Describe your opinion of each main title in the final fantasy series (1-14)
I - I liked the odd plot twist at the end and the songs were nice, but it's a little too simple and dated to hold in any great regard.
II - Also rather simple and dated, and the 'leveling' system in this game is sort of a mixed bag. The villain was cool, though.
III - The game's okay, but it's an all-around worse game than V which makes it sort of undesirable to return to under any circumstances.
IV - It's pretty average normally, but I did really enjoy the DS remake of it.
V - Good game. The job system was engaging and the story was humorous
VI - Very good game. I liked the large variety of characters to play as and Kefka was a pretty cool guy.
VII - Good game. Graphics were a little odd to stomach through as I first played it when it was released on PSN, but the story was pretty interesting and the gameplay was good.
VIII - Eh... I never got around to finishing it because I couldn't bother to farm for material to upgrade weapons or play triple triad for the stuff you can get there and it was starting to get sorta hard without that sort of stuff by the end of disc 3.
IX - This is probably my favorite one.
X - Tidus starts out as one of the most annoying characters ever and turns into something I can stomach by the end of the game. I also rather liked the tragic ending... which is why I'm not touching the sequel with a 2½ foot pole.
XI - I'm not all that interested in MMOs.
XII - Good game. The only real downside for me is the relative lack of attention given to the main cast with regard to character development, but I liked the political story to a degree and found the gameplay to be the best in the series in my book.
XIII - Eh... I wouldn't call this a bad game, but I still never got around to finishing it. I guess I just got too used to playing along a linear path that, when the game finally opened up on Grand Pulse, I lost focus and stopped playing.
XIV - See XI, but I probably would play this even if I were into MMOs given what I've heard about it.
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sorry Krio Lvl 3, i meant before the end of disc one not half and most of the available stats (at that time) almost maxed. i played triple triad for a while to get all the cards and used card morph to transform them into magic.
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I - Pretty decent but severely dated, have yet to get very far into it. Still the series wouldn't exist at all without this game so I appreciate it in that aspect.
II - Have not played
III - Only played the DS version, but one of my least favorites of the series. Just couldn't get into it very much.
IV - Both versions are awesome, this is where Final Fantasy started to get really good in my opinion. The story tried to be epic and mostly succeeded. We need to see a dark knight in a modern FF that isn't MMO! Never gotten to the final boss in either version, however.
V - Have not played.
VI - One of my favorites with a ton of content for a super nintendo game. I really do hope they remake this one for 3DS. Great story, mostly good characters (with a couple obvious exceptions) and while Kefka is hilarious and entertaining I feel like he's kind of overrated as a villain. He's just a typical power hungry crazy guy with little motive.
VII - Still my favorite in the series. I love the science fiction setting and more mature atmosphere overall. The battles were great and Sephiroth is a jerk. Didn't like anything else they've done with this game too much though, doesn't have the same charm to it at all.
VIII - Least favorite from the PS1 generation. Didn't like the characters too much ('cept Selphie she's super cute) but the story was pretty good and certainly got better later in the game. Didn't like the battle system.
IX - Second favorite final fantasy. The characters are the strongest in the series and the story is pretty good especially the first 2 discs. It really does seem like they combined elements of all the previous games for this one. That's probably why it's so good. The ability's being equiped through weapons was kinda dumb imo and the battles were slow but those are the only bad things I can say about the game. I know it's snobby to say but it really is the last "real" final fantasy.
X - A good attempt at bringing final fantasy to the PS2 generation but what happened to exploring? Tidus annoys me more than any other character in any game ever but the story certainly got very epic. And at least Auron and Lulu were pretty cool. Last game to use the classic battle system and they did a good job with it, especially changing characters in battle. Overall it was a good game but it has some very glaring flaws. Not even gonna go into X-2...
XI - I actually did play this for a few months and it was pretty fun. Though the story was barely there the online community was very strong when I played. The job system was cool and reminiscent of the older games. Played a Galka Dark Knight/Warrior til level 40 or 50 before it inevitably became tedious and boring. Obviously too much grinding but this is no surprise.
XII - Pretty boring actually... I don't know why, I've tried to get into this game several times but it just doesn't pull me in. The world was a little too big and empty. The battle system was okay but not very engaging. The story probably got good but I never got far enough into it to tell. At least Vaan was a million times less annoying than Tidus.
XIII - This game broke the blue ray on my PS3.. Even worse I wasn't the one playing it, my roommate was! Bah. I didn't get very far but he did. From what I played though, seems like the took the narrow straight path style of X. Run from cut scene to cut scene. Graphics are good but umm.. Whatever definitely my least favorite. Not a terrible game by any means, it just isn't final fantasy anymore.
