Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection

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Final Fantasy IV:
The Complete Collection
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North American box art
Developer(s) Square Enix
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Publisher(s) Square Enix
Director(s) Yoichi Yoshimoto
Producer(s) Hiroyuki Miura
Designer(s) Takashi Tokita
Artist(s) Yoshitaka Amano
Writer(s) Takashi Tokita
Composer(s) Nobuo Uematsu
Junya Nakano
Masashi Hamauzu [1]
Series Final Fantasy
Platform(s) PlayStation Portable
Release
  • JP: March 24, 2011
  • NA: April 19, 2011
  • EU: April 21, 2011
  • AU: April 28, 2011
Genre(s) Role-playing game
Mode(s) Single-player

Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection is a compilation consisting of enhanced ports of the role-playing video games Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy IV: The After Years , as well as a new scenario called Final Fantasy IV Interlude, which is set between the two games. [2] It was published by Square Enix for the PlayStation Portable in Japan on March 24, 2011; [3] in North America on April 19, 2011; [4] in Europe on April 21, 2011; and in Australia on April 28, 2011. It was also released as digital download. [5]

A role-playing video game is a video game genre where the player controls the actions of a character immersed in some well-defined world. Many role-playing video games have origins in tabletop role-playing games and use much of the same terminology, settings and game mechanics. Other major similarities with pen-and-paper games include developed story-telling and narrative elements, player character development, complexity, as well as replayability and immersion. The electronic medium removes the necessity for a gamemaster and increases combat resolution speed. RPGs have evolved from simple text-based console-window games into visually rich 3D experiences.

<i>Final Fantasy IV</i> video game

Final Fantasy IV, known as Final Fantasy II for its initial North American release, is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Released in 1991, it is the fourth main installment of the Final Fantasy series. The game's story follows Cecil, a dark knight, as he tries to prevent the sorcerer Golbez from seizing powerful crystals and destroying the world. He is joined on this quest by a frequently changing group of allies. Final Fantasy IV introduced innovations that became staples of the Final Fantasy series and role-playing games in general. Its "Active Time Battle" system was used in five subsequent Final Fantasy games, and unlike prior games in the series, IV gave each character their own unchangeable character class.

<i>Final Fantasy IV: The After Years</i> video game

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is an episodic role-playing video game co-developed by Matrix Software and Square Enix, as the sequel to the 1991 title Final Fantasy IV. Originally released in Japan as a mobile game in 2008, an enhanced WiiWare port of the title was released in North America, Europe and Japan in 2009. In 2011, the game was bundled with Final Fantasy IV as the PlayStation Portable compilation Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection, which also included a new game; Final Fantasy IV: Interlude, which served as a bridge between the original game and The After Years. Using the same style as the Nintendo DS version of Final Fantasy IV, this game was remade for the Android and iOS platforms.

Contents

Content

The compilation was supervised by Takashi Tokita. [6] It features 16:9 high-resolution graphics, the same CG opening movie from the Nintendo DS remake of Final Fantasy IV, [2] a new CG opening for Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, [6] a new soundtrack arrangement (you can also choose the SPC originals), [4] and a gallery mode for viewing CG movies and Yoshitaka Amano's artwork. [6]

Takashi Tokita is a Japanese video game developer working for Square Enix. He has worked there since 1985, and has worked as the lead designer for Final Fantasy IV as well as the director of Parasite Eve and Chrono Trigger.

Image resolution is the detail an image holds. The term applies to raster digital images, film images, and other types of images. Higher resolution means more image detail.

Computer-generated imagery application of computer graphics to create or contribute to images

Computer-generated imagery (CGI) is the application of computer graphics to create or contribute to images in art, printed media, video games, films, television programs, shorts, commercials, videos, and simulators. The visual scenes may be dynamic or static and may be two-dimensional (2D), though the term "CGI" is most commonly used to refer to 3D computer graphics used for creating scenes or special effects in films and television. Additionally, the use of 2D CGI is often mistakenly referred to as "traditional animation", most often in the case when dedicated animation software such as Adobe Flash or Toon Boom is not used or the CGI is hand drawn using a tablet and mouse.

In Japan, a collector's bundle called the "Ultimate Pack" was also released, featuring a game guide, an art book called Final Fantasy IV Complete Arts, and a seventeen-track CD called Final Fantasy IV: The After Years Sounds Plus, whose final five tracks were selected by polling the members of the Japanese Square Enix community website. [3] [7]

Special edition special version/release of a creative work

The terms special edition, limited edition, and variants such as deluxe edition, or collector's edition, are used as a marketing incentive for various kinds of products, originally published products related to the arts, such as books, prints, video games or recorded music and films, but now including clothing, cars, fine wine, and whisky, among other products. A limited edition is restricted in the number of copies produced, although in fact the number may be very low or very high. Suzuki (2008) defines limited edition products as those “sold in a state that makes them difficult to obtain because of companies limiting their availability to a certain period, quantity, region, or channel". A special edition implies there is extra material of some kind included. The term is frequently used on DVD film releases, often when the so-called "special" edition is actually the only version released.

