kinda of a bad question to ask.
if you've played any modern RPG, the biggest hurdle you're going to need to over come to enjoy FF9 and older would be the antiquated gameplay that will seem very out dated if all you're played are modern RPGs
i have not played any of the games and the playstation network is having a sale on them i was wondering whats the best final fantasy to start on first?
Many people have opinions about which is the best Final Fantasy game. I will let the market decide which one is the best Final Fantasy game. "Final Fantasy 7" is the best Final Fantasy game because it sold the most copies. The market has spoken.
Best selling Square-Enix games. Sales data from List of best-selling video games (Wikipedia)
1. Final Fantasy VII (10 million, includes Final Fantasy VII International)
2. Final Fantasy VIII (8.15 million till 31 march 2003)
3. Final Fantasy X (8.05 million)
4. Final Fantasy XIII (6.71 million, Includes ps3&360 versions)
5. Final Fantasy XII (5.6 million approximately: 2.4 million in Japan, 1.7 million in US, 1.1 million in Europe; 5.2 million shipped)
Each of the Final Fantasy games on sale are indeed great in their own way. Although you can't go wrong with either of them, Final Fantasy VIII is the single game I'd vouch for most. Best story, best characters, best gameplay... these sorts of factors make Final Fantasy VIII a winning triumph. Final Fantasy Tactics itself is another very good game game, tough as it may be.
FF5 was my favorite of the og games. it was the last one where you could actually create your own characters. all the games that followed involved pre-programed characters that already had their classes and abilities defined for them. as far as the "modern" games are concerned i myself am still playing thru FF10 and havnt played any of the ones that came after even though i own 10.2,11 and 12.
I just bought FF: Origins, FF5, FF6, FF8, FF9. Working on FF2 (US)) on my old SNES. I Have FF (NES) on the Wii and will likely go back to that to finish some day. Thats a good 500 hours of gameplay right there. Its hard for me to pick just one because I've been a huge fan since I was a kid but Final Fantasy 3 (FF6 on the PS store) is my favorite.
It's really hard to say which game is the definitive best. It's easier to ask what someone's favourite game is and why instead.
A previous poster gave descriptions for the series so I'll just suggest a game without listing the reason. Based on my current mood I would vote for FFIX. But if you have a PSP or Vita check out FFIV Complete Collection.