Originally Posted by james_ant
FF3 and FF6 are the same game.
No they're not. Nintendo messed it up and when Final Fantasy VI was released, they named it Final Fantasy III in America, but most people, when referring to Final Fantasy III, refer to the real (original) one. Some U.S. fans call it Final Fantasy III, but it's really Final Fantasy VI, and most people call it what it should be. Final Fantasy III is a different game.
The same thing happened with Final Fantasy II and Final Fantasy VI.
The first Final Fantasy game was released, but Final Fantasy II/III never made it to the U.S. originally, so when Final Fantasy IV was made and was going to come over, Nintendo decided to name it Final Fantasy II. Final Fantasy V then came out in Japan, but not in the U.S. Final Fantasy IV then came out in Japan, and also came to the U.S., and again Nintendo named it Final Fantasy III.
Okay, that being said...
Final Fantasy I, II, and III can probably be skipped. Character and story-wise, they're not as good as what came after, but I'd say try them if you want.
Do not skip Final Fantasy VI, V, and VI with the "Final Fantasy VII and up" mentality. Those are some of the better ones story and character-wise.
If anything, it'd be ironic skipping them on the basis of nostalgia, as thae same applies to Final Fantasy VII. I know I'm going to get everyone hating me for this, but while it was a grand part of the scene at the time, alot of what was special about Final Fantasy VII was what it did, not what it was. That's not to say it was or is bad, but the whole nostalgia thing applies to it too, so you can't say skip the earlier ones with that reason and play this one as it applies here too. It wasn't the perfect and greatest game ever. It was more what it did than what it was. It was the first with 3-D and FMVs, etc., etc, but quite frankly, it does not
have the best characters or storyline or music or best everything. I can name three Final Fantasy games that beat it in both character and storyline categories. That being said, I'm not advising you to skip Final Fantasy VII either, because it is a good game, but it'd be ironic to skip the previous with that intent when it applies to Final Fantasy VII as well. Just saying.
My favorite, well, I'll give you a guess...
I say definitely play Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy VI at least, unless the older style SNES RPGs aren't your thing, then go ahead and skip them, but they have excellent characters and stories, so you'll be missing out on alot. Final Fantasy V was a bit underrated. It had more of a light and aloof and kiddy style feel/story, but had the job class, and was a great game.
Final Fantasy VII shouldn't be skipped, but it's not the best thing ever. While it was a landmark for the time, it's not like it outdoes every other Final Fantasy game in every other category like some would have you believe.
Final Fantasy VIII is an odd one. It had a very different style with it's junction system and all, and it put alot of people off. The story is a bit wacky too, but it's different and a bit less cliche. I loved it, but be aware it is alot more technical and "tricky" than the standard fare.
Final Fantasy IX is underrated beautiful perfection. Top notch characters/character interaction (perhaps the best), and the music and world are just lovely. It might not be the best storyline ever, and some parts are odd, but it's definitely going to make you feel for it. Like Final Fantasy V, it was a bit light and cute in style/theme (maybe why both are overlooked?), but the story and world and characters had more grab and depth and feel. One thing I love about this one is, unlike Final Fantasy VII and VIII before it, and Final Fantasy X after it, each character is unique. In most other modern Final Fantasy games, the ONLY
thing separating characters is looks and maybe their special move. Otherwise, they're all the same blank slates, so you just end up using three, molding them as you will, and the rest are useless, but in Final Fantasy IX, they each have pre-defined categories, skills, etc., etc., and it makes them feel like different unique, separate characters with depth. Something most people don't mention but makes a big difference. Characters/character interaction is, in my opinion, at it's best in this title, no question, and that's just the start. Anyway, I won't rant on about this one or I'll never stop, but it's my favorite by far.
Final Fantasy X is different but a great game. It'll feel somewhat modern unlike the previous ones while still being good. Afterwards though, it pretty much went downhill.
So I say, instead of Final Fantasy VIII and up, rather Final Fantasy X and below (with the first three given less priority). The good thing is, you can do them in any order.
Final Fantasy I/II/III are NES games
Final Fantasy VI/V/VI are SNES games (and re-released on the Playstation and many other)
Final Fantasy VII/VIII/IX are Playstation games
Final Fantasy X is a Playstation 2 game