Favorite Final Fantasy

We could go on and on and on about which is our favorite video game, or even RPG... but who cares about all of that junk!?

When it comes down to it, the best series, in my opinion (which happens to be the most successful), is Final Fantasy. They've had excellent stories, beautiful musical scores, and really set the standard for role playing. Granted, the rise of western developers have clearly taken its toll, and even Square-Enix itself has begun putting forth a stronger effort into it's other franchises. But when the chocobos come home to roost, where is Square putting it's resources?

This will, inevitably turn into a flame war, so to circumvent that, please state (at great lengths, if necessary, which title (FF RPG or otherwise) is your favorite and why. What elements of it make it your favorite? Compare to other games within and outside the Final Fantasy universe, if you like, but stay on point.

After you write which is your favorite, hopefully, others will use the new comment ability to write responses to you. That way, things can be nice an organized. I'll sit back for a while as you all give it your all. Just remember; nobody here is right... but me ^_~

7 years, 9 months ago
GooieGreen
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Though I have played VII, VIII, and X, I have to say that none of the Final Fantasies have truly left a desire to call any one of them my favorite as of yet. Each of them had their strong and weak points, and VII has left the most impact on me in terms of characters, battle system, and storyline. They are almost as legend as some of the Final Fantasy VI (or III in the U.S.) characters.

Despite being criticized for what I'm about to say, no FF game has enticed or excited me about its existence more than Final Fantasy XIII has done. In all honesty, the potential that this game has in terms of its semi real-time battle system, the soundtrack, and the distinct, cool cast that has been revealed already (I am a big Lightning fanboy), I have high expectations for this game. With it being the reason I'm investing into a PS3 (after Sony decides what the heck they are doing with their price drop, PS2 porting & their online network), it had better be my favorite.

7 years, 9 months ago
Nina
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Final Fantasy MMOs look good on paper, but so far I haven't been that impressed. I played FFonline for a month, and had some friends that played it long after I quit. It looked pretty and all, but it never got my attention. It was no World of Warcraft (am I right, Jim?)

FF14 could be awesome... assuming they let you use a friggin keyboard and there isn't a fee. A monthly fee could very easily kill this game for PS3 users. I'm just glad they are taking notes from FF11 and WoW so hopefully this will be an MMO to remember. Sadly, they are going up two equally impressive MMOs: World of Warcraft and Star Wars: The Old Republic.

I better see some killer content and design from these guys!

7 years, 9 months ago
GooieGreen
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Well when it comes to badass characters and awesome fight scenes it would have to go to FF VII. Cloud and Sephiroth are always fan favorites and have become iconic. They are also featured as cameos in the Kingdom Hearts series and other FF spin offs. When you ask about story on the other hand that would have to go to FF XII. This is because it does not feature a romantic love story that has flooded the series but an intriguing political story.

7 years, 9 months ago
sum_asian_kid
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Final Fantasy VIII. It has my favorite cast, my favorite songs and opening (Eyes On Me, the song during the dance between Squall and Rinoa on the first disk). AND ZELL. Who was the first video game character my little eight-year-old self was in love with.

7 years, 9 months ago
FoxKaiya
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I think I might have the same problem as Nina. My favorite would probably be any of the Tactics games. But those don't count. Any of the LEGIT games I've played have either been about a 7 or 8 on a scale of 1-10, or too difficult for me (I know it's wimpy, but I'm really bad at FFXII no matter how much I like it)

I do like the general range of VII-IX too.

7 years, 9 months ago
KaminaSama
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I love FF9... I've only played 3/7/8/9/12 but for me 9 has the best story

I'm pretty excited about 13 too though. Something about WoW as a JRPG just sounds awesome... I hope sony can pull it together and make a compelling case for buying PS3 based on the game too. I'd love to see more rich multiplayer on PS3 :)

PS - don't mind my arabic numbers... I find the roman numerals to be too hard to read... yes I know I'm a lazy bum ;)

7 years, 9 months ago
jim
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(Feel free to branch off into other FF talk here. Comments can only take us so far!)

As asinine as it may sound, upon buying my PS2, I bought Final Fantasy 8 and 9 (both PS1 titles). Having used to play the older ones, I had a fair amount of experience with RPGs.

Now I haven't played it in the better part of a decade, but one of my favorites in the franchise is Final Fantasy Mystical Quest. An extremely obscure title, to say the least, but it stands out a lot in my mind. If you are feeling adventurous, I'd give it a try!

It played more like an RPG should; less micro management, no random battle garbage, and more functional action elements. What I hated about FF7&8 (titles that are the biggest offenders) is that they abuse the mini-game concept. Everything is a new, quest-hindering gimmick. I don't want a gimmick that forces a lull in the gameplay... I want to play!

Prime example: In FF7, you need to climb a tower, surrounded by water and electrical cables. After a mini-boss battle, you have to revive a little girl in a CPR mini-game (waiting until your meter is just about maxed, hitting a button, waiting... rinse, repeat). After that 5 minutes of stupidity, more running around like an ass, you are able to attempt the tower climb.

The tower climb is really a swim around in the water like a chump, press a button and hope Mr. Dolphin punts you right up to the safe spot. This can go on forever. It also has nothing to do with the story and only acts as a hindrance to what you really want: more story or battles!

Then again, it may have been doing me a favor, since the FF7 story is absolute garbage. Doesn't help that the text is filled with typos. "Best Final Fantasy game ever" my ass!

7 years, 9 months ago
GooieGreen
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So aside from FFXIII, who else is looking forward to FFXI kicking the bucket for the more traditional-schema of MMO with an FF flair known as FFXIV? I'm actually hoping to have XIII done in time to attempt to devote efforts to getting comfortable in the XIV world.

