Final Fantasy is a Japanese anthology science fantasy media franchise that began in 1987. The series was created by Hironobu Sakaguchi and developed and owned by Square Enix. The game was originally meant to be named Fighting Fantasy, as Sakaguchi’s last attempt in making game. But after decades, the franchise has successfully produced these top 5 best Final Fantasy games (including the Metacritic score).
5. Final Fantasy VIII (Score: 90)
Final Fantasy VIII is a RPG developed and published by Square originally for PlayStation console in 1999. The game is the eighth main installment in the Final Fantasy series. Final Fantasy VIII is the first game in the series to use realistically proportioned characters consistently. A remastered version was released for Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in September 2019.
The game follows a group of young mercenaries, led by Squall Leonhart, as they are drawn into a conflict sparked by Ultimecia, a sorceress from the future who wishes to compress time. Duriing the quest to defeat Ultimecia, Squall struggles with his role as a leader and develops romance with one of his comrades, Rinoa Heartilly.
4. Final Fantasy X (Score: 92)
Final Fantasy X would be one of the best PlayStation 2 games that have ever been played by any RPG lover. The popularity of the game made by Square Enix proved to be on top of mind of every player at that time. Final Fantasy X was originally released in 2001 for PlayStation 2, and later released in PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita with better graphics.
The story follows Tidus, the main protagonist and a famous Blitzball (a kind of sport played inside a sphere of water) player from Zanarkand and the son of Jecht. His adventure begins when his hometown attacked by an enormous monster called Sin. He traveled along with Yuna, a summoner who is trying to put an end to Sin. With everything it has, this game deserved the first place on PlayStation 2.
3. Final Fantasy VI (Score: 92)
Final Fantasy VI was released in 1994 by Square for SNES (now also available in Android, and iOS). Final Fantasy VI is the sixth installment of the Final Fantasy series which was known to be one of the best Final Fantasy game ever made. It added more depth to both gameplay and narrative than any Final Fantasy game before.
The story tells about a technological world dominated by an evil empire by the use of Magitek technology. We will control the characters with different backgrounds. The heroes consist of the people who have been a part of the empire, brainwashed by the empire, or those who rebels against the empire. This game features 14 permanent playable characters, the largest number of any games in the series.
2. Final Fantasy VII (Score: 92)
Final Fantasy VII is without a doubt one of the greatest creations of Square Enix. There are too many reasons why this title feels everlasting; now it even has a remake on PlayStation 4. This masterpiece from Square Enix emerged initially in 1997, more than a decade ago. But with every aspect it has: characters, plot, and gameplay successfully moved Square Enix to port the original version into multiplatform.
We will play as Cloud, the main protagonist of Final Fantasy VII and the most popular persona among the RPG characters. Although he isn’t a silent protagonist, Cloud doesn’t speak too much at first. As a former SOLDIER’s proud swordsman, he became arrogant and selfish. But after he discovers about his past, he began to value friendship and starts protecting others, even the Planet.
1. Final Fantasy IX (Score: 94)
Final Fantasy IX is the ninth main installment in Final Fantasy series which was developed and published by Squaresoft. It was initially released in July 2000 for PlayStation, and later re-released in 2016 for iOS, Android and Microsoft Windows via Steam, and the last re-released in 2017 for PlayStation 4.
The story follows Zidane and his companion of Tantalus Theatre Troupe kidnapping Princess Garnet of Alexandria whom coincidentally planned to escape the castle. Accompanied by her personal guard Steiner, they become comrades and travel together with Zidane to know the secrets of the Crystal and try to stop the malevolent force who intends to destroy their world.
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The last attempt of Sakaguchi in making games turned into his golden chance to make a JRPG franchise people adore until now. Sakaguchi’s determination taught us the value of a struggle, where we need to finish it until the very end. Speaking about a favorite, I have to pick two: Final Fantasy VI and Final Fantasy VIII, both for its stunning gameplay and plot. Plus, Final Fantasy VIII has amazing soundtrack.
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