on May 22, 2003
Frankly I don't know why people loved FF:Anthology so much...it really wasn't that good. I mean, FF6 was better on the SNES, minus the FMV, and FF5 wasn't that good to begin with. This, on the other hand, features Chrono Trigger, a rather good game, and a highly enhanced version of Final Fantasy IV, the game that launched the series into the main character-based RPG series in history! Personally, I say go with this package, definately!!
Chrono Trigger is a good game, with nice SNES graphics that're almost as good as Super Mario RPG's, decent music (although no FF6, and certainly not Yasonuri Mitsuda's best...even close), a nice out-of-battle interface, and an interesting quest that takes you throughout time. True, since I never really played this game until FF Chronicles, I may have liked it more if I actually got it in 1995 (just about the only Square game I missed between the years 1991 and 2001). I don't agree that it's quite possibly the greatest RPG of all time (mostly because I HATED Chrono, the character, SO MUCH!!!), but it is a nice enjoyable romp, and features plot twists that were about time, yet somehow weren't stolen from either H.G.Welles or Dr. Who! That got me at least!
Now, I'm not gonna deny it, but to me, the whole point of buying this package is for FF4! The graphics are suprememly outdated, and so is the sound quality, but that doesn't change much when it comes to this game...quite possibly the greatest FF of all time! The music is better composed than in Chrono Trigger, the characters are almost infinitely better, the battle system and interface are very easy to use, and even if you've played though it on the SNES a thousand times, unlike Chrono Trigger, this game features something new on the PSX.
Yes, it's sad, that while FFIV was greatly enhanced and a totally new experience on the PSX, Chrono Trigger remains almost completely unchanged from what I can figure out. Behind them both are nice long storylines, and behind FFIV is also strong character content. Chrono Trigger's is full of many choices, which even FFIV doesn't have! The plot twists are also cool, even by today's standards, although there's no real food for thought like in FFX or either Xeno games. While FFIV doesn't feature much more food for thought, it does tell one of the greatest RPG tales of all time by far, and still contains some of the greatest musical tracks ever written. Nobuo Uematsu may be loosing it now, but when it comes to his middle works like this through FFVII, he was quite a head-turner. You follow Cecil on a much more elaborate and detailed quest than that of Chrono Trigger, which is dialogue centered, but still features a great gameplay system, albeit old, and full of random battles. The equipping interface is still larger than that of any other strictly console-RPG I've seen (in terms of weapons and armor). I kid you not when I say that FFIV is the reason I became a film major! It was 12 years ago I saw the light, and it still shines onto me as strong as ever!
Whether the more fun and basic, yet fast-moving quest of Chrono Trigger is your type, or the more elaborate and character driven Final Fantasy IV is your type (like it is mine, as you could figure out), this game is a must have! Two legendary games!
I think they could have called this: "Final Fantasy: The Two RPG's that Wrote the Book that all RPG's Would Later Follow", except for the fact that it's way too long of a title. Original and entertaining until the end of time, get these games, for the power of epic awaits you!