Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection review by Aevers

Round 80 of the Articles Of Excellence ends with Aevers snagging a win with her comprehensive review of Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection, which has a graphical remake of Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. She regards Final Fantasy IV as a fantastic game that contains a brilliant story full of characters you'll love, and gameplay that's easy to get into. She unfortunately describes its direct sequel as a game that doesn't hold a candle to the original.

Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection Score: 9/10
Genre: Role Playing Game

It's with these bold steps forward that Final Fantasy evolves from a basic dungeons and dragons-like game to an experience that you sit back and feel a little something for.

quote Aevers
This is when Final Fantasy started getting really good. Let's recap before we begin to emphasize that fact - the first game was good for its time but was more about level grinding than anything as the story hardly existed until the last dungeon, the second game was overly ambitious with some dickish design choices amongst a good story, and the third game had some great ideas compounded by harsh difficulty. Where does Final Fantasy 4 get it right? By being a more character driven experience while introducing the ATB system that relies on quickness to add legitimate challenge to a game that otherwise relies on simplistic strategies. Through everything that it does, it opens up a new level of Final Fantasy, taking everything from the first games, irons out the flaws and plays to the strengths. It's not a perfect game, but it comes pretty damn close to the mark at the best of times and even at its worst, it's still a reasonably good game.

Oh and there's the direct sequel somewhere that I'll also cover in this review.

Final Fantasy 4 begins with our protagonist, Cecil... forcibly taking a crystal from a nearby kingdom and delivering it to the king of Baron. He questions why he has to lead the squadron of Red Wings to attack kingdoms carrying the four elemental crystals, which doesn't sit well with the king as he's stripped of his rank and sent on a seemingly menial task to deliver a package to a nearby village shrouded in mist. With fellow knight and best friend, Kain, in tow, Cecil heads off to deliver the package, and at that point, let's just say that shit hits the fan. From there, Cecil has to atone for his dark deeds by shedding his dark knight powers in favor of light paladin powers in an effort to slay the dark beings. Along the way, he'll meet with characters who will have their own reasons to fight alongside him, whether it's to help him outl (either under orders of a leader or because they want to be with him) or for their own personal revenge and/or atonement.
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Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection This is when Final Fantasy started getting really good. Let's recap before we begin to emphasize that fact - the first game was good for its time but was more about level grinding than anything as the story h...

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