Final Fantasy IV Advance

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The Gestahlian Empire, armed with the secrets of Magitek, holds the world in chains until a young woman named Terra frees herself from its control and joins a band of rebels known as the Returners. Armed with her magic powers, they struggle to uncover the secrets of the ancient War of the Magi and the source of the Empire's power.
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Maximum Number of Players 1
ESRB Rating E10+ (Everyone 10 and older)
Game Genre Action/Adventure Game
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Final Fantasy IV Advance
4.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Final Fantasy IV Advance receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.45 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #706 game of all time, #3 game of 2005 for the Game Boy Advance and #27 Game Boy Advance game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 44 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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An epic in fantasy RPGs...and that's a very good thing.
5 Star Review   By member jbetancourt - Feb 25, 2008   

Strengths: Excellent storyline, engaging characters, good plot twists, solid FF gameplay throughout

Weakness: Traditional RPG mechanics will turn some away at first glance...but it shouldn't...and if you don't like opera, go play pokemon instead, this one has an intricate drama that takes time to get into...

When I play this game it reminds me of a good 19th century opera. Maybe Wagner, Gluck or Verdi. It is full of the usual "sturm und drang"/storm and stress that you can expect from a good old wailing opera. And it has all of the traditional elements, romantic battles, conflicts between light and dark, good and evil, spoony bards, damsels in distress, jumping dragoons, chocobos. Well, maybe not the chocobos. But really, this game has that type of aura about it; it feels like a legend full of magic and mystery that you have been suddenly transported into and feel compelled to follow to its conclusion. It is a must-play classic in every sense of the word. This game basically single-handedly raised the bar on what you could expect in terms of storyline from an RPG. What we take for granted nowadays from RPG story arcs these days was not a given at the time this game was released, FFIV was kind of the new high-water mark for what was possible. And it still plays great today. Definitely pick this one up if you are at all interested in RPGs or fantasy. A classic, timeless...

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Final Fantasy IV
4 Star Review   By member cheapfrag - Aug 1, 2007   

Strengths: story, fun gameplay

This game reminds me a lot of Pokemon type games. You travel around the world completing quests and upgrading your characters - increasing skills/hitpoints and learning new spells. You play looking down on your character as he travels the world and you will have random encounters with monsters. The battles aren't really turned based though. Each character has length of time between attacks, it can be quick and you'll be able to attack multiple times for each enemies attack, or you may have a slower attack rate and therefore have to wait longer between attacks. The story line is very entertaining and engaging.

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Classic RPG!
5 Star Review   By member neuromix - Jul 30, 2007   

Strengths: no lags, portable

This was my first rpg I have ever completed for the SNES, and I was immediately hooked. Since I no longer own the snes or the catridge, having the game available for gameboy was a godsend! The game is just as I remembered it. The game plays smoothly with no lag at all due to cartrige format. Will bring you hours upon hours of gameplay! Excellent purchase, worth every penny!

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Final Fantasy IV
4 Star Review   By member mj_f - Jul 26, 2007   

Strengths: Near perfect port (with improvements) of the original classic

Final Fantasy IV is a port of the Japanese Super Famicom (Super NES) Final Fantasy IV game. It is a near-perfect port with some subtle improvements. It is an old-school RPG that may seem a little basic to people who have only played the most recent Final Fantasy games. Nonetheless it is a true classic and holds up better than the Final Fantasy I/II GBA compilation. It is a must-play for any Final Fantasy fan. The major additions in this version are 2 bonus dungeons and some new character abilities.

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Spoonier Than Your Average Bard
5 Star Review   By member yakkotank - Jul 11, 2007   

Strengths: Fast moving and entertaining plot, bonus content.

Weakness: Some gameplay glitches.

Final Fantasy IV Advance is a solid port of a classic, with a terrific new localization as well as some very worthwhile new content. While a few strange glitches plague battles, the adventure is always entertaining (if melodramatic). Overall, this is yet another worthwhile remake of a classic RPG from Square Enix.

