What Final Fantasy Next?

Final Fantasy Next?

What Final Fantasy Next?

by Steve Napierski to Articles

I did this awhile back after I had completed Final Fantasy XII and XIII in the same night, I asked you which Final Fantasy game should I play next of those I hadn’t completed. Now I’m about halfway through Final Fantasy VIII and wondering which one I should play next.

Here’s the break down of games in the series I have completed:

  • Final Fantasy I
  • Final Fantasy II
  • Final Fantasy III
  • Final Fantasy IV
  • Final Fantasy V
  • Final Fantasy VI
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Final Fantasy VIII in progress
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Final Fantasy X
  • Final Fantasy X-2
  • *Final Fantasy XI
  • Final Fantasy XII
  • Final Fantasy XIII
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2
  • *Final Fantasy XIV

*excludes Final Fantasy XI and XIV as they are both MMORPGs

Final Fantasy X-2 was at the bottom of my list last time, but after finishing Final Fantasy XIII I dread playing Final Fantasy XIII-2 the most.

Things to take into consideration: I already own Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy III will be available for the Ouya in two months and Final Fantasy XIII-2 is the sequel to Final Fantasy XIII.

The reality is that I have very little time to game these days, so what time I do have game I want to enjoy. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Discussion (43)¬

  1. Jimmy T
    Jimmy T says:
    January 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    I personally think you should get onto Final Fantasy XIII-2. I think it’s a good refresher from the classics. The low poly counts and prerendered backgrounds couple with all the text and no voice acting can just give me headaches sometimes. That coupled with the lack of direction in earlier games @.@

    It’s a beautiful game, not too tedious or hard to 100%, and I found it fun. My only probably is that combat seemed significantly easier. Like using all the classes in FFXIII was helpful in that game, but in XIII-2 sticking to the magic and warrior classes was pretty much the fastest and more efficient way to play most of the game.

    if not, I recommend III. Personally I got stuck in that game due to being trapped in an area where I couldn’t train and had an upcoming boss battle. Damn those older gaming oversights. The older FF games are full of them. Other than that, I probably would’ve finished it, and I found it fun.

  2. James
    James says:
    January 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Play FFV both 3 and 5 have the Job system but I think 5 does a better job of it.

  3. Ashtear
    Ashtear says:
    January 12, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    I’d say go with Final Fantasy V. The combat system on X-2 is great, particularly mid-battle job switching, but that’s the only thing about the game that I liked, personally.

    Unless you really loved FFX, in which case X-2 might be more interesting to you.

    • Seth
      Seth says:
      January 12, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

      If you really loved X and want your appreciation for it to continue untarnished, I recommend staying the hell away from X-2.

  4. Brian Sellers
    Brian Sellers says:
    January 12, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    Honestly, I found XIII-2 to be a much more enjoyable game than XIII. The plot is still ridiculous, but the game is stripped of the sheer linearity of its predecessor, making it a more interesting experience.

    It's a shame that you don't already have FFIII, because I really think you should play that one before playing FFV, since you'll be able to see and appreciate the progression of the job system, something that actually culminates (sort of) in FFX-2. By the way, I enjoyed FFX-2 as well, though you really have to go into it with the understanding that you're playing with Barbies.

    I don't even know if this helps. Frankly, I say go for XIII-2 first. Outside of the Paradigm system, it feels so different than FFXIII that you may actually like it.

  5. Seth Nicholson
    Seth Nicholson says:
    January 12, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    V is a joke (the villain is a tree named X-Death, for crying out loud), X-2 is just bad, and I'm afraid I know nothing of III or anything past XII. I'm going to have to recommend forgoing the core series in favor of Tactics. It has fantastic battle mechanics and and a decently interesting plot loosely based on the War of the Roses and the history of the Church of England. It also has the distinction of being the only game I've played that lets you defeat your enemies by turning them into lawn ornaments. Tactics Advance is also pretty good, despite the bad rep it gets for being childish (it admittedly is at first, but gets much better as it progresses).

  6. Ezra Bradford
    Ezra Bradford says:
    January 12, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    V has fantastic gameplay. If you don't mind a campy story, I say it's your best pick.

  7. Brian Sellers
    Brian Sellers says:
    January 12, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    Well, heck, if you're willing to step out of the core series, then FFT is definitely the way to go.

  8. Adrián González Lianes
    Adrián González Lianes says:
    January 12, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

    FFT is a really good one, but "Tactic Ogre: Let's us climb together" (the remake) is just marvelous and I just can't get tired of it. On the other hand, FFX-2 is not that bad… Interesting battle system and a really nice musical themes (1000 words).

  9. Mark McDowell
    Mark McDowell says:
    January 12, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    FF III was really good. Go play that. Get the Onion Knight!

  10. Torticoli
    Torticoli says:
    January 12, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    III didn’t age well. XIII-2 is the sequel to the worst game in the franchise (excluding XIV) so I wouldn’t bother.

