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Final Fantasy Chronicles

Developer: TOSE | Publisher: Squaresoft
Players: 1 Player Game | Release Date: 06/29/01 | Genre: RPG

Back in the days of the SNES, there were very few RPG's. And since the market for them was very tough, only the best made the cut. Square's legacy was virtually created with two games, Final Fantasy IV (which was known originally as II on the SNES) and Chrono Trigger. While the current generation of Square games looks better due to technology, fans usually will agree that FF4 and CT are two of the best games that ever have come out of Square's development studios ever.

When I began to play Final Fantasy IV, I felt a little bored do to the primitive graphics. However, as I started to play, I realized why I fell in love with Final Fantasy IV on the SNES, when it originally released as FF2. If you are one of the few who have never tried this game, you owe it to yourself to play it.

The gameplay in Final Fantasy IV has a fluid battle system and intuitive AI. Your party can consist of up to five characters, each with their own unique skills and abilities. While a few abilities have been added and a few items changed, the loading times are very annoying and make you long for the good days of cartridges, when loading times were virtually nonexistent.

Chrono Trigger, on the other hand, may not be as long as Final Fantasy IV, but it is definitely one of their finest titles. What makes CT so great? The title is just incredibly fun to play. The story is incredibly interesting, as you travel through time and change events. However, just like Final Fantasy IV, the loading times are horrendous and really take away from the sheer joy of playing Chrono Trigger.

The music in both Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy IV is great. I own the soundtracks for both of these titles and Square has done a wonderful job moving the tracks over to Final Fantasy Chronicles.

New features found within the title include an all new translation of Final Fantasy IV. When the title was originally released in the US, Nintendo censored the title like mad. You will be pleasantly surprised to see how much more enjoyable the title is with an updated translation. Also, both Final Fantasy IV and Chrono Trigger include all new FMV cinematic scenes. While these don't add a lot to the package, they are a nice addition.

What else is there to say? If you like RPG's, go out and buy this game. Whether you have played these titles in the past or not, you owe it to yourself to experience both Final Fantasy IV and Chrono Trigger all over again.

By Kyle Horner - 08/15/99
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