Final Fantasy Series

ConsoleNameDeveloperLucca's Observations
3DSFinal Fantasy ExplorersRacjinIt's Monster Hunter, but with a Final Fantasy skin (down to Explorer Level replacing Hunter Rank); choosing correct equipment and skill leveling are key to staying strong
DSFinal Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of TimeSquare EnixIsometric ARPG dungeon crawl with character creation, can link to other DS or Wii copies of the game for multiplayer
DSFinal Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of FatesSquare EnixThe multiplayer ARPG returns with changes to the playable classes and visible equipment
DSFinal Fantasy IIIMatrix Software/Square EnixFirst appearance of the job-heavy game in the west
DSFinal Fantasy IVMatrix SoftwareA drastic change in graphics from 2D to 3D, added FMV cutscenes, significantly expanded plot from previous versions
DSFinal Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftSquare EnixClass- and clan-based SRPG, similar to its predecessor in lighthearted tone, but far less strict laws in play
DSFinal Fantasy XII: Revenant WingsThink & Feel/Square EnixSequel to FFXII, in RTSRPG form! Strong focus on Esper summoning, US version is more difficult than JP
DSFinal Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of LightMatrix Software/Square EnixA return to classic form for the series with a job-like system; the predecessor to Bravely Default
FCFinal Fantasy IISquareLeveling is done via utilizing skills rather than experience- a drastic and much-maligned design choice
FCFinal Fantasy IIISquareFirst Final Fantasy to feature the job-change system
GameCubeFinal Fantasy Crystal ChroniclesSquare EnixMultiplayer ARPG- no traditional leveling, using items instead
GB+GBCFinal Fantasy AdventureSquareActually the first game in the Mana series, plays rather like Zelda with more RPG elements
GB+GBCFinal Fantasy Legend IISquareThe second SaGa game, solid character development
GB+GBCFinal Fantasy Legend IIISquareThird SaGa game, time travel shenanigans
GB+GBCThe Final Fantasy LegendSquareActually the first game in the SaGa series, has many different playable races and monsters
GBAFinal Fantasy I & II: Dawn of SoulsSquare Enix/ToseAdds dungeons and tweaks the translation of the originals
GBAFinal Fantasy IV AdvanceSquare Enix/ToseRevised translation and plot polish of the original, as well as graphical improvements
GBAFinal Fantasy Tactics AdvanceSquare EnixFar lighter tone than the original FFT, many battles have tricky restrictions due to judges
GBAFinal Fantasy V AdvanceSquare Enix/ToseUpdated graphics, new jobs, and a new boss battle compared to the original
GBAFinal Fantasy VI AdvanceSquare Enix/ToseAdded bonus dungeons, Espers, and some graphical polish
JP PSPFinal Fantasy Type-0Square EnixARPG with mission structure like Crisis Core, some RTS battles on overworld map, a large variety of playable characters
NESFinal FantasySquareWhat hasn't been said about this game? It's not the final game in the series, nor is it the final iteration of this game
NESFinal Fantasy IISquareLeveling is done via utilizing skills rather than experience- a drastic and much-maligned design choice
NESFinal Fantasy IIISquareFirst Final Fantasy to feature the job-change system
PS2Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VIISquare EnixAn ARPG starring Midgar's favorite brooding gun-toting mutant
PS2Final Fantasy XSquareFirst Final Fantasy game to feature voice acting, battle system employs manipulation of turn order
PS2Final Fantasy X-2SquareFast-paced Charlie's Angels with banger vocal songs
PS2Final Fantasy XIISquare EnixHeavy utilization of programming AI tactics in battle, takes place in the same Ivalice as FFT and Vagrant Story
PS3Crystal DefendersSquare EnixFinal Fantasy-themed tower defense, cute spritework, unit management and leveling is important
PS3Final Fantasy IX (PSone Classics)SquareSee PSX
PS3Final Fantasy Origins (PSone Classics)Tose/SquareSee PSX
PS3Final Fantasy Tactics (PSone Classics)SquareSee PSX
PS3Final Fantasy V (PSone Classics)Tose/SquareSee PSX
PS3Final Fantasy VI (PSone Classics)Tose/SquareSee PSX
PS3Final Fantasy VII (PSone Classics)SquareSee PSX
PS3Final Fantasy VIII (PSone Classics)SquareSee PSX
PS3Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD RemasterVirtuos/Square EnixBased on the International versions of both games with extra bosses (X) and monster capture mechanics (X-2), as well as an audio drama
PS3Final Fantasy XIIISquare EnixStory too complex for its own good and divisively linear, but fun real-time/turn-based hybrid combat
