Celebrating its 25th anniversary later this year, the Final Fantasy series is one of the few gaming franchises to survive multiple console generations and gaming innovations. For the most part, the Final Fantasy series has usually embraced new technologies whilst still maintaining its high production values. At its core though, the series survives because of its fervent fan base. Most, if not all of the fans will have their most favourite and least favourite entries.
This list was made looking primarily at story and gameplay comparisons, story being especially important in the series nowadays and the driving force behind our favourite memories. The list will also look at some technical issues where appropriate. For newcomers, I’d personally recommend the top 5 to anyone, and any of the top 5 could possibly turn out to become your favourite but be careful as there will be SPOILERS in this list, so you might just want to check the numbering.
We’ll be covering a lot of entries in the series here, so let’s start off (again, fair warning to all, there will be SPOILERS):
22. Final Fantasy XIV
If there ever was a train-wreck in the Final Fantasy series, it was FFXIV. Released way too early, it was a buggy mess with plenty of technical issues. Created as an MMORPG to succeed FFXI, FFXIV failed massively to deliver.
I still remember when this game was first announced at E3 some years ago, everyone was ecstatic to see another new Final Fantasy game, until the word Online came up on the trailer and everyone realised it was going to be an MMORPG. I personally wished that Square Enix used a different moniker/title for the MMO’s, something as simple as Final Fantasy Online, and start a new numbered series from there or something. Alas, it is what it is now.
It should be noted that since that disastrous start, FFXIV has been undergoing improvements under a new team direction and will be getting a second release as version 2.0 sometime in the future. Whilst it would be unfair to condemn any future version of the game simply because of the initial release, for now, FFXIV deservedly reserves the last spot in this list.
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