Final Fantasy

Super NES Retro Review: Final Fantasy VI

Join us as we review every Super NES Classic game. Next up: The reigning prince of 16-bit RPGs.

How the NES Changed RPGs Forever

Axe of the Blood God's Console RPG Quest continues!

The Best Version of Every Final Fantasy Game

Some Final Fantasy games have remakes of their remakes. What's the definitive version of each single-player mainline installment? Let us help you.

Final Fantasy 10 and 10-2 HD, Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age Get Release Dates for the Switch

The Switch's Final Fantasy games conga line continues.

Undertale Developer Helped Make New Entrance Video For New Japan Pro Wrestling Star Kenny Omega

If Kenny Omega were a spider, he could wear four pairs of hot pants.

Final Fantasy XIII Might be Most Ambitious Xbox One Backward Compatibility Game to Date

Xbox One is now the best place to play FFXIII.

Final Fantasy Composer Nobuo Uematsu Goes on Hiatus, Cites Health Reasons

Uematsu will be taking the rest of the year off.

Tons of Final Fantasy Games Coming to Switch (But Not the Best One... Sad)

Everyone but Squall fans will be happy in 2019.

Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition Out Now for PS4 and Xbox One, Coming to Switch Soon

The mobile version of the console game is now on console.

Hajime Tabata Pulls Back the Curtain on Luminous Productions

Square Enix’s latest splinter project appears to be striking out in new yet familiar directions.

Rinoa and Her Deadly Dog Are the Latest to Join Dissidia Final Fantasy NT's Roster

The Final Fantasy VIII heroine is not the type to leave her dog in a kennel.

Does Drake Really Sample Final Fantasy on His Album, Scorpion?

A song called Final Fantasy features on the Toronto rapper’s new album, and many are suggesting that it samples the iconic Prelude theme from the series.

Kingdom Hearts Doesn't Need Final Fantasy Like it Used To, Tetsuya Nomura Says

Tetsuya Nomura on why Final Fantasy characters haven't really been shown off yet for Kingdom Hearts 3.

Marvel Japan Mashes Up Avengers Infinity War and Final Fantasy in a New Video

Thanos is the most predictable JRPG boss ever.

The Top 5 Legendary Weapons in RPG History

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat and Nadia pick the best legendary weapons from Final Fantasy, World of WarCraft, and more.

Starting Screen | Happy Anniversary to Final Fantasy VI, Square Enix's First RPG for Adults

STARTING SCREEN | The older you get, the easier it is to appreciate Square Enix's 16-bit RPG masterpiece.

Square Enix's Idol Fantasy Mobile Game is Sadly Not a Final Fantasy Idol Simulator

You can manage your own idol group, but not one made up of Cecil, Locke, Cloud, and Noctis.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Guide - All Characters, Classes, Arenas, and Summons

Get to grips with everything you need to know to master Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, including a complete combat and controls guide, as well as a rundown of every playable character.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Is Lacking in the "Dissidia" Department

The latest Final Fantasy fighting game feels nothing like its predecessors.

Panzer Dragoon Saga Creator's Ideas for a Remake: More Player Choice and a Souls-Like Online Component

Yukio Futatsugi has some ideas about what he'd add to a Panzer Dragoon Saga remake.

Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age Releases in Just a Few Weeks on PC with New Features

Cheat your way to riches by maximizing Gil.

Square Enix Teases Upcoming Characters For Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Season Pass

Operative word being "tease" in the strongest sense.

Where You Should Start in Final Fantasy on its 30th Anniversary

Want to get into Final Fantasy? We list entry points for beginning, intermediate, and experienced fans of the series.

Final Fantasy 14 Patch 4.2 Offers the New Glamour System We All Wanted

Today's Letter From the Producer gives us a glimpse of the next Final Fantasy XIV patch.

