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#1 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3251 posts) -
#2 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3251 posts) -

I gotta cast my vote for IX.

#3 Posted by Neurotic (632 posts) -

FFIX wins. Next question!

#4 Edited by ArtisanBreads (3999 posts) -

VII. I know, I'm not cool.

EDIT: Actually, FFT is really it. But you left that off. What's the big idea!?

#5 Posted by Sanity (1951 posts) -

IX by far, im going to play it again this year at some point.

#6 Posted by Soap (3646 posts) -

VII, all other answers are incorrect.

#7 Posted by cmblasko (1354 posts) -

@ArtisanBreads said:

VII. I know, I'm not cool.

EDIT: Actually, FFT is really it. But you left that off.

This, Tactics is probably my most-played Final Fantasy game behind 6.

Don't know why, but 9 just never clicked with me. I'm constantly surprised by how much love that game gets.

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#8 Posted by ArtisanBreads (3999 posts) -

@cmblasko said:

@ArtisanBreads said:

VII. I know, I'm not cool.

EDIT: Actually, FFT is really it. But you left that off.

This, Tactics is probably my most-played Final Fantasy game behind 6.

Don't know why, but 9 just never clicked with me. I'm constantly surprised by how much love that game gets.

Yeah tactics by far has the best combat, and the story is pretty awesome for the series with its very political angle.

and agreed on 9. Never enjoyed it.

#9 Posted by SagaciousJones (142 posts) -

I personally think a lot of the backlash against VII is unfounded and largely colored by the ways Square has "expanded" on that universe in directions that play up the worse aspects of the game while leaving behind the good.

Mostly, I referring to Cloud and how people think he was the start of brooding "emo" JRPG protagonists. This is false. The actual character who appears in FFVII is upbeat and positive, cracks jokes, and has fun. FFVII retains the thematic elements that people have loved about the franchise since FFIV--corny goofball comedy set against serious story beats--and takes it to the farthest extremes in both directions. While VII had the most serious plot so far with all the Sephiroth business, it it also by far the silliest FF game. I am mostly a fan of the latter part, but I can see why people would be turned off by the former.

I present some evidence for why the Cloud people have in their heads--the character featured in every FFVII related content since the actual PS1 game--is not the protagonist I love.

Snowboarding

Dognapping

Let's Mosey

Cross Dressing

Teasing Tifa

Barrett Date Scene

#10 Posted by StrikeALight (1114 posts) -

Probably IX, but thats primarily because of Vivi.

#11 Posted by Brodehouse (10138 posts) -

I'd probably say 8, though I recognize the mechanics were all kinds of fucked up. 9 probably had the best mechanics. But I like 8 a lot for some reason. Probably it was just my first PS1 game.

#12 Posted by JerichoBlyth (1044 posts) -

IX was the best game in the entire series (oh fuck everyone and their precious FF6 for the Super Nintendo - I thought it was boring)

It was a shame that it was the death nail for traditional FF games though...because it didn't sell very well at all. Then we got the very streamlined FF10 and it allllll went to shit.

#13 Posted by RecSpec (3949 posts) -

My first rpg was Pokemon Blue, my second one was Final Fantasy VII. Final Fantasy VII is pretty damn great, and I didn't even like Cloud or Sephiroth that much. Reno, Rufus and pretty much most of Shinra were a hell of a lot more interesting than those two. Also, I didn't really care about Aeris dying. It was shocking sure, but yeah, after she forced herself into my party in the Temple of the Ancients, didn't really miss her that much. Basically, I like Final Fantasy VII for vastly different reasons than most others seem to. 
 
VIII and IX were okay, but didn't blow me away like VII did.

#14 Posted by oldenglishC (1008 posts) -

Phantasy star IV!

#15 Posted by Morningstar (2242 posts) -

VII, VIII and IX are all great games, I'll vote for VII though.

