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Final Fantasy

    Final Fantasy is a game franchise created by Hironobu Sakaguchi. It is developed and owned by the popular gaming company Square Enix. The Final Fantasy franchise revolves on a series of science and fantasy role-playing games. Final Fantasy includes motion pictures, anime, printed media, and other merchandise. The series started in 1987 as an eponymous video game developed to save Square Enix from bankruptcy. The game was a huge success and spawned sequals. The video game series has branched into other genres and platforms such as tactical RPGs, portable games, and a MMORPG.

    Although most Final Fantasy installments are independent stories with various different settings and main characters, they feature common elements that define the franchise. Such recurring elements include plot themes, character names, and game mechanics. Plots center on a group of heroes battling a great evil while exploring the characters' internal struggles and relationships. Character names are often derived from the history, languages, and mythologies of cultures worldwide.

List of Final Fantasy Games

• These are in order of the year the games were released.
• I ignored some remakes of Final Fantasy games such as the Psp remakes.
* Tip: Due to the length of the list it would be of your best interest to use Ctrl + F to find information about a certain FF Game.
• At the end of the list of the FF Games I added an excellent video of the soon to be release Final Fantasy XIII.
• After the list of Final Fantasy Games I added a brief explanation of the FF Movies and Animations

    Final Fantasy (1987)

      The world is veiled in darkness. Winds don't blow, the seas are stormy, and the earth rots. All people can hope for is that the ancient prophecy will be finally fulfilled. "When the world is veiled in darkness, four warriors will come..." And indeed, they come - the four characters you have previously chosen. Their first quest is to free a princess from the evil Garland.

    Final Fantasy II (1988)

      In this classic game, a malevolent Emperor has called upon monsters from a demonic realm to take over the world, ending what seemed to be an eternal period of peace. Thousands of lives succumb to their attacks, leaving many children orphaned. From the destruction rise four young survivors who will take it upon themselves to stop the merciless ruler and avenge the death of their parents.

    Final Fantasy Legend (1989)

      The first 'Final Fantasy' title on the Game Boy, Legend allows you to choose from 8 different characters, from the usual human male or female to zombie, wererat, redbull (not the drink), clipper or mutant male or female. No matter which you choose, the goal stays the same: Increase your experience points and abilities by defeating many varied enemies through-out the land.

    Final Fantasy Legend II (1990)

      The second in the Final Fantasy Legend series increases the amount of detail over the original in gameplay and graphics.

      The major changes are in the character classes and party members. Similar to FFL, starting a game of Legends II allows you to choose your main character from Humans, Monsters, Mutants and a new class: Robots. From here, you build your party of 4 from the same character classes. During gameplay special side-characters will join you in battle to help defeat certain enemies.

    Final Fantasy III (1990)

      One Thousand years before the events of this game, three gods were at war with each other in a war known as War of the Magi. The battle between one another released an intense amount of energy around the world transforming any human touched by the energy into a Esper. The Espers where controlled by the gods throughout the War of the Magi. The Gods became disgraced by their actions and sealed the Espers away in stone so that no one would use their powers for chaos again.

      The three main characters of this game (Locke Cole, Terra Branford, and Celes Chere) are brought together in mysterious ways to form a force to stop the evil Kefka. Kefka's goal is not to only awaken the Espers but to also destroy the world. Along the way Kefka will poison water supplies, kill many innocent people, and hunt your group of companions like animals. One of the most amazing ensembles of heros and villians from any form of entertainment. Ultros the Octo will have you laughing. Kefka will have you hating him and eventually admiring him.

    Final Fantasy Legend III (1991)

      The final Final Fantasy Legend title to grace the Game Boy, FFLIII tells the story of a great flood which destroys cities in the past, present and future. As you control a party of 4, with a choice of human and mutant classes, and travel back and forth through time collecting pieces of the great ship Talon so as to defeat the enemy that has flooded the lands.