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Second best FF
4 Star Review   By member botticus - Jul 2, 2007   

Strengths: Excellent storytelling

Weakness: Relatively linear gameplay

Final Fantasy IV (II on the SNES) was an excellent entry in the series when it was originally released, and holds up very well. While it was overshadowed, for me, by FFVI(III) with its branching storylines and diverse characters, IV was where it began, and it did it well. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll get lost in various dungeons... all in good fun.

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Final Fantasy IV gets yet another port, this time for GBA. . .
4 Star Review   By member RebateHope01 - Jun 29, 2007   

Strengths: Decent port of quality RPG, great story & characters, great audio, lengthy quest now with a big new dungeon, save anywhere

Weakness: Port of a 16-year-old SNES game, not many updates, expensive for what you get

Long regarded at the breakthrough game of the series, Final Fantasy 2 for the Super Nintendo was originally released in 1991. It featured an epic story, memorable characters and thirty plus hours of game play, and now you can relive this experience again on your Game Boy Advance or DS. Cecil is a knight in the Kingdom of Baron airship fleet, but when he questions the growing evil and corruption around him, he is demoted to a lowly delivery man. It is here that he will make new friends and travel great distances to find the true path to righteousness. While the graphics, audio, story and game play all hold up reasonably well, publisher Square Enix hasn't added a whole lot of new content to this once stellar title. You can save anywhere now, and one big new dungeon has been added toward the end. The remaining changes include translation revisions, larger text for the GBA screen, etc. You'll buy this primarily because of how great the original game was on the SNES. There aren't a whole lot of updates here, so only hardcore fans of the original title (or those that missed it) may want to try this latest port. It's still a great game all of these years later, but you'll probably want to look for a sale or clearance rather than paying full price.

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FF4 for GBA!
4 Star Review   By member mirado182 - Jun 28, 2007   

Strengths: Great story, music, game

Weakness: Slight differences from original may turn off hardcore gamers

If you've never played this Final Fantasy game and you're interested, then go get it. It's on of the best FF games that has come out and it's well ported to the GBA. It also has a few extra things that weren't in the original.

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Good, portable port
4 Star Review   By member bookends - May 29, 2007   

Strengths: It's Final Fantasy

Weakness: It's Final Fantasy

This game is a port of an older Super Nintendo game, and if you've played that, you know what to expect. The game looks and plays as well as it did back then, but this is a port of the more difficult FF4. The original FF4 in the US, ported as FF2, was a port of the "easy version." The game's highlight is the story, as is with all Final Fantasy games, but there is a lot of level grinding so the game can be tedious. The revamped character art can be a put off for purists, the there is an extra dungeon at the end of the game for hardcore fans.

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A solid remake of the first 16-bit Final Fantasy
4 Star Review   By member FOnewearl - May 29, 2007   

Strengths: Nice mix of improving the original version with extra content added.

Weakness: Some slowdown during battles (minor though)

Final Fantasy IV was originally released in the US as Final Fantasy II. And only had a name change since it was the second of the Final Fantasy series to be released in the US (Since Final Fantasy II & III never came out in the US for the NES). Square and Nintendo did a really good job of redoing Final Fantasy IV as little things on the translation and certain graphics were touched up on the small screen and the pace of the battles is faster, also you can even switch it to real time battles to keep things moving faster if you like (instead of being fully turn based). Along with this they also added in enough new content to make the game worth playing again for fans that may have play though the game before. Two new dungeons, some new bosses, new abilities and a harder difficulty amongest other new things added to the game. I would highly recommend Final Fantasy IV to anyone looking for a portable RPG as while it may not be as complex as some of the console RPGs of today it is still a solid RPG that stands the test of time and is still worth playing though, or playing though again.

