Almost everyone knows Final Fantasy series, even those who aren’t players. They might have heard this hugely popular franchise somewhere. And if you are reading this, it could mean that you are either a RPG lover or a Final Fantasy fan. But have you ever try comparing the duration you needed to finish each one of the game? In that case, let me present you these top 7 longest Final Fantasy games you should know.
7. Final Fantasy VI (35.5 Hours)
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.
7. Final Fantasy VII (38.5 Hours)
Final Fantasy VII is a RPG developed by Square in 1997 for PlayStation. The game is the seventh main installment in the Final Fantasy series. 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. The success has moved Square Enix to port this game into Android and iOS platform as well.
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.
5. Final Fantasy IX (40 Hours)
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.
4. Final Fantasy VIII (42 Hours)
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.
3. Final Fantasy X (48 Hours)
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.
2. Final Fantasy XIII (49 Hours)
Final Fantasy XIII is a JRPG for PlayStation 3 with the theme of science fiction. It is another creation of Square Enix which released multiplatform (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC), started in 2009. Final Fantasy XIII is the thirteenth main installment in the Final Fantasy series and the flagship title of the Fabula Nova Crystallis: Final Fantasy sub-series.
Final Fantasy XIII is set on a world named Gran Pulse, above which Cocoon, an artificial biodome on which humanity lives, fearful of the surface world. A member of the Guardian Corps military forces named Lightning goes rogue when her sister Serah is branded an l’Cie by a fal’Cie from Gran Pulse. From that point onwards, her adventures began as she designated as the enemy of Cocoon.
1. Final Fantasy XII (60 Hours)
Final Fantasy XII is a fantasy JRPG developed and published by Squaresoft for PlayStation 2 in 2006. This game is a part of Final Fantasy series with some changes in gameplay: an open world, a seamless battle system, a controllable camera, and many more. In normal gameplay, this game requires about 65 hours of gameplay, excluded the optional contents that spends about 40 hours of play duration.
The game takes place in the fictional world of Ivalice, where the empires of Archadia and Rozzaria are waging an endless war. Ashe, princess of Dalmasca which caught between the warring nations meets Vaan, a young adventurer who dreams of becoming a sky pirate in command of an airship. By creating a resistance movement, Ashe and the party rally against the tyranny of the Archadian Empire.
As one of the legendary franchises around, Final Fantasy games have gradually become harder and longer to beat. And of course, the durations above are time needed to complete the game without wasting time too much and wandering around for the sidequests. And from the list above, I pick Final Fantasy VI as my favorite. Imagine if it has a remake, sounds cool and worth the wait isn’t it?
Which one are your favorite Final Fantasy games from the list? How long do you need to beat it? Please share your thoughts in the comment below.