Low fantasy is “fiction where magical events intrude on an otherwise normal world.”
This type of fantasy occurs in the Final Fantasy games Nomura designed.
High fantasy “take place in a fictional world with its own set of rules and physical laws.”
This type of fantasy occurs in the Final Fantasy games Amano and Yoshida designed.
Sword and sorcery (S&S) is a subgenre of fantasy characterized by sword-wielding heroes engaged in exciting and violent adventures. An element of romance is often present, as is an element of magic and the supernatural.
This sounds like all of them (especially the first two). In fact, all Final Fantasy is a mixture of high, low and sword and sorcery fantasy.
And the main setting of each Final Fantasy tries to emulate a particular fantasy sub-genre.
- Dark Fantasy (i.e. Final Fantasy: War of the Lions)
- Dieselpunk (i.e. Final Fantasy VII)
- Fairy Tale (i.e. Final Fantasy IX)
- Time Travel (i.e. Final Fantasy XIII-2)
- Magical Girl (i.e. Final Fantasy X-2)
- Magical Realism (i.e. Final Fantasy VIII)
- Science Fantasy (i.e. Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Type-0)
- Urban Fantasy (i.e. Final Fantasy XV)
- Steampunk (i.e. Final Fantasy VI)
- Heroic Fantasy (i.e. Final Fantasy IV)
- Dying Earth (i.e. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII)
This is why Final Fantasy is so broad. It’s trying to reach a wide audience by casting a large net. Final Fantasy is trying to be all-encompassing fantasy series.
Square Enix is betting that if you like fantasy, you’ll find something to appreciate in Final Fantasy.
If you like a certain fantasy genre, there’s a Final Fantasy for that.