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Description
The Gestahlian Empire, armed with the secrets of Magitek, holds the world in chains until a young woman named Terra frees herself from its control and joins a band of rebels known as the Returners. Armed with her magic powers, they struggle to uncover the secrets of the ancient War of the Magi and the source of the Empire's power.
Quick Glance
Maximum Number of Players 1
ESRB Rating E10+ (Everyone 10 and older)
Game Genre Action/Adventure Game
Summary
Product Title Final Fantasy IV Advance
Manufacturer Computers America
Lowest Price $49.90 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 4.4 | 18 Reviews
General
Release Date: 2005-12-13
URL: Manufacturer Link
Network Compatible: No
Additional Specifications
Simultaneous Multiplayer Mode: No
Uses Memory Card?: No
Parent Retsku: B000BI3SIC
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Expert Reviews
Final Fantasy IV Advance
4.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Final Fantasy IV Advance receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.45 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #706 game of all time, #3 game of 2005 for the Game Boy Advance and #27 Game Boy Advance game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 44 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
An epic in fantasy RPGs...and that's a very good thing.
5 Star Review   By member jbetancourt - Feb 25, 2008   

Strengths: Excellent storyline, engaging characters, good plot twists, solid FF gameplay throughout

Weakness: Traditional RPG mechanics will turn some away at first glance...but it shouldn't...and if you don't like opera, go play pokemon instead, this one has an intricate drama that takes time to get into...

When I play this game it reminds me of a good 19th century opera. Maybe Wagner, Gluck or Verdi. It is full of the usual "sturm und drang"/storm and stress that you can expect from a good old wailing opera. And it has all of the traditional elements, romantic battles, conflicts between light and dark, good and evil, spoony bards, damsels in distress, jumping dragoons, chocobos. Well, maybe not the chocobos. But really, this game has that type of aura about it; it feels like a legend full of magic and mystery that you have been suddenly transported into and feel compelled to follow to its conclusion. It is a must-play classic in every sense of the word. This game basically single-handedly raised the bar on what you could expect in terms of storyline from an RPG. What we take for granted nowadays from RPG story arcs these days was not a given at the time this game was released, FFIV was kind of the new high-water mark for what was possible. And it still plays great today. Definitely pick this one up if you are at all interested in RPGs or fantasy. A classic, timeless...

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Final Fantasy IV
4 Star Review   By member cheapfrag - Aug 1, 2007   

Strengths: story, fun gameplay

This game reminds me a lot of Pokemon type games. You travel around the world completing quests and upgrading your characters - increasing skills/hitpoints and learning new spells. You play looking down on your character as he travels the world and you will have random encounters with monsters. The battles aren't really turned based though. Each character has length of time between attacks, it can be quick and you'll be able to attack multiple times for each enemies attack, or you may have a slower attack rate and therefore have to wait longer between attacks. The story line is very entertaining and engaging.

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Classic RPG!
5 Star Review   By member neuromix - Jul 30, 2007   

Strengths: no lags, portable

This was my first rpg I have ever completed for the SNES, and I was immediately hooked. Since I no longer own the snes or the catridge, having the game available for gameboy was a godsend! The game is just as I remembered it. The game plays smoothly with no lag at all due to cartrige format. Will bring you hours upon hours of gameplay! Excellent purchase, worth every penny!

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Final Fantasy IV
4 Star Review   By member mj_f - Jul 26, 2007   

Strengths: Near perfect port (with improvements) of the original classic

Final Fantasy IV is a port of the Japanese Super Famicom (Super NES) Final Fantasy IV game. It is a near-perfect port with some subtle improvements. It is an old-school RPG that may seem a little basic to people who have only played the most recent Final Fantasy games. Nonetheless it is a true classic and holds up better than the Final Fantasy I/II GBA compilation. It is a must-play for any Final Fantasy fan. The major additions in this version are 2 bonus dungeons and some new character abilities.

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Spoonier Than Your Average Bard
5 Star Review   By member yakkotank - Jul 11, 2007   

Strengths: Fast moving and entertaining plot, bonus content.

Weakness: Some gameplay glitches.

Final Fantasy IV Advance is a solid port of a classic, with a terrific new localization as well as some very worthwhile new content. While a few strange glitches plague battles, the adventure is always entertaining (if melodramatic). Overall, this is yet another worthwhile remake of a classic RPG from Square Enix.

