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Final Fantasy IV

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Final Fantasy IV is a remake of the classic Japanese RPG that was first released for SNES, known as Final Fantasy II in the West.

Unlike the many subsequent ports (to Playstation, GameBoy Advance, etc.), this release is a full remake, programmed from scratch with real-time 3D graphics. The characters have a "super-deformed" touch. There is also voice acting during cut-scenes. A new option has been added to the menu, which allows the player to read a conversation between party members and receive advice from them.

It also features many gameplay additions. The difficulty level has been increased, not only beyond the difficulty of the Western SNES release (which was reduced compared to Japanese original and subsequent ports), but even beyond the original difficulty. The party members are still bound by class, but they can now hunt for so-called "augments", which can be found or stolen from enemies and which grant the characters additional bonus abilities, resistances, spells that their class would normally not allow, etc.

Beside those major changes, there are also plenty of minor additions. It is possible to obtain bonus items after exploring every corner and filling 100% of an area map; Rydia, the summoner girl, has a new monster summon who can be customized in various ways; there is a new quest involving the "naming" moogle of the original game, etc.


Final Fantasy IV Nintendo DS Options screen
Final Fantasy IV Nintendo DS Equipment screen
Final Fantasy IV Nintendo DS Cid looks rather ugly in this remake
Final Fantasy IV Nintendo DS The birds try to petrify the party

Alternate Titles

  • "ファイナルファンタジーIV" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

Destructoid Nintendo DS Jul 26, 2008 9.25 out of 10 92 Nintendo DS Jul 29, 2008 9 out of 10 90
3D Juegos Nintendo DS Sep 02, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GameSpy Nintendo DS Jul 25, 2008 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Meristation Android Dec 10, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Power Unlimited Nintendo DS Sep 12, 2008 88 out of 100 88
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Nintendo DS Aug 17, 2008 88 out of 100 88
UGO (UnderGroundOnline) Nintendo DS Jul, 2008 B+ 83
RPGamer Nintendo DS Aug 09, 2009 3.5 out of 5 70
Gamekult Nintendo DS Sep 05, 2008 6 out of 10 60


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