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9 best Final Fantasy games ranked: From FFXIV to FFVII

As Final Fantasy XI approaches its twentieth anniversary, we take a look back at the 9 best Final Fantasy games in the series.

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As Final Fantasy XI approaches its twentieth anniversary, we take a look back at the nine best FF games in the series.

FFVI is special because it was the first game in the series to abandon the vibrant world of traditional fantasy, instead opting for a gritty steampunk-themed sci-fi adventure.

It was also the first game to feature a female protagonist in Terra, whose battle against the manic clown villain Kefka is still among Final Fantasy’s best.

Final Fantasy X HD

9 best Final Fantasy games ranked: From FFXIV to FFVIIFinal Fantasy X was a real step-up for the series as it arrived on PS2.

Final Fantasy made the jump to PS2 with FFX and had never looked so good. While the game had some, shall we say; laughable moments, it was still a solid and memorable Final Fantasy adventure – it was also the first to feature proper voice acting (although, this wasn’t always a good thing.)

The game contained some stunning vistas, giving the player the freedom to explore a series of tropical islands at their leisure. However, this picturesque beauty was often undercut by the constant threat of death, should ‘Sin,’ a colossal monster, swim too close to the island.

FFX was also a love story, one that saw the time-traveling Tidus fight to save heroine Yuna from sacrificing herself to rid the world of Sin. The player also had to unravel the mystery of Sin’s nature and origin, as well as what had caused Tidus to be plucked from his own time.

The game’s twist ending provides one of the biggest gut punches in the entire series. So much so, that FFX spawned a sequel just to deal with the fallout caused by it. Both games have since been remastered and ported to PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Final Fantasy 14 gameplay FFXIV is immensely popular in 2022.

While original players of FFXIV will remember it got off to a shaky start, the game in its current form is an absolute triumph. FFXIV proved that MMOs could be successful on consoles, and today, FFXIV is one of the most celebrated online RPGs available.

It’s also going from strength to strength, as its community grows, and more expansions arrive. FFXIV takes the best elements of the series and throws them into a digital playground for players to share. We honestly can’t wait to see where it goes next.

Final Fantasy IX Remastered

9 best Final Fantasy games ranked: From FFXIV to FFVIIFFIX remastered modernizes a classic.

FFIX was the culmination of everything that made the PS1 era Final Fantasy so iconic. It drew from the best parts of FFVII and FFVIII, telling a more light-hearted story with an adorable cast of characters and art style.

The tried and tested good overcoming evil in a magical fantasy world story felt like a return to Final Fantasy’s pre-PlayStation roots – and the time was right. FFVIII’s coming of age story hadn’t appealed to everyone, and FFIX gave us Moogles, Chocobos, and crystals aplenty.

It’s HD remaster on modern platforms should be experienced by every Final Fantasy fan, from any era.

Final Fantasy VII Remastered

9 best Final Fantasy games ranked: From FFXIV to FFVIIWhile a full remake exists, the original FFVII has been given new life on PS4.

To be clear, we’re talking about the 2018/2019 HD remaster of the original Final Fantasy VII, not the remake on PS4 from 2020. We love the remake of Final Fantasy VII, but seeing the original ported to modern platforms not only tickled our nostalgia, it also breathed new life into this absolute legend of gaming.

Cloud Strife’s battle against Shinra, while trying to piece together his own past, is one of the greatest stories ever told in interactive form. FFVII proved that gaming could be an effective medium to tell a compelling story, and since then, other developers have also taken this baton and ran with it.


So there you have it, the nine best Final Fantasy games to celebrate the anniversary of Final Fantasy XI.

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