Final Fantasy IV
Great job!!! Brings back memories:)
Hey I don't know what got into the angry guy that made the comment to not buy this game, and that it sucked and was impossible to beat? But I'll tell you something, how old are ya? Are you like 5 or 6? Final Fantasy games are supposed to be long and hard fought battles. You don't want to go to a boss and beat him in one or two turns like you think its supposed to happen! Your supposed to be proud and say to yourself, I finally beat him and when you finally beat the game your proud to say that you beat it. Final Fantasy games are Long adventure games not short and sweet sponge bob games, But hey you probably can't say that you beat it can you. Word of advise if you write a bad review you're not a true Final Fantasy FAN! And to the others that want to buy it, GET IT, don't hesitate to get it because of some non Final fantasy fan says it sucks because it doesn't. I almost didn't get it because of that snoot nose kid. Spend the money and buy it and have a great adventure.
FF IV was sooo amazing! I loved everything about it from the music to the characters to the storyline. Edge always made me laugh and oh Cid... you just gotta love that old chap. This game is as good as the best book I've read, maybe even a little better and that's saying something b/c I am a total book worm. I recommend this game to anybody who loves a rather challenging RPG. The only thing that kinda dissapointed me was that I couldn't name the characters. Sure, the original names were great, but on the second time through, it'd be nice for some variety. Sometimes I did get discouraged and quit playing for a while b/c I was too tired to level crunch. One of my favorite side aspects was the Music Box and Wyat. All the mini-games are great, except Rydia's which is super hard. Nobuo Uematsu makes such amazing music. This game is what turned me onto the rest of the Final Fantasy music. The OST is another great buy.
Right off the bat, I must say that Final Fantasy IV on DS is a totally sugoi game! But I must also admit that it can be very hard at times and is not recommended for RPG newcomers. Seriously, this is only for experienced RPG gamers!As every Final Fantasy buff knows, the main character of this game is Cecil, dark knight of Baron and ex-Red Wing airship captain (or 'Lord Captain'). Throughout the opening of the game, Cecil's loyalty to his king starts to whither, and after you beat the first boss, it totally just flattens to the ground. Later on, it is revealed why the King of Baron is so crazy, but I won't go in to the details so I could be courteous to those who don't want spoilers.Other party members include Kain, leader of the Baron Dragoons, Rydia, a young girl and summoner, and Tellah, a kooky-looking old man and a very experienced sage. Rydia has this summon known as 'Whyt' (you can also change its name) that you can draw a face on. I named mine Issun (you know, the bug guy from Okami!) and drew the appropriate Issun face on Whyt. That right there just skyrocketed the character customization score, I tells ya!Length wise, Final Fantasy IV delivers. You will have to level up several times in another area just to defeat certain enemies in the game, and even if you didn't, the game is still pretty long.The controls are excellent. Basically you have to rapidly tap 'A' during battles in order to make a move before other opponents, which gives a good twist to the regular RPG formula. Also, you hold 'R' to run; don't try looking for it in the menu or you will be sitting there in a battle with an over-leveled Sand Worm until the Game Over screen pops up!The music, especially the theme in the opening cinematic, is fantastic (hey, its Nobuo Uematsu we're talking about)! The sound effects are pretty good, though a lot of the sounds are the same as in the original Final Fantasy IV for the SNES and sound a little dated. I didn't let that affect the score though.Anyway, Final Fantasy IV is a great game, but I only recommend this to experienced RPG gamers! Thank you for your time!
