Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. It feels much more fun and fresh than its predecessor. [Aug 2007, p.83]
  2. Great blast from the past, although the experience mechanics could be a bit better. Overall, 2D has never looked so sweet
  3. 80
    These complaints aside, Final Fantasy II is yet another great addition to the PSP's slowly improving library and really shows off the care and attention that Square Enix puts into its remakes. [Aug 2007, p.88]
  4. Exciting turn-based battles that grow tiring from time to time. The strategic elements are the most interesting.
  5. Final Fantasy II is an interesting blast from the past for those die hard FF fanatics. Others may not enjoy the fantasy so much thanks to a very odd leveling system.
  6. A wonderful little game that is a must buy for any Final Fantasy fanatic. The revamped graphics, sounds, story, and additional content make the game a valuable addition to your PSP.
  7. Final Fantasy II is a game that sports a refreshed look and feel, but a noticeable lack of added features and content puts a damper on this celebration.
  8. 70
    For those who are interested in some slightly-skewed nostalgia and the freedom to manipulate their characters' skills on a microscopic level, Final Fantasy II is a perfect time sink of RPG pleasure.
  9. The battle system wears thin quicker than expected and the story comes across as a little flimsy, especially when compared to more current Final Fantasy games. Nevertheless, it offers hours of enjoyment.
  10. You'll most likely find that your level of interest in this game will be based more on your love for the Final Fantasy franchise than the quality of the product.
  11. It's old-fashioned, but definitely worth playing for a little bit. [May 2008, p.79]
  12. 61
    But for anyone who can see past Square Enix's flagship branding, there isn't any one aspect of Final Fantasy II that pushes it into the "must try" zone.
  13. A good story with strong production values, but get the first game. [Apr 2008, p.85]
  14. Now that these two games have been separated, it is all too plain why this substandard adventure has never been able to stand on its own legs. [Aug 2007, p.103]
  15. If you’re a serious fan of Final Fantasy and have somehow yet to play the second installment, this is a fairly solid re-make that will at least bolster your appreciation for the series’ roots.
  16. 60
    It's hard to argue that the minor tweaks to FFII -- though improvements they may be -- really justify its being sold individually when it's previously been packed together with the original Final Fantasy so many times.
  17. Although Final Fantasy II isn't one of the better Final Fantasy games, it's an interesting cog in the 20-year history of the series, and shows how much the series has grown and evolved since its inception.
  18. The updated graphics are pretty, but the chaotic leveling system and aged gameplay don't hold up very well.
  19. 60
    Final Fantasy II is the first to truly deliver that experience of being transported to a world filled with fluffy yellow birds and medieval flying machines.
  20. As much as I enjoy all things Final Fantasy, I find it hard to recommend this version of the game. It has already been released on two other consoles, and the game play has not been changed at all.
  21. Unquestionably visually and aurally stunning, but in the end Final Fantasy II manages to somehow be simultaneously forward-thinking and painfully anachronistic.
  22. This is the worst Final Fantasy game, and that is a very hard thing to say for a diehard FF fan such as myself.
  23. Ultimately, Square Enix really ought to have put this and the first game on one UMD... [Aug 2007, p.82]
  24. 58
    Perhaps in the course of the nearly 30 hour romp I had through Final Fantasy II, I missed some mystical item that magically makes the game fun and so I was never able to actually appreciate the full worth of the game.
  25. They should perhaps forget about the half-hearted measures and just stop putting out these cosmetically-enhanced, half-effort retreads and forge ahead with something new already. Like Parasite Eve 3!
  26. It’s still taking the piss though, and Square Enix should be ashamed of themselves for being so lazy and cheeky. Twenty pounds each? Piss off.
  27. 50
    While the storyline and plot are more exciting than what we saw in the original Final Fantasy, the rest of the game is pretty damn bland, with the soundtrack being the game's one glimmering moment.
  28. For better or worse, random battles pop up on the screen at a pretty high rate. While this will help in the quest to get stats and skills boosted, it becomes pretty tedious after awhile.
  29. While the story is strong the clunky gameplay will irritate. [Dec 2007, p.108]
  30. Final Fantasy 2 Anniversary is a grand game to pick up if you're intent on playing it in an updated format made solely for the PSP, but not a good enough value to warrant purchasing it on curiosity or the nostalgic magnetism that draws gamers to remakes in the first place.
  31. Final Fantasy II was a poor videogame in 1988 and no amount of spit and polish will perform the necessary shifts to its foundations to produce a good one in 2007.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jan 20, 2013
    This is another case of a definitive version of a Final Fantasy classic game, much like the PSP rerelease of FF1 (and FF4, which came outThis is another case of a definitive version of a Final Fantasy classic game, much like the PSP rerelease of FF1 (and FF4, which came out recently). The game looks great and improves upon the original version in every way needed. This Final Fantasy is also interesting in that the leveling up is completely unique and different from what is standard in RPGs and Final Fantasys alike. Instead of gaining overall experience points and gaining a level after a specific amount has been obtained, the player improves based on what they are using (ie: your hit points increase if you get hit, your strength goes up if you attack, etc). This can be frustrating, especially when you are given a new 4th party member repeatedly who is vastly behind the curve. This is a unique title that is worth a look but might not be for everyone. Thankfully, the difficulty has been scaled back slightly to make things both more accessible and more fun. Full Review »
  2. Dec 6, 2014
    This is definitely one of those rather "different" final fantasy games. This game probably plays more like the saga series, but with a linearThis is definitely one of those rather "different" final fantasy games. This game probably plays more like the saga series, but with a linear storyline that most final fantasy games come with. There's a couple additions that add some new flavor to the game but for the most part not much has changed from the gba version. Full Review »
  3. Oct 10, 2013
    Final Fantasy II is an enhanced remake of the original Final Fantasy II on the NES and the 2nd Final Fantasy on the PSP system.

