Review by Jilabalo3
Final Fantasy IV......Again....
Final Fantasy IV for the DS, huh? It's been ported and remade, but quite frankly, it's just a game you never get tired of. For a while there were rumors circulating about a remake for the DS, only a few years after the GBA port was released. Many were skeptical, but here it is, and I'm gonna tell you all about it.
I have to say, for a DS game, these graphics are phenomenal. Just what I'd expect from SE. Sure they look chibi-esque, but that kind of adds to the light-heartedness of such a serious plot. Very detailed. The opening FMV. Wow. It really shows you the capabilities of the DS. The cutscenes are great, no complaints in this department. But lets move on.
Lots of familiar tunes, seeing as this, what, the third remake now? You'll notice your favorites right away, though they sound more modern this time around, though still nothing too special. As for the voice overs, I expected the worst. In my past experiences, the voice overs just failed to match the personality of the characters. I was thoroughly impressed with the voice overs. Cecil sound like Cecil would, Kain sound like Kain would, etc.
What's a Final Fantasy game without spectacular gameplay? If your new to Final Fantasy IV, or new to the series in general, you'll either love the battle system, or you'll absolutely loathe it. The Active Time Battle system, aptly named. The system works like it sounds: It isn't where you and your opponent take turns attacking, yours enemies attack at their own pace, as do you. Every character has an ATB bar, that, when filled up all the way, means that it's that characters turn to attack. Certain attacks take longer to use; Magic takes time to cast where as melee combat is quick. Now if you are unfamiliar with the magic system, it is quite simple. Each character that can learn magic learns spells by leveling up. There are 3 types of magic: Black magic (offensive spells), White magic (Healing and status removal spells), and Summon magic (Magic that summons a creature to attack). Each spell costs MP, or magic points, to cast. Once you run out, you can only get those Points back by going to an inn, using an item that restores it, or using a tent. Melee is alot more simple. Each weapon has a type: Sword, Lance, Wand, etc. Once equipped, the weapon alters the strength of the character equipped with it, making them more effective in battle. But you'll figure the rest out in the game.
Standard Rpg storyline, but with an interesting twist. Im won't spoil anything, but you'll be surprised. Trust me. But for the most part, it's just your average "Bad guys wants (insert something here), so Hero has to stop Bad guy from aquiring (insert here). Really nothing too special, but you wont be dissapointed.
Easy to learn, easy to use. Very straight forward. Press left, you go left. Press right you go right. You get the picture. Battle controls are just as easy to use. Scroll till you find the desired action, press A. It's that easy. Not really much else to say.
A great game, while with it's flaws, will keep you playing for about a month if you don't play all the time. Exciting battles, easy learning curve, and a decent storyline are what make this game great.
Rent or Buy-
Rent it first. Final Fantasy isn't for everyone, but if you do like it, you will surely want to pay 20-30 bucks for an awesome game and a fine addition to any gamers library.
Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Product Release: Final Fantasy IV (US, 07/21/08)
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