You can play most major Final Fantasy games on PlayStation 5, but we’re going to pick out the best ones.
From 1997 on, Final Fantasy and the Sony PlayStation have seemed like two separate brands. No matter where else a major Final Fantasy game comes out, it will always come out on Sony hardware. There are a few games that can’t be played on PlayStation 5, but not many. Other than the many spin-offs, the only ones that aren’t there are the Final Fantasy 13 games and the original Final Fantasy MMO.
PS5 is a great console for old Final Fantasy games, a great console for newer FF games that need a performance boost, and a necessary system for Final Fantasy 16 and the upcoming Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth. In general, it’s a good place for both old and new fans, and we’re listing the best ones.
Final Fantasy 8 Remastered
If you look closely, every Final Fantasy has parts that players have argued about and picked apart since the first game came out. But what about Final Fantasy 8? Without a doubt, the picking-apart has been louder than most of its mainstream peers. There are about as many people who don’t like FF8 as there are people who do. The story slowly changes from an epic wartime journey to a more personal story of time travel and deep-rooted love.
There’s no doubt about it: it’s worth experiencing for yourself. There’s a lot to love, even if you don’t like the parts that divide people. Triple Triad is a great card game inside the game, and you can call a huge number of monsters to fight and even train. Each monster has a wide range of useful skills that you can use. Following the huge success of Final Fantasy 7, Square’s next game went all out to make it another big hit. The cutscenes are still amazing, and the music is breathtaking. FF8 is a strange game, but it’s still a good Final Fantasy.
Final Fantasy 15
Forget about Final Fantasy 8 for a moment; Final Fantasy 15 is more or less the “Last Jedi” of the FF franchise’s controversial games. Some people really enjoy the first half, which is more of a road trip vibe, while others wish the story had picked up much faster. Some fans love the four regular party members who are all “bros being bros,” while others think it’s a big step back for a Final Fantasy to have a party with only four friends who have known each other for years. There are so many things about this person that people either love or hate.
Anyways, if you want to make your PlayStation 5 look better with the best Final Fantasy games on the market, Sony’s newest hardware does a great job of improving speed and graphics for a game that looked pretty good when it came out for PS4 in 2016. Also, FF15 can be a lot of fun, with its fishing, chocobo rides, and cooking over a campfire, even though the story sometimes falls flat and what should have been the beginning of the game turned into a mediocre CG movie.
Final Fantasy 5 Pixel Remaster
Because Final Fantasy 5’s Job Class system is so fun, fans hold a yearly event called “Four Job Fiesta” where they pick four classes to play as for the whole game and raise money for charity at the same time. It is possible to win in any combination, and for most players, switching between classes is half the fun. However, sticking with the same group from the start can also be enjoyable and exciting.
The story is fine; it has a high-adventure feel that makes you want to read more. It’s not the most exciting story, so it might not stick with you as much as some other Final Fantasy stories, but it does what it sets out to do well. The Pixel Remaster, which is available on PlayStation 4 and can be played with pleasure on PlayStation 5, makes the experience better by making some great quality of life changes.
Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age
At the time, Final Fantasy 12 was the most popular video game ever made. It took just over four years to make, which, when you think about how long some games can take these days, is kind of funny. Four years or more was definitely out of the ordinary back then, and the troubled and complicated development process definitely left a few major flaws in the final product. For example, there aren’t many cutscenes or plot developments in the middle, and some characters are almost entirely underused.
If you can get past that, though, you’ll find what might be the most complex single-player Final Fantasy game ever, with so many ways to play, so many optional battles, so many unique weapons and accessories, and a politically charged story with clear bad guys and a mature tone that can be nice after the series’ sometimes too cutesy romantic drama between characters.
As with the other games, The Zodiac Age is a full remake that adds a lot of new content and a lot of features that North Americans never got to play back in the day.
Final Fantasy 16
Some people may say that the game is more serious than it really is, but there’s a reason for that: Final Fantasy 16 is without a doubt the most grim and serious core Final Fantasy game. The type of book is dark fantasy.
Also, it doesn’t have many “RPG elements,” which can mean ten different things to ten different people and usually refers to “crunchier” mechanics like more ways to customize your character and get better gear. This can really turn some people off, but then, Final Fantasy is a series that is always evolving. For what it tries to be, FF16 doesn’t have many problems, other than a lot of side quests that aren’t very rewarding and an endgame bad guy who talks in a very basic way.
The fully-action fighting can be a lot of fun, and the localization is almost perfect. The characters even though they’re magically heroic seem believable as real people. The Eikon-versus-Eikon fights are the best part because they are so different and never get boring. Yes, this is the most beautiful Final Fantasy that will make your PS5 work hard.
