Take part in the epic sequel that unfolds nearly two decades after the events of FINAL FANTASY IV. Now enhanced for Windows PC.
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Release Date: May 11, 2015

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About This Game

Now with a full 3-D remake, FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS can now be played as never before on PC. Take part in the epic sequel that unfolds nearly two decades after the events of FINAL FANTASY IV. Classic characters make their return alongside several new heroes, such as Ceodore, son of Cecil and Rosa.

Story : Seventeen years have passed since the war's end, and the son born to King Cecil and Queen Rosa of Baron has grown into a young man. Prince Ceodore has enlisted in the airship fleet known as the Red Wings, eager to meet the expectations demanded of his blood and station. Yet once more another moon has appeared in the sky, and with it vast hordes of monsters intent on destruction. The brief peace enjoyed by the Blue Planet now stands threatened under the shadow of impending catastrophe.

Ten Playable Tales

Begin your journey with "Ceodore's Tale." Complete it to unlock the tales of six additional characters, which can be played in any order, and then return to the core story with "Kain's Tale," "The Lunarian's Tale," and "The Crystals." A total of ten tales in all, and all contained in FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS.


Active Time Battle
Take control of exhilarating combat made possible by the non-stop action in Square Enix's iconic battle system.

Lunar Phases
Feel the moon's presence in combat, as its waxing and waning influences the potency of attacks and abilities of all combatants. Lunar phases cycle naturally with the passage of in-game time, or when resting at an inn, tent, or cottage.

Band Abilities
Combine the strength of your party members to awesome effect with Band abilities that can be unlocked through in-game events or by levelling your characters' Affinity.

Minimap
Keep an eye on your current location and nearby surroundings, or click for quick access to the world map.
Includes STEAM Trading cards!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: Pentium 4 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 950 MB available space
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Mixed (143 reviews)
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eisei.xethlex
( 59.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
I'm coming at this having played the PSP version first.

I'm not particularly fond of the way they decided to make the character models.
Using a SLIGHTLY bigger Palom/Porom for Ceodore even though he's supposed to be older than 10. He seems like a little kid instead of a teenager. Not only that but the coloring for all of the colors seems a bit on the lazy side. Especially in the case of "Man in Black" whom I won't specify for spoiler sake. His face looks like he has some kind of skin disease...it's dissapointing. Kain's face looks a bit sqinty and squished together especially around the eyes and doesn't look quite right.

I feel they could have really had a lot of fun with this if it wasn't such a cash grab. Voices, and uniqueness was the charm of DS Final Fantasy IV. This just feels lack luster. However, in terms of gameplay it CAN be a bit of fun at times though I'm saddened with just how short it is...

Missing so many key elements, I ACTUALLY liked the challenge dungeons from the PSP/Wii versions. Same with the cameo bosses, such a shame.

I DO love one thing though. The ability to level up the bands to increase thier effectiveness.

Too bad that's all.

I advise trying it out for nothing more than curiousity and a little fun. You'll just have to try and look past the graphical flaws and missing content is all... -_-
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gritalian
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
The game in itself is fun for any classic FF fan, even though it's a terrible phone port. My only real grievances is that I notice several spelling / grammar mistakes that you would have expected to have been picked up by Square's QA team. As well, the music often just stops playing through my gameplay. I'm not sure if it has to do with the game itself or my PC, but it was annoying.

All in all, I recommend this game for any FF fans out there.
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drdouglasdark
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
I Really Like JRPG and Final Fantasy games up until they radically changed the gameplay in X! I Bought this as part of a bundle with the Final Fantasy 4 remake.

I Know this is a port from the Nintendo 3ds - But the graphics are phenominally bad and the gameplay is just as dire!
I Played through the first chapter and all the areas were taken straight from the FFV remake, and to be honest I didn't play much as its sluggish, boring and there are no tactics to the battles! I Kid you not after I found out there was an auto battle feature I just used that, only interupting it to cast heal spells or use items!

Some would say that Final Fantasy is more about story telling, but in this there can be a line of dialogue and I pressed the button to progress, it was a long time before the next line came up and at times i'm having to watch motionless or ugly, slow and pointless animation for extended periods. I Completely lost interest in any story!

All in all I'm of the opinion that this is an extremely lazy way of cashing in on a sucessful name and as a long time customer and fan of the series I'll sum up in two sentences.