Plot

The compilation features the full versions of Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, along with a new game titled Final Fantasy IV Interlude, which is set roughly one year after the original game. [8]

In Interlude, players take control of Cecil. The story begins at Baron Castle after Cecil has a dream about one of the Crystal Chambers, where he sees Rydia and hears a voice saying "Finally, it has a new form." Just as the voice is about to reveal itself, Rosa wakes him. Cecil and Rosa set off on one of the Red Wings airships for Damcyan. Meanwhile, at the Feymarch, Rydia is about to leave when she is confronted by Asura, Queen of the Feymarch, who asks her where she is going. Rydia tells her she is headed to Damcyan for its reconstruction celebration, and Asura lets her pass.

While at the celebration, a guard enters and tells Yang that some monks have been brutally attacked at Mt. Hobbs. Hearing this, Yang decides to leave, and Cecil and Rosa volunteer to join him. When they get to the summit of Mt. Hobbs, they find two injured monks, whom Rosa heals. Soon after, they are attacked by a Dad Bomb. When they defeat the Dad Bomb they head to Fabul where Yang's wife Sheila is about to give birth to Ursula. Yang asks Cecil to be Ursula's godfather, which he gladly accepts.

Godparent person who sponsors a childs baptism

A godparent, in many denominations of Christianity, is someone who bears witness to a child's baptism and then aids in their catechesis, as well as their lifelong spiritual formation. In the past, in some countries, the role carried some legal obligations as well as religious responsibilities of the Godparent. In both religious and civil views, a godparent tends to be an individual chosen by the parents to take an interest in the child's upbringing and personal development, to offer mentorship or claim legal guardianship of the child should anything happen to the parents.

As Cecil and Rosa are about to leave they encounter Cid, Luca, Palom and Porom, who tell Cecil a swarm of monsters has emerged from the Sealed Cave. As they are about to take off, Cecil tells Yang to stay with his family. Cid notices that Rosa looks pale and Cecil asks Yang to take care of her while he is away. Once they get to the Sealed Cave, they notice the Tower of Babel pulse with light. Edge notices this as well from Eblan, and sets off to enter the Tower through the underground passageway. Once Cecil and the others reach the Crystal Chamber they are attacked by a Demon Wall and narrowly defeat it. In the Crystal Chamber they encounter Rydia. However, she cannot remember where she was, but she says that "they" were calling her. While everyone wonders exactly who "they" are, the party decides that they should go to the Tower of Babel and investigate.

While they are scaling the tower, Rydia begins regaining her summons and acting more strangely. As they pass the cannon control room, Rydia enters it and three guards come out to stop Cecil and the others from following her. The three guards merge into a Deus Ex Mechina, at which point Edge arrives to lend a hand in defeating it. After the sentry is destroyed, the party head into the control room, but Rydia is nowhere to be found. They decide to keep going up the tower in hopes that they will find her, only to learn that she is an impostor, as she attacks them with the Eidolons she has obtained. When the fake Rydia summons Bahamut, the real Rydia shows up and dissuades him from attacking the party. Although they defeat the fake Rydia, she escapes and reports to her "creator", who is residing in the True Moon, that the Eidolon project is complete. Back on earth, in Cecil's bed chamber, Rosa lies in bed and Cecil asks if she is alright. It is then revealed that Rosa is pregnant. Everyone is overjoyed with the news, and they tell Cecil that he should start coming up with some names.

Meanwhile, on Mt. Ordeals, Kain, who is still repenting for the wrongs he did during Final Fantasy IV, hears a voice call out to him.

Reception

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic 77/100 [9]
Review scores
PublicationScore
1UP.com B- [10]
Famitsu 30 / 40 [11]
Game Informer 8.5 / 10 [12]
GameTrailers 8.5 / 10 [9]
IGN 9.0 / 10 [13]

The collection sold over 198,000 copies in Japan by the end of 2011. [14] It has received mostly positive reviews. [9] Famitsu gave it 30 out of 40 from a panel of four reviewers. [11] IGN gave it 9 out of 10, concluding that if "you haven't played Final Fantasy IV, are a fan of RPGs, and don't find yourself utterly impressed with the game, I will be surprised." [13] 1UP.com rated the collection a B-, describing the original game as a "masterpiece" but referring to its follow-ups as "a pale imitation." [10]

GameZone were less impressed, giving the collection 4.5 out of 10, stating that "this Complete Collection is a hard one to recommend" as a package, and that its selling point, The After Years, "isn't any great shakes as a story, and the high-res makeover gives it some of the same visual hang-ups as the central quest." [15]

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