    Final Fantasy Adventure (1991)

      Set after the event of Secret of Mana, you play a young man who escapes from his captors, only to find a huge world ahead of him. You must roam the land, solving puzzles and defeating enemies to find the young mans destiny in society.

    Final Fantasy IV (1991)

      Seduced by the promised power of the Crystals, the kingdom of Baron begins employing unprovoked force to seize powerful crystals from peaceful nations. The dark knight Cecil – Lord Captain of Baron’s elite force, the Red Wings – is ordered by his king to obtain the Crystals, but soon begins to question the monarch's motives. Enraged, the king accuses him of disloyalty, strips Cecil of his command, and sends him off to slay a mysterious beast that lurks in the nearby Valley of Mist. Cecil embarks on a fateful journey that will bring trials, betrayals, friendship, loss and self-discovery. Can Cecil open his eyes and become the man of honor that he must be?

    Final Fantasy V (1992)

      The kingdoms of Karnak, Walse, and Tycoon live in peace thanks to the blessing of the elemental crystals. When the king of Tycoon disappears after a disturbance with the wind crystal, four strangers join together on a quest to solve his disappearance. Their journey takes them across a massive world on land, sea, and air, and into a mystery older than any of them imagined. Customize your characters with the series' trademark job system.

    Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (1992)

      Focus Tower is the center of the world and balances the forces of the world. However 4 monsters have taken the 4 elemental crystals (Earth, Water, Fire, Wind) for their own use, and also taken the 4 keys that for doors inside of Focus Tower. With the balance disrupted, disasters befall the world. A young boy by the name of Benjamin finds his home village destroyed. Meeting a mysterious old man while trying to escape from earthquakes, he soon learns that he is the prophesized hero and the only one who can save the world. Benjamin must recover the 4 crystals, unlock Focus Tower and defeat the ultimate monster before the 5th crystal, the Crystal of Life is corrupted.

    Final Fantasy VI (1994)

      The War of the Magi, an event that caused the whole world to be reduced to nearly nothing. Within the course of 1000 years, magic faded out of existance while new technology grew. However, there are those who want to revive magic and become powerful.

      Terra, a girl of mysterious esper power, runs from the Empire after being used as a puppet. She fights on for what she believes is right but feels a slight sense that something is missing inside her...

    Final Fantasy VII ( 1997)

      The RPG genre was never really considered a mainstream or popular genre -- that is, until the release of Final Fantasy VII on PlayStation. With Final Fantsy VII's historic release on PlayStation in June of 1997, role-playing games were finally given the respect that they deserved and the RPG genre is now one of the most significant and defining on the system. Following the story of Cloud Strife, gamers were taking on a fantastical journey that encompassed three CDs and over 40 hours worth of gameplay. The game continued the trend of using the series' staple turn-based battle system, complete with melee and elaborate magic attacks.

    Final Fantasy Tactics (1997)

      In the game you build up a team by recruiting many available characters you meet during your travels and stocking up plenty of items, to defeat various enemies waiting on your path. The game features a very complex character class(job) system where each character begins his way with a job such as Squire or Chemist. Successfully participating in battles, characters can later select one of more advanced jobs, with a total of 19 to choose from. In addition there are certain monsters and computer controlled "guests" with their own jobs and special abilities available to learn. In total, over 400 abilities are available which leads to ultimate endless combinations!

    Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon (1997)

      This is the first game in the Chocobo's Dungeon series. You take on the character of Chocobo and adventure through a randomly created dungeon.

      The story evolves from the opening movie when a fellow chocobo is "turned" evil by a crystal he finds in a garden. When the evil chocobo kicks you into a dungeon, the adventure begins. Travel through an ever changing dungeon, collecting items and weapons to become more powerful, so you can defeat the increasingly difficult enemies.

