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    Default Best Final Fantasy to start on?

    So, as a fan of RPG games I thought I should play some Final Fantasy games, as I have never actually beaten any. Thing is, I don't know which one to start with, since there are so many choices. In the past I've started playing IV and VI, but I didn't get too far in neither of them. Any suggestions?

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    Kinda hard to say. None of the games really tie into each other unless it's the second (or third part) for a couple like FFX and XIII. Really depends on how far back a system you're willing to go. FFVI (I think V too actually) have pc releases ported over from ios which look a little better and, at least I think so - a better interface too.

    If you're looking to go a little more modern I would say start with FFX HD (It's pretty easy barring the conclusion to a couple of sidequests) and then go on to XII (they just released an HD version too!!!) XI is online only. And so on.

    If you want to go back a little farther I would say start with the mentioned VI or VII on the psx and work your way from there. And if you like PSX era also check out FF Tactics.

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    I would say that either the original or 3 (especially the DS rerelease) would be a great starting point - but if you're only interested in the story-driven Final Fantasy games, 8. As Zaladane said, very few of the games tie into each other, except in references. The thing is though, I would actively avoid 12 as a starting point because without playing Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Advance, and Tactics A2, 12 doesn't actually make as much sense storywise (and of course there's also 12: Revenant Wings to consider). That's my 2 cents. 1, 3, 8. And then play 6 as soon as you can.

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    If you dont mind the graphics, i would personally start with 4 then just move on upward through them
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    My favorite is FFIX. When you first start it can be a little annoying because the ATB guage goes pretty slow, but it will speed up as your progress a bit. The graphics, music, characters, and story are all good. If you want to start on SNES, I would start with 4 or 5. 4 has better story, 5 has better battles because of the job system.

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    If you have a PSP (or emulate it/have custom firmware), you could try the remake of the very first game. If you have a GBA (or emulate it) you could try Dawn of Souls, which is the first two games remade.

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    I would say start at the beginning. FF1 was a fantastic game for its time and the job system has held up very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaladane View Post
    Kinda hard to say. None of the games really tie into each other unless it's the second (or third part) for a couple like FFX and XIII. Really depends on how far back a system you're willing to go. FFVI (I think V too actually) have pc releases ported over from ios which look a little better and, at least I think so - a better interface too.

    If you're looking to go a little more modern I would say start with FFX HD (It's pretty easy barring the conclusion to a couple of sidequests) and then go on to XII (they just released an HD version too!!!) XI is online only. And so on.

    If you want to go back a little farther I would say start with the mentioned VI or VII on the psx and work your way from there. And if you like PSX era also check out FF Tactics.
    I basically agree with this but I should clarify that I haven't played 1-5, nor the online games. Although it really depends on how retro a game can be before you don't enjoy it based on the old tech to begin with. If I'm honest, I like retro games but I just prefer some of the newer graphics and whatnot, it's just personal preference really. They have done graphical remakes of older games though like ff4 and such, so maybe someone that has played both versions can comment on that.

    Still I started with 7 and I wouldn't have it any other way, but nostalgia goggles are real lol. Even graphically I loved 7 which I guess is weird because most people think it has aged horribly.

    I think the main thing about choosing a starter game is that the first one might set the tone for how you feel about the franchise. I'll forever picture a final fantasy game as being something FF7 like, and if I play an FF title that deviates, I'll feel like they should just go back to their FF7 roots lmao. It's not logical but yeah, and for that reason alone you might want to pick a game you think you'll enjoy a lot as your first, since it might stick with you in that way. If you loved SNES games, I might suggest 6, if you like PS1 games, I would suggest 7 or 9, and if you want something with voice acting etc I'd go with 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostwolf View Post
    I basically agree with this but I should clarify that I haven't played 1-5, nor the online games. Although it really depends on how retro a game can be before you don't enjoy it based on the old tech to begin with. If I'm honest, I like retro games but I just prefer some of the newer graphics and whatnot, it's just personal preference really. They have done graphical remakes of older games though like ff4 and such, so maybe someone that has played both versions can comment on that.

    Still I started with 7 and I wouldn't have it any other way, but nostalgia goggles are real lol. Even graphically I loved 7 which I guess is weird because most people think it has aged horribly.

    I think the main thing about choosing a starter game is that the first one might set the tone for how you feel about the franchise. I'll forever picture a final fantasy game as being something FF7 like, and if I play an FF title that deviates, I'll feel like they should just go back to their FF7 roots lmao. It's not logical but yeah, and for that reason alone you might want to pick a game you think you'll enjoy a lot as your first, since it might stick with you in that way. If you loved SNES games, I might suggest 6, if you like PS1 games, I would suggest 7 or 9, and if you want something with voice acting etc I'd go with 10.
    Totally agree.

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