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10 Games To Play If You Like Final Fantasy



It is difficult to identify a franchise that has had a larger impact on the RPG gaming world than Final Fantasy. What began as a single game meant to be the last venture of a company into the industry has transformed into a series that has survived for decades, producing over a dozen main installments and numerous spinoffs. What is even more extraordinary is that the series has achieved all of this while incorporating a wide variety of gameplay styles and storytelling elements. Each new game provides an opportunity to explore a unique world and encounter vibrant characters. Here is a list of games with components that are similar to those found in Final Fantasy.

10. Dishonored

Dishonored is an action game in the first-person, which may not appear to be influenced by Final Fantasy, but it has several Final Fantasy-inspired features. Dishonored’s Victorian steampunk universe is a world that could easily be part of a Final Fantasy game. Additionally, Dishonored’s RPG elements have mechanics that many Final Fantasy fans will find familiar. The use of magic and charms to add abilities and customize a character is one of the foundations of playing Final Fantasy.

9. Assassin’s Creed

Assassin’s Creed may not seem like an appropriate fit for Final Fantasy fans aside from the historical stealth action, but there are various elements of the Assassin’s Creed mythology that can be found within a Final Fantasy storyline. Assassin’s Creed features a precursor civilization with advanced technology that was eradicated from Earth and buried in ancient mythology. Uncovering their secrets and safeguarding this technology in modern times is a fundamental storyline of the universe. It’s difficult to find anything more in line with Final Fantasy themes.

8. Secret Of Mana

If Secret Of Mana appears to be a Final Fantasy game, it’s because it’s quite close to being one. It was released by the same company and came out during a burst of Final Fantasy clones. It even had a semi-connection to the series as a potential spin-off. The plot follows comparable Final Fantasy themes of unlikely heroes attempting to overthrow an evil empire. However, it’s a formula that has worked remarkably well, which is probably why it has been replicated so many times over the years. Secret Of Mana is one of those games that did it exceptionally well.

7. Chaos Rings

Chaos Rings is the only game on this list that is exclusively available on mobile devices. However, that does not detract from its incredible gameplay experience. The series features pairs of characters from across time and space engaging in combat to defeat an opponent of infinite power. The game also allows for multiple storylines, alternate endings, and a combat system that bears a striking resemblance to Final Fantasy. Although many gamers are put off by mobile exclusives, the Chaos Rings series is undoubtedly worth checking out.

6. Legend Of Dragoon

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Legend Of Dragoon was released during Final Fantasy’s golden era. It almost replicated the Final Fantasy turn-based RPG system exactly. However, it put enough of a spin on the concept to make it enjoyable and unique. The unique characters combined with an engaging storyline make Legend Of Dragoon seem like a Final Fantasy spin-off. It’s so enjoyable that it’s a shame the game hasn’t received a remake or a sequel in recent years, but the original still holds up very well.

5. Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger is a classic game that desperately needs a remake, but fans of the original still hold it in high regard as one of the all-time greats. Its playstyle and storyline are very similar to the games in the Final Fantasy series at the time. However, Chrono Trigger’s characters and turn-based gameplay stood out in their own right, competing with other Final Fantasy games of the era despite the franchise not taking off in the same way. Although it may not compare to modern RPGs, for fans in need of a throwback experience, it is still worth checking out.

4. Super Mario RPG

Different Mario games have employed a variety of RPG elements over the years, but none emulate the Final Fantasy experience more than Super Mario RPG. Aside from having a turn-based fighting mechanic and equipment style similar to Final Fantasy, it also had a very adventurous storyline featuring an original villain invading from an alternate dimension. The game featured incredible bosses and unique characters, making it a shame it hasn’t been revisited in recent years. It’s such a Final Fantasy experience that FF fans would probably relate to it more than Mario lovers.

3. Pokemon

At first glance, there are many differences between the Final Fantasy and Pokemon franchises. For one thing, they have wildly different demographics. Final Fantasy typically caters to a more mature audience, while Pokemon attempts to captivate children. However, there is still a great deal of overlap between the two. Both games feature traversing open worlds, exploring different towns, and meeting different characters. They also have customizable RPG elements where players must build a party around their particular fighting style. Additionally, both franchises have withstood the test of time, which is always impressive.

2. Kingdom Hearts

Given how closely the Kingdom Hearts series is related to Final Fantasy, it would be a real shame if it wasn’t included on this list or any list of great RPGs. The deep mythology of Kingdom Hearts is perfectly aligned with the type of thematic and emotional storytelling that Final Fantasy is known for. Additionally, Kingdom Hearts has an incredible RPG style of fighting, even though it’s more of an action and adventure-type game. Seeing so many classic Final Fantasy characters means there are plenty of opportunities for Final Fantasy fans to become invested in this universe.

1. Legend Of Zelda

The Final Fantasy and Legend Of Zelda franchises share many similarities. Although Zelda features more or less the same characters in every installment, the games try their best to tell an original story and start from scratch, which is precisely what new Final Fantasy games do. Additionally, Zelda’s unique fantasy setting is ideal for Fantasy fans who don’t want to dive into a world with strange creatures and machines. Although Zelda is more of an action and adventure series, newer games have more RPG elements.

As a Final Fantasy veteran, I’m ready for an older hero like Clive.

It’s hard to think of a franchise that’s had a bigger impact on RPG gaming than Final Fantasy. What started out as a single game meant to be a company’s last foray into the industry turned into a series that survived for decades and has put out over a dozen main installments and even more spinoffs.