Square Enix CEO: Microtransactions Are Better Suited for Mobile Games Than Console Games

"The way that console games are made, the volume of content and how much effort goes into them, there's something in that which doesn't fit in the mind with microtransactions."

Final Fantasy "Gearing Up For A Big Year" In 2018, Says Producer

Final Fantasy brand manager Shinji Hashimoto promises new Final Fantasy game announcements in 2018.

Square Enix Producer Wants Yoko Taro to Direct a Final Fantasy Game, Which I'm Sure He'd Do For the Right Price

The Nier: Automata director has made clear previously that no job is off the table, so long as he gets paid.

Square Enix: "Gone are the Days in Which Single-player Games Were of Primary Status"

Square Enix will focus on games as services.

Kitase on Final Fantasy Theories: "You're Thinking About This Too Much"

"Gogo is not dead US politician Adlai Stevenson. What is wrong with you people?"

Super NES Retro Review: Final Fantasy VI

Join us as we review every Super NES Classic game. Next up: The reigning prince of 16-bit RPGs.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Gets a January Release Date

Team Ninja's Final Fantasy fighting game is heading to North America.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Announces Closed Beta Test Sign-Ups

Here's how to sign-up for the closed beta.

A New Nissan Ad Wants You to Replace People You Love With Final Fantasy XIII Characters

A Chinese ad for Nissans encourages you to plug into the Matrix.

Final Fantasy Creator is Developing Terra Battle 2, Announces a Spinoff

Both Terra Battle 2 and Terra Wars are coming to PC and mobile.

Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade Revealed For 2018 PS4 Release

The Final Fantasy fighter comes to the system that powers the arcade version.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Moves To In-House Development at Square Enix

"From here on out, with production and quality in mind, we're shifting to our in-house organization."

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Is Moving Forward, Square-Enix "Recruiting Urgently"

Business Division 1 needs a big, beautiful team for their big, beautiful remake.

The 10 Best Turtles in Video Games

Let's celebrate World Turtle Day by counting down the ten best (unstomped) digital terrapins!

Square-Enix Reports "Record-High" Earnings

Square-Enix will focus on recurring payments and arcades in the following fiscal year.

New Day Rocks Final Fantasy Cosplay at Wrestlemania 33

And WWE commentator Michael Cole stumbles over the word "Chocobo," bless his heart.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Kingdom Hearts 3 Aren't Coming Anytime Soon, Says Tetsuya Nomura

Director Tetsuya Nomura admits that Square Enix' next flagship games aren't near the finish line.

USgamer's Best Games of 2016: Best Sidekick

From bird-dogs to field chefs, we examine the best in 2016's sidekicks.

Chrono Trigger Director Working on New Final Fantasy… For Mobile

Square Enix' premium mobile efforts are pulling in some veterans.

How Will Nintendo Switch Change Our Favorite Games?

Nintendo's next system will play host to lots of familiar series. We speculate how they'll take advantage of the unconventional hardware.

USgamer's RPG Podcast Puts Final Fantasy's Run on the Super Nintendo into Perspective

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: What did Final Fantasy mean for the SNES, and vice versa? We discuss! Plus: God Eater and Fallout 4's last batch of DLC.

Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy Graphic Designer Manabu Daishima Passes Away

The veteran developer has passed away at the age of 45.

Final Fantasy VI, the Essence of a Franchise Distilled for SNES

Though perhaps not the best of the series, FFVI was definitely the most Final Fantasy-ish of the lot.

Cover Story: Teaching Creative Thought and Expression Through Video Games

Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastard novel series and other published works serve as examples of how video games encourage writers and other creative types to dream and grow.

Retronauts Explores Final Fantasy (the NES Game)

The adventure that kicked off the world's most popular RPG series is getting a new lease on life through the NES Classic Mini, and we give it a thorough look.

E3 2016 Central: Everything You Need to Know About The Show

Our comprehensive roundup of all our coverage for E3 2016, organized for your browsing convenience.

Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius is Getting a Western Release

Square-Enix's mobile RPG is engineered to punch your most tender Final Fantasy nostalgia zones.

The Final Fantasist: A Conversation With Yoshitaka Amano

COVER STORY: The artist who has given life to so many Final Fantasy games speaks about his inspirations, the difference between fine and commercial art, and his current projects.

Final Fantasy: Record Keeper Loot-Drop Controversy Highlights Need for Transparency in Free-to-Play Games [Updated]

Fans of Final Fantasy: Record Keeper believe they're getting ripped off, and publisher DeNA risks its long-term relationship with its customers if it doesn't prove otherwise.

How the Game Boy Advance Re-Introduced Americans to the 16-bit Chapters of Final Fantasy

The GBA installments of Final Fantasy IV, V, and VI finally let English-speaking audiences play restored, uncensored versions of the classic RPGs.

A Music-Laced Look Back at the Career of Final Fantasy Composer Nobuo Uematsu

The Retronauts podcast gets musical this week with a survey of Uematsu's career and classic compositions.

All-Time 16-Bit Classics: Our Comprehensive Guide to the Best Super NES Games (Update: 1994!)

The year 1994 arrives, and with it some of the greatest games ever made. Our year-by-year video guide to the best of Super NES continues!

The Pursuit of Emptiness: FF Explorers Betrays the Spirit of Final Fantasy

Jeremy digs into one of his most anticipated games of 2016 only to find hollow disappointment.

The Long Journey West: 8 Japanese Games that Took Their Time Making it to America

Final Fantasy Type-0 isn't the only game to linger for years in a state of uncertainty. Now with video!

Every Final Fantasy is Star Wars

It doesn't matter how much a Star Wars nerd you think you are — you've got nothing on the creators of Final Fantasy, who have built a career (and a video game empire) on borrowing liberally from George Lucas.

Video Games and the Star Wars Outsider

Bob explains the strangeness of seeing Star Wars long after playing the many games it inspired.

Remember When Japanese Console Games Were a Big Deal? So Does Sony.

PlayStation 4's 2016 lineup looks like a return to form for what many find to be a fading corner of the industry.

Hironobu Sakaguchi Clears the Air on Final Fantasy VI

The creator of Square-Enix's legendary RPG series shatters a widely believed misconception.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper Is Worth Putting in Your Archives

Square Enix and DeNA deliver the first original Final Fantasy mobile game that's worth something.

Final Fantasy Type 0 HD Review: For Old Times' Sake

Though fixated on death, this spin-off bodes well for Final Fantasy's future liveliness.

The 10 Essential Last-Gen Console RPGs

The newest consoles are a little light on must-have RPGs yet, but that just means now is the perfect time to catch up on the greats from last generation.

Mevius Final Fantasy: Fighting Monsters in Your Armored Swimsuit

The reception to the main character design of Square Enix' upcoming mobile game has been interesting.

2014 Recap: Kat and Jeremy Share Their Appreciation for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Kat and Jeremy discuss the merits of one of 2014's unfairly overlooked RPGs.

Where Final Fantasy Went Wrong, and How Square Enix is Putting It Right

Final Fantasy's star has lost its shine for many fans. We speak with the series' creators to learn how they're working to restore its former glory.

Diary of a Final Fantasy Explorer: Tripping the Lite

Jeremy hunkers down to spend a whole lot of time with the upcoming 3DS action RPG, beginning with Japan's recent demo.

Gaming Auteurs: Akitoshi Kawazu

No one in the world makes RPGs quite like those of Final Fantasy's quirkiest co-designer... for better, and for worse.

Final Fantasy XIII's Uninvolving First Half Makes Its Beautiful PC Port a Hard Sell

Freed from the limitations of consoles, Final Fantasy XIII has never looked better—but it's certainly played better.

