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The Best Final Fantasy Games 

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List Rules Game must be part of the Final Fantasy series, regardless of console.

Square Enix’s Final Fantasy series of RPGs have been delighting gamers since the first one came out on the NES in 1987, but what are the best Final Fantasy games? To find out, thousands of gamers have ranked all the Final Fantasy games on this list, which includes the main numbered releases and side games. It doesn’t matter if the game came out on a specific console, if it was a portable release, or a mobile-only version, as long as it is a Final Fantasy game.

What makes a good Final Fantasy game? Is it the story, the characters, or the gameplay? The answer, obviously, is a combination of all three of those things and more. The best Final Fantasy games have memorable characters such as Sephiroth and amazing settings, such as Zanarkand. Of course, there are the great minigames as well, like Blitzball in Final Fantasy X or Triple Triad in Final Fantasy 8.

Though the Final Fantasy franchise has been around since 1987, sequels are still being made and the franchise will likely continue to thrive well into the future. And unlike many other long-lived video game franchises, Final Fantasy hasn’t gone down in quality with age. Whether you’re playing the Final Fantasy VII Remake or are still scrolling through one of the SNES classics, you’re bound to have a good time.

If you're wondering, "What are the greatest Final Fantasy games?" or "What is the best Final Fantasy game of all time?" then this list should answer your questions.

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Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Released: 1997 (Eidos Interactive)
Final Fantasy VII is a 1997 role-playing video game developed by Squaresoft. It is the seventh installment in the Final Fantasy series and the game is the first in the series to use 3D computer ...more

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Final Fantasy VIII is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Released: 1999 (Square)
Final Fantasy VIII is a 1999 role-playing video game developed and published by Square. It is the eighth major installment in the Final Fantasy series. The game was the series' second 3D ...more

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Final Fantasy IX is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Released: 2000 (Square)
Final Fantasy IX is a role-playing video game developed and published by Squaresoft for the Sony PlayStation video game console. Originally released in 2000, it is the ninth title in the Final ...more

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Final Fantasy X is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Released: 2001 (Square)
Final Fantasy X is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square as the tenth entry in the Final Fantasy series. Originally released in 2001 for Sony's PlayStation 2, the game was ...more

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Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Released: 1994 (Square)
Final Fantasy VI is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System platform. Released in 1994, it is the sixth title in the mainline ...more

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Final Fantasy IV is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Released: 1991 (Sting Entertainment)
Final Fantasy IV is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square in 1991 as a part of the Final Fantasy series. The game was originally released for the Super Famicom in Japan and ...more

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Final Fantasy Tactics is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Released: 1997 (Square)
Final Fantasy Tactics is a tactical role-playing game developed and published by Square for the Sony PlayStation video game console. It is the first game of the Final Fantasy Tactics series and ...more

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Final Fantasy XII is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Released: 2006 (Square Enix)
Final Fantasy XII is a fantasy role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 2 platform. Released in 2006, it is the twelfth title in the mainline Final ...more

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Crisis Core: Final Fanta... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Released: 2007 (Square Enix)
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII is an action role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation Portable. First released in 2007, the game is a prequel to the 1997 video ...more
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Final Fantasy XV is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Final Fantasy XV Released: 2016 (Square Enix)
Final Fantasy XV is a action role-playing video game being developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is the fifteenth main installment in the Final Fantasy ...more
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Final Fantasy V is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Released: 1992 (Square)
Final Fantasy V is a medieval-fantasy role-playing video game developed and published by Square in 1992 as a part of the Final Fantasy series. The game first appeared only in Japan on Nintendo's ...more
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Final Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Released: 1987 (Micro Cabin)
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Final Fantasy Anthology ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Final Fantasy Anthology Released: 1999 (Square)
Final Fantasy is a video game series developed and published by Square Enix (formerly Square). The first title in the series, the eponymous Final Fantasy, premiered in Japan in 1987, and Final ...more
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Dissidia Final Fantasy ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Released: 2009 (Square Enix)
Dissidia Final Fantasy is a fighting game with action RPG elements developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation Portable as part of the campaign for the Final Fantasy series' 20th ...more
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Final Fantasy Tactics: T... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Released: 2007 (Square Enix)
Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions is a tactical role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix originally for the Sony PlayStation Portable. The game is an updated version of ...more
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Final Fantasy III is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Released: 1990 (Square Enix)
Final Fantasy III is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square in 1990 for the Family Computer as the third installment in the Final Fantasy series. It is the first numbered ...more

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Rea... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Released: 2013 (Square Enix)
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game for Microsoft Windows, Sony PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. It was developed by Square Enix with Naoki ...more

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Final Fantasy Tactics Ad... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Released: 2003 (Square Enix)
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is a tactical role-playing game developed and published by Square for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance. A spin-off of the popular Final Fantasy series, the game shares ...more
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Final Fantasy XIII is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Released: 2009 (Square Enix)
Final Fantasy XIII is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and later for Microsoft Windows. Released in Japan in December 2009 and ...more
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Final Fantasy I & II... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Released: 2004 (Square Enix)
Final Fantasy[a] is a fantasy role-playing video game developed and published by Square in 1987. It is the first game in Square's Final Fantasy series, created by Hironobu Sakaguchi. Originally ...more
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Final Fantasy X-2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Released: 2003 (Square Enix)
Final Fantasy X-2 is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square for the PlayStation 2 video game console. The direct sequel to Final Fantasy X, the game's story follows the ...more
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Final Fantasy Origins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Released: 2002 (Square)
In Japan, Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II were re-released both separately and as a combined game for the PlayStation. The collection was released in Japan in 2002 as Final Fantasy I & II ...more
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Final Fantasy XIII-2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Released: 2011 (Square Enix)
Final Fantasy XIII-2 is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Released in 2011 in Japan and 2012 in North America and PAL regions, ...more
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Dissidia 012 Final Fanta... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
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Final Fantasy VII Remake... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Games
Final Fantasy VII Remake is an action role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix. The game is a remake of the 1997 PlayStation game Final Fantasy VII. Square Enix developed the ...more