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My review of Final Fantasy V

Updated on August 8, 2015

This game does not get the credit it deserves. Because it was not released in North America until, to my knowledge, the Playstation version, it is often overlooked for Final Fantasy IV(II) and VI(III). But this is a beautiful game. The wind is dying, the crystals are losing power, and you must go on an epic quest to bring the world back to balance. A meteor falls, carrying an old man who is currently suffering from amnesia(spoiler alert, he dies.) You discover a whole new world where the antagonist is trying to combine both worlds and release a hidden evil. Can you and your party stop this evil man? Is the world doomed to suffer in turmoil? Will your chocobo find love? This is what you must discover on your quest in Final Fantasy V.

The combat is classic turn based. You enter your commands when prompted and they are carried out. You have a job class system that is engaging and, honestly, not that confusing. I usually get confused in job class systems but found it quite user friendly in this game. You travel the world on foot, chocobo, boat, airship and even meteor(though you don't control the meteor.) You both level up your character and their chosen job class, similar to what I remember in Final Fantasy III. The original Final Fantasy III, that is, and not the North American version. It took me about 50 hours to beat, and that included leveling to max every character and job class. You buy weapons, armour, spells and summons, though I never bothered with summons. Perhaps I will next time. The graphics are, well, basic, but a game needs not graphics to be great. If you played Final Fantasy IV or Mystic Quest on the SNES, this game looks similar.

I am currently playing Final Fantasy VI to review, but as of this moment, I can say this is my favourite Final Fantasy game for the SNES. It is challenging, yes, but these games were not meant to be cakewalks. It's available on the PSN store and I believe Google Play as well. Heck, you can play it on your smartphone. Give it a try. It is worth it.

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      Molly Layton 

      3 years ago from Alberta

      This is an interesting review, but I'd like to know more. Who are the characters? What's the plot? How does it compare to other RPGs of the day?

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