Good to be back
Hmm... That was my first reaction to the news of FF4 on the DS. Sure, the first one was great, but after the mediocre Gameboy remake, I was unsure about whether or not this game could be trusted to re-buff the shining name of its publisher after 17 years. Apparently, I was wrong. The newest remake of the cult hit has delivered in every possible way, without diminishing what originally made the first so special. One of the most noticeable updates is, of course, the graphical overhaul. You can now stare at Cecil and Co. through the shine of one of the best graphical engines on the DS. Some of the major cutscenes are even voiced, and voiced well. Does it get any better? Well, yes, actually, it does get better. Many of the characters have been revamped with better abilities and higher stats (congratulations Edward; after 17 years you have finally shed the title of "most useless final fantasy hero". Spoony no more!!!)and sometimes even new skills. However, FF4 veterans need not fear, old skills such as palom and porom's twin cast are still as powerful as ever. The better skills lead me to another point (and one of the best additions to the game): augments, which contain the skills of old characters. Once you get one, you are free to use it on whomever you like. You can also obtain augments of bosses signature moves, such as Cagnazzos powerful tsunami move. I can't tell you how cool it is to have Edge and Yang devastating the field with Twin cast, or having Cid yodeling out Bard song (Edward's new ability). These augments may seem cheap, but believe me, they seem around normal power against the bosses of FF4 DS, whose power has close to doubled in this game. Possibly my most favorite addition to FF4 is Whyt, an undeveloped Eidolon, who Rydia can summon into battle. You can customize your Whyt exactly how you want by doing a series of mini games that boost his attributes, such as Cecil and Kain's game, where you tap furiously on the touch screen to slay waves of monsters to improve Whyt's strength, or Rydia's game, where you match numbers to make 10 to boost his magic damage. Once he is battle-ready, you can send him out in place of Rydia, and depending on how you set his abilities, he will attack your enemies or use magic and skills known by your allies (again another use for augments). After your Whyt is trained up, you can pit him against your friend's Whyt in local wireless mode. Man, that sure is a mouthful of praise I just dished out, but this game (while a stellar remake and now one of my most favorite FF's of all time) is marred by several flaws that are magnified by how good most of the game is. The graphics are great out of battle and in cutscenes, but there is a noticeable graininess around the character's animations in battle, and a noticeable amount of lag in the movements of the enemies. This is only a small nit picky issue of mine that really only shows up when all 5 party members are on screen. The second issue that I have, is the battle system itself. The pace of FF4's battles are much slower than the original's. Even if you crank the battle speed al the way up to max, it still moves at a bit of a drawl. Then again, this may have been implemented to make the game more accessible to a wider age group, plus with the new auto-battle system, you can level grind on easier monsters with the press of a button. My third issue with the game is at the core of all Final Fantasy games: the story. FF4's story has not been changed at all in this remake (even 95% of the writing is the same). I'm not saying that this is necessarily bad, this is a story we have all loved for 17 years, but the classic heros-versus-bad guys story seems remarkably bland in this version of FF4. Sure, the voice acting and great graphics make the constant betrayal and death all the more dramatic, but there's no arguing that FF4's story still retains the depth of a Saturday morning cartoon. Semi-problematic gameplay and bland story aside, FF4 is a
Could Be My All Time Favorite Game...
I got the new Final Fantasy IV after hearing friends talk about the FF series. I didn't know which FF game I was going to buy but i wanted one. I ended up with 4 because it was the first one I saw at Game Stop and it was only $20 (used). Let me tell you, I picked the right one! If you have never played any of the FF games, played a few, or know them all by heart, this game will blow your mind. I have played a good number of games in my life but none of them stayed with me like FFIV did. The story is crazy and never gets boring. The graphics and music are awesome. The features (which I hear are new but i don't know) really keeps the game tied together. You can't go wrong with this game. I made a Game Stop account to tell people how awesome this game is. My review can be summarized with one word - MASTERPIECE.
