1 - Final Fantasy 5: The best version of the “classic” Final Fantasy (high fantasy setting, elemental crystals, etc.). The job system that 3 invented is perfected here in my opinion. The protagonists are very like-able (<3 Farris!) and the villains are both fun (Gilgamesh) and deadly (X-Death). Exploring the two whole planets in the game made it feel huge and really epic in scale. The dungeons and bosses are some of the most difficult in the series, but not in a cheap way. Similar to Demon’s Souls the difficulty was one in which if the player thought about the challenges in front of them and used the game’s systems to their advantage they would be able to best even the most difficult of the game’s challenges and feel a real sense of accomplishment in that victory. In terms of nostalgia this was my first Japanese import that I played in Japanese.
2 - Final Fantasy 6: The game is flawed with bugs (magic evasion not working, psycho Cyan, etc), but even with those bugs the game just amazes me every time I play it. Best cast of characters in a Final Fantasy. Some really fun sections of split parties (Phoenix Cave) and interesting overworld areas (the Veldt) and dungeons (Phantom Train). The magicite system is really fun both in a casual way and in the way it can lend itself to more interesting ways of playing through the game (running away from all but boss battles so as to wait for the best magicite to power up your characters is a very fun way to play the game). When this game came out I was in 8th grade and my friends and I would spend entire recesses and lunches making up graph paper charts of colosseum items and sharing where we found Gogo and other secrets; it was a big deal!
3 - Final Fantasy 12: I am a sucker for Yasumi Matsuno. I love all of his games; if I could nominate spinoff games I would say Final Fantasy Tactics is the best Final Fantasy anything. Ever. This game, though not completed by Matsuno-san, bears his mark in a lot of ways. Though it divided fans of the series, I found the combat system to be very fun and the gambit system the best form of party AI I have ever encountered in a RPG. The game to me was similar to FF9 in that, although it broke with a lot of tradition, it felt more like the SNES and NES Final Fantasy games then 7, 8, 10 and 13. I believe that if Matsuno wasn’t taken off the project/got sick/whatever really happened, it would have been the best Final Fantasy.
Hey Tumblrites! (is that a term yet? it should be)
Since my FF3 iOS review got passed around quite a bit, I figured this would be a good place to poke my nose in. I’m working on a feature right now, and I’m doing a bit of an informal survey in the process.
So here’s what I want to ask: What are your 3 favorite numbered Final Fantasy games, and what are your 3 least favorite Final Fantasy games, and why? (Please, no spinoffs or X-2s or anything like that - just straight numbered series!)