Shame on you Square!
Shame on you!
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Crescenda
( 62.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
I really want to give this game a "Maybe". Buy it if you are a die-hard Final Fantasy fan...and it's on sale. Otherwise, it might be a disappointment. It was a good game, not at all what I was expecting both good and bad. The good, you get to see your favorite FFIV characters again in new situations and with added playable mates and the episodes being loaded into the final stage made it unique for a FF. However, when they ported it, they removed the challenge dungeons which is where you would get some of the best armors and shinies in the game, and a large section of the final dungeon was taken out (which I didn't actually mind as much). What was a neutral zone for me was them removing the option to permanently lose a few characters in a couple episodes. I was happy it was fool proof but it's an easy fix if you would have lost one or two, why not have the option? Another thing that bugged me was the bizarre levels they gave your allies. You would be level 15, immediately get a level 10 ally, then get two more allies and they are level..wait for it...5. 5?! Yea, because grinding them up was how I wanted to spend the first hour of that episode.

Anyway, the game had its moments, cute, fun, awesome. My favorite story, despite my own obsession with Rydia, was Edge. I had an absolute blast with his episode!

I do think this game is worth playing as long as your expectations aren't too high. You basically redo then entirety of FFIV with a few extra playable characters and some whitty banter on occasion. Same old boss fights, same old dungeons, same old music...oh wait, no, because the music cut out randomly. That was my deal breaker. YOU BROKE THE MUSIC! Party foul. You don't break the music! :/

5/10 Enjoyable, possibly better intoxicated...

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̲C̲̲ycchini
( 63.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
If you enjoyed FF4, you should definitely play this sequel!
I have to admit, 75% gameplay of the first seven character-chapters is boring.
But honestly, every second was worth it, because the ending was ♥♥♥♥ing epic.
I didn't expect much after playing the first chapters, but the final boss battle was awesome af and the story line is clever, too. I'm reallyyy happy I bought this :D

I heard the psp version is better, but if you don't own one, just buy it here. I'd recommend it ^^
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Bolttor
( 63.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
I'm a die hard fan of FFIV since, well, FOREVER (in fact 1992!).
Well, this game gave me mixed feellings.
At first I really wanted to catch up on the characters, see what they are up to now, and what other cool story they could come up with.
Wrong thought.
At first, it was funny, going around places already seen throughout the first game (well, the world can't change that much over juste 15 years or so!). That was right until Yang's tale.
Ok.. nope nope nope.
The exact same siege as the one from the original game for the wind crystal. Exact same dialogues, recycled.
And what's worst : the underground waterway. Doing it once is fine.. but about 5 times in different tales and TWICE BACK AND FORTH SOLOING IT IN EDWARD'S TALE, nope. Just hearing the dungeon cave music makes me sick now. Ugh.

Still, played it till the end.
Lack of consistent storyline and dialogues.
This is very sad...
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themaestro13
( 42.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
EDIT:
Finally finished the game and felt I needed to update this because I think I was actually way too kind to the game. I see a lot of other negative reviews talking about how it's just a bad port with missing content, but the problems are much deeper than that. This thing is 90% padding and could easily be 30 hours shorter without any loss of significant content. The story could be summarized in less than a paragraph but takes 10 episodes to unfold. If you do not absolutely love grinding and have a backlog of TV shows you've been meaning to watch, don't play this thing. Easily one of the worst FF games I've played, and I've played most of them.

ORIGINAL POST
It's the video game version of those direct-to-video Disney sequels to beloved animated movies but It doesn't even reach the Return of Jafar level of quality.

I'm only on Episode 4 of 10 and I can pretty much tell the game isn't about to improve anytime soon. Nostalgia isn't enough to recommend a boring, fanfic story with tedious gameplay mechanics.

Most of the game involves you redoing things you did in FFIV but in a different order and different characters. You literally fight all the same boss battles again, often in the exact same location. If you were hoping to see what happens 17 years after FFIV ended, it's really not that much. The world is basically the exact same only now you occasionally play as carbon-copies of the original characters, usually their children. The story in FFIV was always pretty simple but it at least felt like a plot you could follow where characters had consistent motivations. Here, I often get to a place my character was whining about, reach the center of it, do **** all that does nothing to accomplish that original goal, walk back out, and then the episode ends on some cryptic BS you know is never going to get explained in a satisfactory way.

Gameplay is the same as old school Final Fantasy but they added some moon-phases that make some of your attacks weaker/stronger depending on what time it is in the in-game clock. The problem, at least with the first several episodes, is that you often don't have a mixed party with a variety of abilities, so usually there's a phase where your entire party of 5 monks (????) is just flat out weaker than normal. You also restart your leveling at the beginning of each episode since you switch characters, so get ready for a lot of "Press A to win" style fights for the majority of your play time.

