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- Combines two full RPGs that provide over 30 hours of gameplay each
- Includes computer generated movie sequences created exclusively for this release
- Both games incorporate monster summoning magic later used in Final Fantasy 7
- The variety of "job" skills allows players to mix and match many different abilities to create custom characters
- The "Esper" magic system allows characters to cast over 90 different magic spells
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Final Fantasy Anthology incorporates two of the most beloved FINAL FANTASY titles ever published. First released as FINAL FANTASY III in the U.S., FINAL FANTASY VI brings back all of the qualities that made it the best selling RPG of its time, and adds a few bonuses unique to this re-release. The second title in this compilation, FINAL FANTASY V, is seeing its first ever release in the U.S. Featuring an innovative 'Job' system and a story that will take the player to different worlds, this title will finally show U.S. gamers what they have been missing. If you are new to the FINAL FANTASY universe, pick up Anthology as way of getting to know the series that has garnered the praise of millions. If you are already a fan, pick it up to relive the magic once again.
Showcasing two installments of SquareSoft's wildly popular role-playing game (RPG) series, Final Fantasy Anthology features the U.S. debut of Final Fantasy V, and reintroduces one of the best RPGs of all time, Final Fantasy VI, originally released as Final Fantasy III on the Super Nintendo gaming system.
Both games are straight Super Nintendo conversions, so their 2-D graphics and 16-bit sounds are admittedly subpar by PlayStation standards. However, SquareSoft has added brand-new, beautifully animated movies for both titles, and has given Final Fantasy VI the star treatment it deserves by adding a bonus mode where gamers can access loads of supplementary material, such as artwork and data files on the game's monsters and items.
While Final Fantasy V is one of weaker entries in the series, Final Fantasy VI alone is totally worth the price of Final Fantasy Anthology. Endearingly melodramatic characters, a genuinely epic story line, and rock-solid gameplay make Final Fantasy VI just as absorbing today as it was when it was Final Fantasy III. --Joe Hon
- Brand-new animated movies
- Reissues Final Fantasy VI, one of the best RPGs ever
- Lots of supplementary material for Final Fantasy VI
- Dated graphics and sounds may bother some gamers
- The previously unreleased Final Fantasy V may as well have stayed unreleased
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I think the main difference is that FFV plays a little slower than its advance counterpart. I find that there is a delay with a lot of battle animations, and I found that distracting. The battle system is still intact and it's still a fun game despite the jitteriness. The translation needs a bit of imagination to get past, but otherwise it's clear what's going on despite.
FFVI suffers from load times, but the translation seems to be the same as the original SNES version for the most part. Once again, it might be worth picking up if you want to play this game for cheap and happen to own a PS3 or lower. Both games run the same on my PS1, PS2, and PS3 with the smoothing turned off, so at the very least you can play them.
I think that if you just want to play these games, you'll enjoy them. They're the weakest versions of the games, but they work and they're still as fun to play now as they would have been then.
And now for the game: FF6 *is* the best version of Final Fantasy made to date (imho). FF7, FF9, and FF10 are also very good, but FF6 got the RPG formula perfect: Great characters, great story, great battle system. If I had to sell all my RPGs, FF6 is the one I would keep & play over-and-over.
As for FF5, the story is rather weak, but the gameplay is really really good, thanks to the job system (like FF10-2). What I like to do with FF5 is to experiment:
- What if I had 4 white mages?
- What if I had 4 black mages?
- What if I had 4 fighters?
- Would I survive the battles w/ such weak teams?
Thanks to its job system, FF5 has a great deal of replayability. Even after you beat the game, you can go back and replay with a completely different team, and new complications (trust me, beating this game with 4 black mages is NOT easy).
Bottom Line: Buy Final Fantasy 5/6 right now. If you're like me, you'll cherish it forever.
Final Fantasy V is a game with 4 characters and uses what many RPG players may know as the "job class" system. In other words, the character can be a knight, monk, or ninja, specializing in skills unique to each class. The magic is bought in stores, which I don't necessarily like, but the game itself is solid.
Final Fantasy VI is a game where the job classes are somewhat "built in," and the game features at least 12 playable characters. The jobs are built in, because each character has unique "job commands." Locke has a "steal" command, Terra can do magic early in the game where it is not readily available. The plot is really good in this FF game, and it is easily in my personal top 5 of video games I've ever played.
This is a great collection and I encourage any vintage RPG lover to try it out.