Building on the innovations incorporated in the Famicom releases of Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy II, and Final Fantasy III, SquareSoft’s Super Famicom release of Final Fantasy IV charts the intertwined tale of a much larger and more clearly defined cast of characters, whose complicated histories and interactions both aid and impede the quest to save their world from destruction.
The player controls Cecil Harvey, a Dark Knight of the Kingdom of Baron. Cecil commands an armada of airships which the King of Baron uses to attack neighbouring countries with the intent of acquiring their elemental crystals. When Cecil questions whether there is a need to employ deadly force against unresisting adversaries, the King of Baron dismisses him from command and orders him on an errand to a far away village. When Cecil’s associate, Kain, speaks in defence of the former Captain, he is ordered to accompany Cecil, and thus the adventure begins.
Along the way, Cecil will face challenges from friends and foes alike, and from unlikely places he will find aid. But if he is to defeat the true evil which faces not only his kingdom, but his planet, he will need to face his own demons and overcome them. Only then will he have the ability to help others.
Use the comment thread below to discuss your approach to the game, challenges you have faced, tactics you are employing, and what you are getting out of your playthrough. Do you feel that the presentation of Final Fantasy IV has held up since its original release in 1991? Are there aspects of the game that you would change, or that you would hold up as an example for modern game developers to emulate? How have your experiences with Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy V, Final Fantasy VI, and other JRPGs released after Final Fantasy IV changed your impressions of the game? Tell us all about it and join in our discussion below!
The aim in this playthrough is to complete the entirety of the game in three weeks. In the final week, the goal is to complete the game. Feel free to join in, even if you are behind on the playthrough. Anyone and everyone is invited to participate, regardless of speed of play or familiarity with the series. Remember to comment, and please tell your friends!
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