Excerpt: Final Fantasy IV is the story of a dark knight who realizes how dark his king is. Players take on the role of this dark knight (Cecil), and they meet up with plenty of his friends. His old king turns out to be a monster, which really came as no surprise considering the hideous acts he has his troops commit. Final Fantasy IV revolves around crystals that contain mystical powers. Yeah that theme has been so overused it does not always register on the offensive meter.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy IV is an important game in Final Fantasy’s history, not only in terms of quality but also for it introducing elements that were to be mainstays of the series until Final Fantasy XII came along. For those reasons, Final Fantasy IV was certainly due a remake and Square Enix and Matrix Software have delivered one such game for the DS.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy II for the SNES was my first RPG, and one of the few games still capable of filling my organs with warm, squishy nostalgia. Screenshots? Warm, squishy nostalgia. Game music? Warm, squishy nostalgia. 2D character sprites? Warm, squishy nostalgia. The last 10 years' worth of Final Fantasy IV remakes were glorified ports, safely leaving my nostalgia-reflex intact, but now I hold in my hands Final Fantasy IV DS : a true remake.
Conclusion: I guess what we're looking at here is a essentially a DVD reissue of a classic black-and-white silent film. Like Safety Last! or The Gold Rush, but reshot and dubbed. We can celebrate Matrix and Square Enix for giving a new generation of gamers a chance to experience FFIV (although, let's face it—this generation has gotten four new chances to try out FFIV in the last seven years); we can cheer the quality of the presentation, and the reverence of the changes, but the...
Excerpt: I’ve played Final Fantasy games involving cute “slam dancing” animals, a stupid creature called NORG, and implied man-on-man action in a notorious place called the Honey Bee Inn. What I haven’t experienced is a Final Fantasy game as insanely difficult as the fourth installment. Perhaps the first couple games featured on Final Fantasy Origins were the most challenging, but those PSone incarnations were on a glorious easy setting that made things a breeze.
Excerpt: is not a new game, nor does it pretend to be original. As with many of Square Enix's re-releases of older titles, it is aimed primarily at the nostalgia factor for those of us who were old enough to play it the first time around (and, were it human,
Summary: Parents need to know that this role-playing game isn't appropriate for younger children. Little about the game is explicit -- there's no blood, sex, or strong language -- but there's plenty of fighting, some female characters wear revealing clothing, and alcohol is occasionally referenced in dialogue and signage. All of that said, the game's primary concern is its complex adult themes, which include love, loyalty, betrayal, and redemption.