    V and X-2 are both really good games, but obviously, V is showing its age as well. However, I’d say it’s about as mechanically solid as VI, although it has a very different tone and the story is much weaker. X-2 is great, but the cheesiness factor might put you off, even though I’d recommend you keep at it for a few hours, because once it gets going, it’s a very enjoyable game if you can accept how ridiculous and fan-service-y it can get sometimes.

    But considering you don’t have a lot of time, I’d say try V first. You’ll quickly know if you’re up for old-school, SNES Final Fantasy ; if you are, great, play it, if you’re not, then give X-2 a try. I’d definitely recommend those two, and I’d definitely recommend you leave III behind for now, and forget that XIII-2 exists.

  11. Antoine Quenneville
    Antoine Quenneville says:
    January 12, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    Final Fantasy Tactics, that is all.

  12. Ward Seabrook
    Ward Seabrook says:
    January 12, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    I really liked FFV. The game play was good, the leveling system was really nice to play with, and the story line was (moderately) enjoyable. if you can get your hands on the GBA rerelease it has some bonus classes and an extra dungeon.

  13. Ward Seabrook
    Ward Seabrook says:
    January 12, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    And, though not "core" the Four Heroes of Light for the DS was quite good.

  14. SilentS
    SilentS says:
    January 12, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    I liked XIII-2 quite a bit more than I liked XIII, and place both of those above X-2 (even if all 3 are still near the bottom of my preferred list). Even with all the flaws. As for what to play next, I would go with the earliest games first and work my way from there. Even if they are rather dated, they still have their own charms. Not to mention the later versions usually correct some of the issues from the prior games. So in a sense it is better to play the inferior ones first then play the next in the series, instead of playing the better ones first only to be disappointed when you go to the prior ones that are flawed.

  15. Cory Rollins
    Cory Rollins says:
    January 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    That has to be the best explanation of FFX-2 I have ever heard. And it's so true!

  16. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:
    January 12, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    While I liked XIII and XIII-2, XIII-2 is does NOT have a complete plot-line and ends with a shameless sequel-hook.

    X-2’s battle system is FANTASTIC, but the plot…is a little weird… If you want the true ending, you’ll need to research the requirements, because they are hella random.

    V is simply stunning.

    If you go with X-2 or V, you should have a good time.

  17. PrinceJonathan
    PrinceJonathan says:
    January 12, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    Definitely V, I have the Advanced version and it is great. Only thing I don’t like is the Steal Mechanics.
    “Enemy has a rare item you want to steal, steal, didn’t get it, cast Return to reset the fight and try again”, sounds good in theory right? Well picture doing that 50-100 times! You want that shiny Dragon Lance well you better top off your beverage of choice and make a sandwich cause you’ll be there a while.

    Oh and not being able to pass turns. In VI you could pass your turn to anyone else who’s ATB gauge is filled with Select, but not in V.

  18. Matthew Armstrong
    Matthew Armstrong says:
    January 12, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    Final Fantasy III or skip and go play Chrono Trigger / Chrono Cross.

  19. Peekaboo
    Peekaboo says:
    January 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    5. I never beat it but it was a fun game.

  20. Zhen
    Zhen says:
    January 12, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    Of those you have left, I’d say V was the only one I really enjoyed, though as someone above mentioned, V’s job system was basically just a huge improvement over III’s so if you plan to play V first it might make it more difficult to go back to III later depending on whether the Ouya version uses the DS enhanced version of III or the original.

    And I will say that X-2 isn’t as bad as people make it out to be. I don’t count it among my favorites by any means, but it did have a nice combat system and that’s definitely nice when half of these games is combat.

  21. Urrn Henry
    Urrn Henry says:
    January 12, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    I love X-2. It's the Charlie's Angels of Final Fantasy!

  22. Triaxx2
    Triaxx2 says:
    January 12, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    Tactics. My favorite game, just narrowly edging out IX because of it’s combat depth.

  23. thewood
    thewood says:
    January 12, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    If you step out of the core series, go for Tactics or Mystic Quest (I loved mystic quest so much) or even step out even farther and pull out Dirge of Cerberus, which I really enjoyed even though it didn’t get great reviews. In the core, X-2 has one of the worst stories ever, and you occasionally have to put up with a J-pop concert or a slumber party or stupid gossip (Who likes who?!!!). Despite all that, X-2 also has some of the best combat in the entire series, with a heavy emphasis on timing and chain attacks, and the ability to change job mid-battle is pretty awesome too. I feel like in most FF games there comes a point when the combat starts to get boring (usually when you are grinding towards the last quarter of the game and aren’t really gaining any new abilities) and you just plow through it to get to the rest of he story. X-2 is the opposite, where you plow through the story to get to more battles!

  24. Mattias Berntson
    Mattias Berntson says:
    January 13, 2013 at 1:23 am #

    I concur with Urrn Henry here. Also, there's the whole Sailor Moon/Henshin Hero thing.

    I much preferred many aspects of FFX-2 over FFX, really. Although the lack of a proper Blitzball game in the sequel was a shame.

  25. Cole McCallum
    Cole McCallum says:
    January 13, 2013 at 5:15 am #

    If you are playing for story, X-2 should be at the bottom of your list, but if you are playing for gameplay, bump it up.

