Fresh-faced Final Fantasy devotees will surely enjoy this umpteenth remake of the game that launched a million cosplay and fan-fiction atrocities, yet for oldsters like me who foggily recall questing through the original NES version, this latest rerelease feels a tad inessential. Distressingly little effort went into crafting this anniversary package: Square Enix merely cobbled together aspects from the PS1 and GBA remakes, touched up the graphics with high-resolution art, and added one new, ultra-difficult dungeon at game's end. But it's hard to stay mad at this RPG rerun--at least it's an enjoyable romp that remains surprisingly engaging 20 years later. Although purists will decry the seriously rebalanced difficulty (like the GBA version, this is a cakewalk compared to the original), the modernization makes for a far smoother, low-impact turn-based RPG experience that actually invites replay thanks to its party customization. The $30 asking price feels a tad steep, but most FF fans will get their money's worth...the same can't be said of the imminently avoidable FFII PSP rehash due in July.
Shane must be an easy date. I've been with Final Fantasy since the start, and there's no way I'm putting up with this lame excuse for an anniversary gift. The too-easy GBA Dawn of Souls game gets clumsily animated new graphics and a borrowed soundtrack? That's not a celebration; it's an amateur RPG Maker project. Sure, the underlying game is still pretty decent, but seeing this junky face-lift on PSP screams "waste of potential." I'd rather pretend the upcoming Tactics remake is the real 20-year tribute.
Jeez, Jeremy...way to ruin our nice anniversary party. Yeah, this is obviously an easy cash-in for Square Enix, but the not-so-epic adventure is one of the best role-playing games currently out for the PSP (which is pretty sad considering how crusty this game is). And since I finally got around to playing this for the first time, I didn't mind the minor gripes these guys are yapping about. But the ridiculous number of random battles did annoy me--this really needed an autoattack button.
- Square / GameBoy
The legend continues with Final Fantasy Saga! Cecil has found himself on another mission to seek and destroy an evil armada attacking Cecil's homeland. He must visit various towns and recruit soldiers to aid him in his mission. Use the gold pieces collected from fallen enemies to power up your party with new swords, armor, and shields. You will journey mostly by land but later on you receive a fighting ship from an old friend. If you own the first two of the series, this third one is definitely worth looking into!
The first of the Final Fantasy games. This game is one of the best NES games there was, even better then Zelda! The story line rules and graphics are great for its time! A MUST DOWNLOAD!