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- Experience Final Fantasy V in its purest form! Improved graphics, a new translation, and a remixed soundtrack bring new life to Bartz, Lenna, and Ganulf in their fight against the evil Exdeath!
- Expand your enjoyment with a detailed monster bestiary and a music player. Study your foes and learn their weaknesses, or enjoy the enhanced Final Fantasy soundtrack anytime you want!
- Explore the Sealed Ruin, a massive bonus dungeon filled with challenges, and fight the dungeon's newly designed boss using specially added jobs like the brutal gladiator, the sinister necromancer, and the dynamite bomber!
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Final Fantasy V is an example of a game that is not only from an older era but is almost an antithesis to the average modern RPG. It is a game with the simple premise of saving the four crystals from a dark lord. This is the reason why many gamers consider Final Fantasy V's story and characters to be "weak" but I completely disagree. Final Fantasy V embraces its simple premise and thoroughly explores it. The result is an extremely well written and perfectly paced story (with a few good twists thrown in) that utilizes a small cast of believable protagonists and a legitimately intimidating antagonist with a surprising back story. Furthermore, while the tone of the whole narrative is lighthearted Final Fantasy V managers to deliver more than a few epic and touching moments that, ironically, have more weight than the over-dramatized stories of modern RPGs. It is also worth pointing out that the Advance version of Final Fantasy V is exceptionally well translated and includes dozens of cleverly woven in Western pop culture references which bolsters the humor of the story.
Yet even those who dislike the story of Final Fantasy V will often admit that the game play is where it shines and that comes as no surprise. Final Fantasy V's job system is dynamic, extremely customizable, and surprisingly simple. As one progresses through the game they can assign a wider variety of jobs ranging from Knight to Dancer to the four available party members. Each one of the party members can also actively utilize a skill learned from another job, via ability points gained in battle, with their current one. The sheer number of jobs is impressive with over twenty ultimately being available to the player. However, the game, in particular the boss battles that often require certain tactics to beat, is structured in such a way that it is better to have a flexible group than an overspecialized one. It is a system that promotes diversity, experimenting with job combinations, and strategy rather than simply over leveling your characters, grinding out the ability points for additional job skills, or making the whole party clones of one another.
Even if you are the type of gamer that likes the style of modern RPGs the actual game mechanics of Final Fantasy V will probably be enjoyable for you. Meanwhile, if you happen to dislike the stories of the newer games then Final Fantasy V's plot and characters could very well capture your interest in addition to the well implemented game mechanics. I can only strongly recommend Final Fantasy V to all RPG fans and any old-school RPG fan that dislike the newer games should definitely check it out. I have not only played every Final Fantasy game to date but a good number of other RPG franchises over the years (including the Ultima and Persona series) and Final Fantasy V is undoubtedly one of my favorite RPGs of all time.
If you are looking for a first Final Fantasy than I highly recommend this game.