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VII - Played for about 15 minutes. Got bored of the random encounters and boring battles. Stopped.

III - Played for about 10 minutes. Got bored of the random encounters and boring battles. Killed by a random encounter with enemies that were much too strong and was forced to restart the whole game (since I hadn't come across a save point yet). Stopped.

Haven't played the rest. I never really understood Final Fantasy, I thought the game was dreadfully boring, but then I cut my teeth on Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale. A completely different type of RPG, and definitely some of my favourite games.



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7, 9, and 10 were all great. Close behind is 6. X-2 and 3-DS I liked as well, though not as much as the others. Only ones I've played so far.



Final Fantasy 4 - Definately by favorite due to storyline. No cool job classes and such, but the summons are real cool, and the storyline is the best FF.

Final Fantasy 7 - Materia made the game real fun. The story was good, and obviously an overall real great FF.

Final Fantasy 6 - My first FF I bought. Still really really good. The esper job/magic system was very good, and strong.

Final Fantasy 5 - Job classes made this very cool. Although I only played/beat it due to fan translations, it's still a very strong title. I have no idea why this never came to the US?

Final Fantasy XII - Great great Final Fantasy. After 7, I really never liked the series, but XII, despite a mediocre plot, had a great combat/licensing system.

Final Fantasy I - Obviously the first. Very good, and the multiple characters to pick at the starting was fun. Never beat Chaos at the end due to my copy erasing the savegame data.

Final Fantasy 8 - Not real good, imo. The junctioning system was OK, but the spellcasting/aquiring system was very very upsetting. Had this not been there, it'd of been great. Triple Threat was the best minigame/sidequest of the FF series (Condor Mtn, I think the name was in FF7, was also great). That made the game not too awefully bad. Story was OK, but nothing special.

Final Fantasy X-2 - last FF I played just before I rented XII. Man, this sucked. The dresspheres were OK, but outside of that, it played like a rehashed, crappier version of 8.


For the Game Boy incarnations (not the DS remakes):

Final Fantasy 2 - Monsters. Just great. That and robots made this game so great. Being able to double-up on a certain meat to increase your monster an entire generation was great.

Final Fantasy 3 - Grand in scale to mimic the console version, it was certainly alot of fun.

Never played FF1.



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As far as the main games are concerned...

FF X - I love the story, I love the characters, the way battle worked was a MASSIVE improvement over the last turn-based formulas. First FF I ever finished, but not the first I ever played.

FF XII - I am a huge Ivalice fan. I love that entire FF universe. The stylistic qualities of the game were amazing. The MMO-style active battles were a fresh look at the FF formula, and the sheer size of the overworld was magnificent. Still playing it now. At about 45 hours in I estimate I am about halfway through the game.

FF VIII - This was pretty cool. The story was a bit rough, but the characters were much better developed than in FF VII. You definitely feel like your choices as far as who goes where and what you do next actually impact the game. Stuck in the last area of the game because my Disc 4 is scratched and it takes about 5 minutes to load a single room.

FF VII - This game was great for its time, the second FF game I ever beat. The storyline was VERY well-written, but the characters were flat. I feel like I'm betraying myself by placing this game so high, not because this game was particularly bad, but because of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII series. The game was not that good. It was nowhere near good enough to warrant an entire series of bad movies and bad spin-off games.

FF VI - I'm nowhere near finishing this game, but it's coming along well, and i can definitely see why people love this one so much. The story is pretty interesting, and I do like the intertwining stories running through it.

FF IV - Good story, good selection of characters. Fun game. Still haven't beaten it, Zeromus is way the hell too hard.

FF III

FF V

FF I

FF II

FF IX - Played a little of it, didn't really interest me.

FF XI - Was already uninterested when it came out. Heard about it from people afterwards and decided that I was not going to touch the thing.



PS3: 5.51m/51w, avg 108,039/w (up 239)
360: 12.93m/102w, avg 126,764/w (up 625), leads PS3 by 7.42m (up 70k), avg lead 18,725/w (up 386)
Wii: 13.52m/51w, avg 265,098/w (dn 1,102), leads PS3 by 8.01m (up 90k), avg lead 157,059/w (dn 1,341)

If 360 sales stabilize, PS3 sales increases needed to pass 360 by...
01/08: (008w) +875.8%, 04/08: (021w) +344.4%, 07/08: (034w) +219.3%, 10/08: (047w) +163.5%
01/09: (060w) +131.8%, 04/09: (073w) +111.4%, 07/09: (085w) +098.1%, 10/09: (099w) +086.7%
If Wii sales stabilize, PS3 sales increases needed to pass Wii by...
01/08: (008w) +1072.%, 04/08: (021w) +498.4%, 07/08: (034w) +363.4%, 10/08: (047w) +303.1%
01/09: (060w) +269.0%, 04/09: (073w) +246.9%, 07/09: (085w) +232.6%, 10/09: (099w) +220.3%
If PS2 sales freeze, Wii sales increases needed to pass PS2 (as of Mar07, 108.4m) by...
2008: (008w) +4373.8%, 2009: (060w) +0496.5%, 2010: (112w) +0219.6%, 2011: (165w) +0116.9%
2012: (217w) +0064.9%, 2013: (269w) +0033.1%, 2014: (321w) +0011.5%, 2015: (376w) -0004.8%
At +0% it will pass it in 358w, the week ending September 19th, 2014, at an age of 409w (7y44w).
Current age of PS2: 7y37w.

