Every Final Fantasy Game Released On PS1, Ranked
The NES may have been where Final Fantasy debuted, but it wasn’t until the SNES era that the series really began to flourish. However, many fans would argue that the series didn’t explode until PS1 thanks to Final Fantasy VII. Including this game, twelve mainline and spin-off titles have been released for the console, although there are two other games worth mentioning before we continue.
Ehrgeiz: God bless the ring and Wandering story are technically related to Final Fantasy franchise. Ehrgeiz is a wrestling game that had Final Fantasy VII characters like Cloud and Sephiroth in cameo roles. Wandering story was not launched as part of the Ivalice series but was later retconned there. These examples may make things confusing, but the rest of the PS1 Final Fantasy the games are much simpler.
Updated September 9, 2022 by Tom Bowen: Many would argue that the golden age of RPGs came in the early 90s, with the SNES offering some of the best games in the genre. While that may be true to some degree, it wasn’t until the PS1 era and the release of Final Fantasy VII that role-playing games really started to see mainstream success in the West. After the success of Final Fantasy VII, Sony’s little gray box would house many other great JRPGs and also receive ports of most previous Final Fantasy games. In fact, Western audiences would eventually be able to play all but the third episode of the series on the PS1, which is somewhat ironic given that Final Fantasy VI was originally sold as Final Fantasy III when he made his way west. Many Final Fantasy spin-offs were also available on the console, which made the list of Final Fantasy games on PS1 quite long.
12 Chocobo Stallion
Chocobo Stallion was released in 1999, but only in Japan. It was a simulation game themed around Chocobo herding and racing, with the focus on the former. It sold reasonably well, but, unfortunately, not well enough to warrant a North American or PAL release.
Contrary to Final Fantasy VII, which it seems this game draws heavily from, players have taken a casual approach to racing segments. That’s okay, because raising Chocobo has its own benefits that can be quite relaxing in some situations.
11 Chocobo Dice
Chocobo Dice was also released in 1999 exclusively in Japan. It got a GBA port in 2002, but it was also a Japanese exclusive, which made it very difficult for Western gamers to get their hands on a physical copy of the game.
For those wondering, the game looks a lot like an RPG version of Monopoly. There’s a whole series like that in Japan called Itadaki Streetwho, like Chocobo Dicenever really had a chance in the West, apart from Fortune Street for the Wii.
ten Dungeon Chocobo No Fushigi Na
Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon was released in 1996 and is yet another Japan-only chocobo-themed adventure. He does, however, have a special place in history, being the first Final Fantasy fallout for the Mystery Dungeon dungeon crawler roguelike series.
It’s a little harder than the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games but it’s not millions of miles away in usability. It’s a good roguelike for beginners looking to develop their love of Final Fantasy and an interesting piece of video game history in its own right.
9 Final Fantasy Chronicles
Final Fantasy Chronicles was released in North America in 2001. It was a combo pack that included ROM ports of the trigger of a stopwatch and Final Fantasy 4. For some reason the compilation was never released in PAL regions, although Europeans did eventually get a port of Final Fantasy 4 as a member of Final Fantasy Anthology pack the following year.
However, the fact that these ports were burned to discs wasn’t great as the load times were infamously bad, which naturally, perhaps, could be incredibly frustrating for gamers. The added cutscenes were a nice touch, but it’s arguably the worst way to play either game.
8 Final Fantasy Anthology
Final Fantasy Anthology was a combo pack similar to Final Fantasy Chronicles and was released a few years earlier in 1999 for the North American market. It included ports of Final Fantasy VI and, for the first time outside of Japan, Final Fantasy V.
The latter was originally a Japan-only SNES game released in 1992, meaning it took almost eight years to make its way west. Interestingly, PAL regions were treated to a standalone version of Final Fantasy VIwith their version of Final Fantasy Anthology containing instead the fourth and fifth installments of the series.
seven Chocobo Dungeon 2
Chocobo Dungeon 2 is the first game that North America got from the long run Chocobo Dungeon spin-off franchise. It’s very similar to the first title in terms of gameplay and it doesn’t seem like much has been added to differentiate the two games from each other.
On the plus side, fans of Final Fantasy were always happy to see the game make its way west. It was around this time that the series was really starting to catch on outside of Japan, making the decision to localize the game for a Western audience a bit of a no-brainer.
6 chocobo race
chocobo racecontrary to Chocobo Stallion, allowed players to manually race their feathered friends. It’s still a very different experience than what you find in Final Fantasy VII however, the game serving as Squaresoft’s attempt at a Mario Kart clone.
Besides the titular Chocobo and other Final FantasyBased on monsters and classes, the game also contains secret characters from the series like Cloud. It’s nowhere near as good as some of the other great kart racing games available on the PS1, but it can still be fun in small doses.
5 Origins of Final Fantasy
Origins of Final Fantasy was one of the last games released for the original PlayStation, arriving in North America in early 2003. For those wondering, that was already three years into the PS2’s lifecycle. However, the pack was launched at a price of $20, which was a pretty good incentive for potential buyers.
The compilation pack brought together the first two games in the series, which means it marked the start of Final Fantasy 2 in the West. For some reason, both games were actually based on the 2000 WonderSwan Color remakes rather than the original NES releases, though the differences were pretty minimal.
4 Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy VIII had big shoes to fill after the resounding success of Final Fantasy VII. These high expectations may be why reaction to the game was so mixed when it launched, as some just didn’t feel it was pushing the series forward as much as it should have.
It is now considered one of the many black sheep in the family and is very different from any other entry. That said, it’s still a great RPG that pushed the PS1 to its limits as much as its predecessor and is well worth checking out for those who haven’t already.
3 Final Fantasy IX
Final Fantasy IX was a send off to the classic Final Fantasy medieval settings that had punctuated so many previous installments of the series. In many ways, it’s exactly what the series and the PS1 needed at the time.
Perhaps one day Proper Games will return to this more fantastical setting and move away from the more futuristic motifs and ideas found in many of the newer mainline games. Final Fantasy XVI looks like it may be quite close, but time will tell.
2 Final Fantasy Tactics
Final Fantasy Tactics was the first entry in this tactical RPG spin-off and one of the best. The idea was successful enough that Square Enix decided to use it for its world, Ivalice, to create a sprawling universe that connects spinoffs and mainline entries.
As of this writing, there are currently only six games in the Ivalice sub-series, but that number is likely to increase in the future. Even if this is not the case, Final Fantasy Tactics remains one of the best tactical RPGs ever made and is a must-have for fans of this fantasy subgenre.
1 Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII was the first 3D mainline Final Fantasy game ever created and the highlight of the series up to that time. It really upped the ante in terms of visuals, storytelling, and gameplay over its NES and SNES predecessors and helped the franchise really take off in the west.
The PS1 had a few hits before that, but it was one of the games that made the system so popular. Such was the hype, even non-RPG fans jumped on the Final Fantasy bandwagon with millions of copies of the game sold. The game was so popular that it spawned its own sub-series, which includes several spin-off games and an animated feature film.
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