Hironobu Sakaguchi on the Download-Driven Inspiration Behind Terra Battle

The new mobile game from the creator of Final Fantasy debuts tomorrow, and we look into its unconventional promotional plan.

Resonance of Fate is the RPG You Should Have Played Over Final Fantasy XIII

... And now that it's on PSN, there's never been a better time to check out one of the best console RPGs you might have missed.

Who Makes the Best Final Fantasy Games?

We take an in-depth look at the men behind the long-running RPG franchise and ask, "Who does it best?"

Daily Classic: The Final Fantasy Legend, Portable Role-Playing's Esoteric Start

25 years ago, the world's first handheld RPG was also Squaresoft's most daring creation.

Daily Classic: Curse of the Azure Bonds, the Alternate Universe Final Fantasy XIII

Ever wondered what Final Fantasy XIII might have been like as a PC RPG? 25 years ago, SSI answered that question preemptively.

Watch: The Ups and Downs (and Ups?) of Final Fantasy

Have a few minutes free? Please enjoy this fine video companion piece to our in-depth feature.

Theatrhythm Curtain Call Coming West with Over 200 Final Fantasy Songs

The second installment in the music game series brings new characters, new modes and a whole heap of classic songs.

Final Fantasy Publisher Loses Third-Biggest Shareholder as Sony Sells Stock

Sony ends its minority ownership in Square Enix. What does it really mean for both companies?

The Final Fantasy Team Responds to Your Thoughts on English-Language Localization

Long-time series producer Yoshinori Kitase asked for your opinions, and you gave them. Here are his thoughts.

Final Fantasy's Producer Asks: What Makes a Good (or Bad) English Localization?

Yoshinori Kitase wants your feedback on how American gamers prefer their English-language RPGs.

Final Fantasy FAQ and Beginner's Guide: The Best, Worst, and Weirdest Final Fantasy Games

Interested in learning more about the world's most popular RPG series? Here's everything you need to know: what Final Fantasy is, how it plays through, what are the best and worst games in the series - and where you should get started!

Final Fantasy's Future: Square Enix "Definitely Interested" In PC Versions

The publisher thinks that future Final Fantasy games will come to the PC as well.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Guide – How to Beat Bhunivelze and Complete the Final Day

If you've made it this far, congratulations. The only thing left to do is defeat Bhunivelze. This walkthrough explains how.

The Complete Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Walkthrough

Need help with Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII? You've come to the right place. Here's where you can find all the information you achieve 100% completion.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Guide: Canvas of Prayers Walkthrough - Final Quests

Need help completing the last few parts of the epic Canvas of Prayers quest line? Everything you need is right here.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Guide: Canvas of Prayers Walkthrough - The Dead Dunes

Here's how to battle endless Cactuars on your way to completing the Canvas of Prayers quest line in the Dead Dunes.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Guide: Canvas of Prayers Walkthrough - The Wildlands

If you need information about the Canvas of Prayers quest line in the Wildlands, this guide has you covered.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Guide: Canvas of Prayers Walkthrough - Yusnaan

Stuck in Yusnaan and need help with the Canvas of Prayers quests? Here's what you need to know.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Canvas of Prayers Walkthrough - Luxerion

If you're looking for help with the Canvas of Prayers quests in Luxerion, this complete guide has everything you need.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Side Quests Guide - Wildlands Walkthrough

Stuck on any Wildlands side quests? Here's where you can find help.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Side Quests Guide - Yussnan Walkthrough

Trying to work through all the side quests in Yussnan and need some help. This guide will take you through everything, step-by-step.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Side Quests Guide - Dead Dunes Walkthrough

If you want to complete all the Dead Dunes side quests, this guide will make it easy.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Side Quests Guide - Luxerion Walkthrough

If you're tackling the side quests in Luxerion, this comprehensive guide will be very handy.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Guide: Dead Dunes Quests and How to Beat Grendel

Getting to the Final Day involves beating Grendel. This walkthrough tells you how to do it.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Guide: Luxurion Quests and How to Beat Noel

Want to get the Shadow Hunter Weapon? This comprehensive walkthrough has all the information you need to beat Noel.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Guide: Wildlands Quests and How to Beat Caius Ballad and Cactair

Want to get Chaos's Revenge and the Fragment of Kindness? This walkthrough tells you how to defeat both the bosses that have them.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Guide: Yusnaan Quests and How to Beat Snow

This comprehensive walkthrough covers the Yusnaan main quests, and how to defeat Snow to gain the Ghostly Hood.