    Chocobo's Dungeon 2 (1998)

      Following the adventures of the first Chocobo Dungeon game, Chocobo and Mog continue to search for treasure. One day, Mog discovers a new Mysterious Dungeon and takes the treasure from inside. This releases a seal which causes the Bahamut to appear just as the dungeons plunges into the ocean. Chocobo is rescued by a young white mage, Shiroma, who is the only human living in the monster village. Chocobo must help Mog, find Bahamut and fix whatever has been unsealed from the Mysterious Dungeon.

    Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring (1998)

      Ehrgeiz is a fighting game from Square , the makers of the Final Fantasy Series. In the game are Cloud, Tifa, Yuffie, Vincent & Sephiroth from FF7 along with many new characters. This is a free roaming beat-em-up that can only be likened to the more recent Power Stone on the Dreamcast. As well as the arcade game comes a RPG mode.

    Final Fantasy VIII (1999)

      FINAL FANTASY VIII, the second FINAL FANTASY game on the PlayStation, expands upon its predecessor in many ways. The core development staff remains, with Hironobu Sakaguchi producing, Nobuo Uematsu composing and arranging the score, and Tetsuya Nomura providing the character designs. The main story revolves around Squall Leonhart, a young member of the military group SeeD, who must begin a dangerous mission against an evil witch, Edea. Along the way, he meets Rinoa Heartilly, a young girl on her own mission. The battle system focuses around Junctioning, a Guardian Force to your character, and the skill of assigning abilities. The Guardian Forces are the popular Summon creatures found in previous games. Magic is used by drawing it from the opponent, then storing it for later use. The graphics are fully 3D in battle, though the backgrounds everywhere else are pre-rendered. The game features over an hour of FMV and fills four discs.

    Final Fantasy Anthology (1999)

      Final Fantasy Anthology is a two disk collection containing Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI. Each game has new CG movies unique to this collection.

    Chocobo Collection (1999)

      This game celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Chocobo character from the Final Fantasy series and includes the games "Chocobo Stallion," "Chocobo Racing," and "Dice de Chocobo."

    Final Fantasy Collection (1999)

      Japanese collection of the three Final Fantasy games:

      * Final Fantasy IV
      * Final Fantasy V
      * Final Fantasy VI

    Chocobo Racing (1999)

      The Chocobo has appeared in every Final Fantasy game as a large yellow bird that you can ride to other destinations or use during fights. With Chocobo Racing, you can race a Chocobo along with a range of different characters both from the Final Fantasy world and created just for the game through many different fantasy worlds at high speed, using a selection of weapons to aid you. 1 and 2 player racing available.

    Final Fantasy IX (2000)

      This game features a cast of mostly nonhuman characters in a medieval setting. The main character, Zidane Tribal, is a 16-year-old thief with a tail. There's also the 9-year-old black mage Vivi Ornitier. The plot revolves around the giant city of Alexandria, where the beautiful Princess Garnet is trying to escape from her mother, the evil Queen Brahne. Continuing the series? fine attention to detail, FINAL FANTASY IX utilizes the PlayStation?s abilities to its full potential.

    Final Fantasy X (2001)

      Following the exploits of the Summoner Yuna and her guardians as they battle an evil immortal enemy known as Sin, Final Fantasy X is the first title in the franchise to appear on the PlayStation 2. It's also the first game in Squaresoft's popular RPG series to feature voiceovers in addition to written text. Character expressiveness also reaches new heights with the aid of Squaresoft's "Facial Motion System", adding subtle facial expressions to characters in real-time. New side-quests include the underwater sport of Blitzball, and a monster battle arena as well as a redesigned fighting system that mixes classic Final Fantasy elements with a new "Sphere Grid" system.

    Final Fantasy Chronicles (2001)

      This is a re-release of two classic RPGs by Squaresoft: Final Fantasy IV and Chrono Trigger, both of which first appeared on the SNES.

      The most important change in this release was made to "Final Fantasy IV". The difficulty level and the complexity of gameplay were raised to match the original Japanese version (unlike the "simplified" US SNES release, erroneously entitled "Final Fantasy II"). The game also got a new translation. In addition, there are CG videos in the beginning and in the end of the game.

