- Summary: The winds fail. Ships stand still, unable to fill their sails. The world races to its end. Unless a handful of heroes can protect the remaining crystals, the world will fall into ruin. Set off on a grand adventure in the finest version of FINAL FANTASY V ever released!
While "Final Fantasy IV Advance" has always been a favorite of mine from the SNES era as I grew up with it and enjoyed the shorter game with the emotional plot, this game really knocks the bar up a notch with quality gameplay and a more involving and ever evolving plot.
Electronic Gaming MonthlyFFV Advance may seem the least of the trio, but don't be put off by its simple graphics or the fact that it's on the GBA--it's one of the series' best, and this is a better-than-perfect port. [Jan. 2007, p.111]
Official Nintendo Magazine UKOne of the better Final Fantasy games, FFV improves upon the Job system but doesn't match the storyline "FFIV" or "FFVI". It's still one hell of a handheld adventure though. [Apr 2007, p.90]
netjakIn terms of a remake compared to the original, Final Fantasy V Advance manages to faithfully reproduce the experience of the original game. The biggest problem with that is that Final Fantasy V was never a great game in the first place.
Aug 2, 2013The job system for Final Fantasy V is comparably perfect to that of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. This is one of those games that I couldThe job system for Final Fantasy V is comparably perfect to that of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. This is one of those games that I could just play for hours and hours and never get sick of it. The story alone takes up a very large chunk of time, say nothing about hunting down the side-quest bosses. I love this game to pieces.… Expand
Dec 11, 2011Final Fantasy V stands out from most in that you have the ability to completely customize, mix and match your characters' classes, or "jobs",Final Fantasy V stands out from most in that you have the ability to completely customize, mix and match your characters' classes, or "jobs", similar to Final Fantasy III. You can have a Ninja, a Black Mage, a Knight, and a White Mage in your party, or you could just go quadruple Ninja. The choice is really yours. With every job, you also have the option to add an "ability" from another class. For example, if you unlock the White Magic ability from leveling up your White Mage, then you can use that ability with, say, a Samurai. So you now have a Samurai that can also cast White Magic. This creates a huge diversity to combat, with tons of different job/ability combinations, so you can really make your party unique. The combat is the highlight of the game, in my opinion.
The story itself is a little clichÃ©, but it's entertaining enough. One of my main gripes is that no major character development is really present, this is something that Final Fantasy IV handled so well. Overall, the story isn't bad by any means. The rest of the Final Fantasy series just rose the bar so high, this entry just can't quite reach it.
The musical score is on par with the rest of the series, that is to say, it's fantastic. There are many memorable tracks. I never got sick of hearing the overworld theme, which is important, because you'll be spending a large amount of time there.
If you consider yourself a Final Fantasy fan, or even just an RPG fan, I would highly recommend trying this one out. If you are looking for an epic story to immerse yourself in, then, while this game doesn't fail to deliver, there are other Final Fantasies that excel more in that area.
9/10. Highly recommended.… Expand
Apr 10, 2015Game: Final Fantasy V Advance
Developer: Squareenix System: Gameboy Advance (GBA) Total Score: 88/100 Value Score: 88/10Game: Final Fantasy V Advance
System: Gameboy Advance (GBA)
Total Score: 88/100
Value Score: 88/10
• Story: 10/10
• Characters: 9/10
• GamePlay: 9/10
• Graphics: 8/10
• Sound: 7/10
• Music: 10/10
• Length: 8/10
• Replay Value: 7/10
• Player Value: 10/10
+Improved graphical visuals
+Four new jobs
+Game was re-translated
+A bestiary has been added
+Quick save function
+Music player which allows you to listen to the whole OST
+A New 30 floor dungeon has been added filled with new weapons and enemies/bosses
+Improvement over the porting unlike the GBA version - does not have the bugs or slow downs.
-Grinding is still a major issue to the game despite being improved
-Some enemies have fake targets which were added by mistake
-Due to the fact it is on the GBA - the sound quality is worse than the original and PSX versions
-Post game content not as in depth as FFIV Advance… Expand
DaveW.Aug 25, 2007FFV is a strange FF. It somehow feels simpler than those games that immediately surround it, yet it is somehow superior. It feels much more FFV is a strange FF. It somehow feels simpler than those games that immediately surround it, yet it is somehow superior. It feels much more solid than either IV or VI. The gameplay is solid, perhaps the most solid RPG gameplay I have experienced. The story is not the most original nor epic, but is too is solid. I think it's the solidity of this entry in the series that raises it above the other FF titles originally released on the Super Famicom.… Expand
Oct 23, 2017Completion: Finished game with all summons and ultimate weapons. Did not attempt post-game content.
Pros: - First FF battle systemCompletion: Finished game with all summons and ultimate weapons. Did not attempt post-game content.
- First FF battle system (chronologically) I have truly found to be fun. The fast-paced nature of the ATB combined with the strategic depth and variety of the job system allows for both strategic and tactical thinking. The abilities of the jobs facilitates an incredible amount of variety and makes experimentation a blast.
- A few memorable side characters, namely Gilgamesh and Ghido.
- Best soundtrack out of all the FF games up to that point.
- Expressive and lively characters that are a welcome change from the overly-serious and melodramatic games that were FF 1-4.
- Story once again misses the mark and is decidedly of lower quality than its predecessor. Although the core cast technically does have personality, without portraits and name plates, I would likely be unable to differentiate them. Everyone is extremely generic in terms of personality and I felt no attachment to any of the characters. The dialogue has a bit more charm to it, but overall also feels rather subpar.
- Dreadfully slow animations. ATB bar chugs along and does not appear smooth at all. Although these are likely limitations of the hardware, the impact is felt intensely playing the game in 2017.
- Pacing falls behind at times, especially in the third act. While nonlinearity can be a good thing, the extreme openness serves primarily to stymie a sense of progression. This is exacerbated by the lack of new jobs in this act.
- Some classes are completely overpowered and very much break the endgame.
Although the story and cast once again fail to impress, the brilliance of the job system and another incredible score by Nobuo Uematsu manage to firmly secure Final Fantasy V as the second best of the 2D Final Fantasy mainline titles.
True Score: 8.2… Expand
Feb 1, 2015This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. In terms of character customization, FFV is the best FF.
Why no other FF entry has tried to implement a similar character job system is beyond me. The strenght of FFV lies in its replay value; I've spent countless hours figuring all sorts of combination by mixing different Job classes and while the end game makes it all pointless (as every character is maxed out anyway) the value lies in replayability. Up for challenge runs? FFV delivers those in spades. As the player is able to choose from so many Job classes, the player can choose to go full-out Berserker mayhem if he chooses to, unable to control any of the characters, like rolling the dice and hoping that they'll deal enough damage to win the battle. Four Black Mage spellcaster run? You got it. Only fist weapon monk run? Sure, they're one of the best jobs in the game. The Job system is so fantastic that it is really a downer that the game lacks in other areas; the fights can sometime be a little bit on the tedious side and the towns and plot are a bit repetitive. This doesn't mean it's not enjoyable; FFV5 is difficult, complex and extremly engaging at its best.… Expand
Dec 25, 2013Entertaining and surprisingly deep role-playing game but it doesn't have such a great story. Simple class-changing system and its ATBEntertaining and surprisingly deep role-playing game but it doesn't have such a great story. Simple class-changing system and its ATB mechanics are easy to pick up and play. Typical RPG nothing special on it.… Expand
Published: March 9, 2010The newest installment in the 23-year-old Final Fantasy franchise arrives in stores this week. How does it compare to past titles in the series?