    Story: The
    Final Fantasy II is an enhanced remake of the original Final Fantasy II on the NES and the 2nd Final Fantasy on the PSP system.

    The story starts with 4 friends (Firion, Maria, Guy, Leon) being hunted by the Palamecian Emperor and getting nearly slaughtered, while barely escaping with their lives, they wake up in the house of the resistance with only Maria's brother Leon missing, the story starts from here on out, trying to thwart the Emperor and toppling him.

    The game plays like any other Final Fantasy, running around in towns talking to people gets you information while traversing the overworld or some of the many dungeons gets you into fights with monsters, a feature not seen in any other Final Fantasy game however is the level-up system, in my opinion a pain in the back...

    The system works by increasing whatever you're using the most, say you attack a lot, then your Strength/Weapon Proficiency go up, if you cast Blizzard a lot, your MP/Intelligence/Blizzard spell will go up, etc etc... the problem with this system is that you'll need a lot of grinding getting your characters where you want them to be, fun for some, not so much for others...

    There's also a new kind of conversation system, where someone would say something important (marked in red) and as a response you can "Learn" that keyword, later asking other characters about this keyword, in turn they might provide you another one, some keywords progress the story or give answers to plot questions.

    Last but not least, there is some extra content in the Shrine of Souls and the Arcane Labyrinth.

    Everything you expect from a first generation Final Fantasy game, movement is mapped to the D-Pad and the Analog stick does nothing as do the shoulder buttons on their own, however if you press R1 O you open the world map, triangle opens the menu and X usually gets you talking or has you inputting commands while O cancels stuff.
    I do kinda regret you cannot walk diagonally, I'm assuming it was too much of a hassle to change from the original NES version

    The graphics have gotten a much improved bump from the original and a crispier look then the PS1/GBA versions, all characters have their own distinct look, the overworld looks a lot better and everything just looks right!

    Another bump in the music department, from the NES version it's a big step, from the PS1/GBA version, it's kinda the same music but better quality, the tracks from Nobuo Uematsu are as strong as ever and come to life with the better quality, there's even some added tracks not found in the original NES version.

    + Battles are fun typical FF style.
    + The music has gotten even better with the enhanced treatment.
    + The game looks better then ever!
    + Extra content

    - The level-up system is horrendous...
    - Barebones story, I know this is just the story from the NES, but extra narrative would be nice.

    Worth a play as a Final Fantasy fan, but surely the weakest of the main series, while Firion and the Emperor are strong characters to keep you going, for me the flaws of the leveling system overweighs all.
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