Amongst followers of JRPGs, there isn’t a developer higher than that Squaresoft (later Sq. Enix.) Their success story is famous and an inspiration to many. The corporate developed many underselling titles earlier than ultimately creating the right combination of components that resulted within the sport that pulled them out of chapter, Final Fantasy.
Of your entire franchise, probably the most quantity of affection and care is spent in growing the principle sequence of video games. They’re the end result of the blood sweat and tears of a number of the best minds the corporate has pulled collectively. Though all of them are worthy of reward and respect, this record will rank them based mostly on which of them deserve your reward probably the most in addition to present a little bit of perception into every sport. A particular point out to the MMOs of Ultimate Fantasy that won’t be ranked: Final Fantasy XI (a historic MMO from the golden age of MMOs that contributed to a lot of XIV’s preliminary design) and Final Fantasy XIV (an incredible testomony to your entire sequence in MMO kind that unites Ultimate Fantasy underneath one banner).
13/13 Ultimate Fantasy II
Final Fantasy II will not be essentially the “worst” sport within the sequence, however when it comes to its legacy and affect in comparison with the remainder of the mainline video games it merely simply doesn’t stack up. Its story is unquestionably the weakest as it’s principally the primary entry the place well-defined characters had been current. And as first makes an attempt often go, it wasn’t precisely the cream of the crop.
It’s, nonetheless, necessary to notice that with out 2 there wouldn’t be a 3, a 4, a 5, and so forth. With out lows, there will be no highs. Much more necessary to notice is the truth that this sport was the birthplace of the long-lasting Chocobo (amongst different components). Even whether it is final, this reality alone elevates it leaps and bounds above different, Chocobo-less video video games.
12/13 Ultimate Fantasy I
Alongside Ultimate Fantasy II, comes Final Fantasy I. Being the progenitor entry within the sequence, it’s the very basis that your entire sequence is constructed upon. The core gameplay components, most of the authentic, extra primary monsters, the courses, and basically the overarching theme that every Ultimate Fantasy sport builds round had been conceptualized with this title.
Nonetheless, what locations it low on the record is the very same reality. All of those concepts had been rudimentary and had but to develop and evolve into all the pieces we all know and love concerning the sequence at the moment. There have been remakes and reimaginings of the ingenious gem of a sport, however because it stands, the unique stays to be simply as antiquated of an expertise as you’ll anticipate.
11/13 Ultimate Fantasy XIII
Doubtlessly a really controversial entry, Final Fantasy XIII is positioned simply above two of the founding fathers for basically the precise reverse motive. It’s a fashionable title that did many issues… curiously. For as many issues that it does properly, it does simply as many not as properly.
Whereas not universally liked, the battle system was most likely one of many extra satisfying components of the sport. When it comes to degree design, it is extremely extensively known as a “hallway” or “hallway simulator” as it’s notoriously linear to a fault. On a extra subjective observe, the characters are considerably flat when it comes to id and motivations.
10/13 Ultimate Fantasy XV
Bear in mind how Final Fantasy XIII was linear to a fault? One other polarizing entry, this sport got here throughout as the precise reverse, being seen as an open world only for the sake of it. As such, It’s colloquially seen as the sport the place “4 pals go on a highway journey.”
To its credit score, nonetheless, this will also be seen because the benefit it has over Ultimate Fantasy XIII because the forged of characters is well the sport’s robust swimsuit. They aren’t fairly extra memorable than most of the fan favorites from different video games, however whereas taking part in they make the sport simply that significantly better as you watch stated pals spend time collectively and find out about one another and their bond takes them by means of many trials and tribulations.
9/13 Ultimate Fantasy IV
With Final Fantasy IV, the sequence actually began its development right into a family title amongst followers of RPGs. The main level to look again on on this title is the depth of the story and its characters. Whereas the gameplay will not be astounding, this sport cemented the sequence as one filled with impactful concepts and moments.
Whereas considerably sappy, the grief felt by virtually each character you meet makes you are taking them severely (or maybe not, relying in your view). Apart from the widespread dungeon crawling sections, the gameplay for probably the most half acts as a conduit to guide you to the following story level, whether or not or not it’s a cinematic occasion or a problem that blocks your path. Whereas not fairly there but, that is the place the method started to be perfected and set the sequence as much as start exceeding expectations.
8/13 Ultimate Fantasy III
Final Fantasy III’s legacy is just like the opposite titles within the first 4. The primary entry laid the groundwork for the remainder of the video games and the second was an experiment on learn how to construct upon it. Whereas the fourth sport was a examine on how the story of a Ultimate Fantasy must be, Ultimate Fantasy III was a examine of how the gameplay must be. The roles, the courses, the skills, it’s all right here. What this sport lacks in its gentle story it makes up for being the one which began most likely probably the most enjoyable facet of the sequence which is gameplay selection.
How does it stand by itself, nonetheless? Decently. The unique bought properly in Japan, a telling signal that they had been heading in the right direction. The DS remake for the sport, nonetheless, up to date the basic in basically each means whereas nonetheless preserving that unforgiving NES/SNES issue that makes revisiting these previous video games a particular deal with.
