Well, talking about Final Fantasy series means to talk about all the achievement and influence it has. Most of the games were astonishing and this series become a pioneer of the classic RPG mechanism. But among those wonderful and exciting games, there are some which were ranked bad by Metacritic as a popular reviews website. Here are the top 7 worst Final Fantasy games according to Metacritic.
7. 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.
6. Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (Score: 62)
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is an episodic RPG co-developed by Matrix Software and Square Enix as the sequel to the 1991 title Final Fantasy IV. The game was originally released in Japan as a mobile game in 2008. In 2011 the game was bundled with Final Fantasy IV as the PlayStation Portable compilation Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection which also includes Final Fantasy IV: Interlude.
Set 17 years after Final Fantasy IV, The After Years follows the original casts and their descendants in episodic tales as a new villain appears, setting into action a mysterious chain of events that threatens the fate of the Blue Planet. Largely utilizing assets, locations, and mechanics from its predecessor, the title nevertheless incorporates higher quality character graphics and several new gameplay systems.
5. Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV (Score: 62)
Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV is a downloadable virtual reality simulation video game developed and published by Square Enix for PlayStation 4’s PlayStation VR peripheral. The game was released in 2017 and let players to interact with the four main characters of Final Fantasy XV while taking part in fishing around a variety of locations.
4. Final Fantasy XV: Comrades (Score: 60)
Final Fantasy XV: Comrades is a downloadable expansion of Final Fantasy XV which was released in 2017. It adds cooperative multiplayer to the game and allows players to create customizable avatar and take on quests with up to three other players online.
The expansion starts six months after chapter 13 of the main game. The goal is to collect meteor shards to power up power stations to provide electricity to other areas. The players progress as they connect the power line and along the way unlock perks for their characters. By completing quests, the players get items to upgrade their weapons.
3. 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.
2. Final Fantasy XIV Online (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.
1. Final Fantasy All the Bravest (Score: 25)
Final Fantasy All the Bravest is a game in the Final Fantasy series which was developed by BitGroove and published by Square Enix in 2013. Maybe it is not very popular with console players since it is made for Android and iOS exclusively. The game is a free-to-play 2D touch-action RPG and features traditional jobs, characters, monsters, locations, and musics from the Final Fantasy series.
Instead of delivering a good, creative, and enjoyable experience of playing Final Fantasy series on the go, what we got instead was a shallow title featuring some lazily-made gameplay. The gameplay mechanics allows all players to simply tap the screen, but nothing than that. It also doesn’t help that All the Bravest forces players to spend over $50 to actually get the full experience.
Even the great and mighty series like Final Fantasy seems to have some bad games according to Metacritic scoring. It doesn’t mean that they are not worth playing, but it is because the other titles were way better than them. For me the worst was Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII, since it tried to implements a new kind of action gameplay instead of the usual turn-based battle but turns out to fail in many aspects.
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