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Ranking The Final Fantasy Games

Updated on January 6, 2016

1. Final Fantasy VI

Final Fantasy VI is the sixth installment in the Final Fantasy series, first released in 1994 on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It was directed by Yoshinori Kitase and Hiroyuki Itou, who took over from the series creator and producer Hironobu Sakaguchi, director of the five previous installments of the franchise. Long-time series contributor Nobuo Uematsu composed the musical score, while Yoshitaka Amanocontributed to the image design.

Final Fantasy VI was the third installment in the Final Fantasy series to be released in North America (after the original Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy IV) and was first released in North America as Final Fantasy III to maintain the naming continuity. Due to various content guidelines imposed by Nintendo of America at the time, several other changes were made to the original North American version, including restrictions against nudity and profanity.

The game's story focuses on a conflict between the Gestahlian Empire conquering the world, and the Returners, a rebel faction opposed to them. The Empire has acquired a great army through experiments with espers, magical demi-gods of legend. The Returners seek magical power to fight the Empire on equal terms, and an amnesiac former imperial soldier, Terra Branford, proves key to both sides for understanding magic and espers.

Final Fantasy VI features fourteen playable characters, the largest cast of any main series game in the Final Fantasy series. The game is set in a fantasy steampunk-style world, at a technological level roughly corresponding to Earth during the second industrial revolution. It is the last title in the series to be released for the Super Nintendo console and the last title to be renamed; the next installment was called Final Fantasy VII on all regions.

Final Fantasy VI was ported to the PlayStation and released in Japan in 1999, both individually and as part of the Final Fantasy Collection. In North America, this port is available as part of the Final Fantasy Anthology. In 2002, the PlayStation port was released individually in Europe and Australia. A new port was released with additional content on the Game Boy Advance as Final Fantasy VI Advance on November 30th, 2006, in Japan, and February 5th, 2007, in North America.

In October 2013 it was revealed Final Fantasy VI would be ported to smartphones with updated graphics and adjustments to the battle system. It was released on January 15, 2014 for Android followed by an iOS release on February 6, 2014.

SGDQ 2014 Final Fantasy VI Co-up Speed Run in 7:27:49 by Essentia And puwexil

2. Final Fantasy IX

Final Fantasy IX is the ninth installment in the Final Fantasy series, released by Square in 2000. It was directed by Hiroyuki Ito and co-produced by Hironobu Sakaguchi and Shinji Hashimoto. It is the third and last Final Fantasy in the main series to be produced for the PlayStation. UnlikeFinal Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy IX was not ported to the PC. It was originally going to be a spin-off game, but was eventually made into a main game. On April 2nd, 2010, it was announced on Twitter that Final Fantasy IX would be added to the PlayStation Network, and was released for PSN on May 20th, 2010 for Japanese players, May 26th, 2010 for European and Australian players, and on June 15, 2010 for North American players.

After two Final Fantasy installments that featured an increasing sci-fi slant, Final Fantasy IX was intended to return the series, at least temporarily, to its more fantasy-oriented roots. The characters, who had been depicted in an increasingly realistic fashion in previous Final Fantasy games, were deliberately rendered in a more cartoonish fashion to reflect this return to tradition. Among the most notable Final Fantasy traditions is the presence of black mages, represented foremost by the playable party member Vivi; other black mages appear as a crucial element of the storyline.

Final Fantasy IX was announced and developed in tandem with Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy XI. This three-pronged marketing effort was intended to provide gamers with the promise of three upcoming games of varied style and gameplay: an intentionally retro RPG in Final Fantasy IX, a smoother evolution in style and design in Final Fantasy X, and an online experience in Final Fantasy XI.

One of The Best Final Fantasy Games! - Final Fantasy IX Review

3. Final Fantasy IV

Final Fantasy IV is the fourth game in the Final Fantasy series. Originally released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, the game has been subsequently re-released for the PlayStation, the WonderSwan Color, the Game Boy Advance, the Nintendo DS, the PlayStation Portable,iOS and Android.

It was originally released in North America as Final Fantasy II. This altered numbering system caused the game Final Fantasy VI to be numberedFinal Fantasy III, leading to quite a bit of confusion when the PlayStation game Final Fantasy VII (which retained the number VII outside Japan) came out. A sequel, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, was released for Japanese mobile phones in February 2008. The sequel was released via WiiWare in the US on June 1, 2009, and is included in Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection for the PlayStation Portable.

The 3D remake was released for Steam on September 17, 2014.

