This console generation saw only a few Final Fantasy games during its time in the sun but luckily two of them were amazing. Of course, I am not talking about Final Fantasy XIV—decent as it is after its relaunch—or any of the Final Fantasy XIIIs. No, I'm talking about Lost Odyssey and The Last Story.
“Neither of those are Final Fantasy games,” I hear you cry. And while that is technically true, in everything besides the name Lost Odyssey and The Last Story are everything you could want from a Final Fantasy.
On the back end, both Lost Odyssey and The Last Story were made by Mistwalker—a studio founded by the creator of Final Fantasy himself, Hironobu Sakaguchi. Moreover, he wrote the story to both games—and directed The Last Story himself. On the music side, both feature scores by Nobuo Uematsu—who scored Final Fantasy I through Final Fantasy X (as well as XIV). So when it comes to pedigree, Lost Odyssey and The Last Story have far more in common with the classic Final Fantasy games than the recent numbered titles.
When it comes to gameplay, Lost Odyssey plays like a classic turn-based JRPG—but with beautiful HD graphics. However, where it really shines is in the plot. Lost Odyssey is the tale of a group of immortals and their companions on a quest to—as is common with JRPGs—save the world. However, behind that standard plot, the game is a deep exploration of immortality—mainly just how much it would suck to live forever. It is an emotional, serious title that largely stays away from melodrama and instead treats the player like a thinking adult. Simply put, it's an amazing JRPG.