Japanese company Square Enix is one of the biggest game publishers these days. It’s best known for the evergreen Final Fantasy series, but these games are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of titles Square Enix has to offer now, both as a developer and as a publisher.

Many of Square’s titles weren’t available on PC from the get-go, but there’s been a steady trickle or re-releases, bringing certain classics out of consoles. To celebrate this, we’ve prepared a list of games published or developed by Square/Square Enix which you can play on your PC. Some of them are certified classics, whose PC release might have gone unnoticed. Most of these games are offline, but there’s an MMORPG in the mix as well.

Without further delay, let’s take a look at…

Developed by Square (Enix)

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Developer:Square Enix

After twenty-three long years, the fans’ demands, and dreams were finally realized: Final Fantasy VII finally got a remake. And wouldn’t you know: it’s outstanding, even in its current state limited mostly to the Midgar section of the original three-disc story. Don’t take it the wrong way: the brief Midgar chapter of the original game was incredibly expanded, truly becoming worthy of being its own game.

The game is presented as a third-person perspective action game this time and has the gorgeous graphics to support it. The story got expanded, NPCs got much more personality, and the cutscenes are both impressive and entertaining. Combat system is much more dynamic but retains elements of the classic Active-Time Battle system for special actions, creating a good mix of old and new ideas.

Key features
  • Looks absolutely fantastic
  • The first act of the original game got expanded to be worth its own game
  • One of the grandest video game remakes out there
  • Takes an interesting direction for its story: not a plain 1:1 retelling

Octopath Traveler

Developer:Square Enix, Acquire

A joint project of Square Enix and Acquire, Octopath Traveler is an old school-style jRPG from 2018. It features a mix of 3D environments and lovely 2D sprites with retro, minimal animation to create a world that looks quite whimsical. Despite the retro sprites, the game still looks obviously modern, thanks to detailed, smooth special effects and other graphical flourishes.

There are eight playable characters, all with their own stories and abilities they can use in both turn-based battles and to interact with NPCs peacefully. Over the course of the game, you’ll play as all 8 travelers before their stories cross paths in a dramatic manner. Octopath Traveler is an exceptionally good mix of modern and retro and you should absolutely give it a chance.

Key features
  • Looks lovely both in motion and in screenshots
  • Eight stories which eventually merge
  • Several characters, each with unique class and abilities
  • Satisfying turn-based battles

Chrono Trigger

Developer:Square Enix, TOSE

Chrono Trigger is an absolute classic dating back to 1995, featuring art by Akira Toriyama, known mostly as a creator of Dragon Ball, and telling a story full of big-scale time travel. Even the characters you get to play as all come from different times in the setting’s history, ranging from prehistory to science fiction future. The story is quite engaging and supported by many time-hopping side-quests.

Unlike other jRPGs of the time, Chrono Trigger doesn’t separate overworld exploration from combat. There are also no random encounters, you always see the enemies roaming around and can prepare accordingly. The combat itself uses the Active Time Battle system known from classic Final Fantasy games, which keeps things dynamic without losing tactical complexity.

Key features
  • The PC version features remastered graphics and sound
  • You can travel between different era to solve side-quests and experience the story
  • Character designs by the author of Dragon Ball
  • All-time jRPG classic

Final Fantasy XIV

Developer:Square Enix

Final Fantasy XIV had a long road to glory, including a full re-release the game to fix it, but now it’s one of the most popular and respected MMORPGs on the market, with tons of praise heaped upon its story and gameplay. There’s a lot to love about the game, once you get a good sense for its systems and style. FF14 has seen a huge influx of players, and it’s easier than ever to find people to play with.

Since its functional release in 2013 the game has received several substantial expansions adding both new gameplay elements, such as new classes, and expanding the story in interesting directions. If you’re looking for an online game which is engaging both mechanically and narratively, AND also shares a lot of its DNA with the Final Fantasy series and other jRPGs, absolutely give FF14 a chance.

Key features
  • Many classes, and you can easily swap between them if you have the necessary gear
  • Great epic storyline
  • Challenging raids pushing your class mastery to the limit
  • Very active playerbase

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of and Elusive Age

Developer:Square Enix

Don’t be mistaken by the almost cute art style od Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of Elusive Age. Despite the big eyes and cute critters, this is a properly epic story with high stakes and dramatic turns of events. The story has a lot happening, including monster attacks, destinies, and many big nouns, all creating an exciting, high fantasy, heroic plot with likeable, distinct characters.

The Definitive edition of DQ11 features a neat gimmick: outside of battles you can freely switch between nice, stylized 3D graphics and a 16-bit retro aesthetic. A quirk shared with Chrono Trigger is that there are no random encounters in DQ11, you see your enemies plain as day and can decide to take them on or find a different way to your objective.

Key features
  • You can play with 3D or 16-bit graphics and you don’t need to commit to either
  • An epic-scale story
  • Distinctive art style
  • Customizable difficulty

SaGa Frontier Remastered

Developer:Square Enix

Another refreshed edition of a classic jRPG, SaGa Frontier originally came out in 1997, the year of Final Fantasy VII, with which it shared an ancestor: FF2. Frontier takes place in a setting knows as The Regions, a collection of diverse cultures with their own technology, magic, and dominant species. The story follows one of seven playable characters with their own motivations and troubles.

The game is mostly non-linear, leaving you to pursue your chosen character’s main quest and universal side quests at your leisure. Combat is turn-based, with extra flair in the form of combination attacks the heroes can unleash by meeting specific requirements. There’s even a limited New Game if you play one character after the other.

