Best Final Fantasy poll !!

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You've played a bunch of these, admit it. I'm not including X-2, Crisis Core or the ones that don't have Roman numerals in their name.

Poll Results

Final Fantasy VI 13
Final Fantasy VII 8
Final Fantasy VIII 3
Final Fantasy I 1
Final Fantasy IV 1
Final Fantasy XII1
Final Fantasy V (BUTZ) 0
Final Fantasy III (famicom again. the one with kefka was VI) 0
Final Fantasy II (the famicom game. the SNES game called II was based on IV) 0
Final Fantasy IX 0
Final Fantasy X 0
Final Fantasy XI (the online one) 0

abanana, Sunday, 11 November 2007 02:51 (thirteen years ago) link

lol remember when these took like maybe 20 hours to beat?

El Tomboto, Sunday, 11 November 2007 03:05 (thirteen years ago) link


Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Sunday, 11 November 2007 03:27 (thirteen years ago) link

jon have you seen the newest remake?

abanana, Sunday, 11 November 2007 12:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Dancing Mad for the win.

Nhex, Sunday, 11 November 2007 17:48 (thirteen years ago) link

I've never played any past IX. If they ever put one out on Wii, I'd probably play that.

I went for VI (US: III)

Z S, Sunday, 11 November 2007 18:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Don't think a proper numbered sequel will show up on the Wii, unless they pull a Dragon Quest for XIV or something.

marmotwolof, Sunday, 11 November 2007 20:58 (thirteen years ago) link

no x-2, no credibility

webber, Monday, 12 November 2007 03:43 (thirteen years ago) link

jim otm. not that i've played any of the others.

gff, Monday, 12 November 2007 05:36 (thirteen years ago) link

vii, because he am the besht.

darraghmac, Monday, 12 November 2007 10:53 (thirteen years ago) link

I still haven't voted, I can't decide.

El Tomboto, Monday, 12 November 2007 16:32 (thirteen years ago) link

VI for sure

ciderpress, Tuesday, 13 November 2007 00:18 (thirteen years ago) link

VI, but the fan-translated ROM of IV hardtype is a close second

Curt1s Stephens, Tuesday, 13 November 2007 04:15 (thirteen years ago) link

VII for no other reason than it was probably my favorite thing ever for 8 or 9 months in 7th grade

max, Tuesday, 13 November 2007 04:24 (thirteen years ago) link

I voted for VIII because of the tricks it played on VI/VII players. Levels? Useless. Magic? Useless. Gil? You'll never use it. Equipment? No equipment; equip your magic instead. The big military corporation? Good guys!

abanana, Tuesday, 13 November 2007 04:44 (thirteen years ago) link

my favorite thing ever for 8 or 9 months in 7th grade

haha, the rest of us were in college n' shit.

kingfish, Tuesday, 13 November 2007 06:18 (thirteen years ago) link

Well maybe you were, gramps.

marmotwolof, Tuesday, 13 November 2007 06:21 (thirteen years ago) link

hell, when even my BROTHER was in college. He would talk about how the guys on his football team got hooked on this game, even tho they(business school types playing for a Div II school) were not really the JRPG type.

kingfish, Tuesday, 13 November 2007 07:35 (thirteen years ago) link

I think I was in grade 8! I am not the youngest! Yay!

I think I picked VII, but I am waffling now. I think VIII was criminally overhated (the battle system was one of my faves!) and XII was really, really amazing as well! Plus, five was really awes too. Good thing Tactics wasn't in the running though, it would have been no contest imo.

Will M., Tuesday, 13 November 2007 15:16 (thirteen years ago) link

I'd like to vote for I or II/IV for enthralling me as a kid, but I got the most thrills and replay out of VII for sure.

VIII was eh, okay. I sped through it in college, got to the last boss and couldn't beat it.

Jordan, Tuesday, 13 November 2007 15:18 (thirteen years ago) link

i even bought the score on CD as performed by some symphony orchestra

max, Tuesday, 13 November 2007 17:03 (thirteen years ago) link

wth? I thought I'd be haha contrarian look @ me by voting VIII but other people dug it too?? :(

Leee, Tuesday, 13 November 2007 17:13 (thirteen years ago) link

I only ever played VII; I was more of an Ultima guy.

