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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Edition, 26 April 2011
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"I've played Final Fantasy IV on SNES, DS, GBA, PS1, and I'll probably play it again on PS5 and the Nintendo Ultimate 5D Motion Sensing Handheld Device!" I hear you say. So, what makes this edition of Final Fantasy IV the best yet?

Well, the original Final Fantasy IV is all here. The 2D graphics have been given a flashy HD makeover to look beautiful on your PSP screen. Who said a game needs to be in 3D to look amazing? There are bits of 3D here and there (mostly the OTT spell graphics, for example Meteor actually looks like something that would inflict pain this time!) but for the most part it's the 2D we know and love. The previously Wii-exclusive (unless you have a Japanese phone) "Final Fantasy IV: The After Years" is also in this package, all of the chapters are here, and the graphics have also been updated to match the rest of the collection.

So far, only content that has previously been released. So how about the new content?

"Final Fantasy IV: Interlude" is the new chapter here. In all honestly, don't expect this to be long and spectacular, because it really isn't. You'll be playing it for 4 hours max, and it simply serves to bridge the gap between the two previously mentioned games. If you've never played the excellent GBA edition of FFIV, the bonus Lunar Ruins dungeon is also in this PSP version, which is very long and provides a nice few hours of gameplay to satisfy those who are hungry for more after finishing the main quest.

There is a new soundtrack arrangement in this package. There is a really nice feature where you can actually revert to the original SNES soundtrack at any point during gameplay through the options screen. I found this feature pretty cool as I do love my game music and I appreciate the original soundtrack as a 16 bit masterpiece.

I'm sure I don't need to go into detail about the story, but for those of you who haven't had the chance to play this game before, it's a top notch tale of Light prevailing over Darkness, on the Moon.

I would recommend this to any Final Fantasy IV fans wanting to literally experience the Complete Collection. I should also point out that if you don't want to have to play through the whole FFIV again to get to the extra stuff, have no fear, you can access any of the 3 games via the main menu screen, much like for example, the Sonic the Hedgehog compilation games floating around. In short, play it in whatever order you like!

I would also recommend this to anyone who hasn't yet experienced Final Fantasy IV or even Final Fantasy in general. IV is a nice one to start with. Even if you've played the likes of Final Fantasy XIII and didn't enjoy that, this is a completely different gaming experience, from the "Golden Era" of Final Fantasy.

Don't be a spoony bard, buy this now! (I had to get that one in somewhere, I'm sorry.)

UPDATE: £9.99? You'd have to be insane not to consider this now. I think in future I'll wait a few weeks before buying PSP titles looking at how fast the price for this has shot down :)
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Initial post: 8 May 2011 13:25:29 BDT
Marie says:
You're a brilliant reviewer. :)
Is this edition of FFIV still as hard as when it was on older gaming consoles? I hope so! Games are way too easy these days!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2011 13:27:20 BDT
Mr. A. Dodds says:
Thanks :)
I'd say it's about the same as the GBA version in terms of difficulty. Also, turning the "Battle Speed" slider right up means you'll die quickly if you don't have lightning fingers. But it's definitely not as hard as the SNES version.

Posted on 14 May 2011 01:41:11 BDT
James Hodkin says:
Nice to see a knowledgeable review on here for a change! :)

Posted on 24 May 2011 10:22:44 BDT
Bic Parker says:
Great review. Is anyone else hoping that FF5 and (especially) FF6 get the same treatment?

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2011 10:40:27 BDT
Mr. A. Dodds says:
Definitely! 4, 5 and 6 are my three favourites, but it would be absolutely amazing to see a HD remix of FF6.

Posted on 22 Jul 2011 20:39:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jul 2011 20:41:04 BDT
J Stevens says:
Sorry about this question if it sounds stupid but from ordering this, should I be recieving the special edition which comes with the cards and cloth? I would ask the seller, but I couldn't find the email to contact them.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jul 2011 22:40:24 BDT
Mr. A. Dodds says:
Yes, in fact the "special edition" is the only edition in the UK. I wish we could have had Japan's special edition which is loads better but there's only one version here.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jul 2011 12:30:03 BDT
J Stevens says:
Thank you for replying and I was wondering that actually, since everywhere I looked it had the same editions. But that makes me glad, thanks again.

Posted on 6 Jun 2013 21:19:13 BDT
Gwyn Timmer says:
Does this have the option to play in Japanese, like the PSP remake of FFII did?
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