Final Fantasy IV Review

Final Fantasy IV Review

Jan 29, 2014

Final Fantasy IV is yet another amazing Final Fantasy game that has at last made the journey to Android.

Final Fantasy IV tells the story of Cecil a young man trained in the ways of the Dark Knight and leader of a core of elite airborne soldiers known as the Red Wings. When his king begins ordering strange missions involving stealing world bearing crystals from cities and the destruction of a helpless village Cecil begins to have doubts and rebels against his tyranny.

Screenshot_2014-01-27-13-04-14Along the way he meets a cast of deep and interesting characters and unveils a much more sinister plot. Final Fantasy 4, like most Final Fantasies is a huge, sprawling game that will take upwards of 60-80 hours to beat. It also has one of the best plots in the series and one of the most mature.

As for the actual gameplay, FFIV is an expertly executed JRPG with all the features expected. There are lots of random battles, plenty of dungeons to explore and loads of side quest and additional content just waiting to be found. FF4 is also very centered on story and there are excellent story scenes to tie the game together. Enemies are imaginative and require real strategy to defeat. FF4 has lost little of its difficulty from way back when and feels just as in-depth and satisfying as it did all those years ago. There is just always something new to explore or a new enemy to fight or some tidbit of story that changes the game. Final Fantasy 4 does a fantastic job of propelling the player through the game just to see what happens next.

The characters on offer really are interesting too. Whenever it’s Rydia, the cute little girl with the ability to summon world ending beasts or Yang, the super tough bare handed monk, FF4 provides a lot of characters you’ll care about and love using in battle.

Screenshot_2014-01-27-15-52-15This version of Final Fantasy IV includes a lot of extra story scenes that weren’t in the original game. These are closely based on the actual events of the original game, but told in a more dynamic way, thanks to the much improved graphics and sound. These are very welcome and it’s interesting to see how the original story scenes are interpreted.

Final Fantasy IV looks and sounds gorgeous. The graphics are full 3-D and they capture the feel of the original game, while also being very pretty to look at. The game’s sound is fantastic. Most cutscenes are fully voiced, a rare treat in the FF games and the classic music and battle sounds are there. Getting to see and hear the characters really adds a whole new facet to Final Fantasy IV’s story.

As mentioned above Final Fantasy IV is a massive game and there is just so much content packed into it. Players will spend weeks of their life finishing it.

Final Fantasy IV is a much enhanced version of one of the greatest games ever made and a must purchase to any RPG fan.

Overlive Review

Overlive Review

Jan 17, 2014

Overlive casts the player as one of the few survivors of an almost total zombie apocalypse. Hiding out in a ruined apartment Overlive is all about striking out randomly, finding better weapons and supplies and ultimately finding a way out of the ruined city, while maybe discovering what’s really happening on the way.

The star of Overlive is its story, the game is text based and there are loads of great moments and surprises, such as the extremely graphic ways violence is described and the depictions of the sheer desolation of a zombie apocalypse. Whenever it’s eating icecream while a dead family is in the next room, to holding a sobbing woman as she slowly bleeds to death, the game is riddled with passages that won’t be forgotten for a long time. Overlive’s sense of humour and self-awareness makes it very fun to read. Indeed it is as much like a gamebook as it is a true RPG.

Screenshot_2014-01-14-02-32-45Overlive has an extensive branching plot system where there is a choice to just about everything in the game. For a locked door for example you might blow it up, pick it or even have the key from a previous event. Things like restoring power in one area can have ramifications in other, seemingly unrelated areas later on. The branching paths do an excellent job of giving the player freedom on how to handle every siltation. A deep skill system also controls what the player can and cannot do and skills can be improved via training to access new areas or events.

Exploration in Overlive takes the form of a screen full of lock icons. Available locks are blue and as events are handled in certain ways new locks unlock, representing the player’s progress into an area. For example unlocking a door or hacking a computer will make other locks available as the character now has access to that area and so on. Very often, things in later areas must be done to fully explore earlier areas, giving more choice on what to do next.

Screenshot_2014-01-15-01-07-03Overlive has plenty of combat and it is handed in typical RPG style. Tapping on an enemy shoots them, while swiping uses melee weapons. Explosives can also be used to blast zombies into fleshy bits. Combat is satisfying and the excellent zombie graphics really give it some flair.

Overlive has a ton of longevity. The game just has so many ways of being played and so many endings that multiple playthroughs are a joy to see what you missed. The inventive plot and great dialogue really motivate the player to see everything it has to offer.

About the only downside is that players who dislike a lot of reading won’t enjoy it. Players who love to experience the lore of a world and just love to read great plots will be in heaven however.

Overlive is an excellent game with real wit and impact and a great story. Anyone who loves a good read or RPG will have a ball with Overlive.