Final Fantasy V Advance Game Boy Advance

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8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39

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  1. DaveW.
    Aug 25, 2007
    8
    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 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
  2. Apr 10, 2015
    9
    Game: Final Fantasy V Advance
    Genre: RPG
    Developer: Squareenix 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 Pros +Improved graphical visuals +Four new jobs +Game was re-translated +A
    Game: Final Fantasy V Advance
    Genre: RPG
    Developer: Squareenix
    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

    Pros
    +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.

    Cons
    -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
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  3. Dec 11, 2011
    9
    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 anotherFinal 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 cliché, 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.
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  4. Aug 2, 2013
    10
    The 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.
  5. Feb 1, 2015
    8
    This 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.
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Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. A mandatory purchase for any RPG lover or video game connoisseur.
  2. Learning and mastering new jobs while mixing and matching new abilities is such a deep and entertaining experience that the narrative becomes secondary. You can easily spend dozens and dozens of hours leveling up jobs and experimenting with them.
  3. This is more than just a museum piece for today's JRPG fan. The speed of the gameplay is in stark contrast to today's lumbering epics, something that suits and shines on the GBA.