Final Fantasy IV [SNES] :: SPEED RUN (2:21:24) by Brossentia SDGQ2013

4. Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII is the seventh installment in the Final Fantasy series, released in 1997 by Square Co., Ltd., and continues to be one of the most popular games in the series. It was directed by Yoshinori Kitase, written by Kitase and Kazushige Nojima, and produced by Hironobu Sakaguchi. It was the first game of the Final Fantasy series to be developed for the PlayStation rather than a Nintendo system, and the first game in the series to be ported to Windows. Final Fantasy VII was the first Final Fantasy title with entirely 3D (polygonal) character models, although the majority of environments were two-dimensional pre-rendered maps (except the world map and battle screens, which were rendered in full 3D).

Final Fantasy VII is one of the best-selling games of all time, with the highest sales (10.5 million copies) of any game in the Final Fantasyseries, and the second highest sales for a game on the PlayStation platform. It received GameSpot's Editor's Choice, scoring a 9.5/10 and a 9.6/10 user score. Since its debut on the Sony PlayStation, Final Fantasy VII has been released on the PC and the PlayStation Network. It is widely considered one of the most influential RPGs to-date.

Unlike Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy VI, which in North America were renamed II and III (II, III, and V were not yet released internationally at that time), Final Fantasy VII retained the number seven for its westernized release. The game has spawned a sub-series of sequels, prequels, and "midquels" called the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII.

Final Fantasy VII : 100% Speedrun in 15:11:18 (World Record)

5. Final Fantasy V

Final Fantasy V is the fifth installment in the Final Fantasy series by Square Co., Ltd., originally released for the Super Family Computer (Super Famicom) in 1992. The game was ported to the Sony PlayStation, and this version was translated and marketed in North America and Europe as part of the Final Fantasy Anthology collection. The game's SFC version is notable for being one of the earliest fan translations to reach completion, by RPGe in 1997. Final Fantasy V was later released for the Game Boy Advance, as part of the Finest Fantasy for Advance compilation.

The game centers on a group of four strangers brought together by circumstance to save the Crystals that have mysteriously begun shattering one by one. The one behind the phenomenon is the villain Exdeath, as part of a plan to release himself from imprisonment and to gain the power of theVoid, a realm of nothingness, which could bestow absolute power on one able to resist being absorbed by it. The four Warriors of Light turn their attentions to defeating Exdeath and stopping the Void's energies from consuming their world.

Final Fantasy V was the first Super Famicom Final Fantasy to incorporate the use of kanji in the Japanese text; previous Final Fantasy titles had originally only used hiragana and katakana script due to character-space limitations. Final Fantasy IV was the last to do this (despite kanji script having been possible at the time), and is the most visibly connected to its predecessors in style.

In 2013 Final Fantasy V was released for mobile platforms. This version was developed by Matrix Software, and has new graphical style but otherwise remains the same as previous versions.

The anime, Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals, is an OVA sequel to Final Fantasy V taking place two hundred years after the game's events.

SGDQ 2013 - Final Fantasy V Speedrun

6. Final Fantasy VIII

Final Fantasy VIII is the eighth installment in the Final Fantasy series. The game is the second Final Fantasy developed for both PlayStation andPC. It was made available as a PSOne Classic over the PlayStation Network in Japan on September 24, 2009, in North America on December 18, 2009 and in Europe on February 4, 2010.

Thirteen weeks after its release, Final Fantasy VIII earned more than $50 million from sales in the United States, making it the fastest selling Final Fantasy title at the time. Additionally, Final Fantasy VIII was voted the 22nd-best game of all time by readers of the Japanese magazine Famitsu.Final Fantasy VIII went on to become one of the best-selling games in the series; the game had shipped 8.15 million copies worldwide as of March 31, 2003.

Final Fantasy VIII is a departure from many traditional series standards. It is the first Final Fantasy game to consistently use realistically proportioned characters, the first to feature a vocal piece as its theme music, and one of the only titles to deviate from the series' traditional means of increasing a character's power via leveling (although levels are not completely abandoned as they were in Final Fantasy II). In addition, it does not have a Magic Point-based system for spell-casting. Instead, magic is collected, drawn, and created from monsters and objects encountered throughout the game, and is used to power up the characters via the Junction System.

Final Fantasy VIII : 100% Speedrun in 12:14:24 (World Record)

7. Final Fantasy X

Final Fantasy X is the tenth installment in the Final Fantasy series. It follows the story of Tidus and Yuna; and was the first Final Fantasy to appear on a sixth-generation console, namely the PlayStation 2.

