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


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. 70
    These aren't really the best RPGs on the system. But they're historic games, and they've been buffed up to the best they'll ever be, so if you're a fan of the genre, it's a nice little package you'd do well to check out.
  2. 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.
  3. Cheat Code Central
    Aside from those tree huggers that cling to "classics," the average gamer of today would have little use for such long, drawn out RPGs that just simply can't compete with today's RPGs. There's a reason the RPGs are really popular now and that's because they've evolved from what they were.
  4. Sure, the graphics and gameplay are not over the top, but this is classic Square...what is left to say.
  5. 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.
  6. 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]
  7. 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.
  8. Certainly one of the more passable products of the recent retro-gaming fad, but packaged up in the guise of a modern RPG - without the decency of the NES Classics range in terms of admitting to its own clapped-out state - it's going to be a major disappointment to most who pick it up.
  9. 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.
  10. Game Informer
    They still retain that indefinable fun factor that has kept me ferociously addicted to the series for years. [Jan 2005, p.149]
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Though they may lack the depth and complexity of the modern games they inspired, Final Fantasy 1 & 2 are still quite enjoyable, and definitely worth playing if you're a fan of RPGs.
  14. 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.
  15. 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]
  16. The compilation here offers a lot of role-playing bang for your buck, and though each game shows its age a bit, the combined package is still worthwhile for old-school RPG fans and patient neophytes.
  17. 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.
  18. Doesn't offer much more than genre traditionalism in the wake of its contemporaries, but it's a nostalgic look back at how this fantastic series started, and has enough hours of playtime locked away to make it more than worthwhile.
  19. Not only the most perfectly packaged Game Boy Advance game, but it's also a dream come true for fans of the genre.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. It's refreshing to look back on the genesis of the world's most popular RPG.
  24. 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.
  25. Those who missed out on "Final Fantasy Origins" can go ahead and pick this game up. However, unless you have a lot of patience, you can easily be turned off by the slow pacing and excessive random battles the games have.
  26. While neither storyline is particularly grand, they manage to still be pretty enjoyable.
  27. FF1 & 2 had potential with its classical turn-based fighting, but Square-Enix just left it a mediocre "enhanced" port.
  28. Besides the game play extras and combat changes, both games thrive visually and the music sounds fantastic.
  29. netjak
    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.
  30. They took a classic game and added some nice features without damaging the core too much.
  31. Nintendo Power
    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]
  32. While the graphics (or lack thereof) may be a turn off, solid gameplay and storylines free from excessive details help keep Dawn of Souls from derailing like so many RPGs out there today.
  33. 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.
  34. Play Magazine
    Final Fantasy II... holds up extremely well, with an excellent story and fleshed-out characters. [Jan 2005, p.87]
  35. Pocket Games
    This is how to do a rerelease of a classic, with tons of extras and enhancements. [Spring 2005, p.70]
  36. 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.
  37. 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]
  38. Weekly Famitsu
    9 / 9 / 9 / 8 - 35 platinum [Vol 814; 23 July 2004]
  39. Given today's evolution in RPG's (even for handheld RPG's), I find it hard to believe this compilation will hold the attention of newer gamers for longer then 15 minutes. Any old school players out there with a GBA however will get plenty nostalgic with this duo of games.

Awards & Rankings

#10 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
#13 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Feb 26, 2012
    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
    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
    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 »