I've Never Played a Final Fantasy... Shall We Give It a Go?

Kanbu33 from TGH writes:
"I'd be lying through my teeth if I were to say I'm entering this series with no prejudice whatsoever; turn based combat has always been a bit an anomaly to me, the gentleman's way to fight I suppose, but it doesn't change the fact that within five minutes of starting the game, combat felt about as fun as the pause menu. The story was holding up, to a degree; I, that's is Cloud, had linked up with some terrorists to destroy a reactor and damage the stature of an evil multinational conglomerate, in..."

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GWAVE3282d ago

IMO, play FF4, FF6, FF8, or FF12. Those games tend to have a very fair popular opinion of them (as in, they're not extremely overhyped).

Whereas, if you start with the "fan favorites" (FF7 or FF10), you might be turned off to the series.

Cold 20003282d ago

I kind of disagree, the only thing "final fantasy" about FF12 is the name. FF12 is a fake and the worst final fantasy in the serie.

IMO he should actually start off with FF10 because its a real FF and kind of suits everyone story wise. And since he hasnt ever played a FF better start off with one that has ok graphics in today's standards, so FF10 IMO.

Foliage3282d ago (Edited 3282d ago )

Balthier and Fran were great characters. The problem was the lead character sucked.

Imagine if FF12 was designed to have Balthier as the main character with Fran as the sidekick, you are given an airship immediately, and you discover unique characters from around the map. That would have been great. The best parts of FF were character development, which is something they have been lacking for quite some time. FF13 looks to get things back on track, but the characters aren't diverse enough yet. If you are going to change things up, go as far as FF Versus is, otherwise keep it FF-like. Nut up or shut up.

presto7173282d ago

Final fantasy x was my favorite. Followed by FFXII.

Its all a matter of opinion buddy...

Serial_EDX3282d ago

I will always prefer FF7, over any of the others, and it wasn't even my first, 8 was, and I truly hated 9.

Personally, the story was just great in 7, not to mention it was the only game with a good magic/weapon system. I mean really, All the others have been learn the magic, draw the magic, but not able to combine it with weapon attacks. Which to me open up even more possibilities.

So truly for me I would say start with either 7,8 or maybe 10, but only if you like hardcore depressive stories for 10.

Mike134nl3282d ago

Final Fantasy 7 is the only one I played till the end. Also played 9,10 and 12. Maybe I should also take a look at ff 4 and 6.

George Sears3282d ago

Yeah I agree. The only thing FF in FFXII is the name really. The story was awful, the battle system was easy as hell (just play against noob monsters and you'll lvl up in no time) main character was, well, there wasn't even one in specific. Not to mention that they were all uninteresting people with stupid backgrounds.

The best and last for now FF game (without including spin offs like Crisis Core which I may say was pretty good) has been X but I'll say my overall favorite was FFVI. I really hope FFXIII can redeem the franchise because I really care for this series.

MEsoJD3282d ago



FFX (I think this is the best one to start someone to.)

are the best in my opinion.

I hated the art of FF9
FFXII was a piece of shįt .

leyego3282d ago (Edited 3282d ago )


thats the order id rank them personal.
for a newbie to the FF series. start with 6, then play 9, then 10.

if u didn't like FF12 then good for u, no one cares.

Bodyboarder_VGamer3282d ago

Seriously, you should work work Square! lol

I still don't understand what was the purpose of Vaan and Penelo in that game... Anybody care to explain? o_0

SupaPlaya3282d ago (Edited 3282d ago )

for the characters, and how each character's story related to the game's main story.

Kefka is still my favorite villain in the whole series. His 8 bit laugh reminds me of the Joker in the Dark Knight (or is the the other way around)?

Oh and did I mention the Opera scene? Cain's struggle with his family tragedy? Terra's and Cele's past?

Cenobia3282d ago

I purchased FF7 on PSN and I really can't get into it. Maybe its because I already know what's going to happen to one of the characters, but I don't really think it's written very well so far. I could care less about any of the characters, including Cloud.

It might be because I'm not that deep into the game though. I have like 2 moves for each character (just cloud and aeris atm) and it's pretty boring because of that.

I guess I've never been a big fan of classic JRPGs. The only one I ever liked was Chrono Trigger, and I only played it recently and never finished it.

FinalFantasyFanatic3282d ago (Edited 3282d ago )

But FF12 really was the worst (the plot/characters were executed badly). I even rate X-2 above 12, but my I have the following preferences for the games (only listing what I've played so fare): 7, X, 8, 9, X-2, 12. But to each his own I guess.

EDIT: I really should play 6 when I get enough time to play it.

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poopface13282d ago (Edited 3282d ago )

I like action rpgs only but I loved FF7 when I was younger. I also had 8 and 10 but never finished. I really hated the voices in 10. Tidus was lame.

Ive always liked RPGs like DEUS Ex because its a FPS and awesome.

Tex1173282d ago

The apex of FF was actually hit on the SNES with Final Fantasy VI.

I like FFXII way more than FFX.

FFXII is def. a final fantasy game if you have played most of the ones released in the US. If you only played X then you are right, it was a great departure from that.

For me, FFX was the most irritating of the series. Not wonderful voice acting, the combat was far and away the less imaginative of the series. Story wasn't bad though, but no FF's are.

1) FFVI (far and away the best, seriously)
5) FFX

FiftyFourPointTwo3282d ago

Agreed. FFVI is the best imho. But I dont agree with what you said about FFX.

Shang-Long3282d ago

FF8 is im favorite but i cant say i wouldn't like 6 or don't like it cuz i never played it

FiftyFourPointTwo3282d ago


Play it. Trust me, if there is one FF that deserves a console remake, its FFVI. It's that good. No offense to FFVII fans. :)

bitboi3282d ago

I'm really waiting for the ffVI remake on my ds! Come on square enix, make it happen!
And i agree with ya, the apex was hit with FFVI on the snes...god i loved that game

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toaster3282d ago

I'm still playing FFIII for my DS.

Bodyboarder_VGamer3282d ago (Edited 3282d ago )

The best FF games game are ones on the PSX(VII, VIII, IX) and Snes(IV, VI).

FFX it's good for n00bs because it it easy, it has good characters, story and battle system but it doesn't show what a real FF game is.

FFXII was too far from its roots but still good.

FFI, FFII, FFIII and FF V are too boring and even more for beginners.


Sorry, I don't know how my comment ended up here...

Leminnes3282d ago

Final Fantasy VI is the best, no question. Best story, best gameplay, best graphics for the 2D generation, best characters. I have yet to play a Final Fantasy that beats VI.

Yes, it's a matter of opinion, but I've never met anyone who dislikes FFVI but I've known plenty who dislike one of the other "favorites."

SupaPlaya3282d ago

and I approve this message.

LittleBigSackBoy3282d ago (Edited 3282d ago )

FF VI was one of the worst FF's IMO, as well as FF XII. I love all FF's though, but it goes FF VII, FF VIII (so close between them) FF X, FF IX, FF IV, FF I, FF II, FF VI, FF XII and FF V and the real FF III.

Leminnes3282d ago


I'm not sure why you disliked it, but you're the first person I've ever known that actually straight out dislikes it. Congrats I guess?

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