I want to play Final Fantasy, since I never had the chance to do so when I was a kid
Should I follow the full trail 1-8 (The rest are not really in my interest) or should I ignore some shitty releases?
GBA or PSP version of FF1 and 2 if you want something easier, PSX if you want a polished but original experience.
NES or PSP version of Final Fantasy 3, your choice.
DS version of FF4 if you want a challenge, SNES or GBA otherwise. Same with FF5 and 6. If you play 6 on the GBA, apply the color patch.
Your choice of PC port or PSX original of FF7.
PSX of 8 and 9.
It depends on how much you like older RPGs.
2 is almost universally considered the worst and everyone recommends skipping it. I would personally recommend skipping over 1 and 3 as well because I'm not a huge fan of 8-bit RPGs, and both of those games were released before the Final Fantasy series started to develop more intricate stories (which is important to me in an RPG), but if those things aren't a big deal to you, you might like them.
4 is the first one I can recommend wholeheartedly, 6 is amazing too. I've never played 5 but a lot of people like it. Starting with the Playstation FFs isn't bad either. Basically I wouldn't recommend playing through them all in order, but instead skipping around based on what looks good to you. If you played them in order, you'd probably get burned out before you got to 6 and 7, which many people consider to be two of the best.
Is there a reason you're willing to go up through 8 and not play 9? 9 is my personal favorite, I can't recommend it enough.
>the full trail 1-8 (The rest are not really in my interest)
>not wanting to play 9
explain your bullshit OP
>4 Heroes of Light and Bravely Default
OK, I liked Bravely Default until the game started repeating itself. Is 4 Heroes of Light better/different?
I dunno how old you are, or what games you like, but some of these games are more polished than others. If you haven't played a lot of older JRPG's, then you might want to start at 6.
I'd say 4 is the best of the early FF's though, and 2 is the worst. DS ports of 3 & 4 use 3D polygon characters, which I liked. I tend to avoid Steam releases.
Playing 1 just felt obligatory, 2 is terrible, 3 is meh, 4 is good, 5 isnt very good.
For what its worth, Tactics is one of the first games I ever wrapped my mind around, and that along with 8/9/12 are my favorites, but 6 on GBA and 4 on DS are very good games too.
If you're big on authenticity, play the PSX version of 1. If you want a speedier experience a la Dragon Quest GBC, play the GBA version
Skip 2 entirely
Not a lot of choice for 3. You could play the original, again, if you want authenticity. PSP and DS version added in actual characters + polygonal graphics, and some degree of actual story so if you'd like that go with it.
4 again has a polygonal remake on DS, but it also adds a degree of extra difficulty. I consider FFIV way too easy on its own, so I consider that best. GBA if you want the original sprite version
GBA VI, I consider the improved translation and bugfixes worth the tinny sound quality
VII just play the PSX version. Hurry up and enjoy it before the shitty kingdom hearts-looking remake comes out and marrs it.
VIII can be skipped unless you really love bad anime and weird gameplay mechanics.
Play IX on psx you dumb bitch, don't stop at VIII.
>or should I ignore some shitty releases?
And how are we supposed to know which games you'll find "shitty"? You'll just have to try them for yourself. You can't rely on the arbitrary opinions of a group of strangers.
>Should I follow the full trail 1-8
I would do just that. Start with the first game, and if you're not feeling it, move onto the second, then the third, etc.
As for which versions to play, I would largely recommend the originals, except in the case of FF1 and 2. I would go with the Origins version since it fixes the numerous bugs between those two games, but doesn't throw balance out of the window like later ports do.
>2 is almost universally considered the worst
Speak for yourself. It was my favorite game in the series.
Just play the original releases.
You can throw in the GBA FF5 as well.
I think honestly, the only ones really worth playing are:
Everything else is kinda shit. Yes including 6. I firmly believe FF6 to be the most over rated FF.
>Should I follow the full trail 1-8
Might as well, if you're a bad enough dude. (Not that any main FF is truly hard, mind you)
No remakes, see the series evolve as you play through them.
>/vr/ Final Fantasy versions faq
Pretty sure there was no consensus among /vr/ users regarding this "FAQ." It looks like one Anon's commentary, and a questionable one at that.
>recommending Square Enix ports or translations
No. Just... no.
Honestly I suggest FF1 nes, I blazed through the gba/psp remakes and don't remember it very well since they were super easy. But when I came back to play the NES version I started learning the tricks on staying alive, proper targeting, and just in general having fun learning the game. It's not for everyone though and the game is quite broken.
start with 3 either the translated NES version or the DS remake that is also ported to steam and android. first one is so outdated and the second one is worse, but the third one got it right. and they were good ever since until 10. also 8 is a bit weird but enjoyable. you should defiantly play 9 if you enjoy any of the old games and 7 or 8.
you act like 3 is any better at all. The game throws you into mandatory hoops of making your characters specific classes at certain times. FF2 is super open ended but a little boring at times while FF1 is completely broken but maintains a certain flexibility. FF3 is just as flawed in its own trilogy.
I think playing the original versions are best, maybe adding in hacks that restore or fix content.
Final Fantasy I I'd go with Restored. Some say the font is an eyesore though but there are options to change that.
With IV, there is the J2E translation, Project II, or Namingway Edition.
For V there is Legend of the Crystals that fixes a lot of issues with the original fan translation.
I think a lot of people on vr are fans of Woolsey Uncensored Edition for VI. There is always a toss up between that and the GBA with the sound, color, and uncensoring patches.
Some spells just don't work like Temper (even some spells will just fuck you up). Swords that affect races and such do no such extra damage. But as long as you read up on that stuff the NES version of the game is still playable, it's just unfortunate you can't trust everything you come across.
1, 5, and 6 are my faves.
1 lets you pick your party at the start and is short and simple with minimal cutscenes and bullshit. Most straightforward game in the series.
5 has the class changing system from 3 only vastly improved.
6 has the best atmosphere and characters and a (limited) 2 Player mode.