All Final Fantasy games are produced by Square Enix.
Main series Final Fantasy games
Final Fantasy is one of the longest running and most beloved Japanese role-playing game series of all time.
Each main game features an exciting story, often centred around defeating a powerful enemy set on destroying the world. Each mainline title is largely stand-alone which makes Final Fantasy a great series of games to jump in wherever you choose.
You can expect epic fantasy settings, a memorable cast of characters, magic-infused combat that usually involves calling forth summons and a few recurring elements.
From its roots in traditional turn-based combat and random battle encounters, Final Fantasy has continued to innovate, refine and reinvent with every new instalment. Some titles adopting active time battles instead of those of a turn-based nature being one example of this.
The series made its PlayStation debut in 1997 with the groundbreaking Final Fantasy VII. Since then, every mainline game, as well as a multitude of sub-sequels, spin-offs and remasters, has appeared on a PlayStation console.
Final Fantasy is a great example of how games have progressed over the last few decades, in terms of storytelling, graphical fidelity and gameplay mechanics.
Explore a wealth of spin-off games that explore the wider universe outside of the mainline numbered titles.
Absolutely not. The beauty of the mainline Final Fantasy games is that they tell self-contained stories with no direct connections to the other games. There are recurring creatures and monsters that act as motifs, but in no way connect the games narratively.
Like most RPGs, the difficulty of Final Fantasy games is largely dictated by the player party’s character levels as well as their equipped weapons, armour and abilities, in relation to the abilities and stats of the enemies they face.
There is generally a greater emphasis on strategy and adaptability over physical dexterity. More recent titles like Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy VII Remake also offer adjustable difficulty levels.
As of 2023, there are 16 mainline games. If you take spin-offs and sub-sequels into account, there are over 100, embracing genres including turn-based strategy, rhythm action, fighting and even kart racing.
Every numbered Final Fantasy game from Final Fantasy VII has appeared on a PlayStation console and all, apart from Final Fantasy XI, are playable on the current generation of systems.
The majority of numbered Final Fantasy games are traditional Japanese RPGs with random enemy encounters and turn-based combat. However, the series evolved to introduce summons and the Active Time Battle system, which made combat much more dynamic.
Since Final Fantasy XII, the single-player games have introduced systems that give players more freedom to choose their battles and utilise real-time movement.
Final Fantasy XIV Online is an MMORPG with that allows you to explore an expansive world alongside other players.
Mainline Final Fantasy games are generally recommended for players aged 16+ due to depictions of fantasy violence and mature themes.
However, select titles like World of Final Fantasy Maxima are suitable for younger players.
Final Fantasy (sometimes referred to as Final Fantasy I) was the first to be released. The story tells of four Warriors of Light journeying to defeat the arch-demon Chaos.
Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin depicts how the Final Fantasy antagonist, Garland, fell from grace.
This duo of supporting characters, affectionately named after Luke Skywalker’s wingmen in Star Wars, first appeared in Final Fantasy VI and have been a mainstay ever since. In true FF fashion, no two Biggs and Wedges are the same.
With its perpendicular limbs and permanently shocked expression, these sentient, cactus-like creatures typically appear as an enemy. Cactuar move at high speed, have high defence and hit hard with their trademark 1,000 Needles attack.
A character called Cid (sometimes Cidolfus) has appeared in every Final Fantasy game since Final Fantasy II, as well as numerous spin-off games. Cids are commonly older than the protagonists and portrayed as wise, fatherly figures.
As Final Fantasy’s answer to horses, these oversized flightless birds traditionally provide a means of travelling at greater speed around each game’s world. With their signature theme tune and iconic appearance, Chocobos are an unofficial Final Fantasy mascot.
An amalgam of Mesopotamian and Japanese mythology, multi-armed master swordsman Gilgamesh is usually on a mission to amass weapons for his collection. Since his debut in Final Fantasy V, he has served as antagonist, ally and summon in multiple games.
Like Cactuars and Chocobos, Moogles are an unofficial mascot for the series. Resembling small cats with bat wings and a fluffy red pom-pom (except in Final Fantasy XII, where they resemble rabbits), they are often depicted as intelligent creatures with telepathic powers.
The diminutive Tonberries have remained relatively unchanged since they debuted in Final Fantasy V. These cloaked, lantern-bearing creatures are deceptively strong, using their Chef’s Knife to inflict huge amounts of damage.
Whether they’re used for light or dark purposes, crystals serve as a symbol of power. Experiencing a Final Fantasy game is almost synonymous with understanding these highly coveted and mystical objects - and stopping those with nefarious aims from harnessing their energy.
Appearing in almost all Final Fantasy games - and usually visible floating in the distance - airships typically adopt the aesthetic of the world they exist in. They often provide a variety of facilities once available, but most importantly they’ll unlock fast travel to different areas across the map.