When the most gratifying moment I had playing your game was when I found the auto-battle function, yo' game got problems.
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Kyo Uzuki
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
this is a final fantasy game if you were ever wondering what happen to the cast after IV. i whoud buy both of them on sale together to save you some cash so wait till it is on sale to get it
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
62.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
I really want to give this game a "Maybe". Buy it if you are a die-hard Final Fantasy fan...and it's on sale. Otherwise, it might be a disappointment. It was a good game, not at all what I was expecting both good and bad. The good, you get to see your favorite FFIV characters again in new situations and with added playable mates and the episodes being loaded into the final stage made it unique for a FF. However, when they ported it, they removed the challenge dungeons which is where you would get some of the best armors and shinies in the game, and a large section of the final dungeon was taken out (which I didn't actually mind as much). What was a neutral zone for me was them removing the option to permanently lose a few characters in a couple episodes. I was happy it was fool proof but it's an easy fix if you would have lost one or two, why not have the option? Another thing that bugged me was the bizarre levels they gave your allies. You would be level 15, immediately get a level 10 ally, then get two more allies and they are level..wait for it...5. 5?! Yea, because grinding them up was how I wanted to spend the first hour of that episode.

Anyway, the game had its moments, cute, fun, awesome. My favorite story, despite my own obsession with Rydia, was Edge. I had an absolute blast with his episode!

I do think this game is worth playing as long as your expectations aren't too high. You basically redo then entirety of FFIV with a few extra playable characters and some whitty banter on occasion. Same old boss fights, same old dungeons, same old music...oh wait, no, because the music cut out randomly. That was my deal breaker. YOU BROKE THE MUSIC! Party foul. You don't break the music! :/

5/10 Enjoyable, possibly better intoxicated...

twitch.tv/crescenda
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218 of 252 people (87%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
69.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2015
Play the PSP version instead.

This version of the game has no challenge dungeons. No cameo bosses. Significantly shorter final dungeon. No optional superboss, and the game's framerate is capped and choppy as hell.
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140 of 159 people (88%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
86.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2015
I played this a long time ago on the Wii and loved it. I've not played the PSP version but from what I understand it adds all kinds of content relative to the Wii version. Imagine my surprise then when I finished the game and realized that the steam version not only lacks the extra content of the PSP version (challenge dungeons etc) but even removes content relative to the already comparatively sparse Wii version. Just a horrible middle finger to fans of the franchise courtesy of Square-Enix.
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113 of 128 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 8, 2015
I want to start by saying that I really, REALLY wanted to like this game--and for the first few hours, I really did! Final Fantasy IV was my first (main series) FF game, and therefore one of my favorites. I hadn't played the After Years because I didn't have a system or phone capable of playing it, so I was excited when it was announced on Steam and even pre-ordered it.

There are quite a few things I do really enjoy about the game, but unfortunately the flaws outweigh the positives.

As you know, this game has an episodic format. I like how you'll play through each character's own tale--you get to piece together events plaguing the world from each character's perspective. This makes the game's plot intriguing, as you'll want to know "how did this character end up there?!" at the climax of each scenario. And because each character has ample time in the spotlight, they're fleshed out more this time around than the original game. For example, I found Palom and Porom to be much more interesting in this game than FF4, as you get to see how they've grown and changed--and learn about their respective insecurities as much as their ambitions. As others have said, the plot is pretty much fan-fiction tier--but the characterization and development, I think, is really good.

There is a problem with the episodic format, though: a good 75% of the game is exposition. While it's great to watch events from so many perspectives, and is certainly interesting at the start of the game, 10 hours in you'll be thinking "okay, but where will this all LEAD to?" Once you reach the climax of someone's tale, it ends--which means starting fresh with a new character elseware. While characters will unite later--MUCH later--you spend the majority of the game feeling as though you aren't actually progressing.

I wish they paced the plot differently: have the first 3 or so tales be expositon, the next few "in the middle" of it all, then the last few being a little more climactic. But instead, you play maybe 8 tales that are all happening at the same time before you can progress through the timeline/plot.

Also, and this might be a spoiler! You don't actually learn anything very significant, plot-wise, until the very end. I'll save you the trouble by saying the antagonist is generic, has no compelling backstory, and you won't learn the enemy's motive until seconds before the final fight. I don't mind that the plot is fanfiction-y, but I do mind that there just isn't a real payoff at the end.

And then there's the dungeons. At first, I didn't mind that almost all the dungeons are recycled from FF4. In fact, I kind of like that they didn't change the world too much; after reading others' reviews, I decided to think of this more as an "expansion" than a sequel, knowing that the world would be mostly untouched but with new scenarios. You might care much more than I do about the recycled dungeons, but you probably already know about that.

What I didn't know, and what made this game ultimately frustrating, is that within this game alone you will go through certain dungeons over and over and over. I can't tell you how many times they make you go through the underwater passageway--5 or 6, with 3 of those in Edward's tale alone (and back to back, too!). There's also the Lunar Subterraine, but I won't talk about that too much since it might be spoilery to--but let's just say you'll have the layout of that memorized by the time you're finished playing as well. Taking stuff from FF4 and putting it in this game was ok enough, but the way this game makes you do the same exact tasks over and over as different characters (or within the same tale) is unforgiveable and lazy.

