Final Fantasy 5
We all knew it was going to happen sooner or later. With last year's rerelease of Final Fantasy IV for the PlayStation in Japan (our Final Fantasy II), it was just a matter of time before Square announced a PS rerelease of FFV. Well, here it is. Like FFIV, the only addition to the game is the all-new opening and ending FMV sequences (what we've seen so far looks fantastic), but still--the game itself, despite being 6 years old, is incredible.
Final Fantasy V is widely believed to be the best all-around game of the series, despite the now-dated graphics and sounds. The gameplay is similar to FFIV and FFVI (our II and III, respectively), but the core of it all is the )ob/Ability system (which is now used in Final Fantasy Tactics, ironically). By finding special pieces of the four elemental Crystals, your party can obtain the souls of past warriors ("Jobs") and utilize their talents in battle. By learning their Abilities, and then mixing and matching with others, you can customize your team in an unimaginable number of ways.
With a FANTASTIC story, great gameplay and equally amazing music, it's quite a surprise that this episode of the FF series never made it to the U.S. The PS version may not compare to FFVII in overall aesthetics and presentation, but the gameplay is unmatched, and no RPG fan should have to miss it. We strongly encourage Sony, Square--ANYONE to bring this title to the U.S. (market it as a "classic" or something). If you're a fan, definitely write to the above companies--this is probably the last chance of a U.S. FFV release we'll ever have.
- MANUFACTURER - Square Co. Ltd,
- THEME - RPG
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1