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Final Fantasy 2 (US)
One to be Born, From a Dragon... those were the most legendary words of my childhood. This game cemented me into a path of gaming for all of time. And for that I am forever grateful. Now the Review!
Graphics - 16 bit sprites doing their job. From the small character animations to the fading/flashing of light(representing confusion or flashbacks). This game finds a way to convey its message. The graphics were not that bad for the its time but I also wouldn't say they were "great". My favorite part about the graphics are the in-battle character sprites. They look cool as they are but they always look better before they attack or while defending. Some also look pretty funny while they are"KO'd". The final battle looks awesome enough to bump my rating to an 8.
Sound - The best part of a great game. An absolute masterpiece in my opinion. From the opening song you know your starting an epic journey and it doesn't stop there. The music does a great job to help tell the story throughout the way. The emotion and adrenaline you feel are mirrored by the music and that is part of why graphics weren't the bottom line of gaming in the early 90's. Easy 10 for me here. I still play this game after 20 years because of the music. Listen to Battle with the Four Fiends if you want an example.
Addictiveness - For an JRPG, addictiveness only goes as far as you think the game is good. I have beat this game beginning to end over 100 times and still come back for more. Nostalgia can only carry so much weight. It's just a good game.
Story - Betrayal, Envy, Revenge, Atonement, Forgiveness, Sacrifice, Courage, Pride, Love.. It has everything a great story needs. On the surface it's your classic "Good vs. Evil" tale. But each character brings something to the table here to add to the story. I never felt like a character was forced on me. Cecil is your main character. He is a Dark Knight for the Kingdom of Baron, the strongest military nation He has both his own Inner Conflict and the worlds Outer Conflict to deal with. The life of a Dark Knight...
Depth - Not a whole lot in terms of Depth here. The hardcore RPG player will make sure he/she beats the few optional bosses to acquire Weapons/Armor/Summons. Or he/she could go after some "rare-drops" like the ever elusive Pink Tail. The reality is that Square had yet to introduce the Mini-Game to the series yet. If you decide to go after some rare drops bring your lucky charm. Their is a 1/20 chance an item will even appear! After that you have a 1/64 chance of getting the rarest drop! Those combined odds bring you to having a .4% chance, good luck.
Difficulty - The US got "Final Fantasy IV - easy type" as Final Fantasy 2. If you have played other RPG's it won't be much of a threat. If you haven't it's not a terrible starting point. Easy learning curve, Attack, Spell or Item. Bosses are easier and you get a "heal" item which covers most status ailments opposed to each status affect having its own item. Makes things much easier. Even for a novice it shouldn't be to tough.
The ATB-Active Time Battle- added a new element of difficulty to the series. No longer could you sit and think out every decision as long as you wanted. Thinking on the fly was must and a bit more skill was needed for battles. The faster pace is welcomed in my book and is still being utilized to this day.
Overall - The game is a classic from the Golden Era of Gaming. I love the specific character classes, it gives your crew more personality. Tellah isn't attacking for 9,999 and Yang isn't going to learn Cure3. Each guy has his/her own strengths and weaknesses you must learn to exploit. I tend to like games like this better than the ones where every character becomes essentially equal(FF5, FF7, FF8, FFX, etc.).
The music is fantastic, the game is colorful and can be beat in as low as 4 hours by experts! So it moves along quite fast. One grinding session a third the way through the game is enough to win... Bahamut helps too...
Graphics 8 Sound 10 Addictive 7 Depth 7 Story 9 Difficulty 6
Final Fantasy II Game Description
The fourth entry in the Final Fantasy series was released as Final Fantasy II in the West, because the second and the third game were not released there at the time. The game is a Japanese-style RPG with top-down world map navigation, automatic leveling up, and random enemy encounters.
The game introduces a system called ATB (active-time battle). While combat is turn-based in its core, the game does not pause when the player accesses the battle menu. Enemies continue to act in real time regardless of the actions of the player-controlled party. The turns of the participants are calculated depending on their agility rating. Each player-controlled character has a special bar that gradually refills itself; said character may act when the bar is full.
Unlike all the previous Final Fantasy games, the fourth installment does not allow the player to customize the characters' abilities and classes. Each character belongs to a specific, clearly defined class: dragoon, white mage, black mage, summoner, ninja, etc. Each of these classes has distinct special abilities or magic spells. New abilities are learned automatically when a character reaches a pre-determined level. Characters join and leave the party as dictated by the game's plot events. The active party includes up to five combatants.
Final Fantasy II Reviews
The Final Fantasy series is an absolutely stunning and brilliant creation for any old or new console...
Review Rating: 4.7/5 Submitted: 05-29-13 Updated: 06-26-13 Review Replies: 3
One to be Born, From a Dragon... those were the most legendary words of my childhood. This g...
