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Final Fantasy 2

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Reviewed by Brandon Smith Final Fantasy 2 is the saga of a Dark Knight named Cecil, who is the captain of the baronian Red Wings. You follow Cecil through his many adventures after he is removed from his position by the King of Baron for questioning his orders. The plot has many twists and turns along the way, not to mention a few surprises. By the time this epic tale is over, Cecil and his loyal followers will have traveled from the farthest reaches of the globe all the way to the far distant moon.

Graphics 9 out of 10

The graphics and animations in this game, though not as good as some of the later SNES games, were revolutionary for their time. The use of Mode 7 is put to good use as you fly through the sky in your airship, or when you are bombarded by the many enemies that lurk in forest and plain. The animation on the spells are amazing, and the special techniques of the various characters are fun to watch.

Music and Sound 9 out of 10

From the chilling, evil notes that accompany the entrance of the mysterious Golbez, to the blood-boiling thrill of adrenaline in the heat of battle, the music and sounds of Final Fantasy II grab on to you, and never let go. You can look forward to fully orchestrated interludes, and the fun, bee-bop hop of the Chocobo Rock.

Game Challenge 8 out of 10

The hardest part of this game is putting it down! The essential skill here is to build your experience levels, otherwise the bosses can be nearly impossible. If you're a whiz at RPG's, 15-20 hours should be more than sufficient to get through this baby. But, if you like to take your time, or you want to find every single item in the game, Squares got a treat of about 40-60 playing hours waiting for you. Are you up to the challenge?

Game Play-Fun 9 out of 10

The characters are well rounded, and work well as a team. The melodramatic quality of this RPG thriller makes it fun to watch the story unfold. There are all kinds of hidden items and treasures to seek out, which adds a bit of mystery to this already incredible game.

Frustration

The only complaint this reviewer has with the game is that you never get a choice as to the members of your party. The characters will come and go, but at their choosing, not yours. Despite this minor flaw, the game keeps you on your toes. It was, after all, a step up from the original Final Fantasy, which left you with the same 4 characters for the entire game. A little variety is always nice.

Replayability 6 out of 10

Like most RPG's of the time, Final Fantasy II has only one ending. It's still a blast to play, and there's always the challenge to see if you can find every single item, but it does tend to lose a bit of steam after the first time through. But I still cram it into my SNES now and then for a few hours of Sword-swinging, Spell-casting meyham!

Game Value 8 out of 10

Released in 1992, Final Fantasy 2 is still about the same price it was at the release time...for a REASON. This game is a must-have for any RPG fan, especially anyone who knows the quality of games that Squarsoft makes.

Overall 9 out of 10

From the moment you plug it into your system, this game grabs you and refuses to let go. The graphics and sounds are outstanding by any measure, and the story will always keep you guessing. This game goes in my list of top ten games. A must-have for any player!!!

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