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Second best FF
4 Star Review   By member botticus - Jul 2, 2007   

Strengths: Excellent storytelling

Weakness: Relatively linear gameplay

Final Fantasy IV (II on the SNES) was an excellent entry in the series when it was originally released, and holds up very well. While it was overshadowed, for me, by FFVI(III) with its branching storylines and diverse characters, IV was where it began, and it did it well. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll get lost in various dungeons... all in good fun.

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Final Fantasy IV gets yet another port, this time for GBA. . .
4 Star Review   By member RebateHope01 - Jun 29, 2007   

Strengths: Decent port of quality RPG, great story & characters, great audio, lengthy quest now with a big new dungeon, save anywhere

Weakness: Port of a 16-year-old SNES game, not many updates, expensive for what you get

Long regarded at the breakthrough game of the series, Final Fantasy 2 for the Super Nintendo was originally released in 1991. It featured an epic story, memorable characters and thirty plus hours of game play, and now you can relive this experience again on your Game Boy Advance or DS. Cecil is a knight in the Kingdom of Baron airship fleet, but when he questions the growing evil and corruption around him, he is demoted to a lowly delivery man. It is here that he will make new friends and travel great distances to find the true path to righteousness. While the graphics, audio, story and game play all hold up reasonably well, publisher Square Enix hasn't added a whole lot of new content to this once stellar title. You can save anywhere now, and one big new dungeon has been added toward the end. The remaining changes include translation revisions, larger text for the GBA screen, etc. You'll buy this primarily because of how great the original game was on the SNES. There aren't a whole lot of updates here, so only hardcore fans of the original title (or those that missed it) may want to try this latest port. It's still a great game all of these years later, but you'll probably want to look for a sale or clearance rather than paying full price.

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FF4 for GBA!
4 Star Review   By member mirado182 - Jun 28, 2007   

Strengths: Great story, music, game

Weakness: Slight differences from original may turn off hardcore gamers

If you've never played this Final Fantasy game and you're interested, then go get it. It's on of the best FF games that has come out and it's well ported to the GBA. It also has a few extra things that weren't in the original.

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Good, portable port
4 Star Review   By member bookends - May 29, 2007   

Strengths: It's Final Fantasy

Weakness: It's Final Fantasy

This game is a port of an older Super Nintendo game, and if you've played that, you know what to expect. The game looks and plays as well as it did back then, but this is a port of the more difficult FF4. The original FF4 in the US, ported as FF2, was a port of the "easy version." The game's highlight is the story, as is with all Final Fantasy games, but there is a lot of level grinding so the game can be tedious. The revamped character art can be a put off for purists, the there is an extra dungeon at the end of the game for hardcore fans.

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A solid remake of the first 16-bit Final Fantasy
4 Star Review   By member FOnewearl - May 29, 2007   

Strengths: Nice mix of improving the original version with extra content added.

Weakness: Some slowdown during battles (minor though)

Final Fantasy IV was originally released in the US as Final Fantasy II. And only had a name change since it was the second of the Final Fantasy series to be released in the US (Since Final Fantasy II & III never came out in the US for the NES). Square and Nintendo did a really good job of redoing Final Fantasy IV as little things on the translation and certain graphics were touched up on the small screen and the pace of the battles is faster, also you can even switch it to real time battles to keep things moving faster if you like (instead of being fully turn based). Along with this they also added in enough new content to make the game worth playing again for fans that may have play though the game before. Two new dungeons, some new bosses, new abilities and a harder difficulty amongest other new things added to the game. I would highly recommend Final Fantasy IV to anyone looking for a portable RPG as while it may not be as complex as some of the console RPGs of today it is still a solid RPG that stands the test of time and is still worth playing though, or playing though again.

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A great Final Fantasy game tweaked for the GBA
4 Star Review   By member krunch - May 25, 2007   

Strengths: 2 new dungeonas, graphics tweaked

Weakness: Game feels a bit dated by today's standards

Final Fantasy IV is a Gameboy Advance remake of a game originally released in the US as Final Fantasy II for the SNES. While the game still holds it own as a turn-based RPG, it does feel a bit dated. 2 new dungeons have been added and the battle system has been changed up a bit. While some visuals have been enhanced here and there, the graphics and gameplay as a whole haven't changed much. As a result, FFIV probably isn't worth purchasing if you already own it. But die-hard FF fans will still probably get a kick out of it.