Speaking of FFXI, did anyone actually play it? I toyed with the idea off and on for years, but growing up and college was sucking up my time. Couldn't see the monetary value. FFXIV on the other hand...

7 years, 9 months ago
Nina
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Final Fantasy 7 and 8 were always my favorites. I don't really like turn-based fighting systems, but 7 was alright. I actually didn't play 8 until after I'd seen Squall/Leon/whathaveyou in Kingdom Hearts and became interested in his character.

Crisis Core was an amazing game as well, I loved the graphics. I'm a sucker for games with sad endings, and this was one of them. I won't spoil anything for those of you who don't know the story, though. I like the idea of it being 7's prequel; I'd always wondered about who Zack was and what happened.

7 years, 9 months ago
kage_ayumu_sakushi
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i loved ff7 because it was the first of the series and was great and second place would have to go to ffx, love the story line.

7 years, 8 months ago
kemistri
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Luv Final Fantasy!!! Seriously hard to choose a favorite though. The originals were all awesome. The only thing was you couldn't fight solo. In the new ds series including FF Echoes of Time you can fight whenever you choose. None of this taking turns nonsense. However, I like the originals better in the sense that it's more of a story that you can follow along. Those cut scenes were fun to watch!!

7 years, 9 months ago
maria
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ff7 and ff8 are def my top two favorite ff games. The story lines were great, they had a great soundtrack, and the characters were cool too. Both games were really long too which had gotten me hooked back when I was first playing these games. lol

7 years, 8 months ago
LiquidSnake
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Final Fantasy is the best RPG out there!!! My favorite I'm going to have to say FFVII because I like all the characters including cloud. Even though the game itself was a little hard. Gameplay is also pretty good. FFX is also good too.

7 years, 8 months ago
Jeff
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Hmmm, a favorite eh...?

That may be a bit hard, cause I've played almost all of the FF games from I to XII (With the exception of XI)... xD;

But if I really had to choose, I'd go with Final Fantasy IX as my all star favorite~ x3

As for why, It's mostly cause of how it want back to the traditional theme of FF that I loved about the games in the first place with Thieves, Knights, Dragoons, White Mages, Black Mages, Summoners, and even Blue Mages...! xD

It felt like I was playing old FF games back with each their own class, as well as the whole theme to the game reminded me of the Medieval form that most of the former games had which with the Princess, Kingdoms and everything but with even a grander look...!

The cast as well were fun to play with, like Zidane the flirtatious thief, The Cute but lovable Black Mage Vivi(I JUST LOVE THIS CUTE FELLA~ <3), And those that made us laugh like the Uptight but somewhat goofy Knight Steiner, The sassy and witty Eiko, or even the weird, like Quina who's appetite seems to have no end... XD

Obviously I'd be lying if I said if I only liked this game, on the contrary as every FF game I've play I've loved it( With the exception of FF I maybe, cause that game is hard as hell...! DX)

7 years, 7 months ago
Amon
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Final Fantasy XIII, 10 hours in (Jim, you asked for it)

So I waited until my birthday to play Final Fantasy XIII, under the assumption that I would have enough time to get into it (which really isn't true). Regardless, I've been able to power through about 10 hours of Final Fantasy XIII and I have my own impressions that I'm sure many other people share.

Lightening: Overly moody 'leader' who is somehow a golden goddess despite being just an over-glamorized security guard. I don't like her because she acts way too much like Cloud (my most hated protagonist, next to Kratos). But, I feel like she has depth, and that is something that Cloud never had. I never thought I would say this about anyone real or imaginary, but Lightening needs to get off the rag.

Snow: I like this guy. It seems by the time this game officially starts, Snow is at the end of his quest to save his princess (whom is practically jailbait). I like him an his confidence, but I'm already tired of him getting punched in the face by Lightening. Why does he let that happen? Everyone sees it coming, but he takes the hit every time, and he looks more like a punk than necessary! Is it so Lightening looks like an even bigger insert word here, or is he that stupid? Still, I like him and I see him as the real main character (and not because he is a dood).

Vanille: If I didn't know she was voiced by an Aussie, I'd say she has peanut butter in her mouth the entire recording session. She seems to be fighting her accent at times, which makes for some "uh, what did you just say" moments. I don't want to think! Still, it has grown on me, and she does a great job with the chracter. I like the peppy girls, but I can tell what her story line is going to be. I hope I'm right!

Hope: Oh Darwin, why? Just say what you wanted to Snow so I don't have to see this tragic bitch-fest continue for another 30 hours. He reminds me of a private school, neo-conservative who doesn't really get what is going on. His past is also very iffy, but I feel like I see this one coming, too. I'm surprised that he hasn't called Sazh a ___ [fill in the blank racism!].

Sazh: Without a doubt, my favorite character. Chocobo? Check. Voice of reason? Check. First positive black man in a Final Fantasy game that wasn't a total negative stereotype? Check. He isn't over the top, he isn't a hot-head, and he isn't trying to steal the show. He is normal, and this game needs that with all of the angst teens and not-teens-by-age-but-essentially-are-teens-by-immaturity.

Fang: I've been introduced to her, but I don't know what her story is at all yet. I probably won't care.

The gameplay is alright. There isn't any real indication of how well the battle is going, and the speed is too fast for me on normal. I find myself using the auto-attack more than I thought I would, although I don't need to now that I have the battle speed set to slow. Couple that with the 3 segments of battle gauges, and it becomes a really slow and boring fight. Is the game pretty? Yes. Is there too much lingo that needs to be explained via menus? Yes.

I like it, but it does feel somewhat Westernized (or it does in the minds of the Japanese developer).

7 years ago
GooieGreen
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