  26. Douglas William Wolfe
    Douglas William Wolfe says:
    January 13, 2013 at 7:00 am #

    I liked FFV. I like the Tactics series but prefer the first game, the judge system thoroughly turned me off throughout the sequels. VIII is my favorite, though few seem to understand why.

    Also, and maybe this is because I played it as a kid, I am actually somewhat fond of Mystic Quest. It's certainly not good by comparison, but it's kind of different and innovative in some ways. There are a handful of Zelda-style elements to the game.

    Speaking of which, if you want a Final Fantasy that feels a lot like a Zelda game, try out Final Fantasy Adventure for the original Game Boy. I never played it all the way through, but I enjoyed what I did play….I can't stand the Legend series.

  27. GTMeteor
    GTMeteor says:
    January 13, 2013 at 5:54 am #

    Tactics. The story is unparalleled, and simply the best out of all the games.

  28. Vinicius
    Vinicius says:
    January 13, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    FFV is my favorite, so I recommend this one just because there is so much to do with the job system.

  29. Will
    Will says:
    January 13, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    FFV’s job system is fantastic, while overall the game is solid (for the year it came out). Just thinking about it makes me want to go back and finish the game again. thewood pointed out that you blaze through the story in X-2 to get to more battles, and while I’ve never played X-2 and can’t vouch for it, FFV makes me feel much the same way.

  30. Phaelin
    Phaelin says:
    January 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    Wow at all of the comments.

    I’m just going to throw my hat in the ring for Final Fantasy III. I haven’t tried the DS version, though I have heard nothing but good things about it. There’s a rom of the translated one over on emuparadise, and it is fantastic. I just beat it Friday, actually. I love IV, and III is not terribly different except for the job system. If you ever want any pointers when you try it out, just let me know, I’ve got the thing figured out forwards and backwards.

    It is also the first Final Fantasy game (other than VII) that I have ever beat. I love ’em, but it’s rare that I play them all the way through, for whatever reason. I’ll eventually give the DS version a shot, but for now, the NES version was a blast.

  31. Kevin N Sessions
    Kevin N Sessions says:
    January 13, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

    Final Fantasy V, I loved all the different abilities you get through leveling up with the job system.

  32. Jeff Dow
    Jeff Dow says:
    January 14, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    If you have a gamecubewii (and maybe a friend for easier playfull content) I recommend Crystal Chronicles. Otherwise, V is the way to go.

  33. IT
    IT says:
    January 14, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    This is going to sound weird, but do you have an iOS device? If so, I’d honestly suggest Final Fantasy: Dimensions. It’s got a job class system, the “technical limitations” of the iOS devices mean that it’s 2D sprites that are really, really polished, and the story is pretty good. It reminds me of FFV, which I liked.

  34. TZer0
    TZer0 says:
    January 14, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    I feel bad. I love the Final Fantasy games. I haven’t played any after VIII. I love the Card game in 8. VII is still my favorite and Then Tactics. I lost faith in the games when they made X-2. I still have 3 for SNES one for NES. I have the Strat guide from Nintendo Power for One. I love the series and most games Square produced. I need to get my emulators up and start playing these all again.

  35. TZer0
    TZer0 says:
    January 14, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    Just installed SNES emulator and FFIII . My productivity for today is going to be shot.

  36. Michael
    Michael says:
    January 14, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    Personally, of the new FF, which I’ll arbitrarily consider anything FF7 and up, I found 8 and 12 to be the weakest. I liked 10 and 13. I found 10-2 to be enjoyable if you ignore the opening cutscene. It’s very much FF10. The one drawback was if you don’t play with a walkthrough it’s possible to miss a lot of content. I don’t care about 100% completion, but missing content because I didn’t do shit in the “right order” is lame. FF5 is solid.

  37. Xphacter
    Xphacter says:
    January 15, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    SInce they made exp so easy to gain in FFXI, they can be beaten (Defeat of the Dark Lord) within the same time as some of the other FF’s. I wouldn’t completely cross it off your list as the story is really good.

  38. Michael Giambrone
    Michael Giambrone says:
    January 15, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

    Since they made exp so easy to gain in FFXI, they can be beaten (Defeat of the Dark Lord) within the same time as some of the other FF’s. I wouldn’t completely cross it off your list as the story is really good.

  39. PoisonZO
    PoisonZO says:
    January 16, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    Final Fantasy Tactics.

  40. Dustin Keller
    Dustin Keller says:
    January 17, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    Tactics is a great game. I liked Final Fantasy Crisis Core for the PSP the best. It had great graphics and you get to play as Zack and the story is about what happens before FFVII. Now if your just going off the list you have posted above then, I would play Final Fantasy V next. What one of the games so far was your favorite that you have gotten to play so far?

  41. Christian Gauthier
    Christian Gauthier says:
    April 6, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    How about the MMOs? Bad games make for great rants and comics don't they?

  42. Eric Harris
    Eric Harris says:
    June 3, 2013 at 3:17 am #

    Final Fantasy Mystic Quest.