FINAL FANTASY IV makes its debut on PC! Lose yourself in this timeless tale of heroes, betrayal, love and redemption.
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Release Date: Sep 17, 2014

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FINAL FANTASY IV makes its debut on PC!

As the first game in the series to feature the innovative Active Time Battle system, FINAL FANTASY IV stands as an iconic milestone in FINAL FANTASY history. Lose yourself in this timeless tale of heroes, betrayal, love and redemption—now optimized for PC!

Key Features:


  • Fully voiced, dramatic cut-scenes
  • Deep, emotionally charged character development
  • All-new system for charting dungeons and uncovering the secrets within
  • Inspiring score accessible at anytime from the built-in Jukebox

*Please select the language you wish to play in via the game launcher.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: Pentium 4 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 750 MB available space
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like.... 1,000 Ninjas
4.0 hrs
Posted: September 24
The gameplay and story of FFIV are absolutely fantastic!

However, this PC version is not a good port. The battle sequences have to be fixed by a hex editor/community mod because they run at unacceptably low framerates, it makes battles unplayable. I have to hit the key to change menu option multiple times before it'll take. This is a very concerning issue since the battles do not pause when you're selecting actions. On top of that, my controller will frequently "bug out" and my character runs in random directions.

I've played this game and experienced the story before. It's great, but I cannot recommend the PC version to anyone. I feel if you haven't played FFIV before then you should not buy this since it will give you a very bad taste for this game - which as I've said before is a wonderful game outside of it's terrible PC port.
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Grey Alarm
2.2 hrs
Posted: September 19
15 fps battles
Just emulate the PSP version with it's nice 2D sprites
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Beer Me
27.6 hrs
Posted: September 1
Great story, and its a long ♥♥♥ game
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Really not giving a f.uck
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 29
This is just the same grahpics and port used for the hpone version. Voice acting is cringwothy as F*ck. Just buy the phone version.
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Baltybaby
57.9 hrs
Posted: August 24
One of my favourite Final Fantasy games after completion. Voice acting by Cecil and Kain were great due to other works they've done. Within The Giant probably broke my top 5 final fantasy songs as well as it is a true masterpiece.
Gameplay wise, I like the forced jobs. FF3's job system adds a sort of choice I don't want to make in Final Fantasy games. Leveling is slightly difficult as selecting places to grind is a little sparce, so choosing an area and sticking to it is definitely recommended.
Story wise, much deeper than the previous 3 games. Twists and turns of the game are actually enjoyable, and surprising. The game brings a love story, a complicated friendship, family issues, and ancestral problems that make for an awesome plot :P
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Josh
34.2 hrs
Posted: August 22
10/10
Would call a bard "spoony" again.
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captainturbo
11.6 hrs
Posted: August 20
Having played and beaten both the DS and SNES versions of this game I will state that the port of FFIV here on steam isn't as good as it could have been.

Don't get me wrong their is a LOT to love, especially if this is the only time and way you've ever played this game but I do have a few gripes.

1. The interface is terrible, from what understand it's essentially the IOS port and looks very ugly.

2. The graphics, on a DS they look good, for steam not so much, the 3D models aren't as bad as the ones in FF7 but they could have done with smoothing out.

3. Slow down, not a common problem but it has happened a few times, this was a problem again in the DS version and one it doesn't look like they fixed.

Other than that though I would recommend the game, even if you've played the original SNES version it's still cool to see the story be told using 3D models and even some voice acting (which isn't great but nothing terrible).
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Spook Rooster
7.8 hrs
Posted: August 17
rydia's breasts.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
47.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
What a fantastic game!

Last time I played this I was but a wee child, so I was initially hesitant about the move to 3D graphics, revamped score, and tweaks to the story.

...could I have been more wrong?

This is one of the best Final Fantasy games out there (next to VI and IX), and beleive it or not, found this version to be a funner experience than SNES or GBA. Aside from the story being completely in tact, characters how I remember them, places generally looking the same and the overall atmosphere being consistant with the original, not much has changed, save for difficulty.