HI DERE, Tuesday, 13 November 2007 20:26 (thirteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Wednesday, 14 November 2007 00:01 (thirteen years ago) link

I was in 4th grade when FF7 came out, I wasn't allowed to get it because it was rated "Teen"

Curt1s Stephens, Wednesday, 14 November 2007 04:50 (thirteen years ago) link

vii is the best game ever

r1o natsume, Wednesday, 14 November 2007 15:37 (thirteen years ago) link


HI DERE, Wednesday, 14 November 2007 15:48 (thirteen years ago) link

i remember playing ffvii once in high school and once my senior year of college (after i had ceased giving a fuck)

Jordan, Wednesday, 14 November 2007 15:59 (thirteen years ago) link

7 was my last year in college and I stayed more focused on that than anything else in my life.

forksclovetofu, Wednesday, 14 November 2007 16:41 (thirteen years ago) link

co-sign HI DERE. When I was in the seventh grade I had nothing to play but Forgotten Worlds, you little brats!

I don't know if there have been better RPGs since VII, but that was the last one I had time for. I'm trying to fuck with Oblivion and Mass Effect right now and I can see right away that there is NO WAY I can put in the hours for these games.

antexit, Wednesday, 14 November 2007 16:48 (thirteen years ago) link

The best RPG I've ever played is probably still Planescape: Torment, with Baldur's Gate II as a very close second.

HI DERE, Wednesday, 14 November 2007 21:48 (thirteen years ago) link

HI DERE: Planescape :: GZeus : Chrono Trigger

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 14 November 2007 21:55 (thirteen years ago) link

(sorry that was mean)

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 14 November 2007 21:55 (thirteen years ago) link

I voted for I, actually, because none of the others ever felt quite as amazing. #1 felt completely Epic and New and Holy Shit, everything afterwards felt like formula (I know it's all really a bunch of dragon quest clones but I didn't get my own copy of the first dragon quest)

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 14 November 2007 21:58 (thirteen years ago) link

trying to get the rat tail and squeaking out of the dungeon with like one dude left with 2 hit points is def. in my top 5 most intense gaming moments

(and then having all my dudes hit puberty!)

Jordan, Wednesday, 14 November 2007 22:28 (thirteen years ago) link

and you missed out on it because you were at home playing video games?

antexit, Wednesday, 14 November 2007 23:49 (thirteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Thursday, 15 November 2007 00:01 (thirteen years ago) link

holy shit 6 for the big win

El Tomboto, Thursday, 15 November 2007 00:18 (thirteen years ago) link

i woulda voted X but these games are too exhausting to even think about. I spent easily 12 hours on the soccer side mission on that one.

bnw, Thursday, 15 November 2007 03:27 (thirteen years ago) link

there was one after X where you could only play the girl chars and their outfits got +5 points in slutty.

bnw, Thursday, 15 November 2007 03:29 (thirteen years ago) link

The fuckin' CARD GAME! And the arcade in seven! I spent WEEKS.

forksclovetofu, Thursday, 15 November 2007 05:16 (thirteen years ago) link

VI for the low-level game alone. Best game ever.

All Final Fantasies after IX have been awful.

Mr. Snrub, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 03:26 (thirteen years ago) link

Shit I missed this poll! 7 was the last one I ever played; you guys know they made a Cloud/Tifa/etc MOVIE right?

Every time I've played FFI I named my white mage a girl's name at the start, then spent the last half of the game trying to force myself to pronounce it in a manly way, once they adulted up and I realized it was obviously a dude.

nickalicious, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 14:22 (thirteen years ago) link

Snrub so wrong on XII. That game is actually phenomenal and I wish I had voted for it.

Will M., Wednesday, 21 November 2007 15:47 (thirteen years ago) link

Actually, when I really give it thought, for me it's something like...

12 > 7 > 8 > 5 > 6 > 1 > 4 > 10 >>>>>> 9 >>>>>>>>> 11 >>> 2 > 3

I can't believe I have played every FF. :/

Will M., Wednesday, 21 November 2007 15:58 (thirteen years ago) link

You ranked IV below I and VIII? Damn. The first one, I can maybe understand, but VIII? Ugh. Even VII doesn't always hold up as well as the SNES-era games.

I'm guessing by the poll results, most of the voters here are in their mid-20s or older (like me).

Nhex, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 19:14 (thirteen years ago) link

IV failed to grab me every time I played it. In fact, I have a mild vendetta vs. 6 and 4 for being overloved in comparison to, well, pretty much every game ever. But particularly V. That game is so overlooked!

