Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection Exclusive Preview

The Super Nintendo classic returns as a complete package for the PlayStation Portable.

It's hard to believe that it has been 20 years since we initially accompanied the dark knight Cecil and the dragoon Kain on their mission to the Village of Mist. The story in Final Fantasy IV explored themes such as love, betrayal, friendship, and devotion, which ultimately set the tone and style of the many Final Fantasy games to come, according to the original game's designer, Takashi Tokita. During the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, we met with Tokita to go over the new features of the collection.

It's not as though Final Fantasy IV hasn't received its share of remakes. The reason behind the bundle was not only to celebrate the anniversary of the game, but also to create something that fans had wanted. The game comes included with Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, the WiiWare game that was released in downloadable installments in 2009. Originally a mobile game in Japan, The After Years continued the story in FFIV, this time with Cecil and Rosa's son, Ceodore, as the main character. From the main menu, you can access the original game, which is remade from the Super Famicom version in Japan, so the difficulty is harder than the eventual US release. Other than a graphical update, additional challenge dungeons have been added to The After Years.

Tokita wanted to continue the story of Final Fantasy IV so that players who finished the DS remake would have more to look forward to. The After Years jumps 17 years after the events of the original, so in the PSP collection, a section of the game called "The Interlude" will bridge the gap between the two games. This is entirely new content that can last anywhere from 10 to 12 hours or more. The Interlude begins in Damcyan, where Edward has rebuilt his castle, and the entire crew is back together to celebrate. We didn't learn much more about what else is going on, other than that during this time of celebration, there seems to be something lingering on people's minds.

The graphics for all three parts of the game are consistent, so there are noticeable graphical upgrades from the original game as well as the WiiWare games. Enemy models have been redesigned, as well as the characters themselves. They aren't drastically different, but they are a step up from the original sprites. The colors also look fantastic on the PSP; everything looks much richer and more vibrant than in previous iterations. For those wondering how the music will sound, the game comes with the original SNES soundtrack, and you also have the option to switch to the enhanced DS version, so you can experience both versions.

The famed Magus sisters.

It hasn't been that long since we've played the version of Final Fantasy IV, but for fans of this classic, it doesn't matter. Reunite with the diverse cast of characters once again in Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection when it is released on April 19.

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fedzuan
fedzuan

i like this game and i hope the ff6 will coming up soon in psp..

Abberon
Abberon

@neroist Okay fair enough it does look better than the original, but I still think the DS version looks a lot better and I'm not really sold on the extra content...

SyedMoeed
SyedMoeed

man,i really don't like the intense random encounter rate of first 4 final fantays games really make you wanna vomit.

chazzeromus
chazzeromus

Only bad thing is going through 40 random battles and traversing a convoluted corridor, just to find a potion. It's everywhere.

neroist
neroist

@Abberon No on the psp the graphics have been redone. The graphics of monsters are amazing compared to the original ( with shadowing underneath them and improved colors). All the famous music is redone with instruments (which you can handily switch between old and new styles for a new or original feel). The spell effects are wonderful.The summons are waayyyy better. And it has the add-ons from Japan which adds 2 other games to it, a in game music listing feature that make it a must have. Compared to the DS attempts at 3d and just the first game. I would rather have this anyday.

Abberon
Abberon

@emperiox I played it on the SNES back when I was a kid, and played the whole thing through on the DS about 2 years ago. The game story is pretty long by today's standards and longer than anything past FFVI. I'd say it's one of the better games of the series. On the DS it was pretty much totally redone with 3d graphics and even some voice overs. It was easily the best FF remake ever. On the PSP, it looks like it's pretty much just a straight port from SNES to PSP. I'd get it for the DS if you have it.

emperiox
emperiox

@Abberon How long is the play length? Is it worth the 30 dollars?

Abberon
Abberon

The DS FFIV remake was amazing. This doesn't look that great.

Soniel1
Soniel1

do final fantasy 5 or 6 for 3ds plz thats a must buy for meee :D

kim231102
kim231102

a must have for all ff fans i can't wait

meisnumber1
meisnumber1

Darn, it comes out the same day MK does! MUST...EARN....MONEY!!!!

Draxargh
Draxargh

Is there a remake of the American FFIII ? That and a remake of 7 is all I really want.

LgacyX6
LgacyX6

Loved Final Fantasy IV as well as the GBA version. This is gonna be more enjoyable for me.

kithirris
kithirris

This has always been my favorite final fantasy and even though I have it in many iterations, ill get this version too. I know people are gonna gripe about remakes and how they arent making new games or whatever, but think about this; The more remakes they make, and the more people buy, the more likely it is well get that FF7 remake people have been clamoring for forever. That said, yeah the graphics arent that great, It could have been a better remake but Ill take any final fantasy in nearly any form I can, as long as it maintains the feel of the original.

nate1222
nate1222

If Square-Enix can deliver a DS version, I'm in. If not? Pass. The PSP isn't bad, but the battery life and loadtimes are a big put-off.

jackmb
jackmb

Might see my way to getting this. FFIV and FFV are the two I've yet to play.

thattotally
thattotally

Ah christ. The worst part about all this is that many people will blindly purchase this game, and send the message to Square Enix that no, we don't want new games, we don't want GREAT games, we just want to buy the same thing every 2 years. Just wait another 3 years for another collection or so. Then you'll understand what I'm talking about. (most here are at the moment not in the right mindset to understand. But when you'll grow a bit older you'll see, the direction this industry has taken. A very bad direction)

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Wow how many times do they expect us gamers to buy the same recycled game over and over again... I loved FF4 when it leased on the market forever ago but to todays standards the game is lacking....