      "Chrono Trigger" underwent less changes. Gameplay and story remain the same, but some animé-style sequences were added, and there are some extras available (music tracks, viewing the animé movies, etc.).

    Final Fantasy Origins (2002)

      Final Fantasy Origins is a re-release of Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II. Both games have added CGI cut scenes, updated graphics, and added content. It also includes art galleries of Yoshitaka Amano's illustrations. Final Fantasy II was never released in the USA.

    Final Fantasy XI (May 16, 2002)

      Squaresoft's legendary Final Fantasy series embarks on a new adventure where players from around the world are able to join forces for a persistent online quest. Gamers will control the fate of Vana'diel as they volunteer for missions to defend its nations and people. Customizable characters allow players to tailor physical attributes and skills to suit individual tastes as they select from five different races and 15 different jobs. Adventures span across 100 different areas such as mountains, deserts, oceans, castles and dungeons, and environments take on a life of their own as time and weather constantly change. As an added bonus, the Japanese expansion pack Rise of the Zilart has been included free of charge for American audiences.

    Final Fantasy XI Online: Rise of the Zilart (2003)

      This is the first expansion for Final Fantasy XI Online. It includes 3 advanced jobs (Samurai, Ninja and Dragoon) and provides more than 40 new locations, new NPCs, new beasts to summon (Ramuh, Ifrit, Shiva, Carbuncle and Titan) and quests.

    Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles (2003)

      The world is enveloped in a poisonous vapor. Anyone who comes into contact with it must die. But humans have learned to develop a technology that would help them to protect themselves from the deadly vapor. The light of Crystals shines in small villages and in large towns. But those protective Crystals have to be refilled every year with the purifying Mana Water, otherwise their energy will extinguish. Every year, villages send four youths to retrieve the Mana Water that is hidden deep in dungeons and dangerous caves..

    Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (2003)

      Marche and a few friends are out on a usual venture through their local town, St. Ivalice, only to discover a book filled with fantasy and magic. Setting their mind to the thoughts of a magical land, they get transported to the world of Ivalice, which happens to be based on one of the friends' favourite games, Final Fantasy.

      Finding himself alone, Marche must join a clan of warriors and travel through this new land of mystery to find his lost friends, and return to the real world, while learning all about this new place and the magic it holds.

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    Final Fantasy X-2 (2003)

      Marking the first true sequel in Squaresoft's popular RPG series, the story of Final Fantasy X-2 picks up two years after the events that took place in Final Fantasy X. Following the young and powerful Summoner Yuna's quest to rid Spira of the destructive force known as Sin, the world enters into a period known as the "Eternal Calm".

      During this moment of change, the people of Spira have shunned the once-sacred teachings of Yevon, and embraced the use of the formerly forbidden machina. While many of Spira's inhabitants are enjoying this time of peace, evidence of the High Summoner Yuna's lost love Tidus surfaces, prompting her to begin a new quest to find him.

    Final Fantasy XI Online: Chains of Promathia (2004)

      This is the 2nd Expansion Pack for Final Fantasy XI Online. In this expansion, players can learn more out about the legends talked about in the main game.

    Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls (2004)

      The two titles that began the Final Fantasy Adventure return in an updated and improved portable form. Both titles feature updated visuals from their original NES origins and an improved translation of the story, filling in certain plot holes previously untold in other re-releases.

    Final Fantasy XI Online: The Vana'Diel Collection (2004)

      This is a collection of the original Final Fantasy XI Online game along with two expansion packs: Rise of the Zilart and Chains of Promathia. It was only released in North America, as the first European Windows version already includes the two add-ons.

    Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (2006)

      Get ready for the action-packed thrill ride of the summer, courtesy of the masterminds behind the original Final Fantasy VII. Breakout star Vincent Valentine returns in this adrenaline-fueled rampage that propels players into the middle of an ongoing conflict that threatens all life on the planet. Three years after the events of Final Fantasy VII, an unknown group of seemingly unstoppable soldiers appears, bringing a swift and bitter end to the peace enjoyed by the people of the world. The members of this enigmatic group are the ones who were trapped under the ruins of Midgar for three long years—the Deepground soldiers. Vincent Valentine finds himself pursued by several elite members of the mysterious Deepground organization. An unrelenting chain of events leads Vincent to the truth behind his past—and forces him once again to be the key player in a battle for the planet itself and all those living on it.

    Final Fantasy XI Online: Treasures of Aht Urhgan (2006)

      Treasures of Aht Urhgan is the third expansion for the original Final Fantasy XI Online game. It introduces a new continent on Vana'diel: Aridjiah (known as the Near East), with the Aht Urhgan race. Just like the previous expansions, there are new jobs available: Blue Mage, Corsair and Puppetmaster. New monsters have been included as well. This expansion, along with the first two, is included with the Xbox 360 release of the game.

    Final Fantasy XII (2006)

      As war looms on the horizon, the mighty Archadian Empire begins a campaign to subjugate its neighbors. To Vaan, a young man living on the streets of Rabanastre, the Empire is a hated enemy who took the life of his brother. Planning on exacting revenge by breaking into the palace, Vaan gets more than he bargained for as he runs into Princess Ashe, the sole surviving heir to the Dalmascan throne. Together, the two embark on an incredible journey tracing the mysteries behind the Archadian Empire's invasion.

    Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales (2007)

      Help the Yellow Chocobo rescue his friends from a storybook nightmare! In the Final Fantasy side-story for the Nintendo DS, players must help the Yellow Chocobo wander around the world of Final Fantasy in an attempt to rescue his friends who have been captured inside an evil book and turned into two dimensional cards. The evil book also swallowed up a book of fables, which has been scattered about the Land. Only the Yellow Chocobo can enter the book and set everything right once more.

    Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (2007)

      Set seven years prior to the events of the first Final Fantasy VII, the Shinra Company is rapidly increasing its influence through its monopoly on mako energy and military might. With the burgeoning city of Midgar as its base and symbol of prosperity, Shinra is on the verge of establishing absolute dominance over the world.

      SOLDIER is a group of skilled combat operatives within Shinra. The elite within the group — those strong enough to be deemed SOLDIER 1st Class — are respected and idolized by the citizenry.
      Zack is a young SOLDIER 2nd Class who aspires to become a 1st. He spends his days carrying out assignments under the guidance of his 1st Class mentor, Angeal. During an operation in Wutai, a large number of SOLDIER member, led by 1st Class operative Genesis, go missing. The severity of the situation prompts Shinra executives to deploy even more SOLDIER operatives in hopes of bringing an end to the war with Wutai—and conducting an investigation into the mass desertion. The ones assigned to the mission are Zack, Angeal, and the 1st Class hero who is known the world over as Sephiroth...

      What truths lie behind Genesis's disappearance? What secrets bind the three SOLDIER 1st Class operatives? For Zack, a cruel and fateful struggle awaits...

      In Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core, players can experience the D.M.W (Digital Mind Wave) system, which enhances the real-time battle system, allowing players to unleash special attacks or call upon various Final Fantasy summons. Players can also witness graphics and CG cutscenes coupled with voice acting in a 16:9 widescreen presentation, made possible by the PSP system hardware.

    Final Fantasy XI: Wings of the Goddess (2007)

      Wings of the Goddess is the fourth chapter of the Final Fantasy Online series and add-on to Final Fantasy XI Online. It features new quests for players to explore and new locations to explore and defeat new enemies and monsters with new jobs that can be obtained.

    Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift ( 2007)

      Though a sequel to Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, the direct story links are few. Luso is a young student ready for summer vacation, but forced to stay late and help the librarian Mr. Randell clean up. Luso arrives in the library to find himself alone, but notices a strange-looking book with only half its pages filled. It seems to leave off waiting for a name, so Luso provides his own. All of a sudden he's transported to the other world of Ivalice. From that point on his time is filled with exploring the world, trying to figure out what happened to him, and how he can return.

    Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (2007)

      Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings is a strategy game with RPG elements. It acts as a sequel to the PS2 game Final Fantasy XII and features the same protagonist.

      Vaan, who is now 17 years old, finally owns his own airship. A string of events lead him and his friends to help the Aegyl race defend the floating continent Lemurés. From there the adventure continues.

    Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon (2008)

      Help the Yellow Chocobo rescue his friends from a storybook nightmare! In the Final Fantasy side-story for the Nintendo DS, players must help the Yellow Chocobo wander around the world of Final Fantasy in an attempt to rescue his friends who have been captured inside an evil book and turned into two dimensional cards. The evil book also swallowed up a book of fables, which has been scattered about the Land. Only the Yellow Chocobo can enter the book and set everything right once more.

    Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles - Ring of Fates (2008)

      Yuri and Chelinka between them share a special mystical gift that allows them to control a magical crystal. When a mysterious robed figure appears in their small town, murders their father, and causes their two faithful friends to disappear, the pair must explore the countryside to rescue their friends. From there, it's a matter of confronting the sinister temple in the city which seems to be the center of all of this trouble.

    Dissidia: Final Fantasy (2008)

      Unlike most Final Fantasy games, Dissidia is more of a fighting game rather than a classic role playing game. It still keeps the complex story, character level-up and customization though. The game features main characters from the other Final Fantasy titles, two from each title (the protagonist and the antagonist). The plot revolves around the battle of the two gods, Cosmos and Chaos. The protagonists will form teams in order to fight through Chaos' armies and find their crystals which will later be used to destroy Chaos. Each character has his own campaign to go through at the end of which a crystal will be collected.

    Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles - My Life as a King (2008)

      My Life as a King takes place after the GameCube's Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles and it is the third game in the Chronicles series. Whereas in that game the player fought to rid the world of the deadly miasma covering it, in this game a land previously lost to the miasma is recovered and ripe for rebuilding. Your purpose is to rebuild a prosperous kingdom with the magic power of architek, and along the way find out what happened to the previous king: your father.

    Crystal Defenders (2008)

      In this defensive strategy game for the iPod, iPhone and iPod Touch the user must guard a path using troops taken straight from the Final Fantasy job classes, such as Soldiers, Archers and Black Mages. Every enemy that traverses the entire path means another crystal lost to the party, similar to the gameplay of Tower Defense games.

    Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles - Echoes of Time (2009)

      When a girl in the village falls ill after a birthday party, the Hero has to go in town to get medicine. And then, event after event, gets on a quest that will reveal the history of this village in the forest, of the villagers, of the world around them.

    Final Fantasy XIII (TBA)

      Final Fantasy XIV (TBA)

        Fortress (TBA)

        Final Fantasy XIII Trailer

        Final Fantasy Movies and Animations

          Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals (1994)

            * Four episode original video animation (OVA) by Madhouse Studios
            * Sequel to Final Fantasy V

          Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

            Feature-length, theatrically released computer-generated film released under the Final Fantasy brand

          Final Fantasy: Unlimited (2001)

            * Original 25 episode animated television series by GONZO featuring concepts and themes from the Final Fantasy games
            * A variety of related media, including novels and radio dramas, has been released to expand its story.

          Final Fantasy VII Advent Children (2005)

            * Feature-length, theatrically released computer-generated film serving as a sequel to Final Fantasy VII
            * Part of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII
            * A director's cut version of the movie was released in 2009 on Blu-ray disc as Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete.

          Last Order: Final Fantasy VII (2005)

            * Traditionally animated OVA by Madhouse Studios that serves as a prequel to Final Fantasy VII
            * Released as a bonus feature of Final Fantasy VII Advent Children

          On the Way to a Smile: Episode of Denzel (2009)

            * Traditionally animated OVA adaption of "Case of Denzel", the first story in the On the Way to a Smile short story collection
            * Released as a bonus feature of Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete

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