Final Fantasy IV is remembered as a classic that introduced many new features to the RPG genre that remain staples even today. Released in 1991, it was the first game in the Final Fantasy series to use the Active Time Battle (ATB) system that continued all the way up to Final Fantasy IX, it placed a greater emphasis on storytelling and provided deep and memorable characters with set job classes such as the Dark Knight Cecil and the Summoner Rydia. Over the years there have been many remakes and re-releases of the game all with new additions and upgrades. If you are yet to play the fantastic Final Fantasy IV, check out the options below:
Super Nintendo (1991)
The original version of the game, it was first released in English under the title of Final Fantasy II due to the fact the real Japanese Final Fantasy II and III were not translated at the time. If you are ready for a retro revisit or just want to experience the classic as it was, this version provides the intriguing storyline complete with the classic dialogue such as “You Spoony Bard!”
Re-released for the Sony PlayStation this version also came bundled with Chrono Trigger in the collection known as Final Fantasy Chronicles. The game received small tweaks in the translation and game play, but also included FMV sequences for the opening, which were made popular by other SquareSoft games of the era.
Game Boy Advance (2005)
Ported to the GBA, this version includes extra content, slightly updated menus and script, and increased difficulty level from previous English releases. It provides new dungeons and boss battles as well as additional weapons and items. Perfect for playing the classic on the go!
Nintendo DS (2008)
While most re-release have been minor upgrades, this version was a full 3D remake. The game featured cut scenes with voice acting, new FMV sequences, a completely new script working in material initially cut from the original, an “auto-battle” feature, an ability system and exclusive mini-games. The remake allowed the story to be presented in a more cinematic fashion.
PlayStation Portable (2011)
The most recent release of Final Fantasy IV included a remake of the original with updated 2D graphics, but also combines the sequel Final Fantasy IV: The After Years and an Interlude bridging the two stories together. If you were turned off by the 3D graphics of the NDS version, this is the option for you.
Have you played Final Fantasy IV and if so, which one did you experience?