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Final Fantasy IV, the FF half of Square EA’s Final Fantasy Chronicles showcases what were groundbreaking narrative and gameplay elements back in 1991 on the SNES. The game still holds up with an epic story that deeply develops the multitude of characters as it twists and turns its way to the climax. The Active Time Battle system (ATB) made its first appearance here, which helps the battles from feeling dated or too slow. The graphics and sounds haven’t aged as well but for diehard fans of the FF series and anyone who enjoys a good RPG, Final Fantasy IV is as good as it gets.
By now if you haven't played either game, and claim that you're an RPG fan you my friend are poser, that is unless you can prove yourself not, by purchasing this amazing set, and while you're at it get yourself a copy of FF Anthology as well. Final Fantasy Chronicles features near perfect porting of both RPG titles, with the exception of Chrono Trigger's slightly laggy load times. Both games may not contain eye-popping visuals, but you will definitely appreciate the fine art that each RPG features. Final word: kudos to SquareSoft for bringing over two of the best RPG's you're likely to ever play.
Even though that most people will overlook this game because it's a PlayStation game that's a re-release of a 16-bit game during a time when we've already moved on to the 128-bit generation, if you're an RPG fan that has yet to play either of these classics, it's a must-have title. With the multiple endings and fantastical game design and lovable characters, Chrono Trigger alone is worth the full price of admission. Add in Final Fantasy IV and you have an astonishing deal that you simply shouldn't pass up.
Nostalgia can be a tricky thing…few things that we remember from our youth withstand the test of time. These two games are the exception to the rule-they not only hold up, they're as much fun today as they were when initially released. Veteran RPG fans will want to pick this package up simply to relive past glories and remember what games were like before they became CGI movies. Younger gamers should pick this up to experience two of the greatest old-school console RPGs ever made. After all, you're getting two genuinely classic games for $40…how can you beat that?
Game Informer Magazine
Do yourself a favor and buy this compilation. It’s an education on what makes an RPG great. There are hours and hours of play packed into these humble looking games. You’ll be hard pressed to find better storylines than those in Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy IV. Maybe I’m having a nostalgia attack, but I loved these games then, and I love them now.
Chrono classic veterans will immediately recognize new Toriyama CGI's - some sequences will even supply some answers players may have had when they conquered the title on the SNES! There is also an "Extras" mode which players can unlock during game process in order to gain information about such topics as characters, endings, music, and more. This is an especially nice feature for fans of the series and those who like to get more involved with every aspect of their gaming experience.
Final Fantasy Chronicles is a great package which offer players of old a chance to replay two wonderful Rpg\\'s, and newer gamers a chance to see proof that fancy graphics and128 channels of sound do not a great game make. Great storylines, deep characters and interesting plot twists fill these two CD\\'s. Many have been clamoring for Square to release Chrono Trigger on the Playstation and they finally did. They went so far as to even put another classic, Final Fantasy 4, in with it. I applaud Square and tell you that If you like Rpg\\'s even a little, go get FFC.
Game Informer Magazine
SNES was the breakthrough console for RPGs, and Square spearheaded the movement. Nowadays, finding the classics is a tedious and expensive chore, which is why two Square classics, Final Fantasy IV (Final Fantasy II in the US) and Chrono Trigger, are being paired together and released on PlayStation.
All in all, Final Fantasy Chronicles is an imperfect release that is just perfect for the nostalgic gamer like me. Though a long time coming, these titles are an ironic breath of fresh air in a genre laden with rip-offs and derivative sequels. No matter what camp you occupy -- be it the RPG newbie or seasoned veteran -- you won't find two finer examples of this genre than Final Fantasy IV and Chrono Trigger.
Final Fantasy Chronicle fera plaisir aux vrais fans de RPG, mais beaucoup moins aux autres qui sont habitués aux dernières productions du développeur.
Final Fantasy IV and Chrono Trigger represent some of the best that the Square of old had to offer.
For all of Square's explosive growth over the last few years, Final Fantasy Chronicles proves that the company hasn't forgotten its roots. Like 1999's Final Fantasy Anthology, which saw the release of Final Fantasies V and VI, Chronicles is a repackaging of two of Square's greatest triumphs from the golden 16-bit era--here, Final Fantasy IV and Chrono Trigger make their return.
inal Fantasy Chronicles may not be the fanatic's perfect cup of tea, but to Joe Gamer who doesn't already have the originals, there's no better way to revisit a bygone age. And to those out there who missed both games, you won't be disappointed. These are both high-quality RPGs that, for the most part, stand the test of time.
Those who have never experienced these classics before really should not miss this opportunity to experience firsthand two of the finest titles in RPG history. Those who have traveled these roads before should be aware that they should not expect many surprises, but even so, will find these elder titles to be quite worthwhile in the absence of anything new from Squaresoft.
It’s pretty cool to see a major game company dust off some of the oldies and make them available to a whole new generation of gamers. It also provides those of you who don’t want to pay $77.00 on eBay for an original SNES cartridge with a much better price on a more modern system. Plus, finding a SNES system nowadays that works perfectly can be quite difficult. Lastly, I don’t recall another Final Fantasy game that allows five party members to fight at the same time. I’d certainly like to see this feature come back in future games.
There's a reason why these games are considered classics and an opportunity to grab two of them in one package for cheap shouldn't be passed up. You won't find brain-busting summon spell visuals, but there's one factor that graphics can never replace: a solid storyline.
All Game Guide
Though Final Fantasy IV and Chrono Trigger may qualify as "vintage" gaming, fans of the two series owe it to themselves to play what many consider to be the top two console RPGs of the 16-bit era. Just don't expect many frills.
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