Final Fantasy XIII: A Franchise Firmly Leaves Fans Behind

Mike offers a different theory on why fans dislike Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIII.

It's Time to Admit Final Fantasy XIII Wasn't Actually That Bad

A series that was once the defining name in RPGs is now often the target of scorn. Why?

Lightning Returns PS3 Review: Not the Future of Final Fantasy, Just an Intriguingly Weird Present

The Final Fantasy XIII saga continues to be tremendously polarizing and occasionally somewhat baffling. But on the other hand, this final entry plays better than ever.

Bravely Default 3DS Review: The Final Fantasy That Never Was

Silicon Studio and Square Enix's latest makes no attempt to hide its roots. Is this a firm foundation for a new game, or has the world moved on since Final Fantasy's PlayStation 1 era?

Revisiting Final Fantasy's Awkward Middle Age Through FFX HD

Fancy graphics only serve to highlight the odd nature of Final Fantasy's first PS2 outing.

Lightning Returns: A Reminder That Final Fantasy is at Its Best When It's Scrappy and Weird

Jeremy finds the latest Final Fantasy a bizarre, contradictory mishmash, and that's what he likes about it.

Bravely Default Could be the Best Final Fantasy in a Decade

With its focus on mechanics over theatrics, Square-Enix's newest brand recalls the developer's salad days.

Who Would You Put in Charge of Final Fantasy?

Square Enix is creating a committee to make sure that the Final Fantasy franchise reaches fan's high standards.

TGS: Secrets of the New Final Fantasy Sound

How The World Ends With you and Final Fantasy Type-0 composer Takeharu Ishimoto is pushing RPG soundtracks into a new frontier.

TGS: Lightning Returns is the Opposite of Final Fantasy XIII

Who said sequels had to be anything like their predecessors?

Is Agito What Final Fantasy Fans Want?

Final Fantasy Type-0 is getting a follow-up... of sorts. For mobile.

Is Final Fantasy Dead?

The USgamer team ponders the fate of Square Enix's flagship role-playing game series.

Triple Triad Album Pays Tribute to Final Fantasy VI, VII and VIII

In case you're hungry for more Final Fantasy remixes, UK producer Mykah has the album for you.

OC ReMix's Final Fantasy VI Album Available Now

The talented community at OC ReMix has finally released its long-awaited Final Fantasy VI remix album, featuring 74 tracks.

Final Fantasy Born Again

Eurogamer's Simon Parkin takes a closer look at how Square Enix is doing its best to fix the "problem child" of the Final Fantasy family.

What Does "Final Fantasy" Mean to You?

We look back in series history and see how we ended up with an action RPG as the franchise's latest.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Full E3 Interview

Our in-depth conversation with director Motomu Toriyama and producer Yoshinori Kitase digs into the details and mechanics of the grand finale of the tumultuous Final Fantasy XIII saga.

Looking Backward and Forward with the Final Fantasy Team

Kitase and Toriyama reflect on the series' changes and the path to reinvigorated success.

Square Wants to Know: Do Gamers Want a Modern Turn-Based Final Fantasy?

An interview with the creators of Lightning Returns yields an unexpected (but intriguing) turnabout.

Kingdom Hearts 3 and the Future of Final Fantasy

Not only did Square-Enix surprise us with a new game, they've also told us what's in store for the future of Final Fantasy.