3. Final Fantasy V
As we move closer to the top of this list, it gets a lot harder to pick and choose FF’s best moments. Final Fantasy V is an otherwise sublime installment in the series. Not perfect, but close.
The Job System is awesome, and should probably be – and in fact has been – the default for Final Fantasy games. The difficulty and complexity of the game is just right, and unless you take the time to develop your characters and teach them the right skills, you’ll have a hard time beating certain sections of the game. That kind of attention to balance is rare. The music is near perfect.
Meanwhile, the storyline isn’t the strongest. It’s obviously an improvement over previous games in the series, and it’s definitely striving for more, but it’s just not there yet. Collecting crystals is a little too trite for an FF game or any RPG for that matter.
Otherwise, this is an excellent template to follow for future Final Fantasy games (although they won’t).