Due to Final Fantasy X's success and popularity, it spawned the first-ever direct game sequel to a Final Fantasy game: Final Fantasy X-2, released in 2003-04, which continued the events of Spira two years later through the eyes of Yuna. This came about as the result of an initial concept of spinning off Yuna and Rikku into individual titles of their own, which was later combined into one game.

Final Fantasy X is the first in the series to use full voice acting instead of the previous method of scrolling subtitles. The implementation of voice acting limits the player's ability to change the characters' names and Tidus is the only playable character, apart from aeons, whose name can be changed, and therefore never appears in the scripted dialogue.

A remastered HD version of Final Fantasy X was announced at the Sony Press Conference in Japan on September 14, 2011 as part of a 10th anniversary special, and was released on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. The PlayStation 4 version will be available in May 2015.

Final Fantasy X HD Remaster - The Movie - Marathon Edition (All Cutscenes/Story)

8. Final Fantasy III

Final Fantasy III is the third installment in the Final Fantasy series, developed by Square Co., Ltd., and released on the Nintendo Family Computer (Famicom). It was officially released outside of Japan for the first time when it was remade for the Nintendo DS.

Up until 2006, Final Fantasy III was the only installment in the series to have never seen official English localization, and the only one of the early numbered Final Fantasy games to not see a port or remake. There had been an earlier plan to remake the game for Bandai's WonderSwan Colorhandheld, but the developers faced difficulties converting the original Famicom Version's cartridge size to the WonderSwan Color, leading to several delays and eventually cancellation after the platform's premature death. An enhanced remake for the Nintendo DS handheld system was released in 2006 in Japan and the U.S., and subsequently released in other parts of the world in 2007. In 2011, the DS version was ported on iOS with improved graphics. In 2012, the DS version was ported to the PSP with several new features. Also in 2012, the iOS Version was ported to Android and a version was a launch title for the Ouya console. At the end of 2013, an Xbox-enabled version of the game was released for Windows Phone devices. On May 27, 2014, a PC port with upgraded graphics was released on Steam.

Final Fantasy III was scored by Nobuo Uematsu, and it is Uematsu's twenty-first video game music composition.

Final Fantasy III [PSP] - Final Bosses & Ending

9. Final Fantasy XII

Final Fantasy XII is the twelfth installment in the main Final Fantasy series and is part of the Ivalice Alliance. The game was released on March 16, 2006 in Japan, October 31, 2006 in North America, and February 23, 2007 in Europe and Australia. Final Fantasy XII is a single-player RPG.

Final Fantasy XII was re-released in Japan as an International Version with the subtitle Zodiac Job System, which modifies the game's character development system by introducing jobs. Zodiac Job System version hasn't been released outside of Asia.

Final Fantasy XII spawned a direct sequel, Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, for the Nintendo DS.

Final Fantasy XII - The Movie - Marathon Edition (All Cutscenes 1080p)

10. Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy, also known as Final Fantasy I or the Original Final Fantasy in collections and common languages, is a role-playing game developed and published by Square Co., Ltd. for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was released in 1987, and it is the inaugural game in Square's flagship Final Fantasy series. Final Fantasy was Nobuo Uematsu's sixteenth work of video game music composition.

Since the original creation of Hironobu Sakaguchi, Final Fantasy has subsequently been remade for several different video game consoles and handheld systems, including the MSX2 computers (converted and released by Microcabin) and the Bandai WonderSwan Color. It has also seen versions produced for two Japanese mobile phone service providers: the NTT DoCoMo FOMA 900i series (as Final Fantasy I) and the CDMA 1X WIN-compatible W21x series of mobile phones from au/KDDI (as Final Fantasy EZ) and has also been made available with the American mobile company, Sprint and the Canadian mobile company, Rogers.

The game has frequently been packaged with the next game in the series, Final Fantasy II. Compilations of the two games have been released for the Famicom, the PlayStation, and Game Boy Advance. Most recently, the game was released on Windows Phone as an Xbox Live title. The two have also been released separately for iOS.

Final Fantasy (NES) - SPEED RUN in 3:50:00 by Benoit A. - SDA (2010) NES Gameplay

11. Final Fantasy II

Final Fantasy II is the second installment in the Final Fantasy series. It is notable for being one of the first story-intensive RPGs released for a console system, and for being the first game in the series to feature many elements that would later become staples of the Final Fantasyfranchise, including chocobos and a character by the name of Cid. Final Fantasy II is also unique for eliminating the traditional experience-based advancement system, instead favoring a system wherein the playable characters' statistics increase according either to how much they are required, or how much they are used. In other words, a character who frequently casts magic spells would have their proficiency at casting increase faster than a character who specializes in physical attacks. This is called the skill-based advancement system, which would later return in Final Fantasy XI.

