Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is an Action RPG published by Square Enix. Developed to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the franchise, Stranger of Paradise is a prequel to the very first Final Fantasy game. Unusually for the series, it features a real-time combat system; only one character can be controlled at a time. That said, the combat system is also very versatile, with many character classes (called jobs) to select from. A similarly diverse array of equipment is also available. The story of Stranger of Paradise is rather confusing, and can be tough to follow. However, as long as you pay attention, everything will click together by the end. But to do this, you need to be able to play the game, which is not exactly trivial if all you have is a Mac. As you might already know, Stranger of Paradise can be played on Windows, PlayStation, and Xbox, but lacks a native Mac version. Therefore, you will need a third-party tool to play Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin on Mac. Learn more by reading the guide below.View More How to play Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin on Mac
Final Fantasy XIII is a third-person JRPG developed by Square Enix. It is the thirteenth game in the Final Fantasy franchise, not counting spinoffs. Somewhat confusingly, it is also the first game in the Final Fantasy XIII series. The game was popular enough to warrant two direct sequels; however, mainline FF games are never connected to each other when it comes to the story. So XIII and its two spinoffs are grouped together as its own mini-series.
The story is set in the world called Gran Pulse, on a floating sphere called Cocoon. The relations between Pulse itself and Cocoon are actively hostile; the citizens of Cocoon live in fear. In the midst of it all, our protagonist Claire “Lightning” Farron embarks on a quest to save her sister, who has been dragged into this conflict.
The gameplay is generally similar to other Final Fantasy games, though it did not stay exactly the same. In XIII, only one character can be commanded by the player during battle; the rest of the party are controlled by an AI. To make sure these NPCs are fighting efficiently, they can be assigned combat roles.
Final Fantasy XIII originally released on Xbox 360 and PS3; since then, a Windows version has been released as well. It is still possible to play Final Fantasy XIII on Mac, but you will need to follow the guide below.
Final Fantasy XII is a JRPG developed by Square Enix for their highly successful Final Fantasy series. Like most other FF games, it features a self-contained story not tied to other games in the franchise.
This time, the story takes place in a world called Ivalice. The lands of Ivalice are rich in magicite, a mineral imbued with magical energy. As it is commonly used as a fuel, the line between magic and technology became very blurred; perhaps some would say that this line doesn’t exist at all. But although magicite allowed many technologies to exist, including airships so iconic to the Final Fantasy franchise, it did not usher an era of peace and prosperity.
The Rozarrian Empire and The Imperial Archadia have long waged war with each other. To gain the upper hand, Archadia has moved to occupy a number of smaller nations. Although they were unable to resist militarily, this move will have consequences. Trouble is brewing in occupied Dalmasca…
Final Fantasy XII was originally released on PS2 all the way back in 2006. Eleven years later, in 2017, it was re-relased on PS4 under the title The Zodiac Age; MS Windows, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch versions followed. And although it did not receive a macOS port, it is still possible to play Final Fantasy XII on Mac. Explore your options with the guide below.
World of Final Fantasy is a creature-collecting game in the Final Fantasy franchise. The game is obviously inspired by Pokémon – the players can capture creatures called Mirages – they are also the basis of WoFF’s combat system. They can also be evolved, “transfigured” into different forms, and used as mounts or as a way to get past obstacles. Although this “strongly inspired” approach to gameplay is not exactly creative, the game is by no means a cheap Pokémon clone, and it has several mechanics from mainline Final Fantasy games as well.
Although this premise might make you think that this game would feature a lighthearted, nonsensical story for kids, do not be fooled. The story begins as siblings Lann and Reynn discover that they have been memory-wiped, forcing them to forget their past. To recover their memories, they must travel to the world of Grymoire – where their journey truly begins. Telling more would be spoilers – but, as the game’s co-writer and co-director, Hiroki Chiba, is known for making dark games, do not expect it to turn into sunshine and rainbows at any point.
Originally released on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, WoFF has since been ported to Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. At no point did the game receive a Mac port – but with this guide, you will be able to play World of Final Fantasy on Mac anyway.
Final Fantasy XI is a MMORPG developed by Square Enix. It is the first MMORPG in the series, though certainly not the last – FFXIV, released in 2010, continues to be popular to this day. Unfortunately, FFXI does not – Square Enix keeps the game on life support, and has completely abandoned PS2 and Xbox 360 versions altogether. Still, it is a notable part of the Final Fantasy franchise, and you should check it out while you still can.
Much like most MMOs, Final Fantasy XI gives the players missions and quests to complete. Although these words may seem interchangeable, the game makes a distinction – the former are storyline quests, while the latter are sidequests. Completing sidequests grants your character “fame points”, which allow you to complete even more sidequests. The character classes in this game are called Jobs – because that’s how Final Fantasy does it. The player can only have one Job active at a time, but can change it at any moment. They also can choose a “Support Job”, which will grant them access to that Job’s abilities, but in a limited fashion. The players can also engage in minigames, the most popular of which is Chocobo breeding.
Although it is available on Windows only, you can also play Final Fantasy XI on Mac. To learn how to do this, read the guide below.
Developed by Square Enix, Final Fantasy IX is a solid title in the Final Fantasy series. Much like other games in the series, it is a JRPG that is split into three game modes, world mode, field mode, and battle mode. Breaking the trend that started with Final Fantasy VI, IX does not feature science fantasy elements, instead opting for a more classic, medieval fantasy setting of the first five Final Fantasy games.