The endgame is also incredibly grindy. Once you're able to form a party with all the characters you've played as, you'll find that they're terribly underleveled, even though they were leveled fine in their respective tales. Grinding + the endless rehashing you'll find in the final dungeon makes this game difficult to win--not because enemies are too tough, but because you'll simply become too bored to want to go any further. It becomes very clear by the end of the game how a great deal of it exists to drag out the length, rather than deliver any interesting playing experience.

Some little "pro" points:
+ I loved the bands feature, which adds an extra little thing to battles while also making characters' relationships more interesting.
+ The lunar phases were a neat idea, though I'm not sure they made much of a difference--though I could be wrong.
+ You'll have different parties in different tales, which means you're always expected to come up with new strategies. For example, you might not have a healer in one tale. Or maybe you have no magic user at all. This might seem annoying, but it can be good to switch things up.

Little "cons":
+ Because you begin as a new, low-level character at the start of each tale, you'll spend a good chunk of the game only being able to attack or use the lowest-leveled magic. I spent most of the game with "auto battle" on, because you simply don't have many choices in fights, since no one really has good abilities. And you can imagine that the enemies in the first half or so of every tale are pushovers until the endgame.


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67 of 80 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
60.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2015
The official Sequel to the classic Final Fantasy IV (1991) set 17 years after the events in the original game. Originally released on the wii in episodic format. You would play each part or "tale" following one of the many characters, all of which follow the same story leading to a climax in which everyone will reunite to save the world yet again.

The release on ios & steam was tossed on the cutting board and sadly it loses most of it's charm in the process. Challenge dungeons that ended each tale were removed from this version. Which leaves you very underdeveloped and geared by the time you reach the final chapter. In episodic format they encouraged you to farm until the next tale was released to the public. But instead of adding a fix they just decided to cut them from this version.

The second huge disappointment from the steam release is after playing nearly 30 hours through the 9 character tales. You enter the final stages of the game, In which if you have watched any trailers for the game you will see the many many bosses and optional bosses that the game offered you to challenge. In the original release you could fight 12-15 optional bosses in the final dungeons. Which encouraged you to level your party to max level. Some of those included past final fantasy bosses such as Lich (FF1) Kraken (FF1) even Ultima weapon (FF6). All of these have been removed from the game, leaving the final dungeon quite barren.

A good handful of achievements from this game are also luck based and require you to literally farm for potentially hundreds of hours for items that are obsolete and not necessary since the optional content was all removed.

So even after all that, I leave the game with a positive review only because of the nostalgic strings it pulls, I enjoyed my playthough. But if you want to experience the game in it's entirety I suggest you purchase a copy of Final Fantasy IV The Complete Collection on PSP or Vita.
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43 of 47 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
56.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!

This version of the game is missing a large chunk of the final dungeon and multiple superbosses from the Wii and PSP versions of the game.

This is not a definitive version by any standards. We need to make sure Square Enix does not do this again. Demand Final Fantasy IV: Complete be ported from PSP.
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81 of 114 people (71%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
42.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 12, 2015
This game is fantastic. Especially for completionists.

If you DID like Final Fantasy III and IV and you don't own it already for Android? Definitely worth getting. Same story as the original release on Wii, updated graphics, great musical score. Now, when I say "updated", keep in mind I don't mean "top-tier 3D graphics". It's the same level as the NDS remakes. This is GOOD because it basically means that even if your video card is lame, it should be able to handle this title.

If you didn't like Final Fantasy III and IV? You won't like this one. In fact, you should probably NOT buy it, not review it, and save the fans of the series having to read complaints about the 3D remakes, like the 30/15 FPS bit.

If you already have it on Android? Same applies. No obvious upgrades to the game or added features. Unless you see an update above about new DLC, just skip it.
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83 of 119 people (70%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 12, 2015
Battle fps is still capped at 15 like FFIV, but other than that it's great. Naturally, since it's a remake of a successful FF game.

If you liked the 3D remakes of FFIII and FFIV, you'll like this one too.
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45 of 59 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 20, 2015
Great game, terrible port. I'd suggest the Wii or PSP versions instead.

The framerate in battle is locked to 15fps, and control customization is limited and clunky at best. In-game text also doesn't change to reflect which control type you're using.
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29 of 38 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
43.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 13, 2015
I really think that you need to be a huge FF4 fan to really like this game. First of all, the story is a little bit repetitive, with all the flash back, all the same boss as before... And what can I say about each dungeon? They're really difficult (for any reason, all your characters lost around 60 lvl...) and there's a lot of random encounters.

So, if you're really a fan of FF4, wait it to be in special and if you didn't play FF4 or didn't love it, buy something else!

(I gave it a positive note because FF4 is one of my favorite...)
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