The Best Version of Every Final Fantasy Game

The main line of the venerable JRPG series can be an endless labyrinth of formats, hardware and remakes. Here’s a guide to making the most of your playtime and purchasing power.

UPDATE 2020/02/04: New year, new look reassessments!

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Final Fantasy 20th Anniversary Edition (PSP)

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Final Fantasy II 20th Anniversary Edition (iOS)

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Final Fantasy III (PSP/Vita)

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Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection (PSP/Vita)
Comparison between the 3D models of the DS remake with the redrawn sprites of the PSP version

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Final Fantasy V (PSOne Classic)

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Final Fantasy VI (née “Final Fantasy III”) on the SNES Classic Mini

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Final Fantasy VII for PlayStation 4 (original PSOne version on the right for comparison)

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Final Fantasy VIII Remastered on the left, OG PSX version on the right.
“You’re the best-looking guy here.”

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Final Fantasy IX (PS4)

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Comparison between Final Fantasy X for the PS2, PS3 and PS4 versions

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Final Fantasy XI (PC)

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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PS4)

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Final Fantasy XIII (PS3)

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Final Fantasy XIV (PS4)

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Final Fantasy XV (PS4)

TL;DR Version

Final Fantasy: iOS/Android (PSP if you have one)
Final Fantasy II: iOS/Android (PSP if you have one)
Final Fantasy III: PSP/Vita or 3DS
Final Fantasy IV: PSP/Vita
Final Fantasy V: Game Boy Advance
Final Fantasy VI: Game Boy Advance
Final Fantasy VII: Nintendo Switch
Final Fantasy VIII: Nintendo Switch
Final Fantasy IX: Nintendo Switch
Final Fantasy X: Nintendo Switch
Final Fantasy XI: PC
Final Fantasy XII: PlayStation 4
Final Fantasy XIII: Xbox One (via backward compatibility)
Final Fantasy XIV: PlayStation 4 (or PC, depending on your play style)
Final Fantasy XV: PlayStation 4 (or Xbox One)

Perfectly cromulent.