#16 Posted by killacam (1278 posts) -

@ArtisanBreads said:

VII. I know, I'm not cool.

EDIT: Actually, FFT is really it. But you left that off. What's the big idea!?

I think it's reached the point where liking VII is cool again. Logic: It used to be cool to like VII, therefore it became uncool to like VII, and the cool thing to do was to like VI or VIII or IX or if you're REALLY cool IV. But now that it's uncool to like VII it's actually cool to like VII because liking things that aren't cool is cool.

But really all of them are so so good.

#17 Posted by Petiew (1362 posts) -
@SagaciousJones: Yeah I agree, I have never understood the "Cloud is emo" thing. There's the section where he's unplayable for a while, but even then I can't think of any situation where he's particuarly "emo". I kind of feel like it was something people bandwagoned onto in order to justify their hatred for the game. Not that there aren't justifiable reasons to dislike the game because it had it's fair share of problems, but I always thought the "Oh so emo and edgy" was parroted by people that hated the game because it was popular.
 
Also IX is my favourite FF, and one of my favourite games ever.
#18 Posted by algertman (852 posts) -

Not VIII

#19 Posted by Fattony12000 (7583 posts) -

VII was ground breaking.

VIII was super cool in the visuals and character (except for mopey Squall) aspects.

IX is a great combination of solid mechanics, art style and (mostly) great story.

Here is a picture that I took of my popcorn chocolate.

Here is a series of videos that I done did on VII.

#20 Posted by Grillbar (1914 posts) -

8

#21 Posted by Neurotic (632 posts) -

@algertman said:

Not VIII

This is also a correct answer.

#22 Posted by Cyrus_Saren (540 posts) -

Where is Tactics? I suppose since that isn't there that I will be lame and go with VII.

#23 Posted by tunaburn (1891 posts) -

7

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#24 Edited by RioStarwind (578 posts) -

I've always enjoyed FF VIII the most of those 3. Can't say I got to far into FF IX. FF VII was great at the time but not my favorite.

#25 Posted by Elyk247 (371 posts) -

Final Fantasy Tactics. Where is that choice?

#26 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4702 posts) -

7 easily for me. 8 has good production values and some excellent songs but is mostly bad. That combat is garbage and the story is nonsense. 9 seemed fine but I never got far into it.

#27 Posted by Mr402 (144 posts) -

6 is the best FF of all but as to the PSX titles IX was and always will be my favorite. Truthfully was the last Final Fantasy to actually have fantasy be a focus in the characters and world. VII was excellent of course but what I can't understand is peoples love for VIII? Boring story, even more boring characters and combat was horrible.

#28 Posted by McLargepants (399 posts) -

Absolutely IX, it is my favorite FF by far after all. It has a fun, throw back story, a rock solid set of characters, and outside of the very last boss battle which comes out of nowhere, the game is pretty close to perfect. Plus it has weird, and mostly stupid, but still completely awesome coop which I've had a lot of fun with over the years.

#29 Posted by JackSukeru (5967 posts) -

IX was the only one where I was motivated enough to push through the mid- to late-game rpg-grind to actually finish, so that.

I played some of it again recently and it's totally still cool, but I wish that it displayed in a higher resolution and that the battle transitions were a lot quicker.

#30 Posted by Wraxend (570 posts) -

7 was my first RPG so it always wins, but 9 is a very close 2nd.

#31 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

Final Fantasy VIII, for sure. 
Then IX and VII.  

#32 Posted by mandude (2666 posts) -

VIII for character progression and IX for everything but that.

#33 Posted by RVonE (4704 posts) -

VIII. I really love the setting in that game and it has good character progression like said.

IX is technically superior, though.

#34 Posted by NegativeCero (3041 posts) -

IX is my overall favorite in the series, so that.

#35 Posted by kerse (2118 posts) -

Nostalgically 8, but 9 is probably the better game.