Key features
  • The Remaster adds the eight character who was cut from the original release
  • Turn-based battles with satisfying degree of complexity
  • Remastered classic from 1997
  • Non-linear campaign

Legend of Mana

Genre:RPG, tactical
Developer:Square Enix, M2 Co., Ltd.

Another Square game from before the turn of centuries. Legend of Mana launched in 1999 for PlayStation, but came to PC in 2021, with its lovely, vibrant 2D graphics remastered, and its gameplay preserved. Unlike other games on the list, Legend of Mana allows players to form their own world by placing location-creating artifacts on the overworld map.

Legend of Mana

There’s also a lot thought that goes into creating the map, since the placement of land isn’t without mechanical importance. As for the story, it’s set in a world which suffered from a great war erupting in the wake of the Mana Tree burning down. There’s no singular through-line to the plot, instead there are several arcs you can pursue, eventually unlocking the final arc.

Key features
  • Lovely graphics
  • Non-linear plot
  • You create the world by strategically putting artifacts on the map
  • A handy crafting system for improving your characters’ gear

Published by Square Enix

Kingdom Hearts III

Genre:Action RPG
Developer:Square Enix Business Division 3

The Kingdom Hearts series is a crossover paradise for fans of Disney and Final Fantasy, and the series is more than a little convoluted if you care for the plot. If you don’t, then you’re into a treat: a highly energetic adventure happy to take you from one Disney world to another to fight the joint forces of Disney’s, Final Fantasy’s and Kingdom Hearts’ own villain.

Kingdom Hearts III, the only main release playable on PC follows the series protagonist Sora, accompanied mostly by Donald Duck and Goofy, who are quite capable in their KH incarnations. Together they’ll visit locations such as Big Hero 6’s San Fransokyo or Frozen’s Arendelle, teaming up with their iconic characters in pursuit of the series’ inscrutable plot and entertaining storytelling.

Key features
  • An adventure in Disney worlds better than a visit in a Disneyworld
  • Dynamic combat system
  • More of the entertainingly indecipherable story the series is famous for
  • Now also available on PC!

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Genre:Action & Shooter
Developer:Eidos Montréal

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a prequel to the original game, showing a world that is still adjusting to the existence of cybernetic prosthetics. The players become Adam Jensen, a security chief in a corporation producing cybernetics. After the brutal prologue Jensen is left with lethal injuries and survives only thanks to extensive cybernetic replacements.

The game is a series of contained sandbox areas, each with its own set of major and minor objectives to complete. Thanks to your cybernetic augmentations you have access to functional superpowers, including enhanced strength, better hacking skills, invisibility, and social enhancers, allowing you to complete mission in your own way: through combat, stealth, or anything in-between.

Key features
  • Immersive cyberpunk setting
  • Missions allow many different solutions
  • Branching narrative with several endings
  • Cool cybernetic abilities for combat, stealth, and more

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Genre:Action & Shooter
Developer:Eidos Montréal

Surprising everyone, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy turned out to be a really good, really FUN action game. It did a great job capturing the energetic, irreverent banter you might be familiar with from the Marvel movies, but the game also slaps in a lot of inspirations and references from the comics, forming a cool blend of inter-galactic chaotic adventures.

Although it’s very much a party-based game, you’re not controlling the full party, just the leader, Star-Lord. You get to give orders to your companions, but you’ll also need to resolve disputes which tend to pop up every so often over the course of the plot. If you’re looking for a solid, single-player, party-based game, you should give this one a chance, especially if you like Marvel stuff.

Key features

NieR: Automata


Developed by PlatinumGames and written by Yoko Taro, Nier: Automata is a fascinating game which gets deeper and deeper the more time you spend paying attention to it. On first glance, it’s an action game starring stylish androids with big weapons. Then you start realizing that the star of the show is not the excellent action: it’s the story and the characters, with whom you’ll spend a lot of time.

The story doesn’t even truly conclude until you’re several New Game playthroughs in, because over time you get to play the game from the perspective of other characters. On top of that the gameplay itself is an exciting mix of character action and bullet hell elements, with a generous heaping of RPG systems in position, such as detailed character progression via implantable chips.

Key features
  • Great combat
  • Interesting science fiction, post-apocalyptic setting
  • A part of the Drakengard series depicting a possible alternate timeline
  • Several sequential endings

Life is Strange

Developer:DON'T NOD

The Life is Strange series has grown in mythos and characters since the original game, but the original title is still absolutely worth playing. What might seem like a straightforward adventure game about teen romance quickly turns out to be a supernaturally charged about the consequences of toying with causality for selfish reason. And it’s really good about making this a legitimate dilemma.

The plot follows a teen girl, Max Caulfield, who in a traumatic moment discovers that she can turn back time and find a way to prevent a tragedy from happening. Life is Strange uses Max’s powers in interesting ways, often allowing her to solve puzzles or undo mistakes, which is very handy given that structurally it’s very much an adventure game based on interacting with the world and the NPCs.

Key features
  • Great story
  • Max’s time manipulation powers are a plot-relevant “undo” button
  • There’s a solid prequel game: Before the Storm
  • Several indirect sequels featuring different characters and different problems

Many final fantasies

This concludes our list. We made sure to focus on games by Square (Enix), but it would be rude not to include a few SE-published titles by other studios.

Hopefully you found a game that sounds like it’s right in your wheelhouse and you can’t wait to spend a few dozen hours with it.