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Final Fantasy II (1991)

Fainaru fantajî IV (original title)
A dark knight questions the ruthless actions of his king and undergoes a quest to redeem himself and save the world.

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Has the King of Baron become evil? Will he even cause a war, in his obsession to steal the 4 crystals of Earth? And how does the Moon fit in? As young dark knight Cecil, along with his compatriot Kain, are sent on a routine mission...the horrific truth eventually becomes all too clear. Along the epic journey, many powerful allies and deadly enemies will cross your path. Play along on the adventure - filled with hate, love, war, death, brotherhood, loss...and betrayal. Written by Robert C. Edwards, Jr.

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The greatest fantasy begins... See more »


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November 1991 (USA)  »

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In the original English translation for the Super NES version of Final Fantasy IV (released in the U.S. as Final Fantasy II), much of the dialogue was altered to tone down or eliminate cursing and sexual references. When the game was later re-released in the U.S. on the Sony Playstation, the dialogue was given a more accurate translation. (See "Alternate Versions".) However, one particular line from the SNES release, Tellah's insult, "You spoony bard!", was left in tact, as the line had become iconic over the years despite, or perhaps due to its origin as a uniquely bizarre attempt at censoring a Japanese line somewhat equivalent to 'you son of a bitch'. See more »

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Cecil: I'm just a knight with no courage to disobey his Majesty
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Followed by Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (2013) See more »

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The first true Final Fantasy
17 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

In 1991, a little known company gaming company known as Square(soft) in Japan released the fourth segment of it's Final Fantasy series. Little did they know (or maybe they did) where it would lead them.

I would call Final Fantasy IV the "sleeper hit" of the series. It was considered by the few who got their hands on it back in the early 90's their "favorite video game ever". It had rave reviews, and started to garner a cult-like rpg gamer following. And of course, in every aspect, it deserved it.

Hironobu Sakaguchi did a wonderful job in giving depth, for what can be disputed as the first time, to a video game rpg character. The main character of this video game "Cecil" starts out as a "bad guy" with a conscience. Of course, this may be considered cliche nowadays, but back in 1991, it was quite revolutionary. Cecil's predicament, although it may not be original, is a moving one.

Cecil, the dark knight, is the captain of the Red Wings, the Kingdom of Baron's "air force". His story starts with the war mongering of his liege in search for the all-powerful Crystals, which's purposes are shrouded in mystery. After a battle in the mage town of Mysidia, Cecil, torn between his duty and his guilt, confronts his King asking him why he is on this blood-thirsty conquest, and he is promptly banished from the Kingdom on an errand with his Dragoon friend Kain, to make up for this mistake. One must ask, will Cecil ever stand up to his liege and confront his inner demons? Here is where this epic adventure begins.

Following this neat intro, we are introduced to a vast array of different characters that Cecil encounters in his quest; to name a few, Rosa, Rydia, Yang, Palom, Porom, Tellah, and the first of the famous "Cid" characters in the Final Fantasy series. There is a HUGE world to explore (for a 1991 rpg) with many different terrains (even the moon), many different and interesting antagonists (Golbez, the Four fiends), and a mass of evil monsters to be destroyed.

Nubuo Uematsu shines with his inspiring music in this game. This was his first opportunity to show his composing skills and develop a full and rich soundtrack. I was amazed, when this game first came out, at how "orchestrated" a video game can sound...It is no surprise now that Nubuo is now a highly acclaimed composer, both in and out of video game music. If you are a fan, give this soundtrack a listen...These are his roots.

All in all, I give Final Fantasy IV a very biased 5 stars...Although it is reasonably disputed that Final Fantasy 6 and 7 are better overall games, this one will hold a place in my heart. It was the funder of 6...it shaped the things to come.


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