Final Fantasy IV, like many Square games, is not a direct sequel to Final Fantasy III. It is an entirely new game, following a more direct story with deep character development. In this game, you follow a dark knight named Cecil who is serving a kingdom that ultimately creates war and destruction wherever it goes.
Eventually Cecil confronts his inner evil to ultimately become a paladin and heads off to save the world, friends in tow. That’s the abridged version…don’t want to ruin the plot for those who haven’t played it.
This was Square‘s first Final Fantasy not released on the original NES, and it has been rebuilt and ported many times. The game debuted on Super NES in both North America and in Europe. It was subsequently recoded and repackaged alongside Chrono Trigger on the original Sony PlayStation. It also appeard in Final Fantasy Chronicles and Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection on the Sony PSP. It has also been ported to the Nintendo 3DS and is now available on Steam for the PC.
Needless to say the game has been around for a while, and in each incarnation there have been a handful of changes. The entire graphic system received an overhaul in the latest rebuild. This gives a newer, more “3D” look to the classic sprite-based game.
Final Fantasy IV was Square‘s first in-depth take on the series, adding an array of new locations, characters and a longer story. Although the first Final Fantasy games can be completed in roughly twelve hours or less (my personal record), this game boasts a 40-hour minimum. It also sports one of the best story-lines in the entire series (Final Fantasy VII usually taking top honors).
Ultimately, does Final Fantasy IV deliver? The answer is yes. With a unique cast of characters and some of the most challenging battles to hit the classic RPG to date, I recommend it highly.
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