One simple question about Final Fantasy 4

#1 Edited by Rhaknar (5939 posts) -

So, to put it bluntly... does it have a proper story? Don't get me wrong, this isn't a jab at the series. Its just Ive never played any FF games prior to 7 (we didnt get them on the snes here when i was a young lad), and I recently got final Fantasy 1 for the psp, and while the retro graphics and animations (or lack of) dont bother me (in fact it looks suprisingly crisp), the complete lack of a story or characters does. The game makes you create4 characters and basically just says "ok youre the 4 heroes, go" with little story, reason or even DIRECTION of where to go or what to do. This really threw me for a loop, and looking at screens of FF4 Complete for psp, i see the graphics look about the same, so im wondering if the lack of story and/or characters is the same.

I know FF6 (and 5?) are considered some of the best FF games, and i know those are...proper games, for lack of a better word, im just not sure if FF4 is aswell. I want to buy it now that it got a price drop but not if its like FF1. Apreacite the help bombers.

#2 Posted by Hailinel (23674 posts) -

Final Fantasy IV has some of the best characters and one of the best stories in the series.

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#3 Edited by WinterSnowblind (7613 posts) -

FF4 was the first to have a "proper story" with actual characters and such, yes.

It's also one of the best games in the series (just don't touch the After Years).

#4 Posted by TooWalrus (13127 posts) -

There totally is- there's a dragoon and they destroy a village and... red wings... shit, it's been like 10 years, I should play FFIV again.

#5 Posted by Rhaknar (5939 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

Final Fantasy IV has some of the best characters and one of the best stories in the series.

@WinterSnowblind said:

FF4 was the first to have a "proper story" with actual characters and such, yes.

It's also one of the best games in the series (just don't touch the After Years).

thanks guys, apreciate the quick replies. to the shopping cart it goes then. Also, I gather from what you said Winter, that its the first to have a "proper story", that Final Fantasy 2 on the psn store is exactly like FF1 then?

#6 Posted by TooWalrus (13127 posts) -

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#7 Posted by BoG (5180 posts) -

Yes, there is. It's actually much more story-driven than the first three games. It's an early SNES era game, so don't expect it to be perfect.

#8 Posted by Icicle7x3 (1169 posts) -

There is a stor....hold on, this thread is in danger! I will sacrifice myself to protect it!

#9 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7613 posts) -

@Rhaknar: Actually, I completely forgot about FF2. It was far more story and character driven than 1 or 3, but it's pretty simplistic and very dated in places.

If you enjoy the FF games enough, it's probably worth checking out.. but I'd still say the series really starts with IV, yeah.

#10 Posted by Rhaknar (5939 posts) -

@WinterSnowblind said:

@Rhaknar: Actually, I completely forgot about FF2. It was far more story and character driven than 1 or 3, but it's pretty simplistic and very dated in places.

If you enjoy the FF games enough, it's probably worth checking out.. but I'd still say the series really starts with IV, yeah.

cool. thanks again.

@BoG said:

Yes, there is. It's actually much more story-driven than the first three games. It's an early SNES era game, so don't expect it to be perfect.

i dont expect story perfection, but i expect...something in my rpgs. Like i said, FF1 really threw me off :p

#11 Edited by MonetaryDread (1987 posts) -

There is a story, but don't expect anything great. I found it to be the cheesiest story in the series until 10 came along.

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By cheesiest story, I mean it seems that every five minutes someone is trying to sacrifice himself, or someone ends up being killed. It happens so frequently, not only did I not care, the game ended up becoming a comedy by the end.

#12 Posted by Nottle (1912 posts) -

Cecil and Kain are pretty cool characters. Cecil starts as a dark knight but kind of struggles with his conscious when it comes to his duties and what is just.

Yeah some stuff is a little corny by todays standards, but it does give you likable characters and some good moments.

#13 Posted by asian_pride (1654 posts) -

I think the first FF games were more about game than story, hence why there's barely any story in them. Nevertheless, they're enjoyable, so don't let that stop you from playing them..

#14 Posted by Video_Game_King (35797 posts) -

@WinterSnowblind said:

FF4 was the first to have a good story with actual characters and such, yes.

It's also one of the best games in the series (just don't touch the After Years).

I changed it so that you don't forget Final Fantasy II.

Yea, stay far the fuck away from The After Years. It's like it hates the game it's based off.

#15 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

Which one was FFIV? I may or may not have named the main character BALLS and skipped through all the story elements back when I played it.

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