XIV - Haven't played but looks like the took XI and ruined anything good about it.
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XIV - See XI, but I probably would play this even if I were into MMOs given what I've heard about it.
Oops... I meant to say wouldn't...
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1 - Not bad. Never played it during 'its' time.
II - Tiring level up system.
III - Original version sucked. Remake was enjoyable and better than IV's remake.
IV - Original was great. Remake sucked.
V - One of the worst Final Fantasies I've ever played.
VI - I consider this the best in the series. But not my favorite.
VII - Not bad. But not even close to deserving all the praise it gets.
VIII - Pretty good regardless of breaking traditions I liked and missing with moogles. Loved the 'school-ish' feel at the early parts and the way the characters interacted.
IX - My favorite Final Fantasy to date. This is closer to how I wish every Final Fantasy was, rather than trying to make everything futuristic with emo protagonists.
X - This is when the series went downhill.
XI - Never played it. But MMORPGs are garbage.
XII - Surprisingly fun. Regardless of the awful gambit system and different battle system its world felt to me like a better approach to the real 'Final Fantasy' since VII was released. Too bad the story sucked.
XIII - I refuse to even call this a Final Fantasy.
XIV - No idea.
Im going to go in order of my preference, FFXI omitted since i didnt play it
Best characters, best writing, best art, best FMVs, best soundtrack, best equipment ability system and best limit system
drawbacks were its difficulty (id give it a 4/10 on diffuculty), lack of plot/character expanding side quests and support characters becoming uninvolved for large portions of the game
Best plot, best sidequests
the thing they did PERFECTLY with this game was its subtle plot and the fact that sidequests expanded character arcs and loose ends
sidequests felt like they were for more than just items
drawbacks were its pitiful difficulty (2/10), awful limit system, a vague sense of purpose mid disc 1 and obviously, the field models
Great story, characters and sidequests
I dont have any big drawbacks for FFIV, it had a descent difficulty level and was an all around great game
if i had to complain id say the plot and characters were too simplistic, but it worked
I know a lot of people didnt like the combat, but it give the difficulty the highest of any of the main series, a 6.5/10
the combat system was different, not better or worse
it had a descent plot, with descent characters
its very glaring drawbacks were the VERY limited character interactions, support characters had little involvement with the plot and the HORRIBLE pacing of the story
also disliked the "non-linear" aspect of the game, where you essentially explore outward from Rabanastre, it made me feel like i wasnt progressing anywhere
Very middling game in many regards. In my opinion it looked Mystic Quest for the new age, a beginner's RPG.
Basic plot and basic EASY combat (2/10)
I mean, i hate to even say the dialogue even had subtext, because they were just bashing you over the head with what they were trying to infer in dialogue
It makes it sound like the plot was meant to be understood by 8+ year olds (again, beginner RPG)
Combat was pathetic, summon or overdrives, win
this game actually frustrates me the most because it had the potential to be a great game if the plot had SOME subtlety and they raised the difficulty
Good characters, good plot
game was easy as well (3/10), but strangely the part i hated about this game is the part most people love about it
theres almost NO character development unless you do the sidequests at the END of the game except for Terra and a bit of Edgar, Sabin and Celes
I mean, why would i care about characters I havent learned anything about at the end of the adventure?
WEAVE character development into the plot, not just throw it in at the end of the game
sidequests should be for resolving loose ends, not an entire character arc all at once at the very end
game gets too much hate, liked the characters and the story, hated having to level each class though and i got bored of the combat
I, II and III were all simplistic in plot and gameplay, but i liked the plot of I the best out of them
ya, the combat and leveling were bad, but i did like the characters and the plot was all right
again, simple, hated leveling my classes
AWFUL characters, bad plot, bad combat, bad equipment/ability system, worst limit system
difficulty was 0/10, between limits, GFs, cards and junctioning, it was pathetic
plot was nonsensical
the way other characters behaved around Squall was just... bizarre
hes a moody ass with no redeeming qualities in the beginning and everyone treats him like hes the coolest guy ever that they look up to
the rest of the characters were also weak
never thought id play a worse FF than FFVIII, but combat was awful and the dialogue make the charcters sound like theyre made of cardboard
I played early on, it was awful, awful UI, awful combat, very slow to get around
Haven't played FF14 (not on console I have yet).
1-great for the time. okay for now. I prefereed DW (owned DW as kid, only rented FF multiple times), but FF was far better if trying to be objective.
