Rank Your Favorite Series!



  • @michemagius It was cool in Ocarina and Majora's Mask, but it's something they should probably let die. It felt like such a forced OoT reference in Skyward Sword. TWW and TP probably did it the best, not turning the story into a time travel plot and just using it for dungeons.



  • @Haru17 Yeah I hear that. To be honest I actually forgot time travel was even a part of TP and that's my favorite Zelda.



  • First, I always am up for any excuse to supplant Final Fantasy into a conversation, so I'll follow your format (where applicable).

    Second, super cool for you bumping your pledge! I'll look out for the Persona post when the showcase happens next month (Mine will be PSX predictions)

    Third, onto my personal rankings of the Final Fantasy series!

    *Disclaimers:

    I have NOT played 3, 5, 11, 14.

    For Final Fantasies 1 and 2, I'm referring to the PSP versions. For 4, the GBA version. For 6, I played that on the Vita. All others were on their launch platform.

    Overall Visuals: 10, 7, 15, 1, 9, 2, 4, 12, 6, 13, 8
    Menus: 7, 10, 12, 1, 4, 9, 2, 15, 6, 13, 8
    Character Design: 12, 10, 1, 7, 13, 2, 4, 9, 6, 15, 8
    World Map/Overworld Design: 7, 4, 1, 15, 2, 10, 9, 12, 6, 13, 8
    Individual Locations: 7, 10, 12, 1, 15, 4, 9, 2, 13, 6, 8
    Exploration: 7, 12, 4, 1, 2, 15, 9, 6, 10, 8, 13
    Sound Track: 7, 10, 4, 1, 15, 12, 9, 8, 2, 6, 13
    Opening (Video/Music): 7, 1, 4, 15, 9, 2, 10, 12, 6, 8, 13
    Ending (Credits/Music): 10, 12, 9, 7, 4, 1, 15, 2, 6, 8, 13
    Battle Music: 7, 13, 12, 1, 10, 9, 2, 6, 8, 4
    Battle System: 10, 7, 1, 12, 9, 4, 15, 2, 6, 13, 8
    Boss Fights (Necessary and Optional): 7, 12, 4, 10, 1, 9, 2, 15, 6, 8, 13
    Party Member Variety: 7, 4, 6, 10, 9, 2, 1, 8, 12, 13, 15
    Enemy Designs: 12, 9, 10, 7, 1, 2, 4, 15, 6, 8, 13
    Side Quests: 12, 7, 4, 10, 9, 15, 13, 6, 8, 2, 1
    Economy: 7, 10, 1, 4, 9, 2, 6, 12, 15, 13, 8
    Unique Systems: 7, 10, 12, 4, 1, 9, 15, 6, 2, 13, 8
    Main Characters: 7, 4, 12, 10, 9, 2, 8, 6, 15, 13, 1
    Side Characters: 12, 7, 4, 9, 2, 15, 10, 1, 6, 8, 13
    Character Growth & Interactions: 7, 4, 9, 6, 2, 10, 12, 15, 8, 13, 1
    Story: 7, 4, 10, 1, 9, 2, 12, 6, 15, 13, 8
    Plot Twists: 10, 7, 12, 4, 6, 9, 2, 13, 8, 15, 1
    Villains: 7, 10, 4, 6, 1, 9, 2, 12, 8, 15, 13
    Themes: 10, 7, 12, 9, 1, 4, 13, 15, 2, 6, 8
    WTF Factor: 8, 15, 13, 9, 10, 7, 4, 6, 2, 1, 12
    Personal Preference and OVERALL rankings: 7, 10, 12, 4, 9, 1, 15, 2, 6, 8, 13

    Some notes:

    After doing some comparisons in comprising this, I was shocked to find that I really enjoy 13's battle music. And I despise that game.

    Under unique systems, if you flip 6 and 2 and 1 and 9, then it is exactly my overall rankings. With that said, I don't think there are two orders that are exact.

    The original Final Fantasy's main characters are blank slates, which is why it's last in that category. HOWEVER, some games' main characters get on my nerves (13 and 15 specifically). This also applies in some part to character growth and interactions.

    In terms of plot twists, 1 is last because of its very bare bones story, but 15 is penultimate because its story presentation was a personal colossal failure, not speaking about WHAT the story is in any capacity. When your plot twists happen off-screen, there is no bigger storytelling sin.

    I thought of the WTF category with negative connotations both in and meta game.

    UPDATE: Now that I have played Final Fantasy 9, some notes about that game pertaining to the above rankings:

    It may be because I'm editing this minutes after the credits, but this is probably a top 3 ending for me.
    There's something about the variety of enemy design that is simultaneously detailed and appealing more so than later entries.
    I feel 9 does an excellent job presenting characters in one state, and by the end they have grown. With that being said, Steiner gets on my nerves.

    Overall, Final Fantasy 9 started out in my "Meh/Ok" category with 1, 15, and 2, but as time went on, I enjoyed it more. I don't absolutely LOVE it, as some characters (Steiner, Brahne, Thorn/Zorn, Eiko, Quina) grated on me for one reason or another, the mini-games were not fun (sans Tetra Master, but I STILL don't fully understand it and there are times when it was a chore), and sidequests were not designed well, even if the majority of them had great concepts, but I enjoyed it and is between said category and my "LOVE/Really like" group. And I guess for the first time, I liked a game I bought based on many others' positive feelings.



  • Well that would be Persona for me and I don't feel like going into detail so just overall

    5>4>3>2>>>>>>>1

    And spinoffs above 1 as well.



  • @bard91 Yeah 1 is pretty dreadful...



  • Bumping this thread, if only temporarily, to factor in Final Fantasy 9 to my rankings above as I have now completed the game in about 63-64 ish hours.



  • MGS1>MGS3>MGS4>MGS2>MGS5>MGS PW>MGS PO

    SOCOM 2 > SOCOM 3 > SOCOM CONFRONTATION > SOCOM 1 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> SOCOM 4



  • Sonic the Hedgehog, let's go. For simplicity's sake this is just the mainline ones (besides 3D Blast since frankly I couldn't stomach that weird isometric platforming for more than a few levels) and just classic since that's such an entirely different world from the 3D Sonics that it'd need its own list (and even that'd be a nightmare since those are so wildly different from each other as well.) I'm also gonna be a madman and rank 3 and &Knuckles separately, just because I can.

    Level Design (Gameplay): Mania>&Knuckles>CD>3>2>1>Chaotix
    Boss Fights: M>K>CD>3>C>2>1
    Special Stages: C>M>CD>3/K>1>2
    Level Design (Aesthetics): CD>M>3>2>K>C>1
    Music: M>CD(JP)>C>3>CD(US)>2>K>1
    Intro: M>CD>3>C>2>1>K
    Ending: CD>M>K>2>3>C>1
    Ability to not absolutely drop off a cliff quality-wise once you reach Oil Ocean M>2
    Overall: M>CD>K>3>1>2>C

    I'm sure there's more categories I could put on here but I think I covered the most important aspects at least.



  • FYI I have a few favourite series...

    Tony Hawk's Underground > Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 > Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 > Tony Hawk's American Wasteland > Tony Hawk's Underground 2 > Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 > Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 > Tony Hawk's Project 8.

    The rest are unplayable.

    The Souls series is like killing your children. Let's just say Dark Souls 2 is dead last by a LARGE MARGIN.



    1. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
    2. Metal Gear Solid
    3. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
    4. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of The Patriots
    5. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes/The Phantom Pain
    6. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
    7. Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
    8. Metal Gear
    9. Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops

    Never got around to playing Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, which is something I hope to do at some point. Never could get into the Metal Gear Acid games.