Leave it to Final Fantasy XIII to bring forth memories of the worst Final Fantasy games I have ever played. I’ve struggled with where to place XIII as it certainly deserves a place high on this list. If nothing else, I think this list proves that game play is king. Something that is fun to play can overcome inadequacies in story, graphics or character development. Expert artwork and a beautifully composed score can’t save a boring game.
Final Fantasy is such a great series, you have to try really hard to make a bad game in the series. SquareSoft did a great job with the series, but Square Enix has proven that, with enough effort and fancy graphics, shitty Final Fantasy games are indeed possible.
Before I break this list out, I feel that I should note that I haven’t played Final Fantasy III, XI, XIV, or any of the spin-off series. I also haven’t played any sequels not mentioned on this list. Maybe some day I’ll have the time, money and patience to play through every Final Fantasy game ever put into existence and this will become a comprehensive list. Until then, I present the five worst Final Fantasy games (I’ve ever played).
When I bought this game, I thought it was a port or remake of the original Tactics game. How wrong I was. Tactics Advanced is about a group of kids who love the Final Fantasy series. They fall asleep one night and wake up in the world of Final Fantasy….. and I didn’t really play farther than that to learn much. You move the story forward by carrying out different ‘quests’ which are just different battles you have to fight.
The story didn’t grip me and it had that same annoying battle system from Tactics. I probably should have known better. This game is still sitting in my ‘to-play’ pile. Just like I feel the need to finish every book I start to read, I feel the need to finish every game I start to play. I’ll get to this one… someday (maybe it will grow on me).
I’m sorry. I know this game is on a bunch of ‘Best Games of All Time’ lists, but I just could not get into it. In fact, I couldn’t even stay with it enough to finish the game, a fact which haunts me to this day. Given how much love people have for this game, I am determined to play through the whole game someday in the hopes of figuring out what everyone is so enthralled with.
The big thing about Tactics that every loves is the job system, which I also love. I love the different species. The music is good, the art is good and what I saw of the story was pretty solid. I just couldn’t get into the job system. I hated the squares and having to move characters closer just to attack. The battle system was so tedious to me that I could stick with the game.
Words cannot describe how angry I was at the story and character development (or lack there of) in this game. Final Fantasy X was a masterpiece with one of the most unique and moving endings in the Final Fantasy series. If I make a list of the best Final Fantasy games, you can bet X will be near the top.
Usually, I pretend X-2 is just bad fanfiction. It’s the only way I can enjoy the game at all. The story still sucks, but everything else about the game is pretty solid. I’m a bit confused at the target audience, though. The only playable characters are women who bounce around the world like pop princesses. In one scene, the main character halts a giant battle by singing. Who knew we could prevent bloody battles with a pop singer belting on a cliff?
All that seems to imply the game was specifically targeted at female audiences. However, the girls also wear next to nothing in half their outfits and there are plenty of booty and panty shots. I can only assume that’s there for the male gamers?
Nothing could save this game, though. Square Enix would have been better off leaving Final Fantasy X alone.
This game frustrates me to no end. It’s a beautiful world with characters who are okay enough. The music is pretty good despite the fact Nobuo Uematsu didn’t have a hand in any of it. The two big weaknesses of this game is in the game play and story. I’m not sure which bothers me more because, for some unknown reason, I can’t stop playing this game. The game play is the same as the battle system. Literally all you do is walk forward and fight, walk forward and fight. The battle system is a joke half the time, requiring little else than constantly mashing the X button.
The story reminds me of the movie The Secret Window. That movie was boring as hell, but it had just enough mystery that you were okay being bored in order to find the answer to the mystery. That’s what the story here is like. I’ve almost finished the game and I’m not really sure anything has substantial has happened in the story line.
I don’t understand how a game this terrible generated not one but two squeals. Sometimes I think Final Fantasy is dead and Square Enix is just sitting there poking the body instead of giving it a respectful funeral. Please, Square Enix, either let Final Fantasy die rest in peace or start making games worth of the title.
This is the game that shattered my immaculate opinion of the Final Fantasy series. Back in the day, I didn’t bat an eye dropping 60 dollars on a game. The games were so great to me, I would have given 150 dollars and my left arm to buy a game without ever checking a game review. After this horrendous game, never again.
Dirge of Cerberus focuses on Vincent Valentine, my favorite character from Final Fantasy VII. I couldn’t wait to run to the story the day of the games release and explore the world. There wasn’t much of a world to explore, though. Everything was bland and I did a lot of running through drab hallways. Being Sqaure’s first personal shooter, the battle system was a little finicky. The story seemed pointless to me. The villain’s motivation was stupid, Vincent’s motivation for doing something about it was stupid. The whole thing was stupid. The only good thing about the game was the song Redemption which played over the ending credits.
The reason why I hold Final Fantasy as my favorite series is because they have usually been games that have everything. The artwork, scenery, score, character development, story line, side quests and game play have always been beyond superb. There wasn’t another series out there that had all that.
If I could go back in time, I’d beg SquareSoft not to merge with Enix. Maybe then the games above would have been just as fantastic as the older Final Fantasy games. But, I suppose if I really had a ticket to a time machine, my jaunt would be better used killing Hitler or something. This whole merger thing was probably meant to be. It’s time for another series to reign.
Have you ever played a Final Fantasy game? What’s your favorite video game? These days, what do you think the best game or game series is? When it comes to the Final Fantasy series, what do you think is the worst game?