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Final Fantasy IV
5 Star Review   By member neschamp - Apr 29, 2007   

Strengths: Probably the second best game in the entire series.

Weakness: NONE.

Second only to FF VI, this Final Fantasy IV is tops in the FF family of games. An excellent story revolving around self-redemption and friendship to go along with kickass old school gameplay makes for a great, great game. Square Enix made sure to improve the graphics, translation and added an extra dungeon as well. It would be a worthy purchase for any GBA owner. RPG fans...this is where it is at. Pick up FF IV!

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Great Traditional RPG
4 Star Review   By member philchin - Apr 23, 2007   

Strengths: Updated Audio and visuals, new dungeons and gameplay

Weakness: Dialogue and game still a little censored

One of my favorite games is now portable. I played this game when it was released as Final Fantasy II for the Super NES and the rerelease on the Playstation. The first thing I noticed when I turned on this game, was the new intro. With the final fantasy theme playing in the background the game is introduced. There are improvments to the audio and visuals as well as the game play. This is not simply a re-release of the original like the Playstation copy was, but features improvemtns. The graphics have been redone. When a character speaks, his portraits is now shown with the text. The music I think has been improved to take advantage of newer technology. This game also has some new features. During battle, the game now uses the timer that was featured in later Final Fantasy games, where when it charges up, the character can take action. This in itself offers a new experience in battle. There are also new dungeons to explore and to obtain new items. One weakness is that the game is still censored from the original, though not as much as the original Super NES version. I guess that's the price to pay for having it on a Nintendo system. Other than that this is the same great game I remember and enjoy this release.

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Final Fantasy IV Advance
4 Star Review   By member eau697 - Mar 29, 2007   

Strengths: Great traditional RPG and story

Square-Enix has done it again! Final Fantasy IV Advance is an old, traditional RPG reborn on the Nintendo's GameBoy Advance platform. Final Fantasy IV was original released in the United States as Final Fantasy II on the SNES. Now Square-Enix remade this classic and gave it back the original title. Square-Enix has added 2 new dungeons to explore with more content and new items, and to make the characters more interesting than ever. The game has also received better translation that is much closer to the Japanese. If you have a Nintendo GBA, pick up this game. You'll have hours of fun exploring the adventure and story!

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The far from "Final" Fantasy.
4 Star Review   By member The_Admiral - Mar 20, 2007   

Strengths: Much more detailed and in depth game than what was in FF 1 & 2. Still looks good and plays well for such an old game/

I didn't really like Final Fantasy I&II. They were a little too simple and aged. But Final Fantasy IV, even after many years, is still a good game. This game finally starts to become the Final Fantasy I remember. There are losts of spells, characters, and adventure to be had. It fits in perfectly on the portable. Even the story holds up well. It has a nice quick save feature for the protable GBA/DS systems and is great on the Go. If you've never played FFIV previously, this version might be one to pick up.

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An old classic reborn on GBA
4 Star Review   By member mike_n_ike - Mar 6, 2007   

Strengths: Great classic RPG gameplay and nice story

Weakness: Music sounds a little different than the original version

Final Fantasy IV advance is the classic Final Fantasy II from the SNES reborn on the GBA. This version has a newer translation that is closer to the original Japanese one, and elements of the game have been changed back to how they were in the Japanese version. It is a great classic RPG and brings back feelings of nostalgia. Overall a nice addition to anyone's GBA collection.

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FinalFantasy IV Great GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Very good story play bosses were hard but good this once again demonstartes fine work manship by Square Enix.If you have not yet played this game do so.9.5 out 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Weakness: This game was good but in some areas was inferior to other FinalFantsy games.I found that some of the areas were very frustrating though with almost endless monsters.

An overall good game for the price.I played this game and I just got hooked for those of you who have not played this your life is so incomplete.Play it!!!!!!!!!!!

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