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If you need decent graphics 7 is the best ever!! If you can handle early 90's 16bit console graphics 2 and 3 own!!
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FFX and FFXIII are my favourites.
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Play 2 through 10.

Leave the rest.
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The best game Square ever did was Chrono Trigger. Everything after that played like you were reading a comic book that was drawn by an ultrapretentious art school committee with internal communication problems. And pacing issues. And uncanny valley issues.
    
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Chrono Trigger was great, but Xenogears is the best game they ever made.
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If you're going to play any of these, track down the REAL system the games were meant to be played on, emulation will NOT do them justice.

Avoid the PC versions of 7/8, the soundtracks were converted to Midi format which essentially sounds like it's coming from an 8-bit NES.

Have played/beat and recommend

7 - PS1
8 - PS1
9 - PS1
10 - PS2


Have played but didn't like

10-2 - PS2 - It's the lesbian/estrogen version of FF10. I said that for humor, but it just felt bland and much too girlish.

12 - PS 2 - Square's attempt at the single-player MMO style. I think I might of liked it if I had more time with it, only had 2 hours.

13 - PS3/360 - Took me a long time to get over the denial and admit to myself the combat system is utter garbage and I can't stand it.


Haven't played

Tactics - I hated it when I tried it, but I was 14 or something back then, so I'd probably like it now.
11 - PS2/PC - It's an online MMO
14 - PS3/PC - The online MMO that failed according to Square and most fans. I tried the alpha, it ran at 8 frames, couldn't play it. Settings weren't changeable.

Other games to consider

Chrono Cross - PS1
Legend of Dragoon - PS1

Lost Odyssey on the 360 - Made by Mistwalker studios, half that studio is original Square staff, including the creator of FF. Eventually they got Nobou Uematsu to leave Square and join their studio, he did the soundtracks for 7/8/9. Also, it's to me the best JRPG since FF 10. I hadn't played a JRPG in many years as FF10 was my last, except for my 2 hours with FF12 and it felt weird to play Lost Odyssey but after 40 minutes I fell in love as I started to remember what a JRPG felt like. It's very traditional and fun to play, features a great story too. The combat system is very traditional and not complex, but it's not simple to the point it's silly either. Essentially, if you want a new FF that feels like the old ones, Lost Odyssey is exactly what you're looking for. It just won't have pre-rendered backgrounds like 7/8/9, but you gain the benefit of modern tech such as HD resolutions, 5.1 Digital audio. I enjoyed that game so much I have an 1100/1100 achievement score in it. And one of those achievements took me an extra 98 hours to obtain. The DLC was absurdly hard and I enjoyed it.


In summation, it's an extremely rare jewel as in this current generation the 6-8 JRPG's that are out aren't worth playing, except for a few, but this game is fantastic because it's fantastic, it's not fantastic because it exists in an era of bad JRPG's.

I feel I should elaborate more.

I mentioned LO as it's essentially the current generations answer to FF seeing as how it plays and who it's made by. In this generation, sadly, the JRPG is an almost dead genre as it's loosing to the flavor-of-the-month call of duty/shooter games and western RPG's. Another aspect to consider is that developers said they don't want to keep making new versions of old JRPG's, That's why FF has gone through the changes it has as technology advances so do games. Gamers who fell in love with the old pre rendered background JRPG's still want to see those while developers simply don't want to make them anymore, or actually they didn't want to make them back then but technology forced them to. You also have to realize just like with movies, developers/studios are only going to make what will earn them money.

Don't get me wrong, I miss the days of the PS1 being fantastic and there were more JRPG's than you could possibly play. But the genre is almost dead, I hate to admit it.
Edited by Ascii Aficionado - 4/12/11 at 7:39am
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I think Ill just start by completing VII and then trying the next games in the main line untill I reach a point where I loose interrest, as it seems theres a lot of mixed opinions on FFX-2 and up. And then after that I might look at I-VI and some of those other series.
But so far I like it. Not sure if I love it yet though.
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Final Fantasy 1-10 .. forget about 10-2 and 13 they were just horrid.
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You will find mixed opinions about all FF games. I know tons of people who hate VII with a passion for instance.

My main comment about the series is that it has declined in quality greatly since X (which seems to be getting rave reviews in this topic... not sure why though, it was great but was just as lacking as every other title since after PS1, no world map, very linear play until the end etc.). And even before that fact, the JRPG genre has limited life for any single person unless you become a diehard fan of the genre. When you first get into JRPG, it feels amazing, every game you play is awesome and you can't wait for the next. But after a certain amount of years and games, it becomes boring as the gameplay in most JRPGs is almost exactly the same. The key point is that most other games now incorporate big stories into them. The main selling point of JRPGs in the past was that they had such deep detailed stories, and now that is not reserved solely to them. So that leaves you dealing with the gameplay not changing much. Unless they make just the right epic story, JRPGs really are bland now.

That's why all new FF games will not age well compared to the older ones which did get the stories right, and why the genre has been proclaimed 'dead'.

Also... sorry for going kinda off-topic
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Originally Posted by Takayanagi-Phoenix View Post
You will find mixed opinions about all FF games. I know tons of people who hate VII with a passion for instance.

My main comment about the series is that it has declined in quality greatly since X (which seems to be getting rave reviews in this topic... not sure why though, it was great but was just as lacking as every other title since after PS1, no world map, very linear play until the end etc.). And even before that fact, the JRPG genre has limited life for any single person unless you become a diehard fan of the genre. When you first get into JRPG, it feels amazing, every game you play is awesome and you can't wait for the next. But after a certain amount of years and games, it becomes boring as the gameplay in most JRPGs is almost exactly the same. The key point is that most other games now incorporate big stories into them. The main selling point of JRPGs in the past was that they had such deep detailed stories, and now that is not reserved solely to them. So that leaves you dealing with the gameplay not changing much. Unless they make just the right epic story, JRPGs really are bland now.

That's why all new FF games will not age well compared to the older ones which did get the stories right, and why the genre has been proclaimed 'dead'.

Also... sorry for going kinda off-topic
Problem with Final Fantasy is Square Enix ... the games used to be amazing story wise when they were under the squaresoft brand .. This is noticeable from X-2 through FFXIV the game series has gone down to just steaming pile of heap. Any of the games from the series starting from FFX down to FFI is great, but then you get a whole new team who then thinks MMO is the next best thing and brings the franchise to that market and bombs. Then continue to bomb every title like 12 and 13 (yes 13 was pretty but face it storyline wise was just horrid). I dont think you want to get me started on FFXIV because that just feels like playing a game thats still in alpha stages, hell Square Enix knows this and has yet to ask any of the subscribers to even start paying a sub fee.
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