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Final Fantasy IV Advance

 

 

SCORE: 60

 

Final Fantasy IV Advance 

 

It so very nice to find a video game that has been rated with the right descriptors from the ESRB. The rating the game got is of course another matter entirely. If you really want to confuse someone try and explain the numerical sequence of the Final Fantasy video games. This game is actually the previously released Final Fantasy II in America (editor: on the Super NES system). It was always Final Fantasy IV in Japan. It is one of those topics that has historical interest, but really not worth much of anything for those outside the role playing genre realm. Players get to take the role of an evil dark knight, who decides to take a treasonous stand against a wicked empire in order to save some occultic crystals.

Final Fantasy games are usually graphically good for their time. Final Fantasy IV Advance is no exception. The exception comes into play when one compares this game to current games on the Gameboy Advance. This is essentially a port from the Super NES. Square Enix did nothing graphically to enhance the experience. In fact certain features seem to have been removed.

People fall into one of two categories when it comes to the music in the Final Fantasy games. One category loves the music, and the other does not. The RPG Master appreciates the music in Final Fantasy IV Advance, even though it is remixed from earlier Final Fantasy games. There is some language issues in this game that have no place in a video game whatsoever.

Square Enix really dropped the ball with how many items the player can carry which led to a lot of items being dropped on the ground. On top of that, exploration is not as interesting in Final Fantasy IV Advance. This game can be beaten much quicker than a lot of other Final Fantasy games. Even though this game can be found for a under twenty US Dollars, the RPG Master would say save your money for better games.

The controls have some lag, and glitches in way too many areas of this game. Square Enix should have fixed Final Fantasy IV Advance before releasing it. The shoddy workmanship shows, and really is an embarrassment. There is also some issues with the balance of the fighting system being off. The layout of the controls is neither great, nor detracting.

The story of redemption is the main theme for Cecil (editor: the main character of the story). The RPG Master does not like how long it takes Cecil to shed his evil armor and persona to finally become a good guy. There is a lot of violence as tons of monsters must be defeated in order to proceed. Pass on this Gameboy Advance game.
- RPG Master

 

Graphics: 64%
Sound: 61%
Replay/Extras: 60%
Gameplay: 59%
Family Friendly Factor: 57%
System: Gameboy Advance
Publisher: Square Enix
ESRB Rating: 'E10+' for Everyone 10+
{Language, Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes}

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