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8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33

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  1. Feb 1, 2015
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. One of the best in the series.

    FFIV features many of the elements that would become synonymous with the Final Fantasy franchise. The plot is intruiging, the world is open for exploration (you even can go to the moon), the characters are unique and interesting. The only flaw I'm able to find from the game is something that would be corrected in later entries; the party is not so customizable as it would become in V, and there's not as much end game content as in the later entries. The combat is also a bit on the simple side, although by no means boring. This is a great game and a must for all fans of JRPG.
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  2. Oct 28, 2014
    8
    Game: Final Fantasy IV Advance
    Genre: RPG
    Developer: Squareenix System: Game Boy Advance (GBA) Total Score: 86/100 Value Score: 8.6/10 • Story: 10/10 • Characters: 10/10 • GamePlay: 8/10 • Graphics: 8/10 • Sound: 7/10 • Music: 10/10 • Length: 8/10 • Replay Value: 6/10 • Player Value: 9/10 Pros +A great classic on a portable +Memorable characters and a fantastic
    Game: Final Fantasy IV Advance
    Genre: RPG
    Developer: Squareenix
    System: Game Boy Advance (GBA)
    Total Score: 86/100
    Value Score: 8.6/10

    • Story: 10/10
    • Characters: 10/10
    • GamePlay: 8/10
    • Graphics: 8/10
    • Sound: 7/10
    • Music: 10/10
    • Length: 8/10
    • Replay Value: 6/10
    • Player Value: 9/10

    Pros
    +A great classic on a portable
    +Memorable characters and a fantastic story
    +You can now use all characters (except for Tellah) even to the end of the game now
    +Each of the 5 characters who had left party now have a special dungeon dedicated to them and their own exclusive end game weapons and bosses
    +Lunar Ruins is a new 50 floor dungeon exclusive to this version (and the PSP ver) which includes the lunar trials and secret bosses
    +Lunar Ruins is randomized each time you go in and you can redo the trials as many times as you want
    +Characters now have portraits during cutscenes whenever they talk
    +Bestiary and Sound test included in the start menu
    +Higher contrast in visuals

