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Final Fantasy V (SNES)

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Description

The Elemental Crystals are the life source of the planet. With them, gentle winds blow, the seas are active, fire burns bright, and the earth is full of life. All seems well in the world, until the wind suddenly stops, the sea begin to grow stagnant, the heat of fire becomes scarce, and the earth begins to wither. King Tycoon, sensing a premonition of evil, hurries off to check on the Wind Crystal, only to witness it destroy itself.

Meanwhile, a young traveler named Bartz is camping in a field when a giant meteor strikes the planet. When he heads out to examine the meteor, he is shocked to find a young girl named Lenna, who is the princess of Tycoon, and an old man named Galuf, who is on a critical mission. Later, joined by Faris, a pirate captain, the foursome must travel the land in search of the destroyer of the Crystals, and save the planet at any cost.

Final Fantasy V is a role-playing game that uses the Active Time Battle system first introduced in Final Fantasy IV. It also incorporates the Job/Ability system from Final Fantasy III, which keeps the core gameplay centered on four main characters and allows the player to change their classes, or 'jobs'. A new feature lets the player assign an ability from one job to a character who has another job.

The Game Boy Advance version adds 4 new jobs, a new 30-floor dungeon, a bestiary, a music player, the ability to quick-save anywhere and at any time, a few extra pieces of equipment, and an updated English translation.

Screenshots

Final Fantasy V SNES Climbing on the tower of Exdeath, the evil tree/mage
Final Fantasy V SNES As the credits roll, Bartz boldly goes where no chocobo has gone before
Final Fantasy V SNES Nice decorations!
Final Fantasy V SNES A standard dungeon

Alternate Titles

  • "最终幻想5" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Zui Zhong Huanxiang 5" -- Chinese title
  • "Final Fantasy V Advance" -- Game Boy Advance title
  • "FFV" -- Common title
  • "FF5" -- Common title
  • "ファイナルファンタジーV" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

This game is worthy! Happy Rabbi (1292) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Lack of usual story quality is compensated by great gameplay אולג 小奥 (168605) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
A Huge Step Back For The Series MasterMegid (897) 1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars

The Press Says

Jeuxvideo.com Dec 08, 2010 16 out of 20 80
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Legendra Jul 07, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Retrogaming History Nov 26, 2008 8 out of 10 80
neXGam 2002 7.8 out of 10 78
RPGFan Oct 30, 2001 75 out of 100 75

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The SNES version of Final Fantasy V appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cancelled US version

The game was going to be translated to America under the moniker Final Fantasy Extreme (because of its supposed complexity) before it was cancelled in favor of Secret of Evermore.

References

  • Gilgamesh and his sidekick Enkidu, two minor villains of the game, take their names from those of ancient heroes of Babylon. The Babylonian "Poem of Gilgamesh" is considered one of the greatest epic pieces of ancient literature.
  • There is a "I-am-in-a-game" kind of joke in Final Fantasy V. In one of the towns of the First World, talk to a dancer on the stage. Butz and his friends will start dancing with her, and then tell to various people in the tavern: "Dance with us!". They end up by saying: "And you too, yes you there, the one who sits in front of the TV!".
  • In the library of Zaza's castle (the last library room, where a woman stands), examine the left-most bookshelf, that contains magazines. Butz will say something like: "Let's see... pl...play...playb... nope, I guess they don't have this stuff here".

Translations

Final Fantasy V for the SNES was only released in Japan, Squaresoft never translated the game until it appeared on the PlayStation as part of the Final Fantasy Anthology. However, it was one of the first large RPGs to have been fan-translated from Japanese to English.

Most of the names are different in fan-translated English SNES version and Playstation re-release. Here are some of them:
  • SNES: Butz, Leena, Kara, Worus, Istory, Lonka, Exdeath
  • PSX: Bartz, Reina, Krile, Walz, Easterly, Ronka, X-Death

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2006 – GBA Game of the Year
    • 2006 – GBA Game of the Year (Gamers' Vote)
Information also contributed by Alex Vo, Bregalad; CrankyStorming and Unicorn Lynx

Related Web Sites

  • FF-Fan (A fansite that offers all kinds of information on the entire Final Fantasy franchise, including walkthroughs, game media, discussion boards and fan art.)
  • Final Fantasy V (Official game website)
  • OC ReMix Game Profile (Fan remixes of music from Final Fantasy V.)
Satoshi Kunsai (1816) added Final Fantasy V (SNES) on Jun 06, 2002
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