Last update: Week ending November 3, 2007

I bought FFIII for the DS...looks great in 3D, and the FMV is cool, but it just feels so old...and I got sick of the random battles...I'm not a fan of randomly spawning battles.

So yeah, I dunno if I'd recommend FFIII...but if you like the other FFs, you'll probably like this one...I prefer RPGs where you can see the enemies before you fight them.



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I think we should be able to count the "spin-offs" like CC as well...it's just as much a legit game as the main series...



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Tactics and Tactics Advance I thought were amazing games.

Crystal Chronicles was good, both as a single-player and a multiplayer.

X-2 was okay. The platforming aspect was a nice addition. The "dress-up classes" thing was... yikes.

Mystic Quest was god damn pitiful.



PS3: 5.51m/51w, avg 108,039/w (up 239)
360: 12.93m/102w, avg 126,764/w (up 625), leads PS3 by 7.42m (up 70k), avg lead 18,725/w (up 386)
Wii: 13.52m/51w, avg 265,098/w (dn 1,102), leads PS3 by 8.01m (up 90k), avg lead 157,059/w (dn 1,341)

If 360 sales stabilize, PS3 sales increases needed to pass 360 by...
01/08: (008w) +875.8%, 04/08: (021w) +344.4%, 07/08: (034w) +219.3%, 10/08: (047w) +163.5%
01/09: (060w) +131.8%, 04/09: (073w) +111.4%, 07/09: (085w) +098.1%, 10/09: (099w) +086.7%
If Wii sales stabilize, PS3 sales increases needed to pass Wii by...
01/08: (008w) +1072.%, 04/08: (021w) +498.4%, 07/08: (034w) +363.4%, 10/08: (047w) +303.1%
01/09: (060w) +269.0%, 04/09: (073w) +246.9%, 07/09: (085w) +232.6%, 10/09: (099w) +220.3%
If PS2 sales freeze, Wii sales increases needed to pass PS2 (as of Mar07, 108.4m) by...
2008: (008w) +4373.8%, 2009: (060w) +0496.5%, 2010: (112w) +0219.6%, 2011: (165w) +0116.9%
2012: (217w) +0064.9%, 2013: (269w) +0033.1%, 2014: (321w) +0011.5%, 2015: (376w) -0004.8%
At +0% it will pass it in 358w, the week ending September 19th, 2014, at an age of 409w (7y44w).
Current age of PS2: 7y37w.

Last update: Week ending November 3, 2007

If FFT was allowable on the list, It'd be my #1, and Mystic Quest was better than 8 and X2.



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  1. Final Fantasy VI (SNES)
  2. Final Fantasy IV (SNES)
  3. Final Fantasy VII (Playstation)
  4. Final Fantasy X (PS2)
  5. Final Fantasy (NES)
  6. Final Fantasy VIII (Playstation)
  7. Final Fantasy IX (Playstation)

Mistic Quest was (pretty) bad but I would still have it on my list at (roughly) the same sport as Final Fantasy X ...
After Final Fantasy XI I haven't played a single Final Fantasy game because I think the quality and focus of the series has been lost ...



Ah, tripping the Final Fantastic... it's kind of unfair to compare the games, because the technology has changed so much, so fast. Here are my own favorites, loosely grouped by time-period:

 

Best of the early 1990s: FF 4. I didn't run across this until quite recently, actually, but it's impressive how much of the Final Fantasy magic is there. Addictive, immersive, and a great storyline, the multiple plot twists were never forced or artificial. Cecil grew on me as a character, and watching him mature and deal with the very tough legacy of his past was a delight. 

 

Best of the late 1990s: FF 7. Deepest characters and RPG storyline of the 1990s. The visuals have aged a bit, but the underlying story, a kind of late 1990s eco-fable, is dynamite. Cloud, Tifa and Sephiroth - damn, what amazing characters. Certain parts of this game still get me misty-eyed (Aeris! noooooo!!!!). Also remarkable: the amount of subtle humor and satire in the storyline - corrupt politicians, scheming scientists, etc.

 

Best of the early 2000s: FF 10. Great characters and storyline - yeah, yeah, I know the US voice acting was... uneven. (Yuna's closing speech: *wince*. Say it ain't so, Yunie!). But when the voice actors are "on", it's terrific. Great art design, marvelous environments, sturdy battle mechanics, and a surprisingly deep story about guilt, family and redemption. Tidus and Yuna are magical together. Wish Rikku and Kimahri got more air-time, though.

 

Best to date: FF 12. Best. Final. Fantasy. Ever. It's that good. Reasons: (1) strong, independent female characters. (2) open-air gameplay and presentation, the gambits system works beautifully. (3) stirring sound-track and some of the finest voice-acting ever performed (both Japanese and English versions are marvelous, but Gideon Emery and Nicole Fantl deserve some kind of Nobel prize for their voice-acting). (4) geopolitics of storyline. Oh, is the story ever complex - layer upon layer of betrayal, intrigue, revenge, Empire, anti-imperial resistance, which builds and builds to the conclusion. It's also the first videogame in history which has a credible interracial/cross-cultural romance at the heart of its story. Just amazing.