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Final fantasy is a name that has been around for years. Square-Enix is now on the remake tour. After bringing parts 1 and 2 to the PSP, they now come with Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Edition. With Final Fantasy 012: Duodecim just around the corner, we can already get started with this new game. So let’s immediately see whether such a respective old title still has a right to exist.
Final Fantasy IV originally came out on the SNES in 1991. This involves a JRPG as it is known, turn based battles and long extended stories. FF IV is known as one of the best parts of the Final Fantasy series. This variant of Part IV is called the Domplete Edition and is the original game plus the later released episodes called ‘The after years’. A new game called Interlude is also on the disc, this game is the link that connects IV and ‘The after years’.
The story is set around a black knight named Cecil. One day he returns from a trip to get a crystal for the king and the king thinks Cecil is going to betray him and doesn’t want to see him again. To get on good terms with the king, Cecil travels to a village with a ring obtained from him. Suddenly the village is on fire and Cecil knows enough. After years of killing innocent people in the name of the king, he rebels against him. Cecil wants to make up for the bad things. Of course it sounds like a bit of a trite story but it really isn’t, the story is delivered with such conviction and is much more in-depth than described above.
During his journey, he is accompanied by a group of characters. The character traits are about the same in every game, some warriors, black mages, and white mages. This is no different in IV, you are joined by Rydia, an initially weak character who grows into one of the stronger allies. In addition, there are twin mages Porom and Palom, a ninja Edge and your buddy from the beginning, Dragoon Kain. The power of the game is that you really start to care about your characters. You build a bond with your group members. And that is one of the strongest points of Squaresoft (Square-Enix now). They know how to process human emotions in games. That’s why their titles are so good, especially in the past. The writers behind the stories know exactly what needs to be written to evoke certain emotions. You almost shed a tear yourself when a teammate dies.
Fighting is done via the well-known Active Time Battle. This means that the action is turn based but not as hard core as a Dragon Quest, it is not chess. Time bars fill up after which an action can be taken. As a result, the need to pay attention continues to exist. You can’t put it down for an hour like in some JRPGs. Each character has their own attacks, from just hitting with the sword or staff to summoning, black and white magic and darkness attacks. Following the story is through an open world where you move from location to location, while battling quite a few enemies along the way. Yes, pop-up battles are just in there. So a short walk often results in a lot of fights, which is not a bad quality at all. As a player you usually follow the main story and there are several side quests, but not as extreme as in current games.
The only downside is the game’s graphics. It’s all been polished up and there’s even some beautiful CGI cutscenes, but the game still looks like it’s an SNES game, and you don’t understand why you have to pay the full PSP price. Back in the days of the 16-bit consoles there were also no opportunities to set the bar very high graphically, the gamer at that time had to be blown away by a game in other ways, which is why the stories in games in that period were often much stronger.
The sound is beautifully enhanced. In the 16 bit era and beyond, the sound wasn’t much to write home about, it’s a lot better in this PSP version. The original game has a beautiful soundtrack. The extra content on the disc is a bit younger than the original game, which makes the sound even better.
You can see that the game is 20 years old. Graphically it doesn’t look great and also in terms of gameplay it is quite outdated. But the great thing about this game is that it doesn’t matter at all that this game is so old. The fact that this game has been remade a number of times on various platforms and is still being played says enough. Even if you have no experience with this Final Fantasy, it is still recommended. Personally, I’ve been playing Final Fantasy’s since part 7 and saw that after 9 it started to crumble. The action-oriented 13 is the last one I played all gray after part 9. Final Fantasy 4 will also be played all gray. Final Fantasy 4 will undoubtedly remain in the PSP for a long time. This is a great game that perhaps rises above part 7,8 and 9 in terms of quality. Graphically, the game isn’t great, but that doesn’t matter. The story is very strong, the game is very addictive and the overall picture is just right. If you have a PSP you are almost obliged to buy this game, if you can get past the pop up battles.
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Author: Merijn Adriaanssen | Genre: RPG | Release: 20-04-2011 | Publisher: Square-Enix | Developer: Square-EnixGraphics: 7.0 † Sound: 10 † Gameplay: 8.0 † Controls: 8.5 † Playback: 9.0 9.0+ One of the best Final Fantasy games ever+ Extra content+- Entry barrier is high to play a 20 year old game–