Review by Nivla

"A remake of a classic"

And so, the Final Fantasy series continues to dominate in the world of role playing games. From the original on the NES to the not-yet released Final Fantasy XI on Playstation 2, the Final Fantasy series never fail to enthrall RPG. Final Fantasy VI was originally released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1994. And since then, it has captured players with its rich story line and beutiful soundtrack. Now back with Final Fantasy V in a package called Final Fantasy Anthology, it is truly a collector's item.

The story of Final Fantasy VI begins on a eerie tone. As you learn about the destruction of the world through magic, and it's rebirth. That is perhaps one of the best attention grabbers in all RPGs, the feeling and tone as you watch the intro. There is nothing like eerieness to get players into a game.

The first thing anybody would notice are the new movies (there are 3). All of them are impressive in their own way. But perhaps the most embressive one is the first one that comes across, the ever popular:intro movie! Square Soft utilizes the power of the Playstation to make a stunning intro movie, which extends the original introduction from the SNES. It also shows the characters in 3D, which is a big plus! The next intro movie comes in one of the most popular scenes in all RPGs:the opera! The last one is the ending.

The music of Final Fantasy VI lives up to its previous games, and its future ones. What else would you expect from video game music guru, Nobuo Uematsu? Nobuo is considered as the ''John Williams'' of the video game world. Soundtracks of this game have sold millions of copies, which just goes to proove the wonders of it.

The quality of the graphics matches the SNES qualities (with the exceptions of the new movies, of course). So if you don't mind SNES style graphics, then it's okay. Because Square wanted this to have a ''classic'' taste to it, the graphics were not remade.

The story of the game is next to if not perfect! The story offers many different emotions including greed, power, humour, pain and of course, love.

The replay value is really high. After completion, it's certain you would probably want to replay the game to relive its story, or perhaps you've missed something such as a character or a weapon. Either way, its very likely once its completed, players would want to play it again.

The only downside to this game is the ending. The ending does not really close off the plot of the game, but it rather leaves it hanging.

But overall, this game is the best there was, the best there is, and the best there ever will be (yes, I used a cliche, but what can I say?). Definatley buy!

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 05/31/00, Updated 05/31/00

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