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2.0 out of 5 stars IV's $40 Fourth Incarnation, August 1, 2008
This review is from: Final Fantasy IV (Video Game)
And you thought the number of the beast was triple-six.

If ever there was any shred of doubt left in anybody's mind that Squaresoft is dead, and its replacement, SquareEnix, is little more than a money-generating machine, let this game remove it. This is the fourth time that Final Fantasy IV has been released in the United States. Number four. We've already had the SNES FFII (which, as everybody should know by now, was the original FFIV Easy Type as released in Japan--the old Square of America was unsure about the profitability of the Japanese II and III). We've already had the PSX Final Fantasy Chronicles (which packaged a relocalized FFIV Hard Type together with Chrono Trigger). We've even had a portable port, the GBA FFIV (which can be played on the DS, may I remind you), a slight update on the PSX version.

And now this. Granted, the addition of updated, three dimensional CG is nice. I have to admit, some of the new features are interesting. But I have to question just what kind of rubes SquareEnix takes its consumer-base to be to expect to make a profit simply by adding rudimentary 3D and a couple new shiny add-ons to a game they've released stateside three times previously.

To be blunt: in this day and age, internet piracy is rampant. You can get the original SNES versions extremely easily for free--I can't say I particularly condone that kind of thing, but let's be realistic here. A little more legally, you can get the PSX version and the GBA versions for $17 or $30, respectively, brand new direct from Amazon--and even cheaper from some very reputable 3rd parties selling through Amazon! I highly recommend getting one of them. FFIV is one of the best pre-PSX console RPGs, and definitely worth a play-through for any fan of the old-school style. But $40 for a few extra bells and whistles? That's what I call a scam.

Are there people who are going to be turned off the game by the old sprite-based 2D graphics? Yes. There's nothing particularly wrong with that--wanting an aesthetically pleasing experience to accompany your time spent playing is nothing to be frowned at. I would, however, contend that the kind of people who are turned off of games by old-school graphics like those present in the previous versions of this game likely wouldn't enjoy the old-school gameplay, or the old-school story, of FFIV. As enjoyable as I find it as a gamer who's been playing RPGs since the early nineties, FFIV is kinda dated, something that no amount of prettified graphics or extra distractions is going to cover up for gamers primarily interested in a more modern experience.
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Initial post: Aug 4, 2008 6:04:06 PM PDT
Deedee says:
can't argue that nintendo games are a little pricey but ppl are willing to pay for it.. it's supply and demand.. if you are able to afford the price and willing to pay for it then hey no problem here.. but if not don't buy this version and get gba instead for like 20 bucks less

Posted on Aug 6, 2008 7:34:01 AM PDT
techmannn says:
Cromer, these remakes sell and that's why they make them. Not sure what your point is. Some gamers really want these remakes. Also, to be fair this remake is an extensive 3D re-do and not "rudimentary" as you say. Easily gets 3 stars. if you're a big fan of JRPG's its more like a 4 star rating.

Posted on Aug 11, 2008 1:27:51 PM PDT
I didn't buy this version of Final Fantasy IV because I wanted a "more modern experience". I bought it because FFIV was one of my favorite games as a young teenager, and I wanted to experience it again and show my wife an artifact of my childhood.

Posted on Aug 23, 2008 12:52:24 AM PDT
Lee C. Hee says:
i bought this because i never played ff4 before.. and i juss got the DS too so yeh.. im enjoying it so.. i guess its all preference.. im down spending 40 dollars cuz i spent a lot of time on it anyways lol ya

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 2:05:03 PM PST
Zaff says:
I found this review of yours after looking at the one you wrote for Avalon Code, and I find this review to be just as useful, honestly.
I do own the game, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it, but not for the graphics. At forty dollars, no, this would not have been a good purchase, especially because of the other, cheaper versions available (not to mention they have their own appeal for being closer to the original release, anyway), but now that the price is down to twenty bucks, it's a much more reasonable purchase.
This is my first time playing FFIV, which makes me feel a little better about the price tag (I did get it at the reduced price), and it's nice to have it in the collection now, but overall, you've hit the nail on the head about Square-Enix. I haven't been happy since Square got bought out. At the same time, I can't seem to stop buying their games just on the shameless hope that I'll find something as good as FFVIII again...
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