Available on: GBA
Developer(s): Square Enix, TOSE
Final Fantasy V is second only to Final Fantasy III when it comes to the most obscure titles in one of the biggest video game franchises in the world. It is a great game, however; it's incredibly fun to play, even if the story doesn't meet the standard set by Final Fantasy IV. Seven years after its original Japanese release, the game was finally released in the U.S. on the Sony PlayStation in 1999. Us Europeans had to wait to get our hands on this innovative title for three more years. In 2006, the game was released internationally for the second time on the Game Boy Advance, as an essential part of the Final Fantasy Advance series. That's where I stepped in, to take my first trip with Final Fantasy V since a fan translation of the Japanese version on the ROM circuit, introduced in 1997 - and I must say, that I've never enjoyed the game this much. Final Fantasy V Advance might just be the most essential Final Fantasy Advance release due to the original game's obscurity and the fine quality of the port.
Godspeed and all that whatnot!
|Galuf still rules...|
|...Cid still doesn't. His portrait's way cooler|
than his sprite, though.
|Hah. The rewritten dialogue is funny and|
compensates for the lack of a good storyline.
|Well, sir, it's been a long journey and it'll|
probably be my last anyway, so a blowjob
|Yet another subliminal reference to marijuana.|
|Gilgamesh made his debut in Final Fantasy V,|
and has appeared in some capacity in four
main series games released since.
|Ghido's arrogant sarcasm is so funny I simply|
cannot hate the guy, even if he's just a damn
|Tell me why I have to be a powerslave...|
|Sing lali-ho, the dwarves are back!|
|Gogo, one of the Final Fantasy universe's|
greatest mysteries - still studied by hardcore
fans of the franchise.
No matter how much I criticize the plot, I still simply can't find anything horribly wrong with the gameplay itself. Of course I could go on and on about missing tweaks and features that were introduced in the later games, but that's just bad journalism. Final Fantasy V Advance is still a fun and challenging game, even moreso than its source title thanks to the clean-up, standard to the Advance series, and the inclusion of the Sealed Temple dungeon. Final Fantasy VI Advance is the best game in the Advance series since the game is just such a glorious masterpiece in any form you could imagine it in, but this one is most likely the most important title in the series, due to the original game's obscurity and its vast Job system, which has to be experienced in practice by every Final Fantasy fan at least once.
Graphics : 8.7
Sound : 9.1
Playability : 8.4
Challenge : 9.0
Overall : 8.6