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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Josh
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
10/10
Would call a bard "spoony" again.
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captainturbo
10.0 hrs on record
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 on record
Posted: August 17
rydia's breasts.
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truechaos
50.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
i actually prefer the SNES version of this game.
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Sieghart
30.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
DO NOT buy this game. I've had several crashes and just recently after finishing the game during the ending cutscenes. I dont want to go to much into detail so i'll make it short. you're better off playing the SNES version since this version is basically a port of the mobile version with zoomed up screen to fit PC. game is unfair and better of saving like $16
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malcolm.sell
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Product received for free
I had a $25 steam credit, so I decided to pick up this game because of how much I always enjoyed the SNES release (as FFII). The game play isn't too bad, it may even be a little easier so far than the SNES version. I really have had to do any grinding yet and I remember so much grinding on the SNES. This is one of the few games where the updated graphics are a detriment to the game. I don't mean to knock the polygon graphics as much as the zoomed in camera. Navigating is such a hastle on this game. If you don't remember where things are, you can end up spening too much time looking at the maps. Personally I'd rather stumble around a maze because I didn't draw my own map, not than any dungeon level is that confusing, than have trouble because I can't see 5 feet in any direction from my character. Also, what's the deal with Yang's hair?? Why is he blonde??


Don't get me wrong Story A++++; CTB battles A++; Graphics C+(A+ if this were still 1998); Camera Angle F----. I just think it's a much better use of money to legally obtain a SNES and a copy of FFII at a local gameshop. Or get the emulator and rom. I just think it's sad that someone put all of the fine work into the opening sequence, which if you haven't played the game and don't know about it SKIP IT!! Huge spoilers in the opening movie.
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KingSpirit
117.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Honestly, I didn't know what to expect when I first bought this game. Considering this was the first Final Fantasy game I'd ever played back when I was a kid, I was stoked to replay it, but had heard about Square Enix porting the DS version to Steam and how it was extremely difficult. Being a fan of JPRG's in general, I loved this game and am happy to have 100% of the achievements which are possible. The story and setting was excellent. The characters were well fleshed out and had significant character building throughout the game. The combat system was again very much like what you'd expect from a typical Final Fantasy game (other than auto-attacking being OP in most cases). The music by Nobou Uematsu was breathtaking and flawless (Theme of Love makes the top 3 compositions in a FF game for me along with Blinded by Light from XIII and To Zanarkand from X).
The difficulty curve in this game was actually quite bad. The game started off with some really easy mobs with a decent drop-off mid game. The late- to end-game mobs were actually quite challenging and required some setup to take down (Behemoths, Armored Constructs, Dragons and so on). The bosses were mostly quite easy to fight against once you found out their pattern (the end game boss was challenging in NG and was a push over in NG+). Coming to the superbosses (who you can only fight in NG+), Geryon was pretty easy to kill. The other superboss (Proto-Babil), on the other hand, felt like something straight out of the Dark Souls universe with his unfair moveset and high HP. Grinding for the trophies which required you to get all the hidden summons and the onion set was a real pain with how bad the hidden summons were and the insanely terrible drop rate of 0.8%. It took around 10-15 hours just to grind out the items required for acquiring those achievements.
All-in-all, I'd say I got my money's worth with this game and would recommend it as a excellent entry to the Final Fantasy universe for a newcomer.
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Tschisi *Freeway* [AUT]
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Very nicely made remake it's all the same as the original just a *little* polished ^^

Perfect to play while sitting at work ;)
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cheapcoffee
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Yeah, not a fan of the voice acting in this game or that fact that it even has voice acting. Was expecting it to look more to what it used to look like on the SNES but was disappointed so honestly, not really something I think I'll keep playing.
Disappointed.
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Royal Papyrus
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
final fantasy 4 is awesome almost if not AS GOOD as FF 6 But... idk what else to say... i am not the best reviewer
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
10/10
Would call a bard "spoony" again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
117.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Honestly, I didn't know what to expect when I first bought this game. Considering this was the first Final Fantasy game I'd ever played back when I was a kid, I was stoked to replay it, but had heard about Square Enix porting the DS version to Steam and how it was extremely difficult. Being a fan of JPRG's in general, I loved this game and am happy to have 100% of the achievements which are possible. The story and setting was excellent. The characters were well fleshed out and had significant character building throughout the game. The combat system was again very much like what you'd expect from a typical Final Fantasy game (other than auto-attacking being OP in most cases). The music by Nobou Uematsu was breathtaking and flawless (Theme of Love makes the top 3 compositions in a FF game for me along with Blinded by Light from XIII and To Zanarkand from X).
The difficulty curve in this game was actually quite bad. The game started off with some really easy mobs with a decent drop-off mid game. The late- to end-game mobs were actually quite challenging and required some setup to take down (Behemoths, Armored Constructs, Dragons and so on). The bosses were mostly quite easy to fight against once you found out their pattern (the end game boss was challenging in NG and was a push over in NG+). Coming to the superbosses (who you can only fight in NG+), Geryon was pretty easy to kill. The other superboss (Proto-Babil), on the other hand, felt like something straight out of the Dark Souls universe with his unfair moveset and high HP. Grinding for the trophies which required you to get all the hidden summons and the onion set was a real pain with how bad the hidden summons were and the insanely terrible drop rate of 0.8%. It took around 10-15 hours just to grind out the items required for acquiring those achievements.
All-in-all, I'd say I got my money's worth with this game and would recommend it as a excellent entry to the Final Fantasy universe for a newcomer.
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262 of 321 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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116 of 133 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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112 of 142 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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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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81 of 100 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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