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What’s even crazier is that the series did all of this while having a huge range of both gameplay styles and storytelling elements. Each new game is a chance to explore a unique world and meet colorful characters. Here’s a list of games that have elements similar to Final Fantasy.





10 Dishonored

Dishonored Window

Given that it’s a first-person action game, Dishonored might not come off as a game inspired by Final Fantasy, but there are many elements of Dishonored that Final Fantasy pioneered. Dishonored’s Victorian steampunk world is a style and universe that could absolutely be a part of a Final Fantasy game.

Plus, Dishonored’s RPG elements have mechanics that many Final Fantasy fans will recognize. The use of magic and charms to add abilities and customize a character is one of the foundations of playing Final Fantasy.

9 Assassin’s Creed

Assassin's Creed- Valhalla: cutscene

Assassin’s Creed is another game that might not seem like a good fit for Final Fantasy fans. But aside from the historical stealth action, there are a lot of elements of the Assassin’s Creed mythology within a Final Fantasy story. Assassin’s Creed features a precursor civilization with advanced technology that was wiped from the Earth and entrenched in ancient mythology.

Trying to uncover their secrets and protect this technology in modern times is a foundational plot line of the universe. It’s hard to find something that would be more in line with Final Fantasy themes.

8 Secret Of Mana

Secret of Mana

If Secret Of Mana seems like a Final Fantasy game it’s because it’s pretty close to being one. It was published by the same company and came out during a frenzy of Final Fantasy clones. It even had a semi-connection to the series as a potential spin-off.

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The story follows similar Final Fantasy themes of unlikely heroes trying to topple an evil empire. But it’s a formula that has worked surprisingly well, that’s probably why it’s been duplicated so many times over the years. Secret Of Mana is just one of those games that did it superbly.

7 Chaos Rings

chaos rings

Chaos Rings is the only game on this list that has the distinction of being exclusive to mobile. But that doesn’t make it any less of an awesome experience. The series has pairs of characters from across time and space battling in order to destroy a foe of infinite power.

The game also allows multiple storylines, alternate endings, and a combat system that resembles Final Fantasy a lot. A lot of gamers are turned off by mobile exclusives, but the Chaos Rings series is definitely one to check out.

6 Legend Of Dragoon

Dart holds Lavitz after he takes a fatal wound in Legend of Dragoon

Legend Of Dragoon was a game that came out during Final Fantasy’s golden age. It almost copied the Final Fantasy turn-based RPG system exactly. But it put enough of a spin on the concept to make it fun and unique.

The unique characters combined with the compelling story make Legend Of Dragoon almost seem like a Final Fantasy spin-off. It’s so much fun that it’s a shame the game hasn’t gotten a remake or a sequel in recent years, but the original still holds up very well.

5 Chrono Trigger

Main characters from Chrono Trigger gathered around a fire

Chrono Trigger is a classic game in desperate need of a remake, but fans of the original still rank it high on their list of all-time greats. Its playstyle and story are very similar to what Final Fantasy games were like at the time.

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But Chrono Trigger’s characters and turn-based gameplay stood out on their own to compete with other Final Fantasy games of the era even though the franchise didn’t take off the same way. It might not hold up against modern RPGs, but for fans in need of a throwback experience you should still check it out.

4 Super Mario RPG

Mario in Bowser's Castle

Different Mario games have utilized different RPG elements over the years, but none emulates the Final Fantasy experience more than Super Mario RPG. Besides having a turn-based fighting mechanic and equipment style similar to Final Fantasy, it also had a very adventurous storyline that featured an original villain invading from an alternate dimension.

The game featured incredible bosses and unique characters that it’s been a shame it hasn’t been revisited in recent years. It’s such a Final Fantasy experience that FF fans would probably relate to it more than Mario lovers.

3 Pokemon

Pokemon Legends:Arceus - Character Running in Open World

At first glance, there’s a lot that separates the Final Fantasy franchise from Pokemon. First off, they have wildly different demographics. Final Fantasy typically gears towards a more mature audience while Pokemon tries to captivate children.

But there is still tons of overlap between the two. Besides the fact that both games feature traversing open worlds, exploring different towns, and meeting different characters, they both have customizable RPG elements where players are forced to build a party around their particular fighting style. Also, both franchises have withstood the test of time, which is always impressive.

2 Kingdom Hearts

Sora protects Alice in the Wonderland world of Kingdom Hearts 1

Given how close the Kingdom Hearts series is to Final Fantasy, it would be a real shame if it wasn’t included in this list or any list of great RPGs. Kingdom Hearts’ deep mythology is perfectly in line with the type of thematic and emotional storytelling Final Fantasy is known for.

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Plus, Kingdom Hearts has an incredible RPG style of fighting even though it’s more of an action and adventure-type game. Seeing so many classic Final Fantasy characters also means there are plenty of opportunities for Final Fantasy fans to become connected to this universe.

1 Legend Of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Apple Tree Forest

The Final Fantasy and Legend Of Zelda franchises both have a lot in common. Even though Zelda features more or less the same characters in every installment, the games do their best to try to tell an original story and start from scratch, which exactly what new Final Fantasy games do.

Plus, Zelda’s unique fantasy setting is perfect for Fantasy fans who don’t want to dive into a world with strange creatures and machines. Zelda more of an action and adventure series, but newer games have more RPG elements.

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