Gameplay is very similar to other games of the series, but, of course, with plenty of changes to keep the game interesting. A new “Trance Mode” is introduced, which activates when a character takes a certain amount of damage, and changes their moves. Characters also don’t just take turns one after another, rather, the order of moves now depends on their agility stat.
The story begins with a kidnapping of a princess named Garnet – in a twist, the band of protagonists is the one doing the kidnapping. That doesn’t mean we’re playing as the evil guys this time – the princess intended to flee either way, to escape the queen’s strange aggression. A novel system called Active Time Events enhances the story by occasionally letting the player experience the events from a perspective of other characters, providing more facets both to the characters featured in ATEs and to the story itself.
Owing to the game’s popularity, it received plenty of ports – Final Fantasy IX can be played on PSX and PS4, iOS and Android, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Windows. It can be played on Mac as well, though you’ll need to read the guide below to discover how, as the game doesn’t have a Mac port.
Final Fantasy VIII by Square Enix is one out of many highly successful Final Fantasy titles. Much like its predecessors, it has been incredibly well-received – with some critics even going as far as claiming that it is better than the previous game, Final Fantasy VII. Though that is a matter of taste, both games, as well as other games in the series, are incredibly well-made and definitely deserve your attention.
Much like all other Final Fantasy main titles, Final Fantasy VIII is a JRPG that can be largely understood as featuring three different game modes. It has “world mode”, in which characters traverse the global map, “field mode” for exploring individual cities and dungeons, and “battle mode”, which is the same turn-based combat as it was in previous games. Of course, FFVIII did change quite a few things here and there – things would get stale if it didn’t! The game no longer features magic points, that were used for casting spells in previous games. In this game, the player has to “earn” spells by fighting enemies, changing the role of magic in combat quite significantly. The game also updated the summoning and experience systems, and reimagined the Limit Break system introduced in the last game.
When it comes to the story, well, it’s best you experience it for yourself. There’s an evil sorceress and a bunch of brave protagonists on a quest to defeat her, sure, but the details? Go and play to find out, assuming you haven’t already.
Final Fantasy VIII is available on many different platforms, such as PlayStation 1 and 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, iOS, Android, as well as Windows. Mac is not on that list, but you can still play Final Fantasy VIII on Mac by following this guide.
Final Fantasy VII by Square Enix is a Japanese role-playing game originally released in 1997. It quickly became widely popular and received very high acclaim from the critics – so much that it’s been declared one of the “greatest video games of all time”.
Gameplay-wise, Final Fantasy VII is very similar to other games in the series. The characters still traverse the world map, enter cities and other locations of interest, and fight turn-based battles. Though that’s not to say there were no innovations. Final Fantasy VII was the first FF game to use 3D graphics when players were exploring locations (“field mode”), new minigames were added, and combat was enhanced with several new mechanics like Limit Breaks.
When it comes to the story, it is clear that the game tries to follow in the footsteps of its predecessor, Final Fantasy VI. Though not as dark and mature as VI, VII’s plot is still heavier than those of the first five games. A corporation is trying to use life force itself as a way to generate energy. The game’s protagonist, Cloud Strife, is trying to stop them – resorting to questionable means in the process.
Originally released on PlayStation, the game was later ported to a variety of platforms, including Windows, iOS, Android, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. It also received a remake in 2020, which released on PS4, PS5, and Windows. However, the game never got a Mac release. Despite this, it is still possible to play Final Fantasy VII on Mac – discover how it’s possible by reading the guide below.
Final Fantasy VI by Square Enix is a Japanese role-playing game set in a world that is industrializing, but also has magic. This choice of setting sets it apart from the previous Final Fantasy games, which tended to avoid technology and were more fantastic in nature, and the game’s plot does the game. Final Fantasy VI features a darker, more mature story than the earlier games – and that is a good thing. It is, after all, the reason the game is considered one of the stronger Final Fantasy titles, and, indeed, one of the best RPGs of all time. Another thing that makes the game stand out is its expansive cast of characters – the players eventually assemble a party of fourteen – larger than any other Final Fantasy title.
It should come as no surprise that such an outstanding game received a number of ports and re-releases. Originally released in 1994 on the Super NES, it has since been ported to the PlayStation in 1999, to the GBA in 2006, and to Android and iOS smartphones in 2014. Finally, the game received not one, but two PC ports. The first PC port came out in 2015, and, although it’s been generally positively received, has also attracted some controversy. Many were displeased that the remaster abandoned the original’s pixel graphics style. In response, the game received the second PC release in 2022, featuring pixel graphics this time. Yet, despite all these releases and re-releases, the game has never received a Mac port. That doesn’t mean you can’t play Final Fantasy VI on Mac, however – read below to see how it’s possible.
Final Fantasy VII Remake is a new version of the long-playing Japanese bestseller videogame Final Fantasy, that was was created by Square Enix. The first game in the series was released in far 1987! The new release is a remake of the old game Final Fantasy 7. The original story was extended and continued with new characters. The battle system is absolutely new with adding strategic elements and visual effects. As before you will investigate the streets of Midgar with both old and new characters, Aerith Gainsborough. Cloud Strife, Tifa Lockheart, Yuffie Kisaragi. The game is available (since 2020) on PS4, PS5, Xbox, and now also on PC. If you wish to run it on Mac, it is possible only on BootCamp, or with third-party software. Read all the details in our article below.View More How to play Final Fantasy VII Remake on Mac