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What's your favorite main series Final Fantasy game?

Final Fantasy I 13 1.59%
 
Final Fantasy IV 29 3.54%
 
Final Fantasy VI 140 17.07%
 
Final Fantasy VII 261 31.83%
 
Final Fantasy IX 110 13.41%
 
Final Fantasy X 99 12.07%
 
Final Fantasy XII 47 5.73%
 
Final Fantasy XIV 16 1.95%
 
Final Fantasy XV 27 3.29%
 
Other 78 9.51%
 
Total:820

I ask the people who played FF VI and VII and voted for VII: why do you think that VII is better than VI?

I completed both (VII in 1999 and VI in 2015) and I really can't understand why VII should be better than VI. I mean, everything is better in VI - story, characters, battles... I think it's a subjective opinion, but what are your arguments?



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siebensus4 said:

I ask the people who played FF VI and VII and voted for VII: why do you think that VII is better than VI?

I completed both (VII in 1999 and VI in 2015) and I really can't understand why VII should be better than VI. I mean, everything is better in VI - story, characters, battles... I think it's a subjective opinion, but what are your arguments?

Both games rank in my Top 10 of all-time but I put VII ahead because I do enjoy to story in VII a bit more than in VI. The materia system is superior to the espers of VI in my view and that makes battles more enjoyable in VII. VII's end game content is incredible with the Weapons (Emerald and Ruby), chocobo breeding/racing, secret summons, getting master materias, final weapons and limits breaks, the Gold Saucer (Battle Square in particular). On the soundtrack front both are amazing but I'll say Dancing Mad is better than One Wing Angel (so a win for VI here). So it's a close race but VII comes out ahead for me.



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Final Fantasy IX. Has been for some time now. I think a vast majority of the games in the series are good, though.

It's a good excuse to whip out my list:

1. Final Fantasy IX
2. Final Fantasy VII
3. Final Fantasy Tactics (I know it's a spin-off but I like it enough to feel like it belongs among the mainline games)
4. Final Fantasy XIV
5. Final Fantasy VI
6. Final Fantasy X
7. Final Fantasy IV
8. Final Fantasy XII
9. Final Fantasy XV
10. Final Fantasy VIII
11. Final Fantasy V
12. Final Fantasy X-2
13. Final Fantasy
14. Final Fantasy II
15. Final Fantasy XI
16. Final Fantasy XIII
17. Final Fantasy III




siebensus4 said:

I ask the people who played FF VI and VII and voted for VII: why do you think that VII is better than VI?

It's not, it's my favourite.



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FF4.

Not only was it my first Final Fantasy (I first played it back in 1992 when it was still new), but there were a lot of things it did that I liked that future games in the series didn't. Namely, it used the story to justify regularly rotating playable characters in and out of the party. Combined with the fact that each character had a more or less fixed character class, this forced you to continually change up your tactics in combat. By comparison, FF7 let you keep pretty much the same party throughout the vast majority of the game, and the Materia system blurred the distinctions between character classes (some characters were better at magic than combat, but everyone could do both). I ended up sticking with my initial Cloud/Tifa/Barret combo for pretty much my whole playthrough. Meanwhile, in FFX each character had their own specific character class, but you still had access to all of the playable characters for most of the game once they join up, meaning you could use the same tactics for the rest of the game (e.g., call in Wakka for taking out flying enemies, Lulu for when you need black magic, etc.).

Now to get around to actually finishing FF6 one of these days. That's the big one that I haven't yet played in its entirety. I rented it once back in like 1995 and got as far as I could over that weekend, but never finished it and was never able to track down a cartridge for a good price. I have it now since it's on the SNES Classic, but I just need to actually get motivated enough to play it.



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7 as its the only one i played through, however i heard 6 was just as good or better. But 7 is my anwser so far.



siebensus4 said:

I ask the people who played FF VI and VII and voted for VII: why do you think that VII is better than VI?

I completed both (VII in 1999 and VI in 2015) and I really can't understand why VII should be better than VI. I mean, everything is better in VI - story, characters, battles... I think it's a subjective opinion, but what are your arguments?

 I liked them both, but I liked the story, gritty neon world, and characters in VII better. I also liked the Materia system, though I acknowledge its flaws. I played VI on SNES before VII had officially been announced, so that can't be chalked up to VII being my first game in the series. VII just hit a lot more of the right notes for me, plus in RPGs it was something that we hadn't seen much of before.



My overall list.

1. VII
2. XII
3. IX
4. VI
5. X
6. VIII
7. IV
8. V
9. XV
10. XIV
11. XIII
12. III
13. XI
14. II
15. I



Since VIII is not an option, I'll choose VI.



siebensus4 said:

I ask the people who played FF VI and VII and voted for VII: why do you think that VII is better than VI?

I completed both (VII in 1999 and VI in 2015) and I really can't understand why VII should be better than VI. I mean, everything is better in VI - story, characters, battles... I think it's a subjective opinion, but what are your arguments?

Both are great games.  I like FF7 better, but that doesn't stop FF6 from also being an awesome game.  Here are some differences.

1) Materia vs. Espers - I definitely like the Materia system better.  To me the Esper system of FF6 is nowhere near as interesting.  This is probably the main category where I'd say FF7 is just far better than FF6.

2) Endgame content - Here is another area where I like FF7 a lot better.  I think this is the first game I played where I had to beat mega bosses like the Weapons in FF7.  I really like that and all of the other optional stuff (Gold Saucer, powerful summon materia, etc...).

Those are probably the two biggest factors, but here are some smaller factors.

3) Story - Both have great stories, but I think they are very different kinds of stories, so a lot of this comes down to taste.  But I think FF6 is the type of story that would work better adapted to a novel where FF7 would work better adapted as a movie.  Just think of the big plot twist in both games.  FF6's twist has to do with the whole world while FF7's twist has to do with one person.  FF6 is a grand epic tale, with a very unexpected turnout for the fate of the world and that is why it's great.  FF7 is a lot more personal in it's story telling.  FF6 really is an ensemble cast with many characters in the spotlight, while FF7 really is about Cloud mainly and also Aerith and Tifa to a lesser extent.  I prefer FF7's story, and yet FF6 has an amazing story for a very different kind of reason.

4) Music - Both have awesome music, but FF7 has my favorite soundtrack of all time.

5) Visuals - I know that people focus on how dated the characters look in FF7 now, but the hand drawn backgrounds are still really cool and do a good job of immersing you into the world.

That's probably a good summary overall without me going into a ton of details.  Both are great games, and while I like FF7 a little better in some areas, I think the Materia system and optional content makes FF7 clearly better to me.