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With all of these Final Fantasy ports coming to Switch and X-X2 coming to X1, I got to thinking about what everyone's preferences are when it comes to the franchise.  After all since each entry is so different and most are not even in the same universe, opinions will surely vary from person to person.

For me, the answer to my favorite Final Fantasy will vary based on my mood.  At one point in time, I would have said VII or IX.  But then I went back and played VI, which flipped my entire perspective on its head.  Any of these three could have been the answer at one point in time.  Even XIV had its time in the limelight for me, as someone who enjoys, but swore off of, MMOs.

At this point in time however, I have to go with X.  The reason I go with X is because in a world of open world games, it gets linear gameplay right.  At the time, people were quick to point out how linear X was compared to previous entries.  But the funny thing is, Final Fantasy games have always been linear, but through use of an overworld map they appeared to be open world.  Fact of the matter is though, world maps in older games serve as nothing but padding in the end.

Until you get an airship, the games heavily push you in one direction.  There are some side things to do along the way, but you never stray too far from your objective.  In X, you have the exact same thing going on.  The only difference is that there is no world map to throw things off.  Considering that there is just as much side content to do off the beaten path that there is in any other Final Fantasy game before it (unlike a certain trilogy), this reaults in a much more dense world with less filler content.  Furthermore the story is presented in a much cleaner and consistent manner, which leads to better story telling overall.  You actually feel like you are on a pilgrimage, and you never lose track of whats important.

Now some may argue that due to the use of an airship in older games, they become open world.  However I would argue that when you get the Airship in X, it is no different.  The only difference is that in the older games you have to fly though blank filler to get to where you want to go, once again creating an illusion of freedom, where as X just implies fast travel.  You have the same freedom, it is just implied differently.

Furthermore the battle system in X was great, as it was much more strategic than the other games as opposed to just clicking the first thing that comes to mind in the ATB system.  You had to think about who was acting next, and how best to approach the situation.

Now as for my favorite character in Final Fantasy, no matter what game I feel is on top in my mind at the time, my character of choice is always the same.  That is none other than Auron from Final Fantasy X itself.

Auron is cool and collected, and very mysterious throughout the game.  He is a strong warrior and is loyal beyond the bounds of life itself.  Through his wisdom, battle prowess, and unyielding frendship to Tidus' father, he pushed the main cast towards discovering the truth with their own eyes.  If not for him, the cycle may very well have never ended.  I mean, it was him that brought Tidus into Spira to begin with afterall.

In my opinion, while there have been many great characters in Final Fantasy, no one even comes close to Auron.  There is no hidden motive as mysterious as he is, he needs no redemption, and he knows what needs to be done.  In the end he knows he exists for one purpose, and he follows it through without hesitation.

So what are your favorite games and characters and why?  While I picked X and Auron, your two choices do not have to be from the same game.  I look forward to seeing how the rest of you view the Final Fantasy universe.

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Well since I've only played FF9 so far (almost beaten it) I'll say Quina. He reminds me of Majin Buu fro Dragon ball Z and I find that hilarious.



Dulfite said:
Well since I've only played FF9 so far (almost beaten it) I'll say Quina. He reminds me of Majin Buu fro Dragon ball Z and I find that hilarious.

I never made that comparison, but it is very accurate lol!



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Game: FFX. It's just the best game ever as far as I'm concerned. Best battle system and character progression system of any game I've ever played! Plus the best minigame ever in Blitzball too, too bad the AI sucks at it which makes it far too easy to win. Still a great minigame despite that though!

Character: Sephiroth. A bit of a toughy to choose a favourite character so I'll just go with one of the most memorable (and badass) villains that has ever appeared in a game!



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Its hard to list just one for each category.

Here's mine.

Favorite games (top 10 mainline - no sequels, prequels or spinoffs)

1. Final Fantasy VI - played it for 9 times (7 times on SNES, 1 time on PS1, 1 time on GBA) , love the story, lore, gameplay, characters and music
2. Final Fantasy IX - played it 4 times (3 times on PS1 and 1 time on PC)
3. Final Fantasy VII - played it 3 times (2 times on PS1 and 1 time on PC)
4. Final Fantasy IV - played it 10 times ( 6 times on SNES, 1 time on PS1, 1 time on GBA, 1 time on DS, 1 time on PSP) - was my first FF game, love the story, music, gameplay.
5. Final Fantasy X - played it 3 times (all three on PS2) - like the rest, story, characters, music and the gameplay
6. Final Fantasy XV - played it 1 time (PS4) and its my first and only platinum. I just love the interaction between the main cast, the music and the environment is incredible.
7. Final Fantasy XII - played it 1 time (PS2). I love the world/lore exploration, the music is nice and I just love Ivalice
8. Final Fantasy XIII - Music and combat was great
9. Final Fantasy V - Story/lore is great
10. Final Fantasy VIII - Story/lore is great and cast of characters is good.

