Final Fantasy series

Group Description

This group includes the main (numbered) Final Fantasy games. One of the most popular Japanese-style role-playing series, and the most popular one outside of its homeland, Final Fantasy still holds the record for most numbered games.

Created by Hironobu Sakaguchi and developed by Square, the series started its existence in 1987 with the first Final Fantasy. The word final in the title implied Sakaguchi's intention to leave the game industry. The game, however, gained such widespread recognition that Sakaguchi changed his mind. Subsequent installments only increased the series' popularity.

Setting and Themes

With a few exceptions, these games are completely unrelated to each other by plot, and may have diverse settings, ranging from traditional medieval fantasy to sci-fi; often various setting styles are combined in the same game. The storylines usually involve confrontations on an epic scale with an abundance of supernatural elements. The series has gradually become notable for fairly complex plots full of dramatic occurrences, and cinematic treatment of cutscenes.

Recurrent elements in setting and storylines usually include minor characters. Traditionally, a character named Cid appears and plays a more or less significant role in every Final Fantasy game. Recurrent races of creatures include the yellow ostrich-like chocobos (often used for gameplay purposes, e.g. riding, breeding, etc.), timid pink creatures called moogles, and others. An airship is a recurrent device used in most Final Fantasy games; in many of them, the player is able to physically navigate it.

Gameplay

Individual installments in the series usually vary significantly in gameplay. Already the first three Final Fantasy games had differences in character management and customization - character classes chosen by the player before the beginning of the game in the first; free-form gradual customization achieved by training in the second; a job system with a variety of classes and abilities in the third. Each of the subsequent games also had a different system, though the basic Japanese-style mechanics with party management and random, predominantly turn-based battles occurring on separate screens have persisted until the twelfth game opted for merging exploration and combat, similarly to Western RPGs.

One of the trademark gameplay elements of the series was the so-called ATB (active-time battle) combat system. First introduced in the fourth game, it added a real-time element to the turn-based battles: the player had to think and act quickly when choosing an action from a menu, since the enemies would act in the meantime and attack without waiting for the turn of the player-controlled party.

Other recurrent gameplay elements include traditional White (healing), Black (offensive), Red (combination of the above), Blue (learned from enemies), and Green (supportive and status-altering) magic, character class traits (ninja, monk, dragoon, etc.) in many of the installments, and the ability to summon and/or customize powerful creatures who would aid the combatants.

Trivia

During the 16-bit console era, the numbering of the games in the series was different in Western countries. Since the second and the third games in the series were not released in the West, the fourth game was called Final Fantasy II there; furthermore, the sixth game was called Final Fantasy III, since the fifth installment also failed to reach the Western countries. This confusion was rectified with subsequent re-releases and remakes of many of these games.
Viewing Page 1 of 3 (items 1-25 of 66) Next
Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Final Fantasy1987BREW, J2ME, MSX, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNamco Networks America Inc.3.73
Final Fantasy II1988NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii USquare Co., Ltd.3.38
Final Fantasy III1990NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii USquare Co., Ltd.3.82
Final Fantasy II1991Game Boy Advance, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SNES, Wii, Wii U, WonderSwan ColorNintendo of America Inc.3.73
Final Fantasy V1992PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SNES, Wii, Wii USony Computer Entertainment America LLC3.98
Final Fantasy I•II1994NESSquare Co., Ltd.4.36
Final Fantasy III1994Android, Fire OS, Game Boy Advance, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SNES, Wii, Wii U, WindowsNintendo of America Inc.4.02
Final Fantasy VII International1997PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd....
Final Fantasy VII1997Android, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsEidos Interactive, Inc.4.06
Final Fantasy Collection1999PlayStationSquare Co., Ltd.4.13
Final Fantasy: Anthology1999PlayStationSquare Electronic Arts L.L.C.4.02
Final Fantasy VIII1999PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsSquare Electronic Arts L.L.C.4.01
Final Fantasy2000PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WonderSwan ColorBandai Co., Ltd.3.94
Final Fantasy IX2000Android, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsSquare Electronic Arts L.L.C.4.21
Final Fantasy II2001PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WonderSwan ColorSquare Co., Ltd.3.00
Final Fantasy X2001PlayStation 2Square Electronic Arts L.L.C.3.78
Final Fantasy Chronicles2001PlayStationSquare Electronic Arts L.L.C.3.84
Final Fantasy X2002PlayStation 2, PS Vitaak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.51
Final Fantasy XI Online2003PlayStation 2, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America LLC...
Final Fantasy Origins2002PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPSquare Enix U.S.A., Inc.3.86
Final Fantasy: Anthology - European Edition2002PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd.4.00
Final Fantasy XI Online2002PlayStation 2, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment Inc.3.00
Final Fantasy X-22003PlayStation 2Square Enix U.S.A., Inc.3.07
Final Fantasy XI Online: Rise of the Zilart2003PlayStation 2, WindowsSquare Enix Co., Ltd.3.33
Final Fantasy X-2: International + Last Mission2004PlayStation 2, PS VitaSony Computer Entertainment Asia3.42
Goto Page: 1 | 2 | 3

Selected Covers

Final Fantasy Origins PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Final Fantasy Origins
Final Fantasy VII PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy NES Front Cover
Front cover for Final Fantasy

Selected Screenshots

Final Fantasy: title
Screenshot from Final Fantasy Origins
Title
Screenshot from Final Fantasy VII
Intro
Screenshot from Final Fantasy
Title screen
Screenshot from Final Fantasy II
Japanese title screen
Screenshot from Final Fantasy III
Game group created by Unicorn Lynx (174029), additional games added to group by Fred VT (25803), Caelestis (4028), yenruoj_tsegnol_eht (!!ihsoy) (2458), provisional_account (168), is_that_rain_or_tears (631), Sciere (393257), Roedie (5204), JudgeDeadd (15863), Parf (7306) and Stratege (15287)