Final Fantasy IV was one of the first RPGs to be released on the SNES back in 1991.  Named Final Fantasy II in North America, for it was the second game in the series to be released in the states, it is considered to be a great starting point for those who want to get into the series, and a classic among video games, but how has the game held up over 25 years later?

Cecil walks through a town

FFIV is a turn based RPG, but has a more active battle system than the previous Final Fantasy games.  How often attacks take place now relies a lot more on the speed of characters and enemies, instead of just taking turns.  This adds strategy and makes the game more hands on than just waiting on enemies.  My only issue with it is how frustrating it can be when sometimes I swear I should be able to attack again, but I haven’t gotten the prompt.  The gameplay is standard RPG gameplay, travel around, search buildings, go through dungeons, and fight enemies.  There are a ton of characters to play as, and they’re all different.  You’ve got fighters, dragoons, mages, bards, knights, and more.  The towns are very fun to explore and the world is very big.  The controls are barely worth mentioning.  The game is placed on a grid and there’s no running, so you just walk in four directions and press buttons when needed on the map, and navigate menus when needed.  Final Fantasy IV does the gameplay and controls very well for the most part, and there’s nothing I can really complain about.

The music of FFIV is arguably the best part.  The sound chip of the SNES really helped this soundtrack shine, as the music sounds very advanced, especially for a video game in 1991.  All of the musical pieces are beautiful, the music of the Final Fantasy Franchise isn’t famous for no reason.

The graphics of FFIV are a product of their time, unfortunately.  Besides the boss sprites, nothing in this game is super detailed.  Towns, buildings, characters, the world map, no real detail.  The SNES was a very new console, so this is passable for the time, but the graphics really don’t hold up today.

The main characters in battle

Final Fantasy IV was amazing for the time it was released, and is still pretty fun to play today.  The music and gameplay are great, and the graphics can be overlooked easily.  Final Fantasy IV has aged well.

I’d like to apologize for the length of this article, but there really isn’t much I can say about the gameplay without spoiling the story, next article I promise it’ll be longer.

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