Posted by CottoneUD (372 posts) 1 year, 7 months ago

Poll: What's the best Final Fantasy game? (343 votes)

I 3%
II 1%
III 2%
IV (II in the US) 9%
V 3%
VI (III in the US) 33%
VII 16%
VIII 11%
IX 21%
X 15%
X-2 2%
XI 1%
XII 9%
XIII-2 2%
XIV 1%
Tactics 14%
Dissidia 2%
I don't like any of 'em 5%

With Patrick's post on Final Fantasy VIII and the large, ever present flamewar debate on which of Square's long running series is the best, I didn't see any active polls on this never ending question.

So, which one's the best? I think it's 6.

#1 Posted by Brodehouse (10728 posts) -

6 because of course it is.

I appreciate that we're back to flame wars about consoles and Final Fantasy and not politics.

#2 Posted by dekkadekkadekka (778 posts) -

I'm gonna be the guy who says V.

#3 Edited by believer258 (13046 posts) -


#4 Posted by WMoyer83 (728 posts) -

Six, and then 7

#5 Edited by Yummylee (23702 posts) -

I've only completed 7, 8, and 9. Played a bit of 12, got bored pretty quickly and didn't care for the battle system, and I eventually got around to 6 a couple of years ago (via PSN), but couldn't bear trying to navigate that abysmal world map after about an hour in. It's also been quite a while since I've played the ones I have completed at that, but from my recollection, I always liked 9 the most.

#6 Posted by Guesty_01 (383 posts) -

Played 3, 7, 10, 12, and 13. Finished none of then. Favorite is 10.

#7 Posted by Kidavenger (3944 posts) -

Tactics is the best game on that list, maybe not the best final fantasy game though...

#8 Posted by oldenglishC (1118 posts) -

I'll be that guy.

Lost Odyssey is the best Final Fantasy game.

#9 Posted by White (1576 posts) -

9. The opinions of anyone who thinks otherwise is invalid.

#10 Edited by BabyChooChoo (5505 posts) -

X-2 is my personal favorite with FF6 being a dangerously close second.

#11 Posted by chiablo (1033 posts) -

A player's age and their favorite Final Fantasy are directly related. Whichever game came out when you were between the ages of 10 and 15 is the best Final Fantasy.

#12 Edited by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -
#13 Edited by GaspoweR (4190 posts) -

Also Patrick was just saying VIII is the best because he was just being a dick. :P :P :P :P

#14 Posted by Hailinel (25787 posts) -
#15 Posted by mosespippy (4746 posts) -

From what I've played it's twelve. For reference I've played 1, 2, 5, 7, 12, 13 and tactics.

#16 Posted by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -
#17 Edited by Hunter5024 (6448 posts) -

The way I ranked them on my old FF5 blog was like this 6=7>8=9>10>4=5>13>1>12

This changes all the time though. Now it'd be like this 6=7>8=9>10>5>4>13=12>1

6 and 7 I can't pick between. I'd give a different answer depending on the day of the week. 8 and 9 I consider equal, but that's because 8 is inconsistent, the highs are better, the lows are worse. If I pretend that dumb plot twist didn't happen, 8 gets ranked up there with 6 and 7. My opinions about 10 and 5 fluctuate pretty wildly. They could easily switch spots. 4 I replayed earlier this year and like less than I used to. It's aged a bit poorly. The problems I have with 13 are well documented, the fact that it's equal with 12 now is not because I like 13 less, but because it's been a while since I played 12, and I always have to remind myself why I hate that one. Probably not fair to put 1 on the bottom, but ehh. Tactics is great too but I don't really consider it. If I were to add it to the equation it would probably tie with 8 and 9 up there.

Still need to play 2 and 3.

Oh and 13-2 would probably be tied with 4. 10-2 I need to replay, because I gamesharked the fuck out of that mess.

#18 Posted by billymagnum (860 posts) -

this is another one of those question/poll threads that comes up practically once a


...VII for life.

#19 Posted by Brodehouse (10728 posts) -

@chiablo: Correction; whatever the first Final Fantasy you played between 10-15 is your favorite. My favorite came out when I was 8 but I didn't play it until I was 13 or 14.

#20 Posted by Pr1mus (4107 posts) -

VI > VII > XII > IX > X > IV > VIII > X-2 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> XIII

#21 Posted by Morningstar (2327 posts) -

7 beats 8 beats 10 beats 9.

#22 Posted by WMoyer83 (728 posts) -
#23 Edited by Cyrus_Saren (554 posts) -

Tactics is the correct answer.