Now, when I say difficulty, I don't mean this game is out-right hard, or at least harder than the original. I mean that this game makes you use tactics instead of my tried and true method of overpowering my characters and throwing as much physical damage as I can at the bosses. That used to work before, but now they made a lot of the boss battles so that you have to use skills and certain magic in order to proceed, some of which will become impossible death matches if you don't use things like slow, haste, shell, protect, or reflect. This challenge increase really made the game a great deal funner than the original.

If you've played the SNES or GBA versions, but your hesitation aside and pick this one up. If you're new to IV, you couldn't have picked a better version to play.

10/10 - I wish the future FF games had a bearded and manly Cid like this one! VII's Cid has nothing on this guy!
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
Hard to enjoy. Crashes a lot of times during battle.
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264 of 323 people (82%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2014
I played all the way through this game back when it released on the Nintendo DS, including all side stuff.

Final Fantasy IV (2 on the SNES) was one of my earliest gaming memories, and remains one of my favorite games of all time. The game basically taught me to read as a child.

I've played every iteration of the game to ever release in the US, and this version (the DS version) might by my favorite. The character models do justice to the original sprite designs while also being fresh and charming, though the textures look a bt worse for wear in high resolution. The voice acting is well done and befitting of the revamped script. The handful of new story elements serve the original plot well, and flesh out some things that were only touched upon in the original script.

The combat is one area where this version (the DS version) of the game shines. While the battles in the original game, and most of the various ports were uninteresting, this one demands a more varied use of tactics and status effects. Gone are the days of being able to mash A to kill bosses. Now you must employ things like Sleep, Slow, and Dark, things that typically haven't ever worked on bosses in the series, to survive.

This specific version of the game though, being a port of the iOS and Android versions, isn't without new problems. The most glaring issue is the UI. There is no reason the large, ugly UI designed for touch controls should have made the trasition to the PC. There is no reason the UI should take up half of the display during combat, and there is no reason you should have to scroll to see all of your options in battle. Definitely play the game in "Wait Mode," as the need to scroll through your options may get you killed in "Active Mode."

Less of a complaint, and more of a nitpick is that the camera now seems very zoomed in due to the increased resolution, and general size of PC displays. A zoom option would have been nice. Another thing that would have been nice is true analog controls, but I guess this version of the game was never designed with that in mind anyway.

Though I hope (but don't expect) some of my issues will be addressed in a future patch; like the midi soundtrack of FF7's original steam release was, I still recommend this game whole heartedly. In my opinion, Final Fantasy IV is one of the finest JRPGs ever released, and despite the hideous new iOS interface the 3D remake is arguably the definitive version (the PSP version being the other contender).

-P.S. Calling it now, The After Years will appear as DLC in the near future. I do not recommend playing that at all.
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117 of 134 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
73.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
This version of Final Fantasy IV is not the original, but a PC port of the Android app. The android app is a port of the DS version with improved text and sound and neat speech bubbles with character thoughts. It removes one DS feature, a little customizable eidolon named whyt. Whyt sucks anyway.

The game is good. I will say that. You don't need more then 30 frames to play in this style of game, and the resolution and graphics are pretty decent. The menu's are obviously designed for a phone, but the game plays great with a controller.

The story is THE BEST of the final fantasies. You will soon forget this is a port or any stupid problems you thought you had. I won't spoil anything but this version adds some unique post game challenges to overcome in the form of some superbosses.

Also this game is hard as crap. Leveling and grinding isn't as important as smart boss tactics.

The pricetag is a bit crazy high for a port though. I reccomend grabbing this baby on the upcoming christmas sales, because we know it will be there.
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73 of 82 people (89%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2015
I hadn't played FF4 in over fifteen years, and I wasn't sure how well it would hold up--in the end, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The cast is full of likeable characters, the boss battles (especially on hard mode) are very fun and require far more strategy compared to most FF games, and a full playthrough clocks in at a very reasonable ~25 hours.

It's worth pointing out, however, that this port is marred by several significant technical issues. This version is a port of the iOS/Android version which itself was a port of the DS version--both of these elements are very, very obvious. The in-battle menus are clearly designed for touchscreens, the character models are extremely low poly with the original DS textures, and battle scenes are locked at 15FPS. If you can manage to overlook these glaring, highly obstructive issues, though, you'll find a wonderful game underneath the surface.