2-only "bad" FF in main series. Although it is important to the series due to first chocobo, first cid, and precursor to the story focus of most future entires. FF4 (SNES) and Saga2/FFL2 (GB) handled the story and levelup better, repsectively.
3-Would have been the best NES RPG localised if it had released back then. But since it wasn't released back then, it's like an early and inferior build of FF5.
4-I'm have severe nostalgia. Turned me from C student into an A student in school by sparking my itnerest in reading, literature, mythology, etc. Only an Average game now though.
5-Last year I would have said top 3 FF. Replayed part of it this year and didn't hold up as well. My 7th fav now. Best job system in offline main series.
6-Awesome then, awesome now. tied for 3rd favorite. This, 7, or 10 (depending on whom I was speaking too) would be the FF I'd recommend if a gamer wants to try getting into the genre.
7-Overrated to hell, but still top a 5 FF. Graphics (character models mainly) aged poorly, but everything else still good
8-Probably my 2nd least favorite FF. On paper, should have been the best of 7-9. But a lot of unique hit or miss design decisions that mainly missed with me. Music, Intro FMV, love story (top 2 for PS1 IMO), and card minigame are highlights.
9-Probably my favorite offline main FF (11 and Tactics still rank above it). I've loved it since I played it over the Holidays during it's year of release. Alongside LoZWW, it's a game that got unfairly slammed for it's "kiddy" appearance, only to later rise after more realistic looking future entries left people disspointed. Vivi alone ensures a finish in the top half for me.
10]Loved it. In a virtual tie with FF6 for me. And one of my favorite game endings. Plus my twin brother walked down the aisle to the ending song. Too bad the "must hate linear" fad means many people trash it. Biggest real flaw is the lack of skip cutscene. I'm not worried about HD, but skip cutscene + international bonuses might get me to buy remake.
11]Was my favorite FF. Played about 1 year IRL (no overnight afks) over a 3.5year span. Lost my acct while on my first break from the game and by time I got back and discovered that, it was too late to get my acct back.
12]Like 8, lot of hit or miss changes. Gambits were awesome and far more impressive after I play other AI ally games that lack them (PS3 Persona 3, WKC1/2, FF13/13-2, etc). But overall probably my 3rd least favorite FF. Poor pacing and do everyhting but hope you stumble on right liscense. It has a lot of good ideas to be the future foundation of a top3 FF if they build upon it though.
13]I actually liked it alot. Probably about as much as FF7 (so about 5/6th). It may be in prepartion fo FF16 or 17, but eventually I feel people will appreciate it's linearity and straightforwardness without all the npc, wnadering around, event triggers, etc AS A STRENGTH once they get around to replaying it a few down the road. FF13 is basically taking FF10 a bit further to the extreme than people were used to/expecting. As long as FF13 doesn't ecome the stndard style for the series or genre, my quarrel is not with it.
14]No gaming PC, can't play yet. Would have bought a PS3 version during bungled PC launch era even with knowledge of reviews back then if it was out. Especially as outside of the lag MOST of the negatives were either positives to me, or things that virtually all launch MMOs exhibit (IMO 1-Cap in 1day-2 weeks being realistic is far worse than "no endgame content at launch")
Sorry Capcom, but my purchase of E.X. Troopers has been cancelled due to not meeting the criteria. My criteria are easy since I liked FF13, WKC, and Opoona!
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1. A great start to the series. Story was simple and game was short, but it was fun to play and solidly made from beginning to end.
2. I was annoyed for a very long time by it's "leveling" system but after forcing myself to play it for an extended period of time, I managed to get over it and get some enjoyment out of the game. it's ok but deffinately not my favorite. Keep in mind my opinions of FF1 & 2 are based off the GBA version as I never played the originals.
3. A solid game. I never played it until the DS version came out and at first I was disappointed by the lack of character development and extremely simple story (I knew nothing of FFIII when I bought it, at all, I went into it expecting a very deep game) but I learned to accept it, and enjoyed it for it's job system. Never knew the job system was present in FF before FFV.
4. One of my personal favorites. It's more simple than most Final Fantasy games with a basic battle system and forced party from beginning to end, but sometimes I enjoy simplicity. Plus it has one of my favorite boss and final boss themes from the whole series.
5. This was actually one of the first Final Fantasies that I played, on PS1 in Final Fantasy Anthology. this goes for both FFV and FFVI: I was extremely annoyed by the long loading times and slow paced battles, but I will not factor this into my actual current day opinion on the games because thats only present in the PS1 versions, and the SNES and GBA versions are far, far better. Anyway, for FFV in general, I think it's a great game. It was my first experience with the job system, and it took me awhile to master it but after I did I began to have a ton of fun with it. I was impressed that it had 3 whole worlds to explore, it was deffinately the most expansive RPG I had played at that point.
