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  • Release: 1994 Most Final Fantasys get their fair share of praise and criticism. However, none are as universally acclaimed as Final Fantasy VI. From its opening moments, FFVI grabs your attention with its beautiful music, expressive sprites, and gripping narrative. As you dive further into this 16-bit masterpiece, you’ll find an enthralling cast of heroes […]

  • Release: 1997 In the same way that you can’t understate Final Fantasy IV’s importance to the series, you can’t downplay how Final Fantasy VII launched the franchise — and JRPGs as a whole — into the mainstream. Despite time not being kind to certain parts of the game — namely the graphics — many still […]

  • Release: 1991 You can’t understate the importance of Final Fantasy IV to the franchise as a whole. Its epic character-driven story set the stage for the more complex narratives of future entries. The active-time battle (ATB) system added an element of danger to turn-based battles as players nervously waited for a character’s bar to fill. […]

  • Release: 2000 As the last entry for the original PlayStation, Final Fantasy IX feels like the culmination of the series leading up to that point. IX blends the medieval fantasy of the early games with the advances in character development and gameplay from the latter titles. The result is a game that pays tribute to […]

  • Release: 1992 (JPN), 1999 (NA) You may have noticed that the first handful of mainline Final Fantasy games follow a pattern. Odd-numbered entries focus on mechanics, while even-numbered titles go all-in on the story. Following this pattern, Final Fantasy V spends all its energy refining the job system to near perfection. The most ingenious addition […]

  • Release: 2006 Back in 2006, Final Fantasy XII’s melding of MMORPG game mechanics with a single-player experience was divisive at best. However, as these systems became more commonplace in RPGs, people have grown to love the game’s bold direction. XII’s biggest change came in the form of the Gambit system. Since you could no longer […]

  • Release: 2001 Let’s get this out of the way first. From the voice acting to lip-syncing, Final Fantasy X’s English dub is laughably bad. In some cases — Yuna and Tidus’ laughing scene — it’s so bad that you’ll be embarrassed to be playing it. X makes up for its failings in presentation with a […]

  • Release: 2010 Arguably, there is no video game redemption story that compares to Final Fantasy XIV. Upon release in 2010, XIV was an embarrassment. Plagued with bugs, uninspired gameplay, and horrible design, fans were in disbelief. It was a big blow to the series, especially after the disappointment of XIII. However, utter disaster was only […]

  • Release: 2002 (JPN), 2003 (NA) Since the game encompasses nearly 14 years of content, it’s hard to boil Final Fantasy XI down into a succinct overview. While the game may have started as massively multiplayer online (MMO) RPG along the lines of EverQuest and Ultima Online, it grew in surprising ways through its five expansions, […]

  • Release: 1999 Final Fantasy VIII may be one of the hardest games to place on this list. That’s because you either love it or you hate it. In fact, the game is so divisive that wrestling fans are warring over its quality. Be it placing a larger focus on summons or the fact that enemies […]

  • Release: 2016 Starting life as Final Fantasy Versus XIII in 2005, this game would eventually reach store shelves in 2016 as Final Fantasy XV. With an 11-year development cycle, it makes sense to have reservations about the game’s quality. However, XV got out relatively unscathed. In fact, XV is one of the most ambitious entries […]

  • Release: 1990 (JPN), 2006 (NA) For better or worse, Final Fantasy III feels like a direct sequel to the first game. As such, it ditches FFII’s focus on narrative in order to flesh out the gameplay. Most importantly, it introduces the job system and summons. While summoning giant monsters is cool and all, the job […]

  • Release: 2009 (JPN), 2010 (NA) When it comes to combat and presentation, Final Fantasy XIII stands among the best in the series. From the realistic character models to a beautifully realized techno-organic world, the graphics are stunning. While there’s a bit of a learning curve, XIII’s unique take on combat is highly versatile. Being able […]

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    Release: 1987 (JPN), 1990 (NA) Back in 1987, Final Fantasy was revolutionary. Along with Dragon Quest, the game set the standard for RPGs. It introduced the party system, class-based character progression, and plots more ambitious than just saving the princess. Even more influential, Final Fantasy moved away from using first-person for combat. Instead,  it used […]

  • Release: 1988 (JPN), 2003 (NA) Back during the days of the NES, sequels were far more experimental. In the case of Final Fantasy II, this experimental mindset led to some drastic changes. While inventive, these changes needed far more polish. For instance, leveling up stats was so unbalanced that players would attack their own party […]

  • Ratchet and Clank is near and dear to many PlayStation owners’ hearts. Not only are the games fun to play, but they are also quirky, eccentric, and no stranger to cheat codes. Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal includes cheats for a double-bladed laser sword, a Santa Ratchet skin, squat stats, and even a demo […]

  • Assassin’s Creed III isn’t just a fantastic game. It’s a fantastic game packed with tons of Easter eggs. The one pertaining to the Konami Code doesn’t make the game easier. Actually, it’s more than a little odd. In order to use the code in-game, you’ll have to first find a turkey. After entering the code […]

  • Bioshock Infinite made serious waves with its Inception-esque story, fast-paced gameplay, and stunning visuals. More than that, it uses the Konami Code in a very creative way. Bucking the trend of using the code to make their game easier, publisher 2K Games decided to use it to make the game harder. Punching it in at […]

  • Although using the Konami Code in Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance takes some leg work, it’s well worth it. First, you need to beat the game. Once you’re done celebrating your heroic victory, you’ll want to reboot the game and enter the code when you see the Konami logo pop up. If done correctly, you’ll unlock […]

  • Cheat codes have been a key part of Grand Theft Auto since the very beginning. Many a gamer has found memories of spawning tanks and other weapons to cause chaos in their GTA of choice. In San Andreas, inputting the Konami Code is arguably the most impactful cheat in the game. Using it eliminates the […]