One aspect that, to me, stands out above the rest is the rebalancing of magic spells. Unlike most FF games, where status ailment spells are close to worthless, there is a use for every single spell in the game. Aside from Cure spells, Slow is perhaps the most important spell in the game! Most bosses will be suspectible to Slow and one or two other status ailments, and each fight becomes a puzzle to determine how to mitigate the boss's most powerful traits and abilities. Once you get to the absolutely punishing (in hard mode, at least) final dungeon, this applies to every random battle as well and forces the player to come up with winning strategies on the spot. Here are some spells that I cast on enemies that were crucial to completing the game: Slow, Stop, Silence, Reflect, Break, Berserk, Bio, Confuse. Seriously, how often do you cast those in FF games?

I only played through on hard mode, and aside from three specific fights it was very well done, striking an excellent balance between challenging and fair. One early fight, Mom Bomb, took me more tries than any other fight in the game, including the final boss; it was an absurd early spike in difficulty that felt completely out of place. Dr Lugae relied partially on chance to beat, due to the confluence of his randomly cast Reversal Field ability and cast timers for your party. Finally, while the rest of the game required no grinding whatsoever, the final boss was actually 100% impossible to beat without gaining about 3-4 extra levels at the end, and even then it was reliant upon perfect execution of a very specific strategy. I know it's the last boss of hard mode, but they took it just a lil bit too far!

This is just nitpicking, though, as it's worth reiterating that the entirety of the rest of the game was very well-crafted and well-balanced--just don't feel bad or get disheartened if you get stuck on those same fights. Just like most FF games, you'll always be at an appropriate level as long as you just fight whatever battles that pop up as you explore dungeons, no need to go out of your way to grind. If you mess up and die on a fight, you can hit Continue and it'll bring you right back to where you were, so no worries about losing progress. Cutscenes are skippable, summon animations are skippable, and there's a Quicksave option in addition to save points. Sadly, random battles still exist, and that admittedly will be a deal breaker for many.

Technical issues aside, this is a textbook example of how to remake a game: keep the basic framework (plot, designs, etc), and update the gameplay in a way that provides a new challenge while feeling very familiar. In a word, this is a game that is respectful: of the original developers, of the source material, and of players both new and old. With the caveat that this is a poor port of an excellent game, I highly recommend it (and play it in hard mode!).
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114 of 144 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
32.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
General info

~Genre: Japanese roleplaying game, belongs to Final Fantasy series
~Number of players: 1
~Completion time: 35-50 hours
~Remastered version of already existing title

Strong points

+Story: A tale about maturity, friendship, love, hatred and dignity.

+Content: A game suitable for both young and mature audiences.

+Music: Don't take my word for it; just listen to the complete soundtrack
(uploaded on youtube by TantrisOST)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMpzODudeks

+Tradition: Create teams of five characters and face challenging foes in a turn based battle-system. Experienced Final Fantasy players will tread on familiar ground while newcomers will adapt gradually thanks to the game's instructional early stages.

+Not another grinding fest: Bosses require strategic planning not just level superiority.

+Length: Neither too short for gamers who enjoy secrets, nor too long for those who get bored easily.

+Characters, NPCs, companions with interesting background and distinctive personalities.

+Remade: Enjoy one of the best Final Fantasy games with remade graphics, remastered music score and optional bosses/rewards.

+Replay value: Keep certain key items and abilities, fight bosses exclusively to NG+, etc.

+Controls: Customizable in-game settings, controller support.

+For seasoned adventurers and newcomers: Normal and Hard difficulty modes.

Weaknesses

-Good old days: Fans of the original may find that this 3D version lacks the artistic depth of the original in sections such as boss modeling or spell casting presentation.

-Price: Preferably buy it during a sale.

-A few key items (e.g. Adamant armor) have an extremely low drop rate which makes the related to them achievements quite frustrating to obtain.

-Comparison to Nintendo DS: Basically the same port; developers could have spent more time editing certain sections of the game such as battle speed, visual effects, etc.

-Auto-level up: Every time you level up, your stats are automatically allocated with no option to customize your character's attributes as you wish, making each character locked to a specific class.