I played this game in my youth on the SNES console and was immediately hooked. Long nights of leveling and getting into the story. Played the remake on most systems praying for the day they would turn this legend of a game into a 3-d version with cutscenes. My prayers have been answered. The difficulty level has been ramped up a level, characters are better than before. Even the cutscenes make me wish that they would go ahead and just bring this game to the PS3 just to actually see the environments. The environment and music are first class. Character development is exceptional and the new cutscenes make this one game that will make you replay this for a while. I wish there was more of the cutscenes but given the console and what this remake has done you would not go wrong with this game. Just make sure you have a lot of caffeine, snacks, and even a comfy place to sit you won't move for a very long time.
this is a really good game
This is a really good game for those who did not play the first one and u have a DS this game is a definite game to play. Not only does it bring back one of the greatest final fantasy games ever made but it brings back one of the best characters ever in the history of gaming, Cecil. Although he starts off a really cool black night then later a cruddy paladin he is a great fit for a game like this. With the new 3d characters and gameplay there is just one thing u should do buy the game or at least consider it. Not only are the graphics great with 3d but the controls are much better than the remake of final fantasy three also for the DS. This game is probably one of the best handheld RPG's of the year mostly because it is final fantasy style and not a crapy remake like final fantasy three was.
Challenging but worth the work.
This game is pretty awesome. I played the game back when i was a mere lad and enjoyed it then, so when my english teacher challenged us with a video game project i decided to revisit this game. I fell in love with the game all over again, there are so many reoccuring themes that translate so well to the time frame that the game is played in. The most solid theme was that even the greatest of things can be the worst of things in the wrong hands. All of the elemental crystals are getting liberated by Golbez who just recently overthrew Baron. Cecil, your character, was the commander of the Red Wings which is the air fleet for Baron. Cecil is a dark knight for a chunk of the game but after a certain event that would be a spoiler he becomes a paladin. He must prevent the crystals from getting into the hands of Golbez but he isnt alone. Many great characters help you along the way, some also hinder you. I wouldnt recommend this game to someone who plans on breezing right by it because it is a rather hard game to finish, i cant count how many times my team died. All that frustration was worth it though because you get a good sense of satisfaction when you beat a boss that seems unbeatable. The book has some sad side stories with it to, Cecil has a girlfriend named Rosa that gets captured by Golbez. On top of that, two kid twins join your party at one point and end up sacrificing themselves to save you. yes this game is a tear jerker. I recommend this game to anyone with a pulse and free time, this is the only Final Fantasy game i have played so far but that will soon change. The format of the gameplay is pretty good too, each team member has a bar that charges up and when its full you can decide how to attack. Thats also why the game is really hard because you have to make quick decisions while enemies are attacking, but i like that because it keeps you on your toes and ive never played a game in that format. The one thing i dont like is how linear some of the characters are, when they level up you dont decide what gets stronger, the game generates it. plus you cant decide what moves to get, your character already has all of them. Other than that this game is one of my faves and everyone should give Final Fantasy a shot.
good, but not amazing
I must personally say i never got into the FF craze of the first FFs or really any for that matter. I have played FF:Crystal chronicles, FF3 & FF4 (as you would assume) all for the DS and thatis IT. I found the storyline a bit old and recycled, leaving me desiring more of a well thought out plot, but i must take into consideration this is a remake of an old game thus they didn't want to change the storyline to terribly much. the music in regular FF style is very well orchestrated though a bit loud through out the game. the graphics for a DS game are some of the best i've seen so far, they shading on the characters in cut scenes is great ^_^ . they're some parts of this game mainly boss fights that will have you grinding your teeth, but other than boss fights and those *shivers* sand slugs you'll find it pretty easy. I hate the fact that you are basically handed your armor throughout the game and none of your characters change appearance when you equip new armor :( but other than that this game overall is one i'd recommend to anyone it's pretty good , just leaves the FF fan in you hungry for more.
Fans of Final Fantasy games will not be let down.
Anyone who has played a FF game in the last 5 yrs knows that improving graphics are its shining light. FFIV continues this tradition, with great clips and animation throughout the game. On DS, game developers have stuck closely to the original storyline in previous titles and in this one as well. The gameplay is as challenging as other FF titles, making you think and act quickly in battles. For gamers who wish for easier battles, simply change your settings from the game menu. Personally, the faster, the better! One improvement in this title is that if you get lost on your quest, you can access your menu and read a caption from your character and remind yourself of what is the next challenge in the story. All around, the game is amazing and very addicting, despite the usual long boss battles. I highly recommend this for those who want a good classic RPG to play.