To be clear, this is not a final list. The ratings and rankings can and probably will change with time, as we republish the ratings article whenever new Final Fantasy games are released. Still, right now, these are the best Final Fantasy games according to you lot. Hopefully you’re happy with your choices!
Genre: Team-based action game
When Square Enix announced that it was making a new Dissidia game in collaboration with Tecmo Koei and Team Ninja, fans were understandably excited. And to fuel the flames of hype even further, Dissida NT was confirmed for a console release. It’s so unfortunate, then, that NT failed to make any kind of lasting impact. Overcomplicated gameplay mechanics, an unbelievably convoluted user interface, and a noticeable lack of single-player content rendered NT undesirable for many — to the point where even a huge character roster couldn’t save the experience. The very definition of a missed opportunity.
Combat System: Action
What are the best Final Fantasy games? It’s a tough question, and not one that we’d like to answer alone. That’s why we asked you, the Push Square readers, to rate and rank an entire list of Final Fantasy games. This article is the result of your ratings, with 27 Final Fantasy titles, spanning every generation of PlayStation consoles, ranked from worst to best.
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (PS4)
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition (PS4)
Genre: Co-op focused action RPG
Combat System: Action Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles was a bit of a cult classic back on the Nintendo GameCube. A co-op focused, brilliantly charming adventure that offered up memorable dungeons and cool boss encounters. It was remastered (and partially remade) for PS4 in 2020, but baffling design decisions held it back from realising its potential. A butchered online co-op experience removed part of what made the original so magical, and nothing was done to modernise the game’s chunky combat system. The soundtrack is still amazing, though.
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (PS2) Genre: Third-person action-shooter
Combat System: Action shooting Generally regarded as one of Final Fantasy’s biggest ever missteps, Dirge of Cerberus is a frankly deranged attempt at making a third-person shooter-RPG. It was released for the PS2 back when Square Enix was desperate to milk Final Fantasy VII for all it was worth, and charted the post-game adventures of of Vincent Valentine. Dreadful villains and a plot that barely resembles anything to do with Final Fantasy VII mean that Dirge will never be taken seriously by most fans — and that’s without even mentioning the disastrous gameplay.
Combat System: Turn based (ATB) The first Final Fantasy had a very basic story — heroes of light, crystals, yadda yadda — but its sequel, Final Fantasy II, tried to establish proper characters and political drama. In the storytelling department, it was a sign of what was to come for the series, but the experience as a whole was let down dramatically by convoluted gameplay systems. A traditional levelling system was replaced with action-based stat increases, making for party member growth that was both confusing and abusable. Final Fantasy II isn’t a bad game, but it is the most forgotten entry in Square’s mainline series.
Genre: RPG Final Fantasy II (PSone).