The final attempt of Sakaguchi in making game turned out to be his life-changing decision. If he stopped before making Final Fantasy, there will be no great series that came out from this franchise. But not all of the Final Fantasy games are great RPG. Sometimes it is not enough to please players’ eyes with stunning graphic Square Enix is famous for. So here are the top 5 worst Final Fantasy games.
5. Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (Score: 67)
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is a fighting game with action RPG elements developed by Koei Tecmo’s Team Ninja and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 4. The game is a follow up to Dissidia Final Fantasy and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy released for PlayStation Portable. Dissidia Final Fantasy NT similarly allows players to battle one another using many characters from the Final Fantasy series.
Set long after the events of the previous two Dissidia titles, but before the arcade version, the dimension of World B is revitalized for a conflict between Materia, the goddess of protection, and Spiritus, the god of destruction, who respectively summon the warriors of Cosmos and Chaos as their champions. Unlike before, the summoned warriors retain their memories of both the previous war and their original world.
4. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Score: 66)
Lightining Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is an action RPG developed by Square Enix for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game was released in November 2013 for Japan and February 2014 for North America, Australia, and Europe. The game is a direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII-2, concludes the storyline of Final Fantasy XIII, and forms part of Fabula Nova Crystallis subseries.
The story takes place five hundred years after the previous game’s ending. Lightning, the main protagonist of the first game, and a key character in the second, awakes from a self-imposed hibernation 13 days before the world’s end, and is chosen by the deity Bhunivelze to save the prople of the dying world, including former friends and allies who have developed heavy emotional burdens.
3. Final Fantasy II (Score: 63)
Final Fantasy II is a fantasy RPG developed and published by Square (now Square Enix) in 1988 for the Famicom as the second installment of the Final Fantasy series. The game has received numerous enhanced remakes for WonderSwan Color, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation, and multiple mobile and smartphone types.
The game’s story centers on four youth whose parents were killed during an army invasion by the empire of Palamecia, who are using hellspawen to conquer the world. Three of the four main characters join the rebellion against the empire, embarking on missions to gain new magic and weapons, destroy enemy superweapons, and rescue leading members of the resistance.
2. Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (Score: 57)
Dirge of Cerberus is an action role-playing third-person shooter game developed and published by Square Enix in 2006. Made for PlayStation 2, this game is a part of Final Fantasy VII universe and set three years after Final Fantasy VII and one year after Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Came in third-person shooter game, it is the only kind of that type in the whole Final Fantasy series.
Unfortunately, the idea of using the cool Vincent Valentine as the protagonist become a problem later; he comes off unbearably dull in Dirge of Cerberus. The game’s story is somewhat nonsense, and the core mechanics are also a total drag. With the cool side of Vincent Valentine in Final Fantasy VII, people expected Dirge of Cerberus to be better than that, but the fact is it didn’t succeed.
1. Final Fantasy XIV (Score: 49)
Final Fantasy XIV is a MMORPG developed and published by Square Enix in 2010. Using the same name with the main franchise, Final Fantasy XIV offers a similar gameplay and elements of the Final Fantasy series. Before it was only available on PC, but now you can also play it on PlayStation 4. This game is a breath of fresh air for both Final Fantasy series’ lover and newcomers.
Aside from its status as an online game, Final Fantasy XIV is fully equipped with stunning visuals and amazing soundtrack, as what the developer best known for along with a good storyline to follow. Final Fantasy XIV is free to be played until level 35, and after that you must pay for the subscription fee to be able to continue. There are six races of characters and seven classes available for you to choose.
Even the great and almighty Final Fantasy series doesn’t always brings great games. Good or bad is very relative, but those games above are the less loved by the fans of this franchise. Even with some flaws, Final Fantasy series is still the best and will be or already become a legend in RPG world. Dissidia Final Fantasy NT caught my attention the most because sadly with good graphics it is still not enough for the fans.
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