Final Fantasy Best in Order: For those unfamiliar with the Final Fantasy series, it may seem overwhelming. It is one of video game history’s biggest franchises, spanning decades and many console productions. Furthermore, its entry count approaches triple digits! If you want to dive into Final Fantasy but don’t know where to begin, consider this manual your guide through FF territory. We will cover how many games there are in total, which ones should you play first and which have been deemed “the very best,” plus we’ll discuss which ones have been considered “the very best” so that you know which ones should play first.
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Which Final Fantasy is best?
If you want to experience the best of this Final Fantasy collection, it would be wise to focus on its best games. Unfortunately, the best Final Fantasy game is debated.
Metacritic ranks FFIX as the highest-ranked Final Fantasy match, followed closely by FFVII. FFVI, in its GBA version, comes in at third and is only slightly above FFX at fourth. Tactics Advance and FFVIII tie for fifth place with a higher Metascore but Tactics Advance having a higher user score.
Final Fantasy 7 is generally seen as the greatest installment in this series, having garnered a much larger fan base. But, FFVII, FFVIII and FFIX were all released for PlayStation during its golden 32-bit era and all rank among its greatest games – making any one of them an example of what this beloved franchise has to offer.
Final Fantasy has produced some of the best-selling JRPGs. While there are almost 100 games total in this franchise, any one of its core 15 releases can serve as an excellent entry point for newcomers to this beloved series.
Is there an order to play Final Fantasy games?
Final Fantasy games have no set order due to the series’ lack of cohesion. Each title offers something unique but, with the exception of FFX-2, none of them follows up on events from prior releases.
Many players opt to start the series from the beginning and track its development over time. Thus, they begin with FF1 and progress chronologically through all other core games until FFXI and FFXIV come out, since these MMORGs depart from classic single-player JRPG formula.
It can be an ambitious goal, but if you want to experience all that the Final Fantasy series has to offer, working through its center games in this sequence should be doable:
- Final Fantasy (NES)
- Final Fantasy II (NES)
- The Final Fantasy III (NES)
- Final Fantasy IV (SNES)
- Final Fantasy V (SNES)
- The Final Fantasy VI (SNES) – sold in the U.S. as Final Fantasy 3, not to be confused with the NES release
- Final Fantasy VII (PlayStation)
- Final Fantasy VIII (PlayStation)
- The Final Fantasy IX (PlayStation)
- Final Fantasy X (PlayStation 2)
- Final Fantasy XII (PlayStation 2)
- The Final Fantasy XIII (PlayStation 3)
- Final Fantasy XV (PlayStation 4)
Which Final Fantasy should I play first?
Given that Final Fantasy games lack continuity, there is no single preferred order to play them in. Each title does something unique but, with the exception of FFX-2, none follow up on events from prior releases. Many players opt to start at the beginning and track its development over time by beginning with FF1 and playing through all other core titles chronologically; typically skipping FFXI and FFXIV since they break from classic single-player JRPG formula.
Although it can be an undertaking, if you want to experience all that the Final Fantasy series has to offer, working through its center games in this sequence should be achievable:
How many Final Fantasy games are there total?
There are 94 distinct Final Fantasy games, including 15 titles in the core collection. Furthermore, two five and anime movie releases have been made as part of this global franchise.
Most fans consider 15 to be the primary variety of Final Fantasy games (or 16 if you include X-2, which was the only direct sequel ever released until now). The remaining titles are either spinoff releases, mobile games or collections like Final Fantasy Origins.
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