#36 Posted by dropabombonit (1492 posts) -

IX without a doubt. It was the first PS1 game that I played on my PS2 and loved every minute. Good thing I had that game because there was not much that came out after the PS2 launch in 2000. Wasn't until the Fall of 2001 that it kicked into high gear

#37 Posted by Stange88 (70 posts) -

VII here

#38 Posted by Sauson (561 posts) -

IX - the only good Final Fantasy game.

#39 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3251 posts) -

Cool or not, 7 is a bad game.

#40 Posted by ArtisanBreads (3999 posts) -

@Apparatus_Unearth said:

Cool or not, 7 is a bad game.

It sure is not.

So annoying this attitude.

#41 Edited by HerbieBug (4208 posts) -

Tactics.

Of the three you listed I will vote for VII. IX is excellent but it didn't pull me in quite as much as VII did at the time. VIII I did not care for due to the characters and the draw magic system.

VII is the only JRPG aside from Chrono Trigger that I have played through more than once. I even did the whole golden chocobo/knights of the round stuff and beat the special bonus bosses. I am amazed, looking back on it now, that I devoted so much time to a breeding system that is highly random even when you do everything correctly. It takes a certain type of crazy to repeatedly reload saves in order to get the correct colour of chocobo. O_0

#42 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -
@ArtisanBreads said:

@Apparatus_Unearth said:

Cool or not, 7 is a bad game.

It sure is not.

So annoying this attitude.

I've gotten used to people like that, at this point it's either just static  or a babys cry I hear when I read comments like that. 
Unless they can actually bring up a good argument for why it's a bad game they're totally worth listening to. 
 
But untill then just picture them wearing a diaper and crying, makes the internet more fun when people said weird shit :P
#43 Posted by ArtisanBreads (3999 posts) -

@ZeForgotten said:

@ArtisanBreads said:

@Apparatus_Unearth said:

Cool or not, 7 is a bad game.

It sure is not.

So annoying this attitude.

I've gotten used to people like that, at this point it's either just static or a babys cry I hear when I read comments like that. Unless they can actually bring up a good argument for why it's a bad game they're totally worth listening to. But untill then just picture them wearing a diaper and crying, makes the internet more fun when people said weird shit :P

Yeah I know you're right and I usually do the same... every once in a while I just have to respond.

Cool if people don't like it but c'mon.

#44 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3251 posts) -

The Material system is worthless. Characters have no individual strengths, really, it's just wherever you put your Material is the trait you character adopts. And while the character aspect of FFVII is good, the overall story is so sloppy that by the end it's an incomprehensible mess.

#45 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3251 posts) -

*Materia. Thanks a lot autocorrect.

#46 Posted by crusader8463 (14429 posts) -

None. The only Final Fantasies I enjoyed were Ten on the PS2 and Tactics on my Game Boy Advance.

#47 Posted by Breadfan (6590 posts) -

Never finished any, but 8 from what I played.

#48 Posted by Ravenlight (8011 posts) -

FFVIII is my favorite. But I realize that the Junction system is perhaps needlessly obtuse and that some of the characters' motivations are difficult to identify with. That said, gunblades are still the coolest weapon.

#49 Posted by Fredchuckdave (6168 posts) -

Tactics is the only one that's aged particularly well, every other one has old JRPG issues (note not every PS1 RPG has those issues, just some of them), takes hours and hours to start up, much better beginning of the game compared to the end (particularly IX which has a superb disc 1 and then the rest of the game is garbage). The music and the cutscenes are still pretty good though. I will say the crickets in Final Fantasy VIII make me feel wonderfully nostalgic, more games need crickets.

#50 Posted by Sidoran (71 posts) -

@Apparatus_Unearth said:

The Material system is worthless. Characters have no individual strengths, really, it's just wherever you put your Material is the trait you character adopts. And while the character aspect of FFVII is good, the overall story is so sloppy that by the end it's an incomprehensible mess.

Is IX the last FF you enjoyed in the past 20 years then? You'd have to go all the way back to FF IV to find one where the characters weren't molded into whatever you wanted them to be.