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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Nicholas D Wolfwood
( 40.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
My review is based on the game itself, there may be a better port. But I do not have the time to go through the ports to see how this port holds up compared to the rest. That being said....

FF4 is a classic game. You play as a Dark Knight Cecil who is starting to question his orders from the King. The King gets knowledge of Cecil doubt. Which leads him to sending him on a mission out of the way supposedly to prove his loyalty.
If you like turn based RPGs, look no further. This is one of the legends itself that innovated the genre. Great story, I personally am happy with the updated graphics. As well I found myself following the story much easier compared to the original SNES version. The visuals aiding you forming the story in your head as the plot unfolds.
Personally FF9 is my favorite entry in the series. But this one is a classic as well and deserves to stand on its own praise. It has earned it.
Any RPG fan should give FF4 a try, and see where the RPG genre began in term of plots/story telling.
I suggest sale price, however you will get your oneys worth if you choose to buy full price. Many hours of gameplay.
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ayalpboon
( 21.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Usually I don't care much about graphis to the games I play and no offense to the people that worked hard on the remake, but the attempt on making the 3d graphics is just horrible, I'd rather play the old FF4 with the choppy pixel graphics, either make the 3d graphics great or don't do it at all...

Other than that, the gameplay is the same, story is the same, and is still a great game. I love final fantasy games, had been playing since I was a kid. Would recommend this game for sure.
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AngeLys
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
One of my favorite Final Fantasy games ever. I absolutely love Rydia, and the whole story and gameplay. I am so glad it is available on PC. Recommending to anyone enjoying RPGs.
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Atisheh
( 57.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
The Story was so nice and exciting (that's what you expect of FF games)
I never played it when I was young and even later had no chance to, so it was a first time and it's worth buying and playing it! So beautiful!
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itank22
( 138.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
I actually enjoyed this a lot. Final Fantasy 4 is one of my favorites and this remake is neat and looks much sharper than I expected. It is a direct port of the mobile/gba version which I also own, but it is a pretty fantastic remake regardless. I didn't run into any bugs or crashes and played the game using my xbox 360 wireless controller. This also has a lot of better translation compared to the original along with some other neat bonuses that they included for the remake.

I would advise against purchasing the bundle as the after years is really bizarre and awful imo.
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tarboy15
( 18.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
this game is amazing
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Rooflesz
( 83.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Ill begin by saying that Final Fantasy IV was one of the first RPGs I ever had the pleasure of playing on my Super Nintendo. The story and characters were incredible and to this day still hold a special place in my heart. The boss battles and world were fun to explore over and over again, the visuals were astounding (Zeromus fight in particular was astonishing for it's time).

This is the DS Remake of the original game, and what comes with that includes updated 3D models, an added replayability value due to the hard-mode and augments which were introduced, and some cinematics with voice acting. I have spent quite some time playing through this version over and over and have come to realize that my biggest issue with it had to be the combat FPS, it is locked to 15 FPS.

This however did not bother me too much as I do not mind having to extend out my battle time by a little bit. I would definitely recommend this remake to anyone who enjoyed the initial game as long as you have a little bit of patience with the locked FPS in battle.

The auto-battle system they implemented is pretty useless, especially if you are on your hard playthrough as you are rarely going to be able to make use of it unless you are constantly toggling it on and off which would take more time than just selecting your normal attacks. I thorougly enjoyed finding all of the augments without spoiling it through guides, etc. The customization allowed when setting up your menu commands for each character is also an extremely welcomed UI addition. I was absolutely in love with the original soundtrack on the Super Nintendo, I believe that they did a stellar job with the DS soundtrack as well though.

I would definitely recommend this game to new players and returning FFIV players. I give both this and the original game a Rydia / 10 score.
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Junglevibe
( 31.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Pretty decent game and a good story. I didn't realy care for the game forcing charactors in and out of your party.
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Kaiie
( 46.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
6 / 10

Going to get one of the big cons out of the way for those that care about FPS: 15 FPS lock in combat, everywhere else it's 30 FPS.

That being said, this game is quite fun, and albeit having gone under several different names originally (FF2 in English). This game is essentially identical to the original version of the game, with some up-to-date graphics.

I played this game originally in the 90's, and having picked it up again recently, it was quite enjoyable, and certainly held up. However, if you're looking to only get 1 of the FF games, I would maybe suggest a more recent / newer one to pickup. This game is still old, and it plays like it did back then.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
I'll make one thing clear, Final Fantasy IV is a masterpiece (it's my favourite entry in the series). However steer clear of this version and pick up the DS or PSP remakes instead. Battles run at a sluggish 15FPS, interfaces are obtrusive and lazily designed, and the upscaled models and textures look choppy at best. It's rather telling that Square Enix would rather just haphazardly port a game from mobile instead of put in decent time and effort so more people can enjoy this classic RPG. I still highly recommend Final Fantasy IV, just don't buy this one.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
85.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Final Fantasy IV has always been one of my favorite games. I must have played it 30 or 40 times between my SNES and my PSX. I've seen some reviewers who complained that this version has had some of the extras it was given in the DS stripped from it, but I've never played the DS version, so I don't really care about those particular things.

I am greatly enjoying the upgraded graphics. True, they aren't high end graphics (other than the opening sequence), but I like the graphics we do have nonetheless. I haven't run into any of the glitches or bugs that some of the other reviewers have mentioned; the game has run very smoothly for me.

I love the fact that the game autosaves every time you zone, and when you start the game and select "continue", it starts where you last zoned. I've been using that as a fast save alternative, and finding it very convenient if I need to turn off the game in a hhurry. (Which I suppose is why it was added in.)

I would highly recommend this game to anyone who likes the genre. Those who are used to cutting edge graphics like Witcher and Elder Scrolls might look down on this game, but anyone who is a fan of the old SNES style graphics, or RPG Maker games, this is a vast improvement over any of them. This was always one of the very best games to ever come out on the SNES (along, of course, with Final Fantasy VI).

The voice acting is also very good. My personal choice might have been to swap the voice actor who did Cecil with the one who voiced Kain, but I'm sure the developers had a reason for their decision, and as both voice actors are very good, I don't really object to it. I just think Cecil sounds so very young, and at the beginning, when he's in that Dark Knight outfit, it seemed a little silly. His voice made more sense later in the game, just not at the beginning.

This game gets a 10/10 from me, but I think that unless they had really messed things up, it wouldn't have gotten anything lower. :)

Edit: I have run into a bug just now, and I can't go any further in the game. When Namingway wants me to tell him who I'm seeing, it tells me to use the keyboard, but I can't enter or type anything. Because this I'm stuck; I can't hit enter, and I can't exit out of that screen. That means I can't finish the Namingway quests until I can get this sorted out.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
this game is amazing
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
260 of 318 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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115 of 130 people (88%) 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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72 of 80 people (90%) 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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108 of 134 people (81%) 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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81 of 99 people (82%) 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 549 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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311 of 482 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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