Review by Blackjack4x

"A great RPG, worth playing"

Final Fantasy 2 is, in my opinion, one of the top five SNES games out now. It has neither the depth of Final Fantasy 3 or the cool attacks of Chrono Trigger, but it's just as entertaining as those games in its own way. This follows the format of a standard RPG: you start out with a main character (Cecil), and throughout your quest characters join you and leave you. They also all gain experience points and thus energy and new attacks. There are three main worlds in the game, the Overworld, the Underworld and the Moon. The storyline is flawless, with many twists that you didn't see coming. This game is for one player only.

Graphics: 7/10

Not bad for early SNES. They're simplistic, but bright. At the same time, they stay true to the Final Fantasy theme.

Sound: 10/10

The sound in this game is near perfect. The music is some of the best ever heard in a video game. The sound effets are decent as well.

Gameplay: 10/10

Again, near perfect. The battle menus are simple and easy to use. Up to five characters can be in your party at once. Speaking of the characters, every one of them is different, with their own personality: Cecil, the noble hero, Kain, the Dragoon who is Cecil's friend and whose loyalty and integrity is tested, Edward, who must face his fears and forget about the past, Edge, the wise cracking ninja prince, Cid, the cranky inventor, Rydia, the girl with the ability to use black magic, Rosa, who can use white magic, Yang, the karate man with a concerned wife, and FuSoYa, the moon man with lots of knowlegde. Each area of the game is well done, with tons of atmosphere and feeling. The game is not especially long, certainly not compared to Final Fantasy 3, but I feel it is long enough. The difficulty is perfect: not too hard or easy. The one negative I found in this game is the same one that plagues Final Fantasy 3: the random battles begin to drive you insane after a while. There's nothing more tiring that walking through a long cave, and fighting tough enemies every three seconds. Besides this, the gameplay is flawless. Another nice touch is the fact that your spaceship is a giant whale.

Replay: 10/10

The game is just fun to finish many times, but there are incentives to try again anyway. You can find and beat all the Call Monsters, after which Rydia can summon them in battle. You can try to find the elusive Pink Tail, found only on the Moon, from the also-elusive Pink Puff. You can explore all the areas and find all items and weapons, which is not required to finish the game. And, of course, you can try to max out your levels.

Overall: 10/10

This game is worth whatever you pay for it. It's truly a masterpiece, and it has a charm like no other game. If you like RPGs, you really have to have this game.

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 11/01/99, Updated 11/01/99

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