6. FFVI had an impressive story for it's time and to this day (as far as I know) the largest selection of characters in any FF game, delivering a whopping 14 playable chars and a huge ammount of party customization. It's just too bad you have to wait so long to get magic for everyone, but being a core part of the story, this is forgivable. And of course there's Kefka, one of the most psychotic and evil villians ever who actually SUCCEEDED in destroying the world.
7. second Final Fantasy game I ever played, and I enjoyed it immensely. I loved it's story and the Materia system. I don't believe it is the best Final Fantasy game, and I'll probably have 20 fanboys on me for that, but it is certainly ONE OF the best of the series.
8. The very first Final Fantasy, and even the very first RPG I ever played in my life, back when I was 9 or 10, I got a demo disc from Pizza Hut that had FFVIII demo on it (PS1 was my first system, laugh if you want, I knew nothing of videogames before it).I loved it and managed to get the full game some time later. I sucked immensely at the game because of the junction system which I failed to even halfway grasp as a kid, which lead to me dying over and over to more than half the game's bosses (and Adel made me restart my whole !&$@ing game) but after a long while I got better at it and finished the game. Back then I thought the story was amazing but these days I dont think VIII has the best story, it's full of holes and the whole Ultimecia thing is just..meh. The first 2 discs of the game have good story but once it delves into the time sorceress crap it just falls apart. Extremely shallow villian..even Adel had more story to her. It's deffinately the "black sheep" of final fantasy but to this day I still like the game. An interesting thing about VIII is it's difficulty is almost completely customizable. Want the easiest FF ever? Stay low leveled and break the game with magic refining & junctions. Want the hardest FF game of all? Overlevel and use pour junctions......like I did as a kid..x_x.
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9. Here we are. My absolute favorite game in the entire series. Final Fantasy 9, to me, has got the best story, the best characters (due to the great character development and interraction throughout the game) and, by far, the BEST ability system in the whole series. Words cant describe how much I loved learning abilities from weapons, armor & accessories. It gave a purpose to just about any piece of equipment in the game, and your success really depends on which abilities you have and how many you learn. I also love how it has so many little refferences to the past FF games.
FF9, awesome game, play it if you havent.
10. Honestly I have mixed feelings on this game. While it's music and story are amazing, and the Sphere Grid is a lot of fun to work with, the battle system is just..meh. I hated how they forced you to use all the different characters to be able to defeat certain enemies. While it is good that they tried to get use out of every character, what it boils down to is constantly having to switch everybody in and out of battle just to have an easier time with that one monster, and for ANYONE to gain AP they have to be IN the battle, meaning if you want everyone to get EXP you have to switch everyone in and out in a single fight just so they can gain AP and level up. If you could just stick with a prefered party like most FF games it wouldnt be a big deal but FF10 pretty much forces you to use everyone and if you neglect this you'll have an awful time with later enemies and bosses who have absolute boatloads of HP to take out. At least Bahamut makes things a lot easier once you get him.
11. Never played, never will.
12. While XII got a lot of bad reception, I enjoyed the game. Not as much as the others, but it was deffinately a unique game, being somewhat like an offline MMORPG. To me its also the most difficult FF game, but that may just be because I never really utilized the gambit system and did everything manually.
13. Say what you will, I liked FFXIII. But there was one thing that annoyed me..one thing that REALLY pissed me off...And that is..can anyone guess? Nope, it isnt the fact you can only control one character manually. It's that if that lead character dies, it's instant game over. This made me ragequit against several bosses before I finished the game, and is by far the biggest flaw. FFXIII's story is deffinately not up to par with previous games, and it's soundtrack, while fitting to the game, is deffinately not my cup of tea. No I'm not a Nobuo fanboy, as I liked even FFXII's soundtrack (some songs anyway) but FFXIII only had maybe...3 songs that were memorable, all being boss themes. What really kept me playing was actually the Paragdim system and the Crystarium. Crystarium kinda reminds me of the Sphere Grid and and the Paragdim system was actually a lot of fun for me to utilize. It was kinda like a job system and while there's only 6 different classes, it was fun to make your own setups and switch in-between them in battles depending on the situation, kept battles fast-paced. A complaint about the system? How it always seemed to reset them after every freaking character change or splitup -_- that got irritating..
FF14. havent played, dont plan to. i'm really not into MMOs outside of a few free ones on the PC.
So in a nut shell, 1, 5, 8 and 13 are crap. Sounds good.