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posted by Ghostarms (LAS VEGAS, NV) Apr 14, 2006
Member since Feb 2005
7 out of 7 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Perfect Remake for a Perfect Game
posted by Kimoon (BROOKLYN, NY) Apr 19, 2006
Member since Jan 2003
10 out of 11 gamers (91%) found this review helpful
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.
One of the Best RPG Ever
posted by darkcloud9 (LONG BEACH, CA) Apr 12, 2006
Member since Mar 2006
4 out of 7 gamers (57%) found this review helpful
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!!!.
Good for newcomers and the seasoned
posted by Zane101 (POWELL, TN) Nov 24, 2009
Member since Jul 2009
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!
posted by beruzeruku (WOODBRIDGE, VA) Aug 3, 2009
Member since Jul 2007
posted by sheryl20 (OAKLAND, CA) Jul 15, 2007
Member since Apr 2007
You get what you've come to expect
posted by maddad (OCONTO, WI) Dec 12, 2006
Member since Nov 2006
Good story- not so good battle system
posted by Alexander (PEORIA, IL) Jul 31, 2006
Member since Feb 2005
Though this game has a good story and good graphics, its battle system is seriously flawed. Instead of a normal turn-based, you have the ATB system (which is fine in other games) which has gone through some changes for the worse. From what I played, enemies' actions are all pre-determined (enemies of one type will all attack on their turn, or all use magic, or all use a certain skill, two of the same monster never do a different action unless they have a status such as silence). This makes for some very annoying times when faced with four Malboros, and all four of them use Bad Breath (inflicts every status ailment except KO on a character).
On the player side, when issuing commands to multiple people in quick succesion, the order in which they act is pretty random. You might have certain people act before others even if you issued their command last, so a certain spell or attack you want to use might be delayed quite a while and allow the enemies to attack you more. This may not sound too bad right now, but there are some dungeons late in the game where monsters will suddenly deal tons more damage than monsters in the previous area. You'll go from being able to kill monsters in one or two hits to taking 6 or 7 physical attacks just to kill one. It's because of difficulty spikes like this (and that monsters deal massive amounts of damage to your characters, forcing you to CONSTANTLY heal, even at high levels like I was) that I didn't bother to finish this game. You're better off renting FF1&2 or other GBA RPGs such as Golden Sun or Breath of Fire.