Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection Review

Out of all the final fantasy games in the series, this one is by far the best when it comes to story. First released in 1991 on the “ Super Family computer” (Also Known as the SNES). When it was released in North America it was titled Final Fantasy 2, Square Enix re-released this game on April 19, 2011 on the PSP console. This game isn’t just FF IV though, it combines 3 games in one (FF IV, FF IV: The After Years and FF IV: Interlude) which adds a much broader story to this game.
 
It tells the story of a Black Knight named Cecil who, after committing heinous crimes on behalf of his king, attempts to right past wrongs. Along his journey, he meets a cast of characters that are amongst the most interesting characters in the entire Final Fantasy series. From the deceitful Dragoon Kain and the summoner Rydia to the ninja king Edge and the twin mages Porom and Palom, Final Fantasy IV's cast is among the strongest in RPG history. The fact that these characters end up on an unavoidable path to save the world simply makes them all the more likable, even if each of them has flaws that are, at times, significant.
Final Fantasy IV plays much like many traditional JRPGs of the time. Gamers will control a party of up to five characters. By visiting a variety of locales, from castles and dungeons to towns and cities, you'll be able to progress through the primary story of Final Fantasy IV, while occasionally branching off to complete some random side quests and other peripheral tasks. Many locations are associated to an overarching world map that players will often travel over. And combat in the game is triggered by random encounters. Once a random encounter has trapped your party, you'll have to fight through enemies using Final Fantasy IV's turn-based-but-not-quite system known as Active Time Battle.
 
Don’t expect to finish this game quick, there is atleast 70 hours of gameplay to experience. Thank you Square Enix for the re-release of this title :).

Game Score: 9/10

24 comments:

  1. Always have liked the older Final Fantasy games better than the new ones. Will have to get this one

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  2. Assuming you wrote this article: Final Fantasy first came out in 1987 on the famicom, and Final Fantasy IV wasn't until 1991 on the Super famicom.

    I might pick this up on the PSP.

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  3. @Wintermute. This game was previously known as Final fantasy 2 and it was released in 1988, the famicom ie family computer was just another name for the NES(Nintendo Entertainment System), the Super famicon is known as the SNES and yes FF IV was released in 1991, in my post i spoke of the release of FF 2 because it is the exact same game.

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  4. IV was the first 'Fantasy I ever played and is still my favourite.

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  5. I've always wanted to play through a FF game but never have so thanks for this review.

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  6. Still like 10 the best, judge me as you will

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  7. but FF2 was a different game, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Final_Fantasy_II

    you are thinking of two completely different games broseph.

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  8. Yeah i always thaught 10 was the best, at least the one i played most ;D

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  9. love how the fighting engines back, that was awesome and should have never changed

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  10. @Wintermute. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Final_Fantasy_IV please read the first paragraph and you will see why i said what i said

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  11. I will play this and like it.

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  12. i love FF but my favorite is FF7 , wish they make a remake on the PS3 of FF7

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  13. FF is awesome but I think there has been way to many games

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  14. If this one is really that good, I may have to try it out. My personal favorite was FFVIII. In what game did they start to introduce the romantic aspect into their story lines?

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  15. Never been a big fan of the Final Fantasy series..

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  16. This was one of my fav FF games

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  17. great work, fellow game blogger =)

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  18. omfg i love this game. so glad you reviewed it!!

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  19. Very interesting and good review, I loved the game, second Final Fantasy game I played years ago! :D

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