I’ve been a fanatical fan of the Final Fantasy role-playing video games since the first time I played one almost 20 years ago. Now, with the recent release of the latest installment (number 13), I’m in the middle of one right now, and I couldn’t be happier. If you’ve heard about the games, but haven’t had a chance to play, you might not know quite where to start. No worries! Here’s my list of the 8 best Final Fantasy games, and where to find them.
1. Final Fantasy X
Price: $19.99 at gamestop.com
for PlayStation 2
North American Release: 2001
This is far and away my personal favorite of all of the Final Fantasy games, with an incredibly involving plot, just the right amount of full-motion video sequences, strong character development, gorgeous environments, a dynamic battle system, creepy villains, and the best soundtrack ever. The only complaint I’ve ever heard about this game is that it’s too linear… but I love it anyway. I admit it — I cried several times during the game, especially at the end…