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: 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,
Excerpt: Final Fantasy IV was originally released in 1991. It was then remastered in 2006. The PC version of Final Fantasy IV on Steam is that remastered 2006 version. There are some upgrades like a new intro movie, and of course Steam cards - which can be bought and sold.
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.
Excerpt: Not long after North American RPGamers got their hands on the DS remake of Final Fantasy III , Square Enix announced plans to recreate the fourth installment of the series as well. The RPG publishing giant once again signed up the FFIII remake developer, Matrix Software, to create a new vision of Final Fantasy IV for the Nintendo DS.