Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls Game Boy Advance

Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40
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  1. Game-play is also simple: Come across a distressed town, get the lowdown from the townspeople and save the day by fighting monsters in random encounters and beat the area's boss. It's still fun, even after all these years.
  2. Besides the game play extras and combat changes, both games thrive visually and the music sounds fantastic.
  3. It's refreshing to look back on the genesis of the world's most popular RPG.
  4. Not only the most perfectly packaged Game Boy Advance game, but it's also a dream come true for fans of the genre.
  5. Game Informer
    90
    They still retain that indefinable fun factor that has kept me ferociously addicted to the series for years. [Jan 2005, p.149]
  6. Nintendo fans have a right to be excited about any main-series Final Fantasy game coming to their systems, but this excellent two-pack is simply irresistible, a must-have for any handheld RPG fan.
  7. Pocket Games
    90
    This is how to do a rerelease of a classic, with tons of extras and enhancements. [Spring 2005, p.70]
  8. Weekly Famitsu
    88
    9 / 9 / 9 / 8 - 35 platinum [Vol 814; 23 July 2004]
  9. Play Magazine
    88
    Final Fantasy II... holds up extremely well, with an excellent story and fleshed-out characters. [Jan 2005, p.87]
  10. 85
    It's truly a testament to the quality of Final Fantasy I & II that both games still play brilliantly even after all these years. Though neither one of them are groundbreaking by today's standards, they're still fun, still addictive, and still worth the price of admission.
  11. netjak
    85
    For all of the welcome additions and sometimes appreciated changes to the games, Dawn of Souls has done little to alleviate the one major flaw with both titles and the series in general-- the level grind.
  12. These are far and away the best versions of Final Fantasy I & II to date, with updated scripts, awesome new bonus dungeons, and superb visuals and sound. [Holiday 2004, p.142]
  13. If you own a GBA, there really is no reason not to purchase Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls, unless you just plain hate the Final Fantasy brand or RPGs in general.
  14. Nintendo Power
    84
    The value in having two classic RPGs in one pak is astronomical. Combined, the games are worth 80 hours of play time. [Jan 2005, p.137]
  15. It doesn't have a broad appeal outside of those pre-existing fanbases, although it might be a good title to get someone into RPGs in general.
  16. The two new dungeons are a nice addition for fans, but they may not be enough to warrant another purchase of the same games. [JPN Import]
  17. The games show their age despite the enhancements, but at the same time these are still quality old-school RPG's that set the stage for the future success of the Final Fantasy brand.
  18. An essential RPG purchase on the GBA. Yes the games are dated by todays standards, however, the high quality updates to the music and visuals go a long way to remedying this, and even with relatively simplistic gameplay, Final Fantasy 1 and 2 are vintage turn based RPGs at their very best.
  19. 80
    Even by GBA standards, Final Fantasy I and II are primitive RPGs. However, if you can overlook their simple graphics and cliché-driven stories, the gameplay holds up remarkably well.
  20. They took a classic game and added some nice features without damaging the core too much.
  21. Simply too good an opportunity to ignore. Newcomers will enjoy exploring two of the best RPGs on the Game Boy Advance, and veterans will love experiencing the best of their features without the worst of their flaws.
  22. These games aren't as flashy as current greats like "Golden Sun," but they are solid old-school RPG's and great in their own right.
  23. 80
    Simple, old school fun. Neither game is horribly complex, nor are they the epitome of handheld roleplaying. What this compilation is, however, is what gamers wanted back in 2003: Final Fantasy Origins to be portable.
  24. 80
    Despite their simplicity, there's a lot depth here, and even those that don't remember their original incarnations will find a lot to like here.
  25. Despite their age, these two classics are still quite playable thanks to various tweaks, which include the ability to save anywhere, additional dungeons, and new storylines.
  26. If you loved them the first time, and want to savour the ghosts of RPGs past, then this is for you. Everyone else will probably give up after the first half hour. [NGC]
  27. 78
    Yes, the games are huge, but they don't offer much replayability at all, much like all RPGs. Dawn of Souls deserves its 78% though, as you're definitely getting your money's worth if you've never played the early Final Fantasy games before.
  28. While neither storyline is particularly grand, they manage to still be pretty enjoyable.

Awards & Rankings

#9 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
#17 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Feb 26, 2012
    10
    After some time, I decided to try out the FF games in order, so I got the first two, and I must say, I'm impressed. FF1 had some excellent RPGAfter some time, I decided to try out the FF games in order, so I got the first two, and I must say, I'm impressed. FF1 had some excellent RPG gameplay, while a little hard for a newcomer like me. And for its time, was truly revolutionary. Sure the plot wasn't the best, but this was done at a time when Square was about to be bankrupt, so that's forgivable. FF2, which was done after the first Final Fantasy was a success, ended up being an even better game. Excellent plot, more excellent gameplay, and a much more balanced difficulty. I'm proud to say that I am now a Final Fantasy fan. Overall Score: 9.5, which rounds up to 10. Full Review »
  2. May 25, 2011
    10
    This game is beast. I mean, you get TWO graphically enhanced versions of the first TWO Final Fantasy games? Just be prepared for a challenge;This game is beast. I mean, you get TWO graphically enhanced versions of the first TWO Final Fantasy games? Just be prepared for a challenge; Final Fantasy is no walk in the park. Full Review »
  3. Aug 28, 2013
    9
    Two near perfect games roled into one on only one Game Boy Advance cartridge much better then having to buy them both seperatly on theTwo near perfect games roled into one on only one Game Boy Advance cartridge much better then having to buy them both seperatly on the Playstation Portable or IOS. Full Review »