PS3Final Fantasy XIII-2Square EnixTries to correct linearity issues by getting wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey, with mixed results
PS3Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIISquare EnixTrims down the party to be only Lightning, time management becomes ultra-important to prevent the apocalypse; completing quests leads to stat growth
PS4Dissidia: Final Fantasy NTTeam NinjaChanges the battle format to 3v3; leveling up characters is possible but only does things like improve the AI control and unlock HP-based attacks
PS4Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered (DL only)Square EnixAdds new dungeons, equipment, skins, and online cross-platform play (but strangely no local or cross-region)
PS4Final Fantasy IX (DL only)SquareSee PSX, but with some QoL changes
PS4Final Fantasy Type-0 HDHexaDrive/Square EnixEnhanced port of the previously JP-only Type-0; very few changes made other than getting rid of multiplayer and adding multiple difficulty levels
PS4Final Fantasy VII (DL only)SquareSee PSX, but with some QoL changes
PS4Final Fantasy VII RemakeSquare EnixTechnically only the first part of FFVII remade as an ARPG, widely expands (and deviates from) the story as originally told
PS4Final Fantasy VIII (DL only)SquareSee PSX, but with some QoL changes
PS4Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD RemasterVirtuos/Square EnixSee PS3
PS4Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac AgeSquare EnixSee XBO
PS4Final Fantasy XVSquare EnixJust a road trip with you and the boys; ARPG combat and a story that spans multiple types of media, famously left somewhat unfinished
PS4Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD (DL only)SummerTimeStudio/Square EnixSee XBO
PS4World of Final FantasySquare EnixSee Vita
PS4World of Final Fantasy Maxima (DL only- as DLC upgrade to WoFF)Square EnixSee XBO
PSPCrisis Core: Final Fantasy VIISquare EnixARPG featuring not-Cloud in a prequel to FFVII, slot machines can affect the tide of battle, mission-based structure
PSPCrystal Defenders (DL only)Square EnixFinal Fantasy tower defense game set in Ivalice using classes from FFTA2. strategy involves leveling units
PSPDissidia 012 [duodecim] Final FantasySquare EnixAdds more characters and expands the story mode to be party-based, also retells the story from the first game within
PSPDissidia Final FantasySquare EnixA 3D Final Fantasy fighting game with unconventional mechanics, representatives from most main games in the series, and a story mode with character leveling
PSPFinal FantasyTose/Square EnixUses bonus dungeon and translation from Dawn of Souls (GBA), has updated 2D graphics, FMVs and soundtrack, arguably the definitive version of the game
PSPFinal Fantasy IITose/Square EnixSee above
PSPFinal Fantasy III (DL only)Matrix Software/Square EnixPort of the DS version of the game
PSPFinal Fantasy IV: The Complete CollectionBullets/Square EnixContains both FFIV (which skews closer to the original than the DS version) and The After Years (with updated polish), and a bonus interlude game that takes place in-between
PSPFinal Fantasy IX (PSone Classics)SquareSee PSX
PSPFinal Fantasy Origins (PSone Classics)Tose/SquareSee PSX
PSPFinal Fantasy Tactics (PSone Classics)SquareSee PSX
PSPFinal Fantasy Tactics: The War of the LionsTose/Square EnixEnhanced port of the original, changes some character/spell names, a LOT of Shakespearean-type English, MAJOR slowdown with spells, lots of QoL changes
PSPFinal Fantasy V (PSone Classics)Tose/SquareSee PSX
PSPFinal Fantasy VI (PSone Classics)Tose/SquareSee PSX
PSPFinal Fantasy VII (PSone Classics)SquareSee PSX
PSPFinal Fantasy VIII (PSone Classics)SquareSee PSX
PSXFinal Fantasy AnthologyTose/SquareContains Final Fantasy V (first localized appearance) and Final Fantasy VI
PSXFinal Fantasy ChroniclesTose/SquareContains inferior versions of Final Fantasy IV and Chrono Trigger
PSXFinal Fantasy IXSquareTakes the series back to its fantasy roots, lots of callbacks to older entries
PSXFinal Fantasy OriginsTose/SquareContains Final Fantasy I and Final Fantasy II (first localized appearance)
PSXFinal Fantasy TacticsSquareOften imitated, never duplicated
PSXFinal Fantasy VIISquareTook the FF series into 3D and made a huge mark on the genre as a whole
PSXFinal Fantasy VIIISquareBest card game, not-best stat/leveling system
SFCFinal Fantasy VSquareSo many jobs-
SNESFinal Fantasy IV (on cart as II)SquareIntroduced the Active Time Battle system and removed the ability to customize party members
SNESFinal Fantasy Mystic QuestSquareBaby Final Fantasy!
