Final Fantasy VI Advance

a game by Square
Genre: Adventure/RPG
Platform: GBA
Editor Rating: 9.5/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Final Fantasy Series
Final Fantasy VI Advance
Final Fantasy VI Advance
Final Fantasy VI Advance
Final Fantasy VI Advance

The release of the Final Fantasy games in the West was a mess until Final Fantasy VII, but Final Fantasy VI Advance that we are talking about is rather interesting. This was released over here, but as Final Fantasy III and it was regarded as one of the best games on the Super Nintendo. What is really interesting is that this was released on the Game Boy Advance in 2006, a year after Final Fantasy III was released on the Nintendo DS!

A Truly Epic Story

There is a good reason that many people regard Final Fantasy VI as the best game in the series. That is because the story is epic in every single sense of the word. Without giving anything away, the game has an astonishing 14 playable characters that get introduced to the game as you play. There is an evil military force that wants full control of the planet, but you will not allow that to happen. There is magic, betrayal, love and so many twists and turns that you will find yourself truly mind blown by many of the events.

That Makes Sense

One of the things that make Final Fantasy VI Advance the best way to play this game is the translation. It has a brand new translation which first of all keeps some of the Japanese names for certain aspects of the game. In addition to this the story just flows so much better now and makes more sense and in general is just way more coherent. This alone makes this the best way to experience Final Fantasy VI in my opinion.

Classic Final Fantasy In Every Sense Of The Word

The story is amazing, but so is the gameplay. I will say that this game is a product of its time and I can see some younger gamers not being blown away. However, for me, this is a damn fine JRPG. The combat system is great, it is not the hardest game, but the biggest challenge for me was knowing which party members to use at the right time. With such a diverse cast of characters, each of whom has their own abilities and things that make them special. It can be hard knowing who is the right person for the job. As well as battling, you have a large open world to explore and the mode 7 that was so impressive on the SNES looks great on the Game Boy Advance too. I liked this world and spent a lot of time going to every area I could as you never knew what you would find.

Great On The Game Boy Advance

I will say that Final Fantasy VI Advance looks great on a computer screen or even on a TV if you are using something like the Game Boy Player. However, on a Game Boy Advance SP or even a Nintendo DS, the visuals look super sharp and crisp. This is not an actual “remake” but they did make things clearer and in general, it looks great. My only gripe is that they did not manage to get the FMV that was added to the PlayStation version.

As you have probably guessed, I love Final Fantasy VI Advance. I loved Final Fantasy III on the Super Nintendo and I loved Final Fantasy VI on the PlayStation. This though is the best way to play this classic game. It is just a true joy to play and a game that I have beaten multiple times, but it is still a game I am always blown away by.

9.5/10

Pros:

  • One of the best stories in the series
  • Tons of characters in your party
  • The new translation is incredibly well done
  • It is a fun game to play
  • A nice large world to explore

Cons:

  • It is missing the video from the PlayStation version
  • It can be rather pricey to buy a complete copy

Download Final Fantasy VI Advance

GBA

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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