Neutral ground

±Tread carefully: In opposition to later entries, which tend to be forgiving, FFIV demands adaptability and cleverness; always plan ahead and choose your moves carefully.

My rating4/5

Remains debatable if it's better than the original Final Fantasy IV. Nevertheless, if you are a fan of Japanese RPGs or someone who cherishes old-school challenging games you won't be disappointed at all.
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82 of 101 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
57.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2014
What you should know:

1. Non-battle gameplay is locked at 30 fps. Battle's are locked at 15 fps. This is because the PC version is based on the Android port that is based on the DS port. Kind of like an emulation. The 15 fps isn't too debilitating given this is a turn based game but there is noticable input lag that can be annoying and the animation looks stiff.

2. I tested resolutions from 1920 x 1080 all the way down to 800 x 600 and you really don't notice much of a difference in game. The textures up close (usually during cutscenes) look terrible and neither an increase nor a decrease in resolution seemed to help much at all. 1080p DOES however make the excellent FMV's look even more stunning. Seriously, those are friggin beautiful.

3. The game itself has really hooked me so far. Cecil is way more interesting then any other protaganist I have played as in quite some time. Really makes you wonder how SE could have screwed up so badly with the more recent iterations of Final Fantasy. For some reason, I never got around to playing this even though I've played every other FF that's come stateside and am really glad I picked this one up.

As I have not played any other version of this game I can't give a good comparison review to other versions. The good is the game itself is great and looks pretty great most of the time. I enjoy the story and despite the 15 fps lock in battle after you get used to it it's not a big deal HOWEVER, If you port a game to PC it's pretty inexcusable to lock framerates so low. As PC gamers, we want to play the game as silky smooth as possible and I can understand why people are upset about this. Hopefully someone can mod this quickly.

All in all, I'm glad I purchased this game. I can finally play the FF most people praise as the best one ever made. So far, this game really delivers and I'm having a-lot of fun. Take care all I will update my review if I have any further info or thoughts on the game as I continue playing. Peace!
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376 of 550 people (68%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2014
If you love Final Fantasy, buy this!! This release is the very best for Final Fantasy IV! 1080p, full screen TV, surround sound and Xbox controller. You can't go wrong with this amazing game which now includes voice acting for cutscenes!
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315 of 488 people (65%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
62.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2014
I love FFIV. It's probably up there in terms of games I've spent the most time with. Twenty-two years, and I generally find time to play through one of its multitudes of ports and remakes every year or so. It's a remarkably well designed RPG and for what it lacks in freewheeling customizability it makes up for in perfect pacing and balance,

This is a port of the Android version. Actually, from what I've been reading here, it's an EMULATION of the Android version, for a double lazy point multiplier (lazy points can be redeemed for valuable prizes but eh too much work). The Android version is a port of the Nintendo DS version, which was excellent, though pushing against the limits of that system. This remake was designed as something of a love letter to long-time FF4 fans, that showed a deep understanding of the original game. Difficult encounters and bosses were tweaked to be much harder, and their stats and scripts were cleverly turned around to make the old, well-worn tactics ineffective - yet every boss now has a trick to it, and it's immensely satisfying to discover those tricks.

Plus the graphics are really cute (all y'all boneheads who think this game should look like FFXV or whatever are smokin' some loco weed), and the cutscenes are really well done - almost exactly like I envisioned the scenes of the game in my head as a child.

The Android (and iOS) versions were basically just the DS Version, but in a higher resolution with uglier interface assets and the utterly mediocre system font. While most of the game runs at a smooth framerate, as it should since it's not exactly pushing the limits of the hardware, the battle scenes are jarringly choppy. Initially when I played the Android version I was thinking that they must not have optimized the game very well - but no, it's completely intentional, framelocked at roughly 10-15 FPS. This is probably due to Japanese developers still coding like its their glory days on the PS2, like so many Al Bundys dreaming wistfully about those four touchdowns in a single game in high school. All the animation is most likely keyed to that irritatingly low framerate, and bumping it up will either make the animation look really bad or play it way too fast.

