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Final Fantasy IV (renamed as Final Fantasy II in the US) is recognized as one of the great classic RPGs. It packed an amazing storyline, a great soundtrack, and simple yet enjoyable gameplay. It completely revolutionized the whole role-playing industry because it was the first RPG to have twisting plot.

The graphics in the game were not the best, but there’s an explanation behind it. This game was originally going to be released for the original Nintendo. However, a decision was made that FF4 would come out for the Super Nintendo rather than the NES. Square desperately tried to update the graphics as much as possible, but they didn’t have that much time. So the graphics got better, but not as much as they hoped for. Yet the graphics were quite good compared to the other SNES games at the time. The sprites can only put their heads down to show sadness, and could walk. The environments weren’t bursting with detail, but they still had nice, healthy amounts of detail put into them. The enemies of the game looked nice and sharp.

FFIV has an amazing storyline which keeps players sucked in. It starts out with Cecil, the main character. Cecil is the commander of the airship force in Baron, a strong ruling country. He and his crew went to steal the crystal of water from a town called Mysidia. Cecil was sent by orders from the king, but didn’t understand the king’s objective. He questions the king upon his return, and the king fires Cecil from his post. From there, Cecil and his friend Kain go through many adventures, meeting new people. It’s full of surprising plot twists, and is truly an amazing story.

The gameplay is the old traditional Final Fantasy battle system, before the big changes starting taking place. You have different character classes, which are predetermined and can’t be changed. Each character, with his or her class, has their own abilities. For instance, a Dragoon can use the Jump command. Unfortunately, many abilities that were available in the Japanese version, were unavailable in the easy American version. The battles are played traditionally, you take a swing, your enemy takes a swing, you swing again.

Gameplay 3.5 / 5
Soundtrack 4.5 / 5
Replay Value 4.5 / 5
Storyline 4 / 5
4 / 5 Great!