gamers (91%) found this review helpful
My Status: 20+ Hours Difficulty: Hard
Final Fantasy IV Advance actually is a remake of a game known in the US as Final Fantasy II. It was a great Super NES game and despite its age holds up really well. The reason for this is that even though graphics are not flashy and the sound archaic the strength of this game lies in its story which is timeless.
The game fighting engine is standard for a lot of the RPG these days but was new when it came out. Your turn is determined by the speed of your character and so you will see some characters go twice before a slower character gets to even play. The magic works nicely too because more effective magic takes longer to cast. Enemies all have there share of weakness and strength and are well designed to give you a challange.
The games story will begin with a Dark Knight named Cecil. There are many close relationships that are forged. You will make and lose friends. It has a lot of twists and turns at a personal level yet it is epic in scope as well.
If you know what you are doing the game can be short. About 20+ hours in length. Some of the 20 hours will actually be just spent on collecting levels too because the game is difficult.
If you already played the original there has been some changes both minor and major. The game is harder than the original US version. There has been some name changes in items and weapons. Characters you meet have skills they didn't have in the US version. These are all minor changes and will either annoy you or you will like it because it is different.
The big change is the fact that by the end you can choose your final five. The original FFIV the final five character were chosen for you (I won't say who they are) but in the remake you have some old friends you can have rejoin your party.
This game is a perfect remake for a perfect game. It adds tons of new content and really does fan service for those who played it. For those new to the game will have a great adventure.
posted by darkcloud9 (LONG BEACH, CA) Apr 12, 2006
Member since Mar 2006
gamers (57%) found this review helpful
If you have not play FFIV by now, I'm sorry but I must show my contemp for you. But I have to say that I envy you as well. For you, unlike me, can just sit back and experiences a true masterpiece for first time. And not those mediocre RPG's that you see now.
Buy it, Rent it, I don't care but you have to play this game. Any self-respecting gamer who calls himself/herself a gamer needs to play it, you are missing out!!!.
Final Fantasy IV was the first Final Fantasy I played, and it was alot better than I thought. The characters are compelling, deep in story, excellent battle system, good graphics, and some of the best in-game music I've ever heard.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm a big RPG buff. Final Fantasy IV was my first Final Fantasy, but I have been more acquainted with other RPGs, like Phantasy Star, and Pokemon. I've also played MMOs (a la World of Warcraft and Runescape). But enough about my experience.
Final Fantasy IV is a really good, and I mean good. Its gotta be one of the best RPGs on the GBA. The sound quality is really good for a GBA game, the graphics were preserved pretty well, since its ported from SNES. The conrtols are simplistic, with the A, B, Start, Select, and the L and R.
Some of the things I like about the way you run from battle with the shoulder buttons, instead of just selecting run. Its like an active run system. The battle system is sorta like a mesh of real-time and turn-take. In other words, you and the enemy take turns in real-time, and you can move or attack as soon as your battle meter charges up. It's simple, but not like Pokemon where you have to wait.
The only major complaints I can think of are that all you want is more. More! Once you've beaten the game, there's little to do, except listen to music in the Besitary, or look at the title screen and hit the dreadful "New Game" button. Also, there is no multiplayer or much else.
The first time through, this game is a legendary experience. Second time through, its fun, but not as. If you haven't played this game, I say Rent it. Heck, Buy it!