So yeah, the PC version is that version. Unless they (or hopefully some intrepid modder) fixes how choppy the battle scenes are (and how dull the interface/font is), don't bother. There are way too many other versions of FF4, all of which you can play on your PC somewhat less legally, but it's hard to feel bad when Squeenix can't even put in a cursory effort to give us a good experience.
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51 of 64 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
125.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Final Fantasy IV
Developer: Square-Enix
Publisher: Square-Enix

Introduction
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What was old has been made anew! Final Fantasy IV, perhaps the most cherished game of my childhood, now feels as fresh as anything else in modern gaming. For newcomers to the series, this is an excellent point of entry that showcases traditional Japanese RPG gameplay with one of the best stories ever told in the genre.

Final Fantasy IV is about a hero saving the world from pure evil. Beyond that reductive outline, the game's plot is actually unusual, even by today's standards. Cecil, the protagonist, begins the game as an intimidating Dark Knight who is sent to murder innocent people and steal their valuable crystal. After the deed is done, he begins to question his loyalty to the king, due to the wickedness of these orders. Your first task as a player is to deliver a package that, unknown to Cecil, is a weapon designed to murder an entire village of summoners. At a pivotal moment in the story, Cecil undergoes a dramatic transformation and plays like a completely different character from that point forward. Throughout the game, characters will enter and leave your party at the story's whim. Some of them will turn against you; others will sacrifice themselves for your cause and never return. Clearly, this is serious material, and it's told through a new translation with a more consistent tone and some additional details that were lost in the SNES version. There is also a small amount of voice acting of admirable quality, though some of the actors don't quite match the gravity of the plot.

Gameplay
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A complex plot demands linearity of game progression, and there is no doubt that Final Fantasy IV is a linear game. It's like a roller coaster...a very slow roller coaster, and you're strapped in for the ride. Your party can include up to five characters at a time, but you have no choice as to the lineup, and every playable character has unique abilities. Although restrictive, this format keeps the gameplay fresh throughout a very long adventure. Your party changes every few hours of game time, so you have to develop new battle strategies on a regular basis. A feature in the Steam and DS versions allow you to collect Augments when some characters leave your party; these items let you teach the departed character's unique abilities to other characters. This feature is made more interesting by the fact that these versions also includes a lot more unique abilities for each character.

Some abilities, like Edward's songs, are much more useful now and continue to grow and flourish via Augments long after the original practitioner has retired from the party. There is even a customizable Auto-Battle feature in which you can assign specific skills or magic spells to be used automatically in battle, for when you are facing easier monsters that don't require your full attention. These and other gameplay tweaks will not only delight long-time fans of the game but also make it more accessible and streamlined for new players.

Graphics
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The presentation has been overhauled far more dramatically than the gameplay. An impressive engine by Matrix Software provides some great 3D graphics. The visuals are not only easy on the eyes but also allow some of the more dramatic scenes in the game to be played out with full cinematography. Being so familiar with the original graphics, I enjoyed seeing the new 3D models for all the characters and locations, and most of them look great while staying faithful to the original designs.

Sound and Music
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The classic soundtrack has been re-recorded with higher quality instruments, but the compositions themselves are untouched, so every song will be immediately recognizable to veteran players. Composed by Nobuo Uematsu, Final Fantasy IV has a ton of great tracks that match up well with what you encounter in game, and definitely get you pumped for boss battles! Just check these out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MT1X5RZ3HY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OqGXfDpjZA

Performance
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PC specs are on my profile. This game ran beautifully. I didn't run into any issues, bugs, glitches, or weird crashes. I played with a controller that worked just fine the entire playthrough. No tweaking had to be made for it to work.

Final Thoughts
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Final Fantasy IV is one of those classic games that nearly everyone should play at some point. It was an unparalleled experience in the early 90s and holds up remarkably well today. If you have never played Final Fantasy IV or haven't touched it since it was called Final Fantasy II for Super Nintendo, this is absolutely worth experiencing all over again. My only problem with this Steam version is that it is not the Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection that was released on PSP, that included FF4, Interlude, and The After Years.

Gameplay Demo
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https://youtu.be/k54UluMX-K8

Nerd House Verdict:
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Highly Recommended


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