7/13 Ultimate Fantasy XII
Whereas each entry is ranked, it’s at this level within the record that every entry will grow to be a clear-cut matter of “Which one in every of these nice video games is larger” as it could be straightforward to examine any of those titles claiming the primary spot for somebody totally different. Firstly, nonetheless, we’ve got Final Fantasy XII, the decidedly most underrated of this half.
The story is complicated, the characters are complicated, and the gameplay? Whereas it’s fairly easy when it comes to depth, what actually shines is how a lot is packed into this title. The period of time you possibly can spend doing aspect content material on this sport is fairly staggering. With all of the varieties of quests and objects to search out, the sport exemplifies the basic RPG spirit of getting carried away with issues aside from the principle quest completely.
6/13 Ultimate Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy VIII is a difficult beast to explain, which is among the issues that makes it nice. For higher or worse, this is among the extra creatively impressed video games with many deviations from the same old Ultimate Fantasy-esque components. The draw system, the junction system, and the best way summons work, all are components distinctive to this sport
Gameplay wasn’t the one factor that differed both as an excellent chunk of the sport is spent each watching and controlling a wholly totally different celebration of characters with totally different skills and character dynamics. It makes the story considerably complicated to comply with at occasions, however ultimately, all of it comes collectively. Is it good? Sure, very a lot so. How good precisely, is totally different for a lot of.
5/13 Ultimate Fantasy IX
The ultimate sport launched on the Ps 1, Final Fantasy IX was launched at an odd time within the yr 2000. Most notably, it was launched after the PS2 got here out, making it technically the final era from the get-go.
Nonetheless, this doesn’t matter within the grand scheme of issues as the sport itself stays beloved by those that performed it. It was a return to kind after Ultimate Fantasy VIII that was very a lot appreciated. It doesn’t rank excessive on account of its legacy, however for its capability to hit each observe proper. It has the fight folks liked from Ultimate Fantasy VII, the standard of cinematics from VIII, the fantasy influences from the sooner titles, and an entire host of deep characters with intriguing tales to inform.
4/13 Ultimate Fantasy V
Final Fantasy V is actually the end result of all the pieces that Squaresoft realized from the earlier 4 video games. They mixed the storytelling strategies from Ultimate Fantasy IV, though with a way more humorous strategy this time, with the profitable gameplay additions from III, and increase. An ideal storm of Ultimate Fantasy components that continues to be one of the vital replayable entries to this point.
The story boiled down is comparatively easy, 4, characters embark on a wierd journey guided by the crystals to defeat the evil warlock Exdeath. The magic comes within the shenanigans that ensue alongside the best way. Higher but, is how properly the job system has been refined since its implementation, supplying you with limitless selection for play.
3/13 Ultimate Fantasy X
When it comes to storytelling, Final Fantasy X has most likely the perfect outward attraction of any Ultimate Fantasy sport on paper. Whereas the world of Spira remains to be one in every of fantasy and know-how, the forged of important characters is so down-to-earth and relatable in the true world that it’s unimaginable for most individuals to not get sucked in.
Despite the fact that the weather of each gameplay and narrative aren’t all excellent of their execution, all of it works out to be a web optimistic. If it has any benefit over the opposite prime three video games it could be its dedication to offering the participant with quite a few hours of enjoyment, whether or not it’s by means of the enjoyable mini-games, the environment of the cinematics, or the distinctiveness of its soundtrack.
2/13 Ultimate Fantasy VI
Most individuals would take into account Final Fantasy VI to be the Ultimate Fantasy magnum opus and for good motive. Every time the query, “Can video video games be artwork?” is requested, that is often one of many examples folks would convey up. Should you would take into account Ultimate Fantasy V as a triumph in gameplay then VI could be the sequence’ triumph in storytelling. It’s that good.
With deep characters with complicated motivations in addition to steller artwork and music course, most flaws will be forgiven because the positives greater than make-up for them. The gameplay doesn’t lag behind both as it’s the final mainline sport on the NES and SNES earlier than the corporate’s foray into the trendy era of sport consoles, the builders had been at their peak and delivered the perfect expertise doable for video games of that point interval.
1/13 Ultimate Fantasy VII
The lasting affect that Final Fantasy VII had on the sequence is immeasurable. The unique sport has probably the most variety of gross sales, it has probably the most variety of sequels, prequels, aspect video games, in addition to even a film and it has introduced in probably the most variety of gamers into the Ultimate Fantasy sequence as an entire. You might debate that it may not be the “finest” Ultimate Fantasy sport nevertheless it got here on the excellent time and on the excellent level within the sequence to grow to be Squaresoft’s fortunate quantity seven.
It’s a rollercoaster of feelings instructed over three discs on the Ps 1 and options a number of the most iconic scenes, characters, and monsters from the overarching franchise. It has aged fairly properly and performs simply as properly at the moment because it did again then. It stands because the energetic time battle’s purest kind and the materia system offers an satisfying quantity of customization for the characters.