Some of the best icons in gaming can be found in the Final Fantasy games, but which one is the best?
Final Fantasy is one of the most famous game series of all time. It has some of the most touching, heartbreaking, and epic moments in the JRPG genre because its stories are personal and have great voice acting and writing. It also has stunning visuals and art direction that pull you into each world almost immediately.
And on top of all that, the logos for each game are just as interesting and give you a sneak peek at the game’s themes. Even though some logos may not be as good as others, they are still better than most logos in the business, which is saying something.
Final Fantasy 9
Final Fantasy 9 is a great game, and its logo is pretty cool, but it doesn’t stand out as much as the others, even though the Crystal on its logo is the source of all life in the game.
The Crystal, like all logos, is an important part of the story and of FF9 as a whole. However, it looks a little too plain next to all the other logos, so we had to put it at the bottom.
Final Fantasy 5
Like the logo for FF9, the logo for Final Fantasy 5 shows a key part of the story. In this case, it is a Wind Drake. Even though the blue-to-purple gradient is amazing and the way its tail wraps around the letter “A” gives it more life, we don’t like how boring it is.
Again, this doesn’t mean that the logo or the game are bad; in fact, it’s quite the opposite. However, this image is missing something that most of the others have.
The first Final Fantasy mark was a light blue font with all katakana characters. There was no picture of a character or theme from the game. But when the WonderSwan Color version of the game came out in 2000, the above logo with the Warrior of Light in the middle was given to us.
Even though a different logo with the Warrior of Light was made for the PSP, this was the first time a logo like this was made for the game, so we are using it as the “primary” image. Overall, it’s a great image and one of our favorites from the series’ pixel era.
Final Fantasy 2
Like the first Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy 2 has two logos in this style: one for the first re-release and one for the PSP release. This gives us a few choices for how to go about making the logos. This time, though, we’ve chosen to use the updated Pixel Remaster logo for a few reasons.
The Emperor is drawn in a deep pink color on both logos, but he is in different poses on each. The logos’ colors probably come from the Crystals in the Panaemonium or the Wild Rose Rebellion, which go well with the themes of the game.
Final Fantasy 3
Following the order—we swear it wasn’t on purpose—we have Final Fantasy 3, in which an unnamed fighter with two swords moves toward the screen and gets ready for a powerful attack.
Here, the beautiful blue and green color scheme helps show that the game is about the Wind Element or the Cloud of Darkness, which is the main bad guy in the game. Overall, this is a great image that will go down in history as a true classic.
Final Fantasy 11
Final Fantasy 11 has a strong fan group, and those who haven’t moved on to FF14 yet still love it. Whether you love it or have moved on, you can’t argue with how hard its image goes.
This logo shows what the Crystal War is all about, with Warriors from each of the playable races leading their armies into war. Its colors and how it shows the overall theme of the game are both great, making it the best of the ones mentioned so far.
Final Fantasy 14
Final Fantasy 14 is the game that probably took players away from FF11, lost them, and then got them all back and more when A Realm Reborn came out. It had a great title, even though it was released in a very bad state.
The logo for Final Fantasy 14 shows an army of soldiers from different races charging into war, just like the logo for Final Fantasy 11. In this case, though, they are all holding different guns to show the different Classes and Jobs you can do in the game. This design is a true classic, and it deserves to be where it is.
Final Fantasy 4
Speaking of famous logos, Yoshitaka Amano’s first logo for a Final Fantasy game was for Final Fantasy 4, which featured Kain Highwind, a Dragoon character you could play as in the game.
Even today, the logo for Final Fantasy 4 is one of the best in the whole series. It’s simple but strong, and the way the dark and light purples blend into each other makes it even better. Final Fantasy 4 as a whole can’t go wrong. And this image makes that point even stronger.
Final Fantasy 7
Final Fantasy 7’s Meteor and Materia logo, which is colored in different shades of turquoise to reflect the Mako Energy that is used a lot in the game, might be the most recognizable of all of them.
Overall, this logo looks a lot like the one for Final Fantasy 9 in terms of what it shows. Still, the Meteor stands out much more because of its size, the small Materia next to it, and its color scheme. This is also a well-known and loved logo for the series, and there’s a good reason for that.
Final Fantasy 12
The logo for Final Fantasy 12 is one of the coolest. It has a dark blue and purple gradient with a peach-colored brushstroke next to an image of Judge Gabranth. Gabranth is one of the game’s most important bad guys, which makes this name even more important.
The pose Gabranth is making in this logo is also something he only does once in Basket Random game, and we think it’s the best pose they could have chosen for the logo. This picture is cold and scary, and it deserves the praise and place it has.
Final Fantasy 6
Final Fantasy 6’s logo is also very well-known. It shows Terra Branford wearing a Magitek Armor and holding her sword high in the air. The colors are a smooth blend of black and red.
Even though it is a bit simple, no other pixel-era Final Fantasy tries as hard with its themes, gameplay, art direction, story, and logo as Final Fantasy 6. This is one of the best things we’ve seen, so we wouldn’t dare put it any lower.
Final Fantasy 8
The moment when Squall hugs Rinoa inside the Sorceress Memorial is one of the most powerful in Final Fantasy 8 and the series as a whole. Since the game’s title is a picture of this exact moment, it can’t be left out of the top five.
FF8 might not be as well-known as some of the games that came before it, and the games that came after it might be better. But its story and characters still make it one of the best games in the series, and this logo shows that perfectly.
Final Fantasy 15
Even though we know that the Final Fantasy 15 logo changes after the credits, most people will remember the one with just the Oracle sleeping in front of the Crystal Sphere, which can represent either the Sun or the Moon. This is the one that was used to promote the game.
Putting aside the art for a moment, the cold steel-like color scheme with hints of orange, yellow, and green is absolutely amazing and makes this one of the best games in the series. The form of the Oracle is also great, with a long wing and a flowing cape.
Final Fantasy 13
Final Fantasy 13’s logo may be the best at showing the themes and overall story of the game because it is a collage of several important things you will see during your playthrough.
For characters, you can see Fang, Vanille, and Ragnarok swirling around in Cacoon, which is the floating continent above Gran Pulse. At the bottom of the image, you can see the Crystal Pillar and Sarah’s Pendant. Not only that, but the outline of the font is now blue to match the theme of the game, making it one of the most eye-catching and beautiful of the bunch.
Final Fantasy 16
Final Fantasy 16, which just came out, has some big Eikon battles. This one is between the two Eikons of Fire, Phoenix and Ifrit, and you can watch it happen in the game’s prologue parts.
This is a crucial and brutal part of the game, and the difference between a fiery reddish-orange and a hot blue-ish purple does a great job of capturing the heat of the moment. Even though it’s the new kid on the block, it’s a great example that gets you ready for the trip you’re about to take.
Final Fantasy 10
Last but not least is Final Fantasy 10’s logo, which shows Yuna performing a Sending at Kilika Port. Fans of the game will know this as one of the most heartbreaking parts of the game, making it a good choice for the logo.
We think they did a great job of capturing the magic and chill of this moment by making the gradient go from a bright blue to a bright orange-ish yellow. Final Fantasy 10 is well-known for a lot of reasons, and its logo may be one of them.