Although abandoned by subsequent installments in the series, a similar system was adopted by the SaGa series, also produced by Square. As a side-note, Final Fantasy II was actually designed by Akitoshi Kawazu, who later designed the SaGa series, rather than Hironobu Sakaguchi, the series' creator. Because of the series' popularity in America during the '90s, Final Fantasy II was one of the first games to undergo fan translation, in this case by NeoDemiforce. Final Fantasy II was originally scored by Nobuo Uematsu, and it was Uematsu's seventeenth work of video game music. The game's music was arranged by Tsuyoshi Sekito for the WonderSwan Color, PlayStation, Game Boy Advance and PlayStation Portableremakes.

Final Fantasy II Review (Plot Spoilers)

12. Final Fantasy XIII

Final Fantasy XIII is the thirteenth installment in the Final Fantasy main series, and is the first of the series to be released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Unveiled at E3 2006, the game is the flagship of Square Enix's Fabula Nova Crystallis project. The game runs on Crystal Tools, a proprietary engine built for Square Enix's seventh generation games.

The game was released in Japan on December 17, 2009, and March 9, 2010 for North America and Europe. A traditional Chinese version for PlayStation 3 was released in May 27, 2010. Final Fantasy XIII is the first Final Fantasy game translated into traditional Chinese. A sequel titledFinal Fantasy XIII-2 was released on December 15th, 2011, and a second sequel, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, was announced on September 1st, 2012, and released in 2014.

Final Fantasy XIII - The Movie - Marathon Edition (All Cutscenes & Cinematics) - HD

List Of All Final Fantasy Games

Game Title
Release Date
Final Fantasy I
Final Fantasy II
Final Fantasy: Legend I
Final Fantasy III
Final Fantasy Legend II
Final Fantasy Adventure
Final Fantasy IV
Super Nintendo
Final Fantasy Legend III
Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest
Super Nintendo
1992-10-05 (NA)
Final Fantasy V
Super Nintendo
Final Fantasy: Legend Of the Crystals
Final Fantasy VI
Super Nintendo
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy Tactics
Final Fantasy Anthology
1999-01-13 (NA)
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy IX
Final Fantasy Chronicles
2001-06-29 (NA)
Final Fantasy: Spirits Within
CGI Film
Final Fantasy X
Playstation 2
Final Fantasy: Unlimited
Final Fantasy XI
Playstation 2 / Xbox 360 / PC
Final Fantasy: Origins
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
Gameboy Advanced
Final Fantasy X-2
Playstation 2
Final Fantasy XI: Rise of the Zilart
Playstation 2 / Xbox 360 / PC
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
Final Fantasy: Dawn of Souls
Gameboy Advanced
Final Fantasy XI: Chains of Promathia
Playstation 2 / Xbox 360 / PC
Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII
Mobile Phone
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
CGI Film
Final Fantasy IV Advance
Gameboy Advance
2005-12-12 (US)
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII
Playstation 2
Final Fantasy XII
Playstation 2
Final Fantasy XI: Treasures of Aht Urghan
Playstation 2 / Xbox 360 / PC
Final Fantasy III DS
Nintendo DS
Final Fantasy V Advance
Gameboy Advance
Final Fantasy VI Advance
Gameboy Advance
2006-11-30 (US)
Final Fantasy Anniversary Edition
Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings
Nintendo DS
Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions
Playstation Portable
Final Fantasy II Anniversary Edition
FF Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates
Nintendo DS
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
Mobile Phone
FF Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift
Nintendo DS
Final Fantasy XI: Wings of the Goddess
Playstation 2 / Xbox 360 / PC
Final Fantasy IV DS
Nintendo DS
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
Mobile / Wii / PSP
FF Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
Dissidia Final Fantasy
Playstation Portable
FF Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time
Nintendo DS, Wii
FF Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord
FF Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers
Final Fantasy XIII
Playstation 3 / Xbox 360
Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light
Nintendo DS
Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy
Playstation Portable
Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection
Playstation Portable
Final Fantasy Type-0
Playstation Portable
2011-10-27 (JP)
Final Fantasy XIII-2
Playstation 3 / Xbox 360
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
Nintendo 3DS
Final Fantasy Dimensions
iOS, Android
Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adolun
Playstation 2 / Xbox 360 / PC
Final Fantasy XIV (Realm Reborn)
Playstation 3 / PC
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Playstation 3, Xbox 360
Final Fantasy XV
Playstation 4

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