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I also recommend you to play both Final Fantasy IV and VII.
IV is in my opinion the best "classic fantasy themed" game of the series, the one with the most memorable characters and story along with VII.
VII is a masterpiece and the best futuristic themed game in the series.

You can play IV in its original form on SNES or play the DS 3D remake, while for VII you could go with the original PS game or wait next year for the PS4 remake.



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Tought about playing FF X next as well - would you recommend it, if i'm more a fan of the "traditional" parts of the series (6-9)?



SanAndreasX said:
My first FF experience was VI on SNES, which was originally released as FFIII since it was the third FF game localized for the US.

My favorites are VII, XII, IX, and Tactics.

Loved Tactics so much, played it several times on the the old PS!

Absolutely one of my favorite games of all times, and the best SRPG followed by Fire Emblem Awakening or Three House (yet to decide) :)



I'm pretty much a newcomer to the FF series as well. Was a DQ fan back in the day then got into Grandia + Tales series before eventually mainly getting into WRPGs like Skyrim, Fallout 3, etc. But I'd definitely like to check out some FF stuff eventually to see what the fuss is about. My hardcore FF fan friend tells me VII and VIII are the ones to get but I've played VII for a few hours and wasn't terribly into it. Just doesn't seem to have aged all that well and seems slow-paced for my tastes.

I tend to be more into the quicker paced action RPG stuff which is why I like Tales.

Maybe I should give X a try too as I have heard it holds up today, also heard XII is pretty underrated. And I do need to try VI for SNES, as many say it's one of the best RPGs for that console, and maybe ever.



DarthMetalliCube said:

Maybe I should give X a try too as I have heard it holds up today, also heard XII is pretty underrated. And I do need to try VI for SNES, as many say it's one of the best RPGs for that console, and maybe ever.

FF12 is a superb game, it just didn't conform to many FF standards and was the first to feature no random battles, more MMO style play but still had ATB.

6 is also great, if they had remade FF6 and not 7, I'd be more all over that then FF7Remake as I know they are ballsing that up. FF6 I care less about so welcome a remake more. Still a great game with probably the best villain.



Hmm, pie.

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Glad to see you're enjoying what I consider the greatest game ever made (And the soundtrack too, fucking hell it doesn't half hit me at times!), and the fact that you picked it as your first Final Fantasy game is definitely interesting... I'd like to say it's ruined the series for you, since you won't find a game better, but that's just because I'm super biased lol. If you don't mind going back in time to earlier games, I'd suggest IX and IV. Or if you'd like to come forward in time, I'm going to be one of very few people to actually recommend trying XIII, I know people hate on it for so many different reasons, but I don't know, I just really like it too, I'd even go as far as to put it in my top five of the series lol, it also has some of the best music you'll hear in the franchise too, with some hard hitters for sure! (Or at least listen to the music, this for example! much like "A Fleeting Dream", it continues to play while battling too, making the whole thing hit hard)

In all seriousness though, I've found you can't REALLY go wrong when picking a Final Fantasy game, each one offers something for different people, what one person loves, another hates etc. and they've all got that "thing" that means pretty much any game from the series could be considered someone's favourite... even II, V and VIII, lol. 



FarleyMcFirefly said:

Not flawless game, but a phenomenal experience. I am really excited to start other titles in the series, but I worry they won't be as good. 

Personally I like 7, 8, 9 and Tactics more. But X is a great game. Though after initially playing it in Japanese, some of the English performances (and name changes) bugged me.

Some of FF7's graphics can be a bit jarring, but I think the blocky lego-esque character models (outside of battles) have an unintended charm to them that makes it still work.
FF8 just got a Remaster, so you can check that one out if you'd like. And the Remaster of FF9 is out already as well.



The Fury said:
DarthMetalliCube said:

Maybe I should give X a try too as I have heard it holds up today, also heard XII is pretty underrated. And I do need to try VI for SNES, as many say it's one of the best RPGs for that console, and maybe ever.

FF12 is a superb game, it just didn't conform to many FF standards and was the first to feature no random battles, more MMO style play but still had ATB.

6 is also great, if they had remade FF6 and not 7, I'd be more all over that then FF7Remake as I know they are ballsing that up. FF6 I care less about so welcome a remake more. Still a great game with probably the best villain.

Nice, I'm typically not into random encounters so that sounds good, and ATB is cool with me if it's fast-paced enough. Straight up turn-based doesn't usually do it for me, but at least ATB incorporates some more action-oriented elements. Combat in XII looks exciting enough.

So based off what I've researched (and somewhat reinforced by this response), I feel I've pretty much narrowed down the FF games I'd like to try to

XII - seems to most align w/ my RPG sensibilities

VI - tend to have an SNES bias as that's my favorite console and you can't go wrong with a great SNES RPG, & sounds like the pinnacle of the series

and possibly X - looks unique at least and I do remember watching my buddy play back in the day and enjoying the atmosphere

Again, based off my time w/ VII I don't think I'd be into the more archaic, more sluggish/bloated Playstation games, not sure I want to play the really oldschool NES ones, and I definitely would not be into the all-out MMO ones like XI



Great to hear you're loving FFX! Defintely one of the best FF games.

Never thought tho that someones first FF experience these days would've been FFX, if anything FFVII should be the first FF game newcomers should play as it is the biggest FF game still to this day.

If you continue to enjoy and would like to play more FF games then definitely recommend FFVII next before the remake comes out. But any FF games from IV to X are amazing.



Just a reminder.... When/if you play X-2 DO NOT SKIP a single cutscene. EVEN if you have watched it 50 times and died right after it. DO NOT SKIP them or you will regret it at the end of the story.

I hate VII (tho I love the gameplay), I love VIII, IX, X and X-2 (finished them all except X-2 due to skipping a cutscene and not knowing that if I did I would regret it at the end of the game. I found out many hours later about not skipping, it annoyed me so I stopped playing). I hate XII (halfway through got the strongest weapon in the game hit a boss for 9,999 damage insta kill. Insta turned off the console removed the disk and never played it again or finished it.) I hate XIII (played it for 3 hours realised it did everything I hate in a FF game turned it off snapped the disk never played another FF until X and X-2 came out on switch).