I've dived head on into the remake of Final Fantasy IV for the DS, after extensively replaying the PSX version in order to have a better reference to all the changes that have been made to the game.
I now feel I have played a significant portion of this masterful remake in order to give it my initial score (as I usually make sure not to review a game until I complete it).
So what do I give Final Fantasy IV for the DS?
I have never rated a game with a perfect ten before. The whole idea of ever giving a video game a PERFECT rating boggled my mind. However, I now understand. You don't rate games in comparison to their general genre, you rate them as to what they fullfil in their class of game. There is nothing this game could have done to be any better than it is, it is the definitive version of one of the best RPG's of all time and it changes it around so much even those who have played the original a dozen times will find something new to love with this version.
A modern remake that is more difficult than its original? A game so bold as to cast aside the modern idea of casual gamers to create one of the most challenging RPG's on the DS system? That is what Final Fantasy IV is, and that is why it is so amazing.