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Game: Final Fantasy: Anniversary Edition
Game Description: Four heroes of Light set out on an adventure to rid the world of evil. A revisit to a classic RPG that started the whole Final Fantasy universe that we all know and love to this day... again...
Number of Players: 1
Genre: Role Playing Game
Retail Price: 29.99$ MSRP
The very first Final Fantasy receives a bit of a facial makeover with this version of the remake. Essentially, this is just the GBA version of the game at the a higher resolution with upgraded spell visuals. All the character animations stay true to the NES version of the game, which is a nice touch. But if not compared to its predecessors, the graphics on this game are a little sub-par.
All the classic Final Fantasy anthems that we've heard countless times before are all here and remastered with a much higher quality digital audio. And we never get tired of hearing anything that this game has to blast out.
Since this is a remake from the original game from the NES, the control structure remained generally untouched. The shoulder and start buttons sit out through out this adventure, which is a bit of a shame since they could have used them to access the map a little easier (instead of having to hold down the circle button and then press select.)
by today's standards, this game doesn't really fare well. The only reason this game is still enjoyable is it's nostalgia factor. The random battle encounters can down right frustrate new comers to the game although if you do have the patience, you can easily get over that. The battle system, although slightly updated, feels some what sub-par.
People who love Final Fantasy will enjoy a revisit to its roots, even though they have been revisited time and time again through countless remakes. I wouldn't suggest this game, though, since there are other portable versions of this very game that offer more. *cough*GBA, Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls*cough*... sorry for that long cough there... but seriously, if you're a sucker for some eye candy for an old game like this, you might want to wait for this game to drop a little price before thinking of picking it up.
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