    Cons
    -There is menu lag during battles and in the user interface in the menu screen
    -There is noticeable lag in some of the cutscenes
    -Sometimes turns will be skipped or someone will have a extra turn (fixed in EU version)
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  3. Sep 18, 2014
    9
    I never played the original Final Fantasy IV, but this is an excellent port regardless. Engaging combat, solid levelling system, improved graphics, and a great storyline and character cast. A personal favourite of the few GBA games I have played and one of the best FF games in the series.
  4. Feb 19, 2014
    10
    Certainly my preferred way to experience this game; It combines the classic graphics and music with new, very fun post-game content that essentially just makes this version the original with bonuses. I've played the SNES version, the PS1 version, this, and the DS version, and this is by far my favorite.
  5. Sep 1, 2012
    10
    This is one of those rare games that only comes around once and awhile, a game that just seems to get everything right. The characters are endearing, the storyline is great, the gameplay is great, the music is great, this is a game that you owe it to yourself to play.
  6. BrandonV.
    May 20, 2007
    10
    This is the (current) definitive version of one of the best RPGs ever made, fixing several embarrassing translation flaws in the original North American SNES release. The story is deep and involving, the characters are all easy to like, and there are more than enough bonus features and extras to keep anyone busy for many weeks. Time will tell whether or not the upcoming 3-D remake for the This is the (current) definitive version of one of the best RPGs ever made, fixing several embarrassing translation flaws in the original North American SNES release. The story is deep and involving, the characters are all easy to like, and there are more than enough bonus features and extras to keep anyone busy for many weeks. Time will tell whether or not the upcoming 3-D remake for the DS will be superior to this release, but for now this one takes the crown. Expand
  7. ShaneS.
    Feb 13, 2007
    5
    The character classes are all too simular to each other to the point where you've really only got two classes... Jack of all trades fighter, and Jack of all trades mage. What happened to the White Mage, Black Mage, Fighter, Warrior, Red Mage, Theif, interdependency system from Dawn of Souls? In this game all your characters are jack of all trades, so they can pretty much run on their The character classes are all too simular to each other to the point where you've really only got two classes... Jack of all trades fighter, and Jack of all trades mage. What happened to the White Mage, Black Mage, Fighter, Warrior, Red Mage, Theif, interdependency system from Dawn of Souls? In this game all your characters are jack of all trades, so they can pretty much run on their own without assistance from others. No teamwork in this game at all. Add the fact that the game constantly forces you to use specific characters, and all the joys of building your own party go out the window. Very bad game. Just get Dawn of Souls instead. Collapse
  8. DerekB.
    Sep 7, 2006
    10
    I've beaten this game six times Love it been playing it since the SNES.
  9. JasonT.
    Aug 23, 2006
    8
    This was the first FF game I've actually finished (i've gotten to Disc 3 on Final Fantasy 7, but that's it) I personally didn't care for the story all that much, and the characters were good, but not great, yet the many extras in this game, added weapons, levels and monsters made it enjoyable. Some bosses have strategies were you just can't lose, but others can This was the first FF game I've actually finished (i've gotten to Disc 3 on Final Fantasy 7, but that's it) I personally didn't care for the story all that much, and the characters were good, but not great, yet the many extras in this game, added weapons, levels and monsters made it enjoyable. Some bosses have strategies were you just can't lose, but others can prove to be hard. It's a fun game with good gameplay featuring the time-based system. If you played the original, you may or may not like this port, depending whether you'd like to see theadded extras, but for new comers, this should be fun. Expand
  10. HexenM.
    Jul 18, 2006
    10
    Being an old-school fan,these games bring back the good old days of gaming when things had a good story.I can remember 1995 when I frist played this.I miss those days.
  11. RyanT.
    Jan 7, 2006
    8
    This has and always will be a phenomonal game, and this port stays pretty true to that. The translation is fantastic now, and the graphics look a little better, and still retaining that old school feel. However, the sound effects have been completely bastardized and the music is slightly disappointing. But by all means, pick this up, even if the sound effects are atrocious.
  12. SteveW.
    Jan 3, 2006
    10
    Great game with a great story line. What else is there to say except that this is a must buy.
  13. ZenoW.
    Dec 27, 2005
    5
    A big disappointment. Although the game has undergone some pleasing cosmetic changes, the core combat engine has been broken beyond repair. Although the story is playable, substantial bugs trivialize combat and make most battles impossible to lose. The bugs vary in severity from not being able to select certain enemies with the targetting cursor to players occasionally getting extra turns A big disappointment. Although the game has undergone some pleasing cosmetic changes, the core combat engine has been broken beyond repair. Although the story is playable, substantial bugs trivialize combat and make most battles impossible to lose. The bugs vary in severity from not being able to select certain enemies with the targetting cursor to players occasionally getting extra turns for no reason. When Reubicante, the lord of fire, accidentally shot himself with ice2 for 2000 damage and died, I finally lost my patience. Iif you seek an experience similar to the original game, do yourself a favor and play the playstation port instead. Expand
  14. TrixW.
    Dec 24, 2005
    10
    Definately old school gaming, but just about perfect. The pacing is good. The only downside: too easy.
  15. JeffreyW.
    Dec 14, 2005
    10
    I thought that the super nintendo one was good this was even better!
Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Small mistakes can't wreck such a consistently pleasurable experience as FFIV. With additional content that drastically increases the role of its large and likable cast, this is one RPG you'll have slotted into your GBA or DS for a long time coming.
  2. There's a depth of enjoyment to Final Fantasy IV Advance - even pathos - that few other games can match.
  3. It might look a bit dated now, but Final Fantasy IV Advance is a classic gaming experience.