#24 Posted by Darji (5412 posts) -

8 and 10 is the correct answer while 7 and 9 are the worst ones.

#25 Posted by Turambar (7288 posts) -

8 is mechanically the second worst game in the franchise, and those that disagree are nuts.

#26 Posted by L33T_HAXOR (544 posts) -

FF6 > FF7 > FF10 > FF4 > Everything else that I've played

I still have to play FF Tactics though. And FF12 I guess.

#27 Edited by Turambar (7288 posts) -

This might also be a place to note that Akihiko Yoshida, the man that did the character designs for FF Tactics, and more recently, Bravely Default, has left SE.

#28 Posted by AlexW00d (6829 posts) -

@chiablo: Correction; whatever the first Final Fantasy you played between 10-15 is your favorite. My favorite came out when I was 8 but I didn't play it until I was 13 or 14.

The first one I played between those ages isn't my favourite, nor the one I think is the best. 12 is my fave anyway.

#29 Edited by GERALTITUDE (4638 posts) -

@chiablo said:

A player's age and their favorite Final Fantasy are directly related. Whichever game came out when you were between the ages of 10 and 15 is the best Final Fantasy.

er... no.

People always throw this around about games, and yes many of the games we play at that age stick with us real hard, but it's so far from a hard rule.

VIII would be the one I played between 10 and 15 but for me it goes like so:

Tactics > XII > IV > VIII = IX > VI > VII = X > V > III > II > I > XIII

There are a few things I wanted to say as well.

1) It's amazing how many of these polls I've answered in my lifetime.

2) You rarely see roman numerals so much anywhere, much less on the internet

#30 Posted by Hunter5024 (6448 posts) -

@brodehouse said:

@chiablo: Correction; whatever the first Final Fantasy you played between 10-15 is your favorite. My favorite came out when I was 8 but I didn't play it until I was 13 or 14.

I played my favorite Final Fantasy's when I was like 7. The ones I played for the first time between the ages of ten and fifteen were 10, 10-2, 11, and 12, and I hated all of them but 10, which I still didn't like very much at the time.

@turambar: Which is the worst mechanically then?

#31 Edited by Ironhammer (43 posts) -

The poll results speak for themselves. FF3 (US) for the SNES was the last Final Fantasy game worth playing. The FF games got ridiculous at some point.

Kefka lives!

#32 Edited by Encephalon (1440 posts) -

Back to arguing about what matters.

#33 Posted by Turambar (7288 posts) -
#34 Posted by Brodehouse (10728 posts) -

@alexw00d: @hunter5024: See for me, I technically played my favorite (Six) when I was 8, but I was 8 and I don't think I had ever really played an RPG before. Even if I had, FF games are teen fiction, I don't know if I would've enjoyed it, I was too busy loving Donkey Kong Country. Wasn't until I got older that I got my hands on it again and adored it.

#35 Edited by Hunter5024 (6448 posts) -

@turambar: Well we're certainly in agreement there. Though I'd definitely put a few games between 2 and 8, depending on whether we're talking about the battle system or the progression mechanics.

@brodehouse: Hell yeah Donkey Kong Country!

#36 Posted by TobbRobb (5254 posts) -

Either 10 or 7 would be my favorite. And I was 9 years old when I beat 10 thank you, totally doesn't fall under the age rule. :D

I'd argue 9 is the "best" one though.

#37 Posted by Brodehouse (10728 posts) -

@hunter5024: As much as I didn't like the lack of character-specific progression, there were elements to the junction system in 8 that I do like. It's less about how you build characters in that game, and more how you 'gear' them. Moving around stacks of Curaga between toons in the same way you would shuffle Mithril Armor around, looking at different combinations of GFs for the optimal configuration. The game lets you define each character's combat role to a way greater degree than you expected on consoles at the time. To that end, there's more gameplay possibilities, but that limits their characterization to a degree. Zell as a brutish boxer looks odd when I assign his best spells to magic.

Also drawing manually was like no fun whatsoever. And enemies levelling up with you would be fine if you could switch Squall out. He always ends up 8 levels higher than everyone else, which boosts the enemies but makes the other characters struggle.

#38 Posted by Beforet (3008 posts) -

It would be 9 if 9 didn't fucking suck it weren't for the technical and performance problems that the game had. But from a story, character, gameplay(when it worked) perspective, I had the best time with 9 out of all of them.

#39 Edited by WinterSnowblind (7597 posts) -

VI by a wide margin. I also really loved IV.

