Final Fantasy IV, VI, VII, and IX are the best of the FF series imo. VI is my favourite, forever and always. Now, besides those four games: VIII has a wonderful world and music like the other greats, but the gameplay leaves much to be desired. Contrast this with V and X which have the best battle systems, imo, but are lacking in other areas that somewhat limit them. The first three games are a bit archaic today, and only really enjoyable only once you have experienced most of the rest of the series, I'd avoid them for now. The games after X are, well, best avoided for all-time. Chrono Trigger, along with FFVI and FFVII, usually takes the crown as the pinnacle jrpg (although I prefer VI). You owe it to yourself to complete a full playthrough. But all these classics have been mentioned. What I want to mention is one of the best games from 2011: Radiant Historia for the DS. If it came out in 1995 it would be one of the all-time classics right behind Chrono Trigger. Don't overlook this one. Along with Xenosaga, it is the best jRPG of this decade so far. Hopefully someone else can vouch for me on Radiant Historia's worthiness to be played.