can fuck off and die.
The rest come somewhere in between.

devotedsniper:
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.

What do you like about 8 ? (really curious, it's rare to see someone who likes it)

I mean, the idea of being a from a school of mercenary is pretty good... but the setting and weaponry are weird. I like the time compression thing at the end, but the rest is so out there. There's missiles and explosive... so why not use them against the sorceress ? Why does Seiffer turns evil :S (I mean, he was a douche, but come on!) ? The GF causes amnesia is also pretty lame. The weapon creation system is bad and the magic drawing is a time killer (or an obligation to play cards OR to transform creature into cards OR to transform items into magic which is weird... why not sell magic while you're there ?).

But, still, I love the fact that they show us playable flashback (I know they're supposed to be "time travel experiment" by Elise, but I prefer to call them flash back ;)), I love the GFs (their design and their powers) and I find the sorceress character interesting. However, those little good points are not enough to make a good game (I think). Did I miss something ?

Where the heck is FFXII?
This game is awesome!!!
I know this game have an awful story and the main hero is a b*tch, but the game have the most interest sub missions I have ever seen!!!

Protagonist not a stoic putz
+ Vivi Ornitier
+ strong female characters
+ awesome pre-rendered CG backgrounds giving life to an amazing steampunk fantasy world
+ tons music with the memorability of a 16-bit soundtrack
+ classical yet incredibly deep and well-thought out storyline (with a minimum of plot holes for FF standards)
+ the most expansive chocobo mini-game of all
= Final Fantasy IX

I'm torn between FF VII, FF X and FF VIII(yeah really).

The first ones, the ones with no whiny girly dudes and pussified badguys that nobody should take seriously.

I voted for X. X was my first PS2 game, X sits firmly in the number 2 spot of my top five favourite games, and X is the only PS2 game I kept after my console died, just so I could use the disc to emulate it. I replay it at least once a year, sometimes more than that, to as near 100% completion as I can get. Since the game doesn't actually keep track of completion percentage, I just have to assume that I'm not missing anything.

Does that actually make it the best, though? I don't know. A man I very much respect once said that Final Fantasy VI is the pinnacle of the Final Fantasy series, and though I'm inclined to disagree, I think his reasons for saying that it is are a lot better than my reasons for arguing that it isn't.

So I'm going to say X, but remain well aware that very compelling arguments can be made for me being wrong.

You need to separate tactics. Advanced and lion war are different brah.

Out of the ones I have played, I enjoyed FFI the most, mostly because it's less linear than the other games. I admit that I haven't played many FFs, though. By the way, I first played it a couple of years ago, so I wouldn't say my opinion is based on nostalgia.

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