IX would be close to the top of my list, but it really falls apart once you reach the third disc, I think it would have been a better game just ending at that point.

I don't understand the sudden praise for VIII from many. I thought it was still enjoyable, but it's vastly inferior to everything around it. Weak characters, nonsense plot (at least after a certain point, I actually enjoyed a lot of the garden stuff) and awkward gameplay mechanics that even young children found ways to abuse. I don't think it's as bad as the more recent games, but aside from Squall, Laguna and Seifer it really has terrible, terrible characters and literally no development for anyone besides those three (and the latter two are subtle and barely even in the game). Rinoa was especially awful.

#40 Posted by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -
#41 Edited by alwaysbebombing (1866 posts) -

I'm glad that so many people didn't vote for the new ones. Good job everyone.

#42 Edited by NTM (8519 posts) -

It wasn't the first one that was in the home, since my brother had played previous ones prior to it, but the one that got me into it, and is probably my favorite if I had to choose, is FFX. I love the music and the atmosphere. There were quite a few people that disliked twelve, but that was superb to me. I didn't beat it; only got about fifteen hours in, but I really liked the atmosphere of that as well, and the music of Rabanastre is great to me because it fit the setting well. I also think it'd hold up really well with an HD remake. People disliked the story and the majority of the characters from what I remember, and though it may not be as good as the previous ones, I think it was more than adequate from all that I've played of it, and I think it would have only gotten better as I went on.

#43 Posted by Turambar (7288 posts) -
#44 Edited by ArbitraryWater (12983 posts) -

We've had this thread plenty of times already. I can split the series in half, between games that I'd be interested in playing and games that I'd be interested in mocking.

Final Fantasy V is my favorite, but I will fully acknowledge that VI is the better game. But let's be real: The best Final Fantasy game is the one with the J-Pop, magical costume changing and a complete lack of self-awareness.

#45 Edited by Marokai (3414 posts) -

I've mentioned this before in past threads asking this same question: The truth is that someone could make a compelling argument to me about pretty much any of the FF games being the best, with only a few exceptions, in my mind, and I'm pretty much open to any of those arguments depending on my mood and depending on the day. Yet, I can't see any kind of compelling argument that II, VIII, or XIII were the best, and I've never actually seen anyone seriously try.

But at least I've seen people defend II and XIII. I have never actually seen anyone give any kind of genuine and actually-truthful defense of VIII. Ever. I've only seen people exclaim at the top of their lungs it's the best Final Fantasy, but never any kind of explanation as to how it's not one of the most mechanically broken and tedious games in the main franchise line, or how the story isn't some sort of awful, incomprehensible hallucination, particularly after Disc 1. It also takes a lot of effort to be a bad love story even by video-game standards, but VIII managed it.

I think X is my favorite, though it took me a lot of time to come to that realization and explain to myself why, and I think if I were to call one of them the "best" it would be that one, as a great melding of old and new, with a story that, bad main character voice aside, actually makes sense and is consistent through and through, and has exceptional pacing. Linear, without taking away too much exploration. The battle system is well thought-out, with an upgrade system that allowed for customization without making all the characters feel virtually identical throughout a normal playthrough (unlike VI, VII, and VIII), and maintaining the depth and incredibly high number of abilities and spells that allowed for different approaches to most situations.

But it doesn't take anything away from many of the others. III is good, IV is good, VI is still very good, VII is still incredible to so many people and I would be foolish to not see why, X-2 is incredible goofy fun, XII is a wonderful experimentation that actually worked instead of being different for different's sake like VIII, XIII-2 actually had an alright story, etc. etc. I've yet to play V and IX, which I regret. I loved XI, and am enjoying playing XIV which I picked up on Black Friday. But.. II, VIII, and XIII. Fuck those games. There are very little redeeming qualities about any of them.

#46 Posted by HistoryInRust (6671 posts) -

Played only VIII to its conclusion. Thought it was alright, but I remember feeling super overleveled for the majority of it.

Had the opportunity to play a bit of X, and I remember thinking the progression system in that game was fantastic.

#47 Posted by Marz (5755 posts) -

VI had the best story, best characters, best villains, best setting... kind of an easy choice.

#48 Posted by hippocrit (288 posts) -

Vagrant Story is the best FF game.

#49 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (5163 posts) -

Vagrant Story is the best FF game.

That is heresy! Everyone knows the best Final Fantasy game is Xenogears!

#50 Posted by Hailinel (25787 posts) -

@video_game_king: Of course it counts. It's as much a Final Fantasy game as X or XII.