Review by Aristov

"Another Great Addition by Square to the FF series."

Yes, another great game, for a great series. This has to be one of the best games of the series, IMO. The story line is deeply involving, and it can keep you in suspense the whole game when you are playing. This title is definitely one of the best games on the SNES console.

With it's unique storyline, and it's cast of characters, this games easily exceeds some of the best RPG's on the SNES. This series is holding strong, as Square tries to greatly exceed that of another other RPG. They do just that with this game.

This game can get quite involving. With it's 60+ hours of game play, and the battle systems and bosses, you can spend hours and hours at this game, trying to figure out where all the items are, how to obtain them, and where all the secrets are located. This is for a perfectionist, it would probably take a non-perfectionist anywhere between 45-50 hours to complete this.

Well, onto the good stuff :

Graphics : May not be ''up to date'' as such - but the graphics in this game prove that the SNES had some good graphics. The monsters are all uniquely drawn and put into the game, and the characters all have their own distinct features and looks. They may not be worthy of Playstation 2 or X Box graphics, but they are pretty good for the SNES. The magic spells have their own looks, and even the weapons have different looks when you equip and fight with them.

Sound : Without a doubt, this has some excellent tracks from Square on it. They add to the mood of the environment, as in most games, but in this, the sound also adds mood to the characters, and the mood that they are in. Some of the tracks are meant to be dark, gloomy tracks, representing evil. While there are other tracks that represent the good side of a character. I'll leave it up to you to decide which track puts you and the characters in what sort of mood.

Replay Ability : This game has an excellent value of Replay Ability. With many different items, spells, and secrets to be had in this, you can spend hours trying to find them. If you don't find them all the first time, you can play again and again to try and master the game, and become one of the best at it.

Game Play : Ah, the best part of any game. This title has excellent game play.

The cast of characters help to add to the setting of the era, and put you in a mood to do what must be done. They are all obtained at different points in the game, according to what the next - chapter we'll call it - is. This is true for any RPG, but it just seems to be at the precise moment that you know something is going to happen in this game. Helps to add suspense and anxiety to the gamer because they will want to play to see what the story has in store for them, and if they will get that character that they want on their team.

There are different types of sections in the game, they help to develop the story. You could call them chapters or quests or whatever, but they help to push the story along and help you to figure it out as you play. It does not jump ahead in the story and reveal what you don't already know.

The story has many events that are twisted in someway,
that turns the game around. This keeps the game at a suspenseful level, for the player to be waiting for what happens next.

The story is deep and involving, and it has a lot of twists and turns in it, but if you pay attention to the clues and hints that people give you to what is going on, you should be able to follow along with the story.

The controls and what to do in battle are easy enough to figure out. Just be patient and take your time when choosing your battle options, and look for the enemies weaknesses to be sure of what is effective, and what is not so effective.

Gathering items and all the secrets can be a pain. Some of the later 'elite' weapons can only be found, and are pretty hard to obtain. You'll want to get them though, as they are the best in the game, and will help you a lot through the rest of your journey.

The secrets are not so easily hidden away, but, they can be a pain at some times also. Just take the time to look for them, and you should find them without any major time consumption.

To rent or buy? : Well, if you are just starting to get into Role Playing Games, I would recommend that you rent it first. Do not rely solely on reviews. Play the game for yourself, if you like it, you can find out if you want to buy it or not then.

If you are an RPG fanatic like I am, I would recommend buying it right out. It is well worth the money, and the time you will put into playing it will be worth the money also. You don't want to buy anything that you won't play.

Overall : In closing, this is definitely one of the best RPG's for the SNES. I would recommend it to any RPG fan or any type of game lover, for that matter. A true RPG from Square. Hoping to see a lot of other RPG's coming out with a cast of characters, a storyline, and an overall great game as this one was.

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 12/30/02, Updated 12/30/02

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