Graphics 8 Sound 10 Addictive 7 Story 9 Depth 7 Difficulty 6
Review Rating: 4.6/5 Submitted: 04-19-13 Updated: 04-22-13 Review Replies: 3
Final Fantasy II Review Hey guys, today I will be reviewing Final Fantasy II for the NES! This gam...
Graphics 9 Sound 10 Addictive 10 Story 9 Depth 9 Difficulty 7
Review Rating: 4.4/5 Submitted: 01-06-14 Updated: 01-06-14 Review Replies: 4
I loved final fantasy. It was a great RPG. This game has a lot of pros and little cons to it. Well h...
Graphics 8 Sound 10 Addictive 10 Story 9 Depth 9 Difficulty 6
Review Rating: 4.3/5 Submitted: 12-21-12 Review Replies: 1
While Final Fantasy 4 in Japan, this is the second Final Fantasy released in the USA, and woah.... &...
Graphics 9 Sound 9 Addictive 9 Story 10 Depth 9 Difficulty 8
Review Rating: 4/5 Submitted: 07-24-13 Updated: 07-24-13 Review Replies: 3
This was my first Final Fantasy game ever and I love it so much I beat it in snes, gba, ds, psx, &nb...
Graphics 9 Sound 9 Addictive 8 Story 9 Depth 7 Difficulty 8
Review Rating: 4/5 Submitted: 01-07-14 Review Replies: 0
Overall - 9.7 This Final Fantasy game is the most awesomeness game ever. There are things i...
Graphics 9 Sound 10 Addictive 9 Story 10 Depth 8 Difficulty 5
Review Rating: 3.8/5 Submitted: 07-12-11 Updated: 07-12-11 Review Replies: 0
Final Fantasy II (4) was when I really started taking note of this series. I enjoy this game alot, t...
Graphics 8 Sound 10 Addictive 9 Story 9 Depth 8 Difficulty 7
Review Rating: 3/5 Submitted: 10-28-14 Review Replies: 0
One born of a dragon Bearing darkness and light, Shall rise to the heavens Over the still land. The ...
Graphics 8 Sound 10 Addictive 9 Story 10 Depth 10 Difficulty 8
Review Rating: 3/5 Submitted: 02-01-14 Review Replies: 3
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Wow this game is super addictive.
treos 10-20-14 - 02:29 PM
darn you nintendo! what DLS1242 said. FF2 is a completely different game only released in japan until much later on (on a psx compilation which had FF and FFII iirc)
paper luigi 08-05-14 - 07:09 PM
Sigh jelly monsters without magic....
janus 01-18-14 - 06:32 PM
For some reason, I occasionally see the loading screen even though the sounds of the game are normal
SacredShadow 08-30-13 - 12:47 PM
this game is awesome!
Emolga 08-02-13 - 12:01 PM
not for the nes one anyway
Emolga 08-02-13 - 12:01 PM
It doesn't work
DLS1242 04-23-13 - 05:38 PM
Final Fantasy IV.
theironhide 04-22-13 - 01:23 PM
let me guess: this week is final fantasy week?
jzrozzn8706 12-02-12 - 04:42 PM
Oh yeah,it's the bomb
Matias72 12-02-12 - 12:28 AM
i used to play this game as a kid im suprised how far i made it then. just passed my old point, big thanks to vizzed for this game
guillaume64 10-05-12 - 09:54 AM
lol A frog thats funny
Master Shake 07-14-12 - 04:03 PM
directionlas wouldnt work at beggining, missing sprtes, dident get very far with this one
AlexHM 06-24-12 - 10:22 AM
One of the best FF i've ever played, and one of the best games of the SNES. Even being 20 years old the game has aged very well.
SaramadHill 06-22-12 - 08:51 AM
I really do hate the last boss.
thelastrichmond.. 06-13-12 - 09:22 PM
sorry part 13 is awesome i haven't played part 2 of it yet but i majority of the game is first person like skyrim and battlefield 3 I would wait until its used to save 20 bucks but y
thelastrichmond.. 06-13-12 - 08:57 PM
So how would I write a walkthrough on this game does anyone know?
thelastrichmond.. 06-10-12 - 11:43 PM
florida if your going to buy it yes but it only comes out for super nintendo i would go any higher then 50 bucks for it and I'm 31 years old
dazzsheil 06-06-12 - 10:23 AM
YOU SPOONY BARD!!!
florida0 06-06-12 - 12:06 AM
hey thelastrichmond how old are you now? also should i buy ff13?
florida0 06-04-12 - 11:45 PM
the water beast boss
thelastrichmond.. 06-02-12 - 08:01 PM
where's the red dragon
thelastrichmond.. 06-02-12 - 05:12 PM
hey florida where are you in the game now
florida0 06-01-12 - 01:03 PM
ya it worked, thanks
thelastrichmond.. 05-31-12 - 07:39 PM
i hoped it worked florida and good luck btw I'm a long time veteran of this game I was 15 when it came out and owned it ever since so if you need anything else buddy . or you could refer me the the board members