Just what has Square Enix done to the mobile version of Final Fantasy VI?

Final Fantasy VI, complete with its new visual style, is out on the Google Play Store now.

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Square Enix has released Final Fantasy VI, one of the most beloved entries in the long-running JRPG series, for Android devices.

The game is out now on the Google Play Store now, priced £10.99/€14.49. The game is compatible with Android 3.2, but it's recommended you run the game on a version of Android higher than 4.0.

One player on Reddit has chronicled their experience with the game, including the game's redesigned mobile controls and features, and also spotted a particularly jarring typo for longtime fans in the game's opening scene. Espier?

Final Fantasy VI, first released on the SNES in 1994, has received a visual makeover of sorts for this new mobile version. The sprites for the main characters have all been smoothed out and recoloured, and the new visual style is almost certain to prove divisive for the game's fans.

What do you make of it?

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Already bought the game 3 times over the years (SNES, GBA, PS1) so I gave this one a pass. $15 is too much for a half-baked port of a 20 year old game with no added features and awful graphics that look like you're running it on an SNES emulator with a high-res filter. No thanks.

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So why didn't they just import the script from the SNES translation?

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Running smoothly on my Samsung Tab GT3110 (a very weak tab), already on WoR and by now I think this version is just awesome. A good job with all sprites updated (battle effects) and battle scenes as well. Character sprites changes? You get used to it, it's not that concerning to a hard fan as it was (for instance) with manga-style Zelda Wind Waker graphics.

So if you are reading this to know if it's worthwhile, i'd sugest to see by yourself - or at least to not follow lazy reviewers who just put his or her first-impressions prints (by the way, Narshe is the first city you play on FFVI and the thing with snow graphics isn't representative of all the good job already mentioned).

Only thing I would change is the airship controls, but it's not like it doesn't work. And it's obvious I didn't have to pay a cent to play it - seriously, are you really complaining about app prices on the INTERNET? Give me a break.

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Pfft, the original is $10 on psn. I'd get the cheaper one...but I bought it for $7 on sale. Ahahaha, SE!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah except it runs like CRAP. Load times when bringing up the menu screen? No thanks. I'd rather pay the extra $5 and get a sleeker, smoother representation of the game. Quit cackling as though you made a better decision than everyone else.

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IF you have not played this game, then please do, it is worth the time and money. If you have, this port is one you can probably pass up.

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So how many FF6 versions are there right now? Which one is the best from all of them?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> The SNES original. Hands down.

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Gotta check it out then ^^ I played it on Ps1 :)

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Horrible and lazy graphical update. That is all.

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I don't like hoe SE updated the graphics as it takes away from the old school feel. I know I could buy it on gba or PSN, but having on Android gives me more accessibility and less limits on when and how I play.

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There are things called emulators for old games that happen to work on Android too. So you can play the original instead of this.

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sorry but no, still got the GBA version and apparently it works :D

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It'll probably still sell well at that price, as mobile gamers are usually desperate to play anything that resembles an actual game, rather than just another gem/hidden object/fruit slicing app.

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£10.99/€14.49 ? Forget it Square!! I can get the original for far less than that! 8-\

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<< LINK REMOVED >>


Barring a yard sale you will pay more than that for this great game.


Ebay prices:

Snes version 40+ US dollars

GBA version 30-35 US dollars


The cheapest version around is probably the PS1 version but it suffers from ridiculous load times:


Amazon has that version at 16 US dollars


So in every case you pay just as much for this game or more.

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Look, Square Enix doesn't realize that pricing these downloadable games at 15-30 dollars is outlandish and ridiculous. They also don't seem to understand that making a generic fragmented structure of a game only to force players to pay real money to play almost every aspect of it (Final Fantasy All The Bravest) is insane and that no one else is doing that either.


And during Christmas, their "sale" was still 8-9 dollars at its lowest.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You'd be surprised how many people would still shell out for it at 30 bucks. I'm just curious as to how many different ways Square can remake the original FF games.

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who cares, it's just a port to a decades old game. If you already own the other versions then don't buy it.

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just for the lols. this is $140 in mexico :)

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Why the hell would you change the graphics? Square Enix, the games you made in the 90s are better than anything you do now, stop thinking you know better.

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Looks like a horrid RPG maker game.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> in 1994 that was a good thing.

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At least it says Biggs instead of Vicks.

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I don't like it. This is lazy. They just applied filtering to it to make it look less pixelly. They should have rerendered it like they did FF4 on PSP. Or just given it the DS treatment like FF3 and FF4.

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Don't buy this, this is the crap version of FFVI, go buy the SNES or GBA versions.

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I tried to run SNES and GBA version on emulator, adn graphics look like crap compared to ANdroid version

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You can also get it cheaper on PSN!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> for 4000 bucks? no way.

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Hahahhaaa, I wonder what Peter Brown thinks of this.

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Wish they would remake this for 3DS/Vita.

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Urrrr, god it looks awful. The sprites look all smudged and weird. Kinda like when you start a level in a game that hasn't loaded properly, and everything looks blurry and ill-defined until the textures pop in. It looks like that.

weird.

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I liked the smoothed out sprites, which give it a more enhanced look. It isn't like they changed the art design any. I think it looks pretty damn good. However, why isn't this on handhelds? I would buy this instantly on my 3DS or Vita. Damn it Square... :(

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<< LINK REMOVED >> They were thinking of doing a 3D remake on the portables I think. Would be interesting.

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It's kinda cute. I like it. Not saying it's better, but it's not horrible, and if it makes the game look more appealing to some new players, then it's absolutely fine.

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Or you could just play the original... Which looks 1000x better. Pixel art FOR THE WIIIIIIIN.

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I don't know what people are complaining about. If you remove your eyes before playing it's ok.

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