Rai-kai
Rai-kai

played it. should of just redo it in 3D (not googles)

mello7283
mello7283

I have never played this FF. I will pick it up

DivineMeliadoul
DivineMeliadoul

Nice...but I wanna know if they're gonna fix the encounter rate issue in the after years. That could be a deal breaker :-(

jay112k3
jay112k3

this is the only ff game that i haven't played, so i'm definitely going to pick this one up. :)

0Lady0Recks0
0Lady0Recks0

What a waste. A complete utter waste They could of remade V and VI with updated graphics instead of this dated piece of junk, not even worth the money I'll play the ds version.

james0718
james0718

oh and i cant wait for this game to come out

james0718
james0718

a lot of people are talking about how the 3DS looks better than the psp sure that might be true but later this year the psp 2 comes out and its going to make the 3Ds graphics look like something out of atari

Megasus_
Megasus_

Oh please, the PSP is capable of so much beyond 2-dimensional pixel art. Square gives the Nintendo DS a 3D remake, and it looked okay. A 3D remake on the PSP would be beautiful, but nobody bothers to put any work into games on the PSP, it's ridiculous.

adekunle15
adekunle15

does anyone know the translator is, she sounds nice besides the uhmming

tommygun6644
tommygun6644

It's a sad day when the DS remake looks better than the PSP version. What's the point???

bksras17
bksras17

so....just reading the previous posts.... Japanese makes what the Japanese like (rpgs showing emotions as they don't express to each other very well in real life); Americans makes what American's like (some of those being rpg's based on "Hollywood-blockbuster-movie style" post-apocalyptic worlds with macho men/women). I personally prefer just action/adventure games, but I do like some FF (crisis core anyone??!! lol) and love KH....FF10 was kinda laughable tho, with the damn lake scene and song (but it was my first experience to FF)..I still laugh at some of the over-romantic emotions shown in JRPG's (my bf's a HUGE fan of these, so I get to view by default).

boctober
boctober

WOW! The grpahics for this are going to be the best yet. This has to be my favorite Final Fantasy game of all time. FF7 is great in it's own way, but this one really takes the player above and beyond. First time I ever played this was when it released on the Super Nintendo as Final Fantasy 2. Those were the days when I could stay up all night playing non stop. Going to have to get this one and take it in small bite size pieces until the end.

Chrono_Shift
Chrono_Shift

I'm sorry, but we've already had plenty of remakes and rereleases of IV. If there's anything that needs attention, it's V & VI. These two are the only ones in the game current generation really has no way of finding and experiencing without getting really lucky in a local store or paying a ridiculous amount online(even in the store you'll be paying a lot for either on any of their systems). We've seen graphical updates for all these ones already as well, wheras V & VI have gotten nothing. I'll probably get this, namely since I played back in the day, but hardly remember, don't own a physical copy and I don't have After Years(plus the bonus costume in Dissidia), but seriously, give Final Fantasies V & VI some more love, cause lord knows even their remakes(hell, even their originals!)were all hardly advertised, released at some pretty bad timing(V original never saw world release, PS1 V no one knew about, same story for GBA version. Then VI original competed with DKC, and upcoming PS1 and N64, PS1 remake same story as PS1 remake of V, and it's GBA release was in 2007, loooooooooong after the system was flat out dead, combined with no advertising).

msngod
msngod

Im looking forward to this game, they should consider to try and release Final Fantasy III, V and VI for psp. :D

Naxct
Naxct

i liked it when games were like this it takes me back, but i do wish they would make it something like FFVI the graphics in that were amazing and worth playing and paying for ( that is i u don not use CFW (the paying part btw)).

LitterBoxHero
LitterBoxHero

It's not very often when I want a remake, but this is one of those rare times.

itachi100
itachi100

wow... THIS i didn't expect. It looks like fail though as far as the screenies look.

rocka_
rocka_

Once again, SubFREAKIN'titles gamespot!!! About the game... It don't like the aesthetic of the game at all.. it looks so weird... it's like if they made some reeealy basic vectorial draws over the sprites...I really don't like it...I would prefer if it had sprites like the original or the GBA remake. But that's just my opinion. They could learn a awful lot with the team that remade Tactics Ogre for the PSP just now! @llariviere...just cause you already played it, doesn't mean everybody else also played it. I for one never played FFIV and FFIV After Years...and they even had a Plus 15 hours of new gameplay between those to games! I'm really pleased that some companies remake their games for new platforms...other wise I would never had met FFT and Tactics Ogre...2 of my now favorite games! And 'no new titles'? Do you have some memory disorder or something?? 3rd Birthday, Dissidia Duodecim, Lord of Arcana, etc...you're just whining for no reason...

pllariviere
pllariviere

Come on... what the f*** about these dam remakes? Can't they be original anymore? Why make all these remakes and no new titles? I've played the original when i was 8-9... I'm 31 now! I won't play that re-heated pile of crap.... time to move on Japanese game-makers!

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

this is a nice move. auto 'must get' for me no questions ask. xD LoL

syntexxx
syntexxx

Im waiting for Final Fantasy V and VI remakes for PSP !!! :D

cameio
cameio

already preorder it :)

Vrygar777
Vrygar777

@jonathanf106 1. Crisis Core and Dissida aren't remakes. 2. It doesn't matter how they remake it graphically, it's the gameplay and storyline that counts.