Will M., Wednesday, 21 November 2007 20:22 (thirteen years ago) link

two years pass...

As someone who hasn't played a mainline FF since VIII and gave up, do I want to play FFX and/or X-2 for historical interest, or is it not worth it and should I skip to XII? Would you consider these games still fun and worth playing in this day and age, or are they relics by now, having relied on graphical wow of the time and cutscenes?

Since you dudes voted VI as the best you are hereby trustworthy. I don't think I've played a traditional JRPG since Tales of Symphonia. not counting RGC's Guadia Quest. (Also, I heard X-2 is actually pretty enjoyable if you can roll with the sass.) But what say you all?

Nhex, Thursday, 11 February 2010 13:51 (eleven years ago) link

me too, and it looks like FF director Nomura wants it as well

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Thursday, 18 June 2015 14:09 (six years ago) link

FFVII was also the big steal for Sony from Nintendo, and they were supremely dickish about it - I remember a TV ad claiming that the latest iteration of one of their Nintendo competitors (Dragon Quest?) would fit six times over into FFVII's opening cinematic.

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 26 June 2015 11:47 (six years ago) link

eight months pass...

ulysses, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 21:25 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

So I had intended to play through the series from the very beginning, but I have to ask: is there a point where these installments dispense with the super-fun feature of an insurmountably-insane difficulty spike late in the game that forces the player rage quit for the sake of his or her own sanity? I'm three deep and all three have wound up like this. Increasingly challenging, forcing you to develop particular skills and allocate particular resources, and then...blam, you're instadead. Oh look blam, you're instadead again. And again. And again. I just last night played through 30-45 minutes of FF 3 inside some floating tree castle thing sloughing off HP and items with no place to save my game but doin' okay because man this is a war for the soul of the earth (or whatever, I pay approximately zero attention to the stories in these things) but then I get to a boss at whom I throw literally everything I have to throw and he's like, yeah no bye. I may have flipped off my Vita. It's possible.

I generally find these old school turn-based RPGs very soothing, so the fact that I've ultimately found three early editions of this series very unsoothing does not bode well. Maybe I'll just jump on ahead to VII. I know that one soothed me out of a mess of college classes I should've attended instead of playing FFVII so it seems like a safe bet.

Ripped Taylor (Old Lunch), Friday, 24 November 2017 13:34 (three years ago) link

I think that gets better after III iirc? I don’t know why anybody would inflict the first two on themselves in this day and age tbh.

El Tomboto, Friday, 24 November 2017 13:52 (three years ago) link

With those early ones you just have to do a lot of grinding before the last bit, which isn't fun exactly but nature of the beast. I only played the remake of III for the DS and iirc it wasn't too bad. But I'm playing IV for the first time, I'm near the end and it's not too bad but there are several bosses that pull sneaky bullshit like putting a death counter on the entire party and stuff like that which means I'm barely scraping through the whole time.

ultros ultros-ghali, Friday, 24 November 2017 14:23 (three years ago) link

Oh and FFII doesn't help itself by have a teeeerrrible leveling system. I didn't enjoy that one too much.

ultros ultros-ghali, Friday, 24 November 2017 14:23 (three years ago) link

Yeah, I read something about the leveling in 2 (I assume you mean the thing where you only level up by letting yourself get beat to shit?) so it wasn't that bad since I was prepared. I just counterintuitively ran around without armor a lot of the time.

Just downloaded 4 because I'm a masochist.

Ripped Taylor (Old Lunch), Friday, 24 November 2017 15:23 (three years ago) link

With IV (even the "hard" version) the games got much much easier. I've never made it through the NES titles.

Nhex, Friday, 24 November 2017 15:33 (three years ago) link

IV has a difficulty spike when you get to a certain faraway locale.
V gets super boring in the second half. i guess that's a kind of difficulty? I tried replaying it a few years ago, and gave up during that endless forest fire segment.

Einstein, Bazinga, Sitar (abanana), Friday, 24 November 2017 22:22 (three years ago) link

I never beat it - got to the very end, found out I was a bit underleveled for the final dungeon and gave up. But someday!

Nhex, Saturday, 25 November 2017 07:13 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

this song is amazing. it's also named "Underneath the Rotting Pizza"

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 15 February 2018 04:45 (three years ago) link

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 15 February 2018 04:46 (three years ago) link

Zoso's cousin theme

Nhex, Thursday, 22 February 2018 06:25 (three years ago) link

playing the steam demo of Final Fantasy XV. it is so great!