Favorite games (top 10 spinoffs, sequels, prequels)

1. Final Fantasy Dissidia/012 Duodceim (PSP) - story and gameplay
2. Final Fantasy Tactics - Story and gameplay - one of the best stories I've seen
3. Final Fantasy XIII-2 - Music and gameplay
4. Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core - Story
5. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles - Music and environment design
6. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance - Nostalgia
7. Final Fantasy X-2 - music
8. Final Fantasy Type-0 - music
9. Final Fantasy Adventure
10. Final Fantasy Mystic Quest

Favorite games (top 10 Overall)

1. Final Fantasy VI
2. Final Fantasy IX
3. Final Fantasy VII
4. Final Fantasy IV
5. Final Fantasy X
6. Final Fantasy Dissidia/012 Duodecim (PSP)
7. Final Fantasy Tactics
8. Final Fantasy XIII-2
9. Final Fantasy XV
10. Final Fantasy XII

Top 10 favorite male characters (Overall)

1. Edgar (FFVI) - a prince, a genius machinist and like his character
2. Cloud (FFVII)
3. Noctis (FFXV)
4. Cecil (FFIV)
5. Locke (FFVI)
6. Auron (FFX)
7. Sabin (FFVI)
8. Squall (FFVIII)
9. Steiner (FFIX)
10. Basch (FFXII)

Top 10 favorite female characters (Overall)

1. Terra (FFVI) - Though at first she seemed one dimensional, she grows into a character that is great. Sadly they didnt do much with her in the 2nd game but they made the character better in games like Dissidia.
2. Rydia (FFIV)
3. Garnet/Dagger (FFIX)
4. Agrias (FFT)
5. Rinoa (FFVIII)
6. Tifa (FFVII)
7. Iris (FFXV)
8. Vanille (FFXIII)
9. Fran (FFXII)
10. Leila (FFII)

Final Fantasy VI and IX are interchangeable - I just love these two games cause of their story, characters, gameplay and music. The character cast for both games are awesome - between the main cast, the supporting and the antagonists. These games never get old.

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Ka-pi96 said:
Game: FFX. It's just the best game ever as far as I'm concerned. Best battle system and character progression system of any game I've ever played! Plus the best minigame ever in Blitzball too, too bad the AI sucks at it which makes it far too easy to win. Still a great minigame despite that though!

Character: Sephiroth. A bit of a toughy to choose a favourite character so I'll just go with one of the most memorable (and badass) villains that has ever appeared in a game!

I probably have just as much time invested in Blitzball as I do the rest of the game itself.  I ate that minigame up as a teenager.



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Shiken said:
Ka-pi96 said:
Game: FFX. It's just the best game ever as far as I'm concerned. Best battle system and character progression system of any game I've ever played! Plus the best minigame ever in Blitzball too, too bad the AI sucks at it which makes it far too easy to win. Still a great minigame despite that though!

Character: Sephiroth. A bit of a toughy to choose a favourite character so I'll just go with one of the most memorable (and badass) villains that has ever appeared in a game!

I probably have just as much time invested in Blitzball as I do the rest of the game itself.  I ate that minigame up as a teenager.

What I always really wanted was a Blitzball spinoff game. That with a load more strategies, teams, competitions, multiplayer versus matches etc would have been awesome!



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Ka-pi96 said:
Shiken said:

I probably have just as much time invested in Blitzball as I do the rest of the game itself.  I ate that minigame up as a teenager.

What I always really wanted was a Blitzball spinoff game. That with a load more strategies, teams, competitions, multiplayer versus matches etc would have been awesome!

I agree, it was already close to being its own game to begin with, so the foundation was there.  It just needed a bit more polish and depth and it would have been perfect for its own spin off game.



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IX - Overall favourite due to gameplay and felt like a homage to the series, VI is a close second.

Kefka - Changed the dynamic of the series as not only did he succeed but his actions were just down to him just being a basket case who did what he wants for the hell of it, the affect he has on the world in VI is something SE tried to replicate with both Sephiroth and Ardyn but not to the same impact as in VI you dealt with Kefka's atrocities in the first half of the game and in the second half you have to deal with the aftermath of not only yours but also those who were your enemies' failure to stop him.



i played only ffx and ffxii and only loved xii alot big beautiful world well designed and alot of exploring amazing music and unique game play
one of the best i played in my life the only thing that it not have a character i liked much over all an amazing game and will always to me one of the best in gaming..