Besides what a few people have already said, there's one game that should be cast away and only included if the list extended to 100 RPGs: FF XII.
I liked FF XII (it would be in my top 21) except it got ridiculously hard after Raithwalls Tomb..
FF12 was hard? Only if you didn't try and make use of the gambits and license board.
I used the Mist Charges alot I was just refering to when you had to 'avoid' the Elementals (I should have put that in there) I was bad at avoiding them and kept dying, haha.
FF12 can be easy or hard depending on how you go about things. If you do enough hunts to get the Niphilophia (yes this spelling is butchered) at rank 4 or 5, the game becomes a lot easier. It all comes down to what you do.
As for the elementals... they are probably one of the hardest non-boss creature i've ever faced in a final fantasy. Even after having a lot of advanced job hunt equipment, being fully buffed, etc; I still had trouble beating some of them. A level 25 elemental could be tough even at level 45. Tough creatures.
The list is okay.. quite a lot of final fantasys on there but one of my major dissapointments on there was no Secret of Mana or Super Mario RPG. Sure, SoM was mentioned (could even call it an honorable mention) but that's my one personal beef. I played through the game with one of my best friends when it came out so it was a really enjoyable experience.
I also agree that a Tales should be on that list, probably Tales of Abyss (i liked symphonia better, but abyss was the better game imo).
2 - Final Fantasy V is the one entry in the series to do the Job system best without falling into a subgenre (Tactical or MMO) and generally considered the best from a pure gameplay standpoint, seems to fit to me. I think FFVIII could be dropped though despite the article making me kind of want to replay it.
Agreed. Story wasn't anything great and it probably doesn't deserve to be on the list, but I really, really enjoyed the gameplay aspect of it. I didn't do the whole Dragoon/white mages to keep things more pure. I might have done things like a samurai with nin dual wield, dragoon with a warrior's double grip, or a summoner with white magic.
I guess overall I agree with everyone that there's a lot of personal preference in it and narrowing it down would be tough.