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 00:00 (three years ago) link

so this demo for Final Fantasy XV is great. the intro area is very cool. the story is nice and understandable, it's sort of like an American road movie, at least in the intro. the music is wonderful throughout, the starting garage has this live acoustic guitar with warm Hammond organ sound that gives it a country & western (Italian western being a big US-Japan cultural influence, im watching Fist of the North Star right now and it is very much like those old Clint Eastwood movies) here we have that but with rockstar Japanese cinematic-fantasy royalty.

the battles are so fun, i love the warp ability, it is alot of fun to use. the animation all over is incredible and the character design is great. it is trying to be an HD "realistic" version of the fantasy.

luckily that has not stopped them from including magical sparks and goblins and iron giants and cactuars and chocobos only now they are rendered in HD in realtime with expensive animation and soundtrack work by people that have recently rebuffed their own studio's fantasy output through working with Disney, another studio who has long shared a love of pop fantasy. the post-battle world music makes me think of Kingdom Hearts and imo that is a very good thing.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 17:46 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

I dug out my PS1 copy of FFVIII a few months back. Having not played a final fantasy in over a decade, I had a sudden itch to dive back in and give it another go; it was the only one I played that I never managed to beat back then. And I went in with the feeling I wouldn't get very far, just couldn’t imagine having patience for endless random active time battles in this day and age. But it pulled me right back in, all the way to the awesome last dungeon and grueling final battle. I wanna replay every damn FF now!

Anyway, here are some fun write-ups on the series by Jason Schreier, with nifty world-map artwork for each entry (he's taking his time getting around to them, though - note the dates on the entries for VIII and IX!)

Duane Barry, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:54 (two years ago) link

Title of the VI review says "Simply the Best" so I already agree this dude knows what's up

Nhex, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 20:48 (two years ago) link

I played through VI again after VIII and god, it's so good

Duane Barry, Friday, 18 October 2019 10:31 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

Been playing through FFX for the first time. It's extremely stupid but the battles + leveling system are fun

trapped out the barndo (crüt), Sunday, 2 August 2020 18:03 (one year ago) link

love that big fucking grid

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Sunday, 2 August 2020 19:29 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

I've been playing through the fan translation of FF5 and uh, yeah, it can be a bit boring at times? Maybe i'm just a little tired of JRPGs after playing them a bunch this year but the battles just feel repetitive, even if you mix it up with the job system. Also the story is meh and the characters are all flat.

In contrast, iv might be a bit easy (I played the hardtype version and it was still easy!) but it has great characters, a good story, an interesting setting and an incredible soundtrack. all v has going for it is that it's challening.

josh az (2011nostalgia), Saturday, 26 December 2020 21:37 (nine months ago) link

like the boss theme in iv is just a straight adrenaline rush

josh az (2011nostalgia), Saturday, 26 December 2020 21:43 (nine months ago) link

5 has fans because some people are crazy for job systems but in general there's a reason why it was the one out of 4-6 to get passed over for global release the first time around

ciderpress, Saturday, 26 December 2020 21:58 (nine months ago) link

yeah, it's definitely not as refined as IV or VI in the storytelling/thrillpower department. it certain has its own virtues though

Nhex, Saturday, 26 December 2020 23:29 (nine months ago) link

This is another one of those ilx polls that is just “how old are you” in a different guise isn’t it

is right unfortunately (silby), Saturday, 26 December 2020 23:39 (nine months ago) link

Gilgamesh's appearances makes FFV worthwhile

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Sunday, 27 December 2020 00:00 (nine months ago) link

been playing them starting from 4 (up to 7 now) and 5 is really just miles above the rest in gameplay. job system is consistently rewarding and thorough and the game's commitment to special statuses makes it sim-like, the whole thing is just a pile of on/off switches that all interact with each other in fun ways. later FF games always treat statuses and ailments and things of that nature like superfluous genre obligations, 5 is built around them.

, Sunday, 27 December 2020 00:07 (nine months ago) link

FFV's job system is fun to play around with but the game still gets boring in the second half. I played through it twice and started getting bored in the forest fire section both times. I tried a "four job fiesta" run and it was so boring that I quit halfway through.