Final Fantasy 10 And 10-2 HD Remaster
The first thing we know is that “Final Fantasy X and X-2” is a much more popular way to say it. Please forgive us; this is our house style. Anyway, this deal is kind of like getting two games in one, since it includes one of the most popular and best-selling games in the series and its direct follow-up that some people didn’t like at first. If you’re new to Final Fantasy, you should play the game that made Square’s dominance official when it blew people away with its bright graphics and sad story on PlayStation 2.
You might get tired of Tidus saying that this is his story when Yuna, who you like more, is the main character of Final Fantasy 10. However, 10-2 picks up a few years later and makes Yuna the star in every way. She’s even a pop star. The lighter tone doesn’t hide how cheesy it is, which you’ll probably either love or hate, depending on your tastes. The battle methods in these two games are very different, but they are both some of the best Square has ever made. Also, try not to cry when “To Zanarkand” starts.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake
The story of Final Fantasy 7 Remake isn’t always clear, and there are some strange metafictional elements in it. However, the whole thing is a beautiful tribute to the first major part of the original Final Fantasy 7. A lot more conversation is happening with characters like Cloud Strife, Aerith Gainsborough, Tifa Lockhart, and Barret Wallace, who are all very well known. This is because FF7’s Midgar arc is given a whole game to grow. There are a lot of great moments in Wall Market, but the dance number is the best of them all.
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is coming out soon, and the remake is the first in a series of movies based on the game. There is a lot to look forward to in Rebirth, including a big world outside of Midgar’s walls and a ton of side material, such as fun mini-games. But a lot of the excitement about Rebirth comes from all the good things that Remake did, like a fight system that combines action and turn-based play much better than Final Fantasy 15‘s good attempt.
Final Fantasy 6 Pixel Remaster
There has already been a lot written about Final Fantasy 6‘s great story, so we won’t go over it again. We’ll just agree instead. In FF6, a group of rebels fight against a bad kingdom. The story starts out with some obvious tropes, but then it goes through some twists that, while mild now, were unheard of in 1994 and still work perfectly.
There are some parts of the game that we don’t love as much as others, like how easy and straightforward most of the fights are compared to other games in the same genre. But Final Fantasy 6 is an all-time favorite because of its large and varied cast of characters, its great soundtrack, and Kefka, the villain who is both constantly funny and evil.
Final Fantasy 9
After Final Fantasy 8‘s almost movie-like goals in terms of graphic reality, the more “chibified” Final Fantasy 9‘s marketing phase was met with enough skepticism to cause a big drop in sales. There were millions of copies sold, that’s not to say that, but FF9’s look didn’t work for a lot of people in 2000.
If you can get past the faces of the figures, Space Bar Clicker is just as pretty as the last one. The faces may not even make sense to you right now. More importantly, Final Fantasy 9 is charming from beginning to end. It has a great cast (Vivi is my favorite, of course) and lots of side activities that you can get lost in for hours. A lot of people talked back then about how FF9 was a return to a more fantasy-focused tone after FF6 through FF8 became more sci-fi-focused. The towns that look like they were from the Renaissance and the lush natural areas still look great.
Final Fantasy 7
Many people say Final Fantasy 7 is one of the best games ever, and we don’t disagree. However, it does show its age in some ways, but it still tells a great story with themes of greed and the environment, bravery and sacrifice, self-realization and so much more.
Younger gamers who want to play classic games from decades ago will enjoy the newer ports’ ability to speed up combat, and FF7 fans may enjoy picturing the world after Midgar in all its glory in the future Rebirth (and third-game) glory. It makes sense that Remake doesn’t change the Materia system too much; it’s still a cool way to build characters. The game is full of strange changes in tone and sudden mini-games that are related to the story. This gives it a timeless quality that makes it feel new even after 25 years.
Final Fantasy 14
Many people who only play single-player games might be upset that Final Fantasy 14 is the best Final Fantasy game on PlayStation 5, but hear us out: it’s like playing five Final Fantasy games at once. There’s the base game, A Realm Reborn; the award-winning add-on Heavensward; the war-themed Stormblood; the emotionally charged Shadowbringers; and the epic Endwalker, which wraps up the story. There is still more to come with Dawntrail and other games as well.
It’s amazing that none of these games-within-games have failed. Even though FF14 has multiplayer, it still has a great single-player experience. It has one of the best groups in RPGs and worldbuilding that can only be found in a ten-year MMORPG. You can play Final Fantasy 14 just as well on PS5, and many players actually prefer controllers to keyboards and mice because the game works so well with them. The best part is that you can complete most of the story tasks by yourself if you don’t want to play with other people.