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Many hours of fun adventures
posted by AndyR83 (CARBONDALE, PA) Nov 13, 2007
Member since May 2007
4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Five for Fighting!
posted by drunkyb (FORT WORTH, TX) Apr 14, 2007
Member since Mar 2006
6 out of 7 gamers (86%) found this review helpful
Not a gem of the Final Fantasies...
posted by RedFlame (Atlanta, GA) Jan 28, 2007
Member since Dec 2006
3 out of 8 gamers (38%) found this review helpful
I'm very surprised this wasn't the "final" fantasy
posted by DarkScion1 (MANORVILLE, NY) Dec 6, 2006
Member since May 2006
2 out of 7 gamers (29%) found this review helpful
I bought Final Fantasy IV last year for the GBA and I played it non-stop until I beat it. FF4 was a real joy to pick up and play, but FF5 feels more like a chore.
Final Fantasy V is regarded for having the infamous job system that's known throughout the Final Fantasy franchise. It is a great idea to have your party learn different jobs and abilities. However, it takes forever for your characters to learn these abilities. It becomes as I said, "a chore."
If the Final Fantasy franchise is known for anything, it's the epic storylines and deep character development that goes into the game creation. As stories go, FF5 has the most boring, uninteresting, and cliche storyline of the Final Fantasy series. You're a group of chosen heroes who must defeat an evil wizard who plans to take over the world. I'm serious, it doesn't get anymore simpler than that. On a side note, the evil wizard's name is EXDEATH! Ooo scary.
The characters you play as are one dimensional card board cut outs. You have Bartz the adventurer, Lenna the princess, Galuf the amnesiac, and Faris the cross dressing pirate. All these characters have a background story that can be summed up in a sentence or two. You can't relate to them, probably because they have nothing to offer the player to care about.
Now it's not fair to compare FF5 to Final Fantasies 6 through 12. They came after 5 so it goes without saying that they would be better. In comparisson to FF4, FF5 has a subpar story, charcaters you could give two s4its about, and an annoying ability system that isn't fun to play.
Overall, Final Fantasy V is not a good game. I don't recommend it to even the most hardcore of RPG fans. If you desperately need a Final Fantasy game for your GBA, play FF4 instead. Or wait till FF6 comes out, which is definately one of the better gems in the series.
posted by Rokitan (WILLIAMSBURG, VA) Nov 11, 2006
Member since Oct 2006
2 out of 8 gamers (25%) found this review helpful
posted by Jassica (CANTON, OH) Feb 9, 2010
Member since Feb 2010
Back To The Roots
posted by LovesRPG (ELLIS GROVE, IL) Jul 26, 2008
Member since Jul 2008
In this title, Square was at it's best. The story is compelling, and you really get interested in your characters.
Game play is classic FF, but with total freedom. The Job System is beautiful, Allowing you to choose your job, and any ability you have unlocked from another job with it.
As a White Mage you can use Black magic, Or as a Knight you can use Jump, Or as a Dancer your can equip Armor...
Mana Costs are excellent. At lvl 30 I have 200-300 Mana and the highest costing spell I have is Raise at 29mp :D Nice. The monsters are awesome, And there are areas they throw in a very strong monster to add some fun, and possible death into the game. Only died once.
Overall, This is how I wish they made games now a-days... But they are to worried about it looking good and selling to the masses... So, if you want a real good, RPG Rent it. And if you've played it before, They thought of you too.
posted by SpencerK (DUNCANNON, PA) Jul 10, 2008
Member since Jan 2008
I only have one or two complaints. There was a few times in the game where I didn't know what to do next. It wasn't really spelled out for me. Which isn't a huge problem, but one that I noticed. The other was the ending. I won't go and spoil it for anyone but it left me not feeling as accomplished or satisfied as I would have though. I would suggest going to a FAQ site to learn about the jobs because there is a whole part of it that was never explained in game that has to do with mastered jobs and stat boosts on the mime/bare class.
If you're looking for a classic game that won't eat up too much of your time give this a whirl. It took me a little over 20 hours to beat without going level mad.