Like I said in my top twenty-five video game thread, Final Fantasy has been my favorite game series for well over twenty years. But each game is different enough that I couldn't induct the series as a whole. There are really good games with aspects I hate, and really bad games with aspects I love. Some I've played two dozen times on different platforms. Some I played once and was done with them. But I always play them. I always base whatever system I buy on one thing: which one is releasing Final Fantasy games.
I first discovered Final Fantasy in 1991 when my friend Fred rented Final Fantasy II (which was the North American title for Final Fantasy IV) for Super Nintendo. I'd played video games before but in those days of 8-bit games the main focus was action. I 'd never seen a game with characters that spoke with more than a sentence. Or a world that wasn't just "go from left to right"
. I was in awe of Final Fantasy II. Fred rented it every Friday for a month straight and I just sat and watched the story unfold. Even after we were done he moved on but I couldn't stop thinking about that game. So I got a paper route and saved every penny for six months just so I could buy a Super Nintendo and that game. It's been downhill since then. I've played a thousand video games since then, but over twenty years later the series still remains my favorite and only a few games have ever topped Final Fantasy II.
I've decided to focus on the main series of games, and then follow them up with any spin-offs. The reason is I've played most of the main series and very little beyond that. So if I'd gone in chronological order like I'd originally intended there'd have been a lot of entries towards the end of this thread that would consist of "I haven’t played this game, but I've heard it ______"
(usually followed up with “sucks”). I’m also not going to include the Prelude
song as my favorite song in any game because it’s almost always the best song. And there's a shit-ton of other good songs on every other soundtrack. So I’ll link to the various versions of the Prelude
and then link to a different “best” song too. Click on the box art to link to the Prelude
for each game.
I guess I'll dedicate this thread to John the Drummer, since he's the one who said he'd be interested in participating. I remember one other person here being a fan of the series but I'm sure there's a few more.
And yeah, this is another videogame thread. Big fucking deal.
Humble Beginnings (8-Bit era)
Final Fantasy II
Final Fantasy Legend
Final Fantasy III
Final Fantasy Legend II
Final Fantasy Adventure
the Glory Days (16-Bit era)
Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy Legend III
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
Final Fantasy V
Final Fantasy VI
The Golden Days (PSone era)
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy Tactics
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy IX
Final Fantasy: the Spirits Within
This is your story. It all begins here (PS2 era)
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy XI
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
Final Fantasy X-2
A Prosperous Down Period (every system and it's brother)
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy XII
Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift
Final Fantasy IV: the After Years
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
Dissidia Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord
Final Fantasy: the 4 Heroes of Light
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: the Crystal Bearers
The Returnering (HD era)
Final Fantasy XIII
Final Fantasy XIV: Online
Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy Type-O
Final Fantasy XIII-2
Final Fantasy: All the Bravest
Final Fantasy Tactics S
Final Fantasy XIV: a Realm Reborn
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Final Fantasy Record Keeper
You guys...still there?
Final Fantasy XV