Fans of FFV should check out Dragon Quest V, released a few months earlier in 1992, maybe the first jrpg based around recruiting monsters i.e. the pokemon formula.

wasdnuos (abanana), Sunday, 27 December 2020 02:42 (nine months ago) link

the first megami tensei game came out in 1987! but yes DQ5 was what popularized it and led more directly to pokemon

ciderpress, Sunday, 27 December 2020 02:55 (nine months ago) link

Gilgamesh's appearances makes FFV worthwhile

― ( X '____' )/ (zappi), Saturday, December 26, 2020 4:00 PM (four hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

oh yeah the battle of the big bridge fight in FFV is obviously amazing

josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 27 December 2020 04:38 (nine months ago) link

I need to play FF6 again so I can face the final boss rush properly — The last time I was over-leveled and cheesed my way through it by equipping everyone with Flame Shields and spamming Merton. I wish they'd release it on the Switch (not the hideous-looking mobile version)

real muthaphuckkin jeez (crüt), Wednesday, 30 December 2020 17:10 (nine months ago) link

lol i forgot about "Merton"

ciderpress, Wednesday, 30 December 2020 17:17 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

Now that I think about it, FFV would simply be so much better if it was possible to dash at any time. anyways i just entered "the void" where exdeath should be chilling and any enemy i see obliterates me immediately with meteo. i appreciate a challenge, but damn, getting through this feels like trying to plow through a 1000 page novel that you're only moderately enjoying

josh az (2011nostalgia), Thursday, 4 February 2021 05:14 (eight months ago) link

PS1 and GBA versions have a run button and it stacks with the thief's ability. In PC emulators you can just fast forward.

wasdnuos (abanana), Thursday, 4 February 2021 05:22 (eight months ago) link

i still have only ever actually finished VI. lately i’ve been experimenting with believing XII is the best, but it’s kind of a spiteful opinion.

difficult listening hour, Thursday, 4 February 2021 05:23 (eight months ago) link

This is a podcast where the Final Fantasy games are explained to a non-gamer. I had forgotten how abstracted the early ones would be to a newcomer.

wasdnuos (abanana), Thursday, 4 February 2021 05:25 (eight months ago) link

Funny you mention that 2k11nostagia; pretty sure that's where I gave up on the game, if that's the final final dungeon. But I probably also did a crap build in all honesty

Nhex, Thursday, 4 February 2021 05:47 (eight months ago) link

ff12 is the best ff game of the 21st century by a significant margin

adam, Thursday, 4 February 2021 12:40 (eight months ago) link

would agree with ff12 being best this century, but ff14 is really good in terms of story & characters. would love a traditional ff game set in the ff14 world (seems like ff16 will be very similar to this so kinda hyped for it)
considering a run through the early games, never played ff2 and only a bit of ff3 on the DS before.

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Thursday, 4 February 2021 15:00 (eight months ago) link

wait, 14? The MMO?

Nhex, Thursday, 4 February 2021 15:31 (eight months ago) link

ff14 is pretty fun, i put ~30 hours into it when it relaunched and had a good time. the MMO life is not for me but if it were that's the one i'd play (after OG EQ and ultima online).

adam, Thursday, 4 February 2021 15:34 (eight months ago) link

yeh the MMO, I burnt out of the gameplay after a while but the writing is easily the best in a ff game imo

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Thursday, 4 February 2021 15:39 (eight months ago) link

you've piqued my curiosity, but for my own good I stay away from MMOs

Nhex, Thursday, 4 February 2021 16:12 (eight months ago) link

ff12 had great combat but the story, characters, and settings were almost impressively bland

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Thursday, 4 February 2021 16:15 (eight months ago) link

yeah for me 12 fandom is a giving-in to "look just give me mechanics that don't waste my time quite so aggressively and i'll stop asking to be moved." the vestiges of FFT's universe that actually remain can be fun tho if you are a huge nerd, which like, odds seem good

difficult listening hour, Thursday, 4 February 2021 16:30 (eight months ago) link

i was playing ffVII remake at my friends house before the latest lockdown started. thinking about playing ffX on PS3 with my gf and ffVI on my ipad to substitute

flopson, Thursday, 4 February 2021 20:55 (eight months ago) link

I've defeated neo-exdeath. i take back everything critical i've said about this game, it absolutely rules. love how the final battle is so intense that it feels like the game could collapse at any moment

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 8 February 2021 03:20 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

hey now

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Friday, 19 March 2021 17:57 (six months ago) link

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