SNESFinal Fantasy VI (on cart as III)SquareFeatures a more tech-based story than previous entries and a train to suplex
SwitchCollection of SaGa: Final Fantasy Legend (DL only)M2/SquareA collection of the original versions of the first three SaGa games along with UI/QoL additions/improvements
SwitchFinal Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered (DL only)Square EnixSee PS4
SwitchFinal Fantasy IX (DL only)SquareSee PSX, but with some QoL changes
SwitchFinal Fantasy VII (DL only)SquareSee PSX, but with some QoL changes
SwitchFinal Fantasy VIII Remastered (DL only)SquareSee PSX, but with some QoL changes
SwitchFinal Fantasy X/X-2 HD RemasterVirtuos/Square EnixSee PS3
SwitchFinal Fantasy XII: The Zodiac AgeSquare EnixSee XBO
SwitchFinal Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD (DL only)SummerTimeStudio/Square EnixSee XBO
SwitchWorld of Final Fantasy MaximaSquare EnixSee XBO
VitaDissidia 012 [duodecim] Final Fantasy (DL only)Square EnixSee PSP
VitaDissidia Final Fantasy (DL only)Square EnixSee PSP
VitaFinal Fantasy III (DL only)Matrix Software/Square EnixSee PSP
VitaFinal Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection (DL only)Bullets/Square EnixSee PSP
VitaFinal Fantasy IX (PSone Classics)SquareSee PSX
VitaFinal Fantasy Origins (PSone Classics)Tose/SquareSee PSX
VitaFinal Fantasy Tactics (PSone Classics)SquareSee PSX
VitaFinal Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (DL only)Tose/Square EnixSee PSP
VitaFinal Fantasy V (PSone Classics)Tose/SquareSee PSX
VitaFinal Fantasy VI (PSone Classics)Tose/SquareSee PSX
VitaFinal Fantasy VII (PSone Classics)SquareSee PSX
VitaFinal Fantasy VIII (PSone Classics)SquareSee PSX
VitaFinal Fantasy X/X-2 HD RemasterVirtuos/Square EnixSee PS3
VitaWorld of Final FantasySquare EnixChibified/simplified return to turn-based FF combat, where stacking characters confers stronger attacks
WiiFinal Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of TimeSquare EnixARPG with a customizable avatar character and the ability to cross-play with the DS version
WiiFinal Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord (WiiWare)Square EnixA cute tower defense/light RPG, clearing stages gives you experience used to power up minions
WiiFinal Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King (WiiWare)Square EnixA cute town-building simulator/RPG with the Final Fantasy trappings
WiiFinal Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal BearersSquare EnixARPG; there is no party system, equipment and thorough exploration are the only ways to upgrade stats
WiiFinal Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeonh.a.n.d. Inc.Another Mystery Dungeon game starring Chocobo, this time with the addition of jobs (and subsequently adorable outfits)
WiiFinal Fantasy IV: The After Years (WiiWare)Matrix SoftwareAn episodic sequel to Final Fantasy IV that many felt was unnecessary, adds new gameplay systems
Wii UFinal Fantasy Tactics Advance (VC)Square EnixSee GBA
Xbox 360Crystal DefendersSquare EnixA Final Fantasy-themed tower defense game where leveling units is crucial to survival
Xbox 360Final Fantasy XIIISquare EnixLinear gameplay with a fast-paced turn-based battle system; the worldbuilding seems to do more harm than good
Xbox 360Final Fantasy XIII-2Square EnixAdds monster capturing and time travel to an already complicated story, gameplay is still just as fun
Xbox 360Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIISquare EnixFinal Fantasy XIII meets Majora's Mask - time management is crucial and stat enhancement is tied to quest completion
Xbox OneFinal Fantasy IX (DL only)SquareSee PSX, but with some QoL changes
Xbox OneFinal Fantasy Type-0 HDHexaDrive/Square EnixSee PS4
Xbox OneFinal Fantasy VII (DL only)SquareSee PSX, but with some QoL changes
Xbox OneFinal Fantasy VIII (DL only)SquareSee PSX, but with some QoL changes
Xbox OneFinal Fantasy X/X-2: HD RemasterVirtuos/Square EnixSee PS3
Xbox OneFinal Fantasy XII: The Zodiac AgeSquare EnixIncorporates the elements from the previously JP-only International Zodiac Job system, which features multiple license boards and QoL changes
Xbox OneFinal Fantasy XVSquare EnixSee PS4
Xbox OneFinal Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD (DL only)SummerTimeStudio/Square EnixA condensed version of FFXV's story, with a drastically different artstyle and a shift to a more overhead/isometric perspective
Xbox OneWorld of Final Fantasy MaximaSquare EnixAdds QoL changes, superbosses, New Game+, and the ability to change your characters into classic FF characters in battle
PS5Final Fantasy VII Remake IntergradeSquare EnixA graphically spiffed-up version of the first part of the remake with additional story content
PS5Final Fantasy XIV OnlineSquare EnixSee PS4