Fans prefer a Yuna apologizing for every single move she makes--makes her more appealing, apparently.
5. FFII - I just like the whole dark theme of the game...and the main theme.
4. FFVII - Because of Cloud's deadly hair.
3. FFIV - Because it's been re-released for like 468 times and you got to love it if they do that. XD
2. FFV - because the game play is awesome and it's funny.
1. FFVI - Because it's the first and the fastest FF game that I finished(6 months lol), and because I hated the villain and loved the protagonists and loved the steampunk setting which I hated before I played this game. And also because of Magitek Armors, that creepy sex scene, and Kefka's awesome quotes.
I'm trying to write this list but it's hard. I'll get back to you guys soon when I have a semi description of each one also.
5) Final Fantasy XIII was my favorite movie. I liked the interactive scenes that you sometimes got. My second and third favorite movies are Xenosaga and MGS4.
4) Final Fantasy II. The controversial one. They changed everything up. Leveling up went from the typical "Wander cave. Fight monsters in cave. Level up." To "Corner unsuspecting party members in dark alley. Beat party members within inch of their life. Heal party members. Repeat." The world map was totally free-roaming (If you took three steps to the left and they didn't want you to, they'd just pitch you up against a monster who will happily one-shot you and send you on your way back to the last save point.) But despite all these things, which some might call 'flaws,' the game feels totally unique. No samey feel you get from most RPGs. No glaring character flaws, and a legitimately good storyline that was told quite well.
3) Final Fantasy IV. This one. The classic-est. The classiest. The angstiest (Seriously, you Squall and Cloud fans ain't got shit on Cecil and Kain. Oh and Gilbert.) When you think of an "RPG" this is probably it. At least for me. You've got swords, magic, character development out the butt, the struggle of light vs darkness, familial relations, all the good stuff.
2) Final Fantasy X. Pretty much the first FF game where I couldn't sum up all the characters in one word if I really tried. Instead it takes me 2 or 3 words. That said, XII and XIII continued with this sort of depth, but FFX sticks out the most to me.
1) Final Fantasy VI. Aside from being pretty much the longest sprite-based FF game, it has a cast of characters that can appeal to anyone (as well as having my favorite FF character of all time, Setzer.) It was by a large margin the most developed sprite-based game as well, and because of that, it really is timeless. Unlike the dated graphics of FFVII or FFI to III, you don't feel old playing it, because they really pushed 16-bit as far as it could go.
0) FFF Mystic Quest (The third F stands for 'Fucking_Awesome.') Wanna play a game that literally makes fun of itself, as well as all RPGs past and future? A game where all the characters are only fantasy stereotypes because they're batshit insane? What about a game with the best music of all time? If you appreciate irony and can play a game that will jerk around with your head, making you ask the question "Wait, what the fuck? Why?" to which the main character will seriously turn to you the player and shrug (I seriously love it when this happens) then I highly recommend it. Ironic humor at its best.
(I list MQ as 0 because the rules state only numbered FFs count, so it gets an honorable mention.)
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#5) Final Fantasy IV
Great story and music, the characters were quite likeable, and they had personalities to boot. It was definitely a shame if you missed this at all, whether you like it or not.
#4) Final Fantasy V
I list this one because it takes the "world is going to be destroyed" motif and almost makes it into a comedy act. Quite amusing, and the job system on top of that makes it even better. Not to mention BLUE MAGES.
#3) Final Fantasy X
Voices, for the first time in FF history... Quite impressive. I still play this a lot, even now. There's tons of ways to play it, though I would probably enjoy it more with the international version where you can start at the center of the grid.
#2) Final Fantasy IX
Taking the FF series back to its roots after the futuristic sides in FFVII and VIII proved themselves rather popular for the most part. I enjoyed finding as many references as I could going through the game. The shift back to set job classes was also a neat touch.
#1) Final Fantasy XI
Half of you will tell me, "that MMO shouldn't count as a numbered FF", and I've addressed that argument in a thread made just for that discussion. I sank 7 years into this game, and I enjoyed every minute of it. The stories were great, quests were plentiful (if a bit difficult), and there were many friends to be made. Sure, there are things I'd change, but the experience overall was outstanding.
#0) Final Fantasy Tactics
TBS (Turn based strategy) is definitely my kind of thing, and this one definitely ranks up in my top 3 if not for the numbered FF limitation. Games like this and Fire Emblem give me a chance to try and come up with new strategies and tactics (see what I did there). War of the Lions took it a step further and lets me play against human players, which makes it even more enjoyable.
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