5. Final Fantasy XI: Time to go online
Really want to know how popular your title is in the realm of pop culture? Make an online version of it. That's what Square Enix did with Final Fantasy XI.
It was a dog eat dog world in the MMORPG space and when you have major competitors like World of Warcraft and EverQuest to go head to head with, it was a tall order to make it a success.
But Final Fantasy XI managed it. Not surprising though, this game sets into motion a new way of playing MMORPGs with your friends all around the world. Everquest may have been the first to start off the genre, but Final Fantasy XI was the one that started the idea of cross-platform play. Which other game allowed gamers from PCs, PS2s and eventually Xbox 360s, to come under one server?
Gameplay was what you'd expect from an MMORPG. Players can choose between five races and their respective classes, level up to gain additional jobs, complete story missions and raids with friends and online strangers in the vast world of Vana’diel.
It’s got a boatload of subscribers and concurrent users, though the latest head count was 500,000 people since its successor, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, was recently out. It has five major expansions and six chapter updates, extending its lifespan for almost a decade. No other title in the franchise can boast that kind of staying power and profitability.
And there you have it. Our top 5 picks of the most memorable Final Fantasy titles. Aye or nay? Let us know your thoughts below.
Can't get enough Final Fantasy goodness? Then check out our review of the upcoming Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.