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- In Final Fantasy II a malevolent emperor ends what could have been an eternal period of peace. He has called upon monsters from a demonic realm to take over the world. Thousands of lives succumb to their attacks, leaving many children orphaned. From the destruction rise four young survivors who will take it upon themselves to stop the merciless ruler and avenge the death of their parents.
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Let's clarify one thing, however, the original Final Fantasy II you find on the Super Nintendo is actually Final Fantasy IV. The real Final Fantasy II was not released until the Final Fantasy Origins on the Playstation, which it was then packaged with the first one. The game was also released a second time on the GBA in a package called Dawn of Souls. This is the third time the real Final Fantasy II was released in America. The unfortunate thing is that even when it first came to the states in the Origins release, it was dated, and they didn't do much to it in Dawn of Souls and now we've already got a third release of the game, and they still haven't done much to update it. In a sense you want to forgive the old gameplay mechanics. When the game was originally released (in Japan) it was the standard for the time. However, in some ways you wish that Square-Enix would've done more to update this thing.
The game gets off to a fantastic start, at least. It begins with an entire village being burned down as the Emperor continues to take over the world. As the village is burned to the ground, four youngsters managed to escape and are then pursued by the Emperors knights. They're far too weak to take him on and just barely escape death. They're then given the chance to help a resistance group bent on stopping the emperor. For those who played through the first Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy II is a big step forward for the series. Your characters, for one thing, actually have names and talk.Read more ›
I have finished playing ff1 and I am more than halfway through ff2. This is a more polished game than ff1 when it comes to story. ff1 lacked character interaction, and the story plot was very lacking. The story is important in rpg games. Playing turn base, random encounters, menu driven battle can be boring if the plot does not give you purpose to go on and keep exploring.
The story has some elements that are almost a ripoff of Star Wars. But it does give you focus. It is very clear where you should go next.
Another thing I found improved was the dungeon design was a little better.
Battle is still handled by pulling down actions through a menu while the game waits on you. Pretty standard on JRPG, and no surprise since ff1 and ff2 are the granddadies of all JRPGs.
One thing I love is that your character can dual wield weapons (one weapon in each hand).
the leveling is kind different from most JRPGs. Characters dont level but skills do. It is like a Oblivion light system (even Oblivion had levels for the character). It works in that you level your weapon and spells by using them. So it is better to focus on a weapon and some spell to take them to the maximum power.
There is a flaw in the system when it comes to increasing HP and MP (health and mana points).Read more ›
It's really only minor annoyances like that which hold the game back. The translation is good, and the leveling system, while a little bizarre, is also easy to exploit. The story is decent and I like the characters. It's definitely an improvement over the first Final Fantasy game; your characters are just as customizable, but they have distinct personalities this time.
This version of the game does seem to be the most "complete." It contains all of the content from previous re-releases (ie., the "rebirth of souls" dungeon) and (I think) a few more tweaks to things like the random encounter rate to make the game a bit more playable. At Amazon's price, it would be silly to pass this up. On the other hand, from what I've heard, there's no great reason to grab this if you already own the GBA version.
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I'm very delighted of how the product came in just 2 days. the item is new and factory sealed which is to me is very important because I always like to be the first hand owner of... Read morePublished 5 days ago by FCOMPSON
Arrived in perfect condition! Perfect to add to my Final Fantasy collection!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this port to the psp. I never played the original and found this to be a fun way to play through a classic game.Published on June 27, 2014 by Rccolaman