Excerpt: The Final Fantasy franchise is the most well known role playing game franchise in the United States of America. When the RPG Master heard about Final Fantasy V finally being released in the United States, this game was reserved under my mantle. Square Enix finally did something that role playing gamers have been petitioning for years now - release these old school treasures in America.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy V Advance is the middle game of the trifecta of Final Fantasy games released this fall. Of these titles, Final Fantasy V is the only game the North American audience has seen before, as it was part of Final Fantasy Anthology for the PlayStation. Because of these circumstances, a lot of RPGamers might decide to drop this title from their holiday wish list.
Excerpt: It may not be exactly in the middle, but Final Fantasy V plays the role of the middle child. As the only SNES Final Fantasy skipped for US release, it wasn't until the PlayStation compilation Final Fantasy Anthology that American gamers were first able to play this title. Once again with the latest release on the Game Boy Advance Final Fantasy V Advance takes the middle spot again in more ways than one.
Excerpt: I remember a time when Final Fantasy V was an enigmatic and alluring title to the American audience; reason being, it hadn't been released. I followed the fan translation projects and the import Super Famicom version, and when the game finally come to the US (as a part of "Final Fantasy Anthology" on PlayStation), I played the game a total of four times, and I even wrote my own walkthrough for it (something I never want to do again).
Excerpt: A little over a year ago, Square Enix announced that it was bringing the SNES Final Fantasy trilogy, that is, Final Fantasy IV, V, and VI , to Game Boy Advance, and soon released IV to the world. Now, itâ€™s Vâ€™s turn. With most any updated port should come updated graphics, and V Advance delivers. The world map and dungeons look the same as ever, which isnâ€™t bad, but combat visuals have been significantly enhanced.
Summary: Fans may now experience what they've missed out on for years in this relatively obscure but thoroughly excellent installment of the classic role-playing series.
Pros: Deep, open-ended gameplay that influenced many of the best Final Fantasies, lengthy, challenging quest has the signature epic feel of the series, this version features some exclusive, new content and an improved localization, high replay value
Cons: Abundance of random battles and the need to level up can feel a bit tedious, the dialogue tries too hard to be funny in a few spots