Final Fantasy V (1992)
"Fainaru fantajî V" (original title)

Video Game  -  Adventure | Comedy | Drama  -  6 December 1992 (Japan)
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When the magical crystals which keep the elements in balance begin to shatter unexpectedly, a ragtag group consisting of a wanderer, a princess, a pirate captain, and an amnesiac old man must band together to save the world.


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Bartz, a nomad, rescues a woman and an old man from two creatures at the site of a meteoroid crash. Strangely enough, the crash of the meteor coincides with the sudden ceasing of all wind and breeze on Earth. Bartz soon learns that the old man is Galuf, a traveler from another world, and the woman is Reina, a princess whose father disappeared after going to check on the condition of the Wind Crystal, one of four crystaline objects that keeps the elements of Earth intact. Soon meeting up with Faris, a female pirate, the group goes on a journey through this world and the next to stop the resurrection of Exdeath, a black warlock that Galuf helped seal away decades ago, and Gilgamesh, his otherworldly henchman who has an agenda of his own. Written by Neb Ekroy

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6 December 1992 (Japan)  »

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Final Fantasy Anthology: Final Fantasy V  »

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Not released in America until it was featured on the Final Fantasy Anthology collection for Playstation One, along with Final Fantasy VI. See more »


Gilgamesh: Enough expository banter! Now we fight like men! And ladies! And ladies who dress like men!
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Followed by Last Order: Final Fantasy VII (2005) See more »

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Excellent Work...from Engineers
31 October 2007 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Final Fantasy V was first released in Japan but it came to the outer world nearly ten years later. After I've played this game with SNES emulator it's easy to understand why.

First the good news. Final Fantasy V has an excellent job system that is more developed version from Final Fantasy III. There's a wide selection from different jobs including common fighter, thief and couple of mages and uncommon dragoon, samurai and many others. What even better, all special skills are saved even if a player decides to change classes. Only down side is that some of the classes, like geomancer, mediator or dancer, are completely useless.

The bad thing in this game is the atmosphere. Story about stopping evil Exdeath from destroying elemental crystals and the everything else just feels to make excuses to point colorless characters to go in different places. Although it's revealed enough their past that they are somehow interesting they have not any characteristics to make them feel close. Plus white-armored Exdeath with no clear motivation for wanton destruction is probably one of the dullest main villains ever in any media. Only good character is Exdeath's first-in-command Gilgamesh who has charisma and funny dialog. Even the music has decreed from Final Fantasy IV's excellency to mediocre.

Final Fantasy V is good as hack'n slash game but because of its sterile story, characters, music and even graphics it feels like work of engineers rather than artists.

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