follow us:

Latest News

Amazon leaks new God of War teaser trailer
Looks like today is a day of leaks.  First the Dead Space 3 and NFS Most Wanted 2 leak, and now Amazon had jump... [read more]
007 Legends to tie together six Bond movies
Talk about ambition, Activision announced that the newest Bond game, 007 Legends, that is looking to do something that no other Bond game has done before. The game is going to tie together six classic Bond movies, and conclude it with the newest movie, Skyfall.... [read more]
Rumor: Retailer leaks Dead Space 3 and NFS Most Wanted 2
Today, South Africa game retailer, BT Games, has listed two major EA games for pre-order, Need for Speed Most Wanted 2 and Dead Space 3.  Both games don't have official dates or even officially announced, but both titles sold well enou... [read more]

Latest Articles

From the Editor's Desk: Is the Gamestop Lawsuit Good or Bad for Gamers?
Gamestop settled on a lawsuit regarding the sale of used games that are missing DLC. Is this lawsuit a win for gamers or will this cause more problems for gamers? ... [read more]
5 Great Video Game Parodies
The best distractions come in the form of short, and hilarious parodies. There are hundreds of humorous video game parodies online. Let me guide you in your distraction with this list of 5 fantastic video game parodies. ... [read more]
SXSW 2012: Indie Game: The Movie Review
It's funny how a movie like Indie Game: The Movie fits so perfectly with a venue like SXSW, where indie game companies show off their games in SXSW Screenburn and indie filmmakers show off their latest movies in SXSW Film. ... [read more]

Latest Reviews

MLB 12 The Show Review
The boys of summer are at it again as another season of baseball is in full swing. With a new season, of course a new baseball game is going to show up. Up to bat is MLB 12 The Show. Does this veteran has what it takes to make it to the World Series, or will it be the day th... [read more]
Colors! 3D Review
Drawing artists into the third dimension.... [read more]
Anomaly: Warzone Earth Review
Anomaly: Warzone Earth takes the concept of tower defense and flips it upside down, putting the player in charge of the offensive force. Does it have what it takes to carve out a niche in this saturated genre?... [read more]

Latest Videos

The RPG Fanatic: Seiken Densetsu 3 Retrospect and Review + Operation Manafall
You might know this game as Secret of Mana 2, but this video is titled by the only name it was officially released as. This was a Japan exclusive game in the Mana series that many people aren't aware existed, but let's change that starting right now!... [read more]
From the Editor's Desk: Is the Gamestop Lawsuit Good or Bad for Gamers?
Gamestop settled on a lawsuit regarding the sale of used games that are missing DLC. Is this lawsuit a win for gamers or will this cause more problems for gamers? ... [read more]
SXSW 2012: Indie Game: The Movie impressions
At SXSW 2012, Indie Game: The Movie was screened as part of SXSW Film. The RPG Fanatic was able to catch one of the screenings, and has some thoughts on the movie. ... [read more]
Final Fantasy V Review
Posted on February 13, 2012 by Wayne

The glory days of the SNES were marked by a significant number of Japanese Role Playing games that have since claimed reputations for themselves as must-play titles. However, during this time, there were other lesser known titles that never reached the shores of North America.  In 1992, Final Fantasy V was released for the Super Famicom in Japan. Despite selling over two million copies, the game did not come stateside until it was released alongside Final Fantasy VI for the PSX as part of the Final Fantasy Anthology collection in January 1999. Since that release, the game has also been ported to the Game Boy Advance and is also now available for purchase in the Playstation Store. With this option, the game is more widely available and one must wonder if the quality of the title is a reflection on why it took so long to make it over.


A Unique Fantasy - During the late 1980s and early 1990s, there were few JRPGs that utilized what has become known as the job system. The most notable title to use customizable classes for different party members was a title that also never initially released outside Japan: Final Fantasy III.  Final Fantasy V followed in its footsteps by implementing a rather exhaustive job system that featured a number of different classes that allowed for a wide range of customization. It is this customization that creates freedom for the player and allows for a greater duration of replayability. The basic premise is rather simple. The player accumulates both experience points and ability points after successful battles. Ability points are used to level up the class so to speak.  Once enough points have been obtained, the characters then master the class. Abilities from a mastered class can then be carried over to a completely different class which allows for a number of different options for each playable character. Experimenting with different options becomes an all-consuming activity in of itself. Having this freedom sets the title apart in the gameplay department despite some hiccups in the story department.

Uematsu Does It Again -Throughout the industry’s lifespan, video game composers have gained wider and wider recognition, especially as media and technology have evolved during the past few decades. However, despite growing recognition, one name has stood out in particular: Nobuo Uematsu. Uematsu’s work on the Final Fantasy series is his most notable accomplishment, however, his score for Final Fantasy V is often as overlooked as is the title itself. The mood of the game is less serious than other titles, and as such, many tracks deliver an airy, light-hearted atmosphere that deliver in creating a carefree gaming experience. Tracks like "Walking the Snowy Mountains" deliver on this front. However, the soundtrack also shows a degree of diversity as more somber songs are used throughout to invoke a haunting moods that capture the feelings of characters. 



Storyline That Falls Short -The one area where Final Fantasy V does not live up to expectations of the series is in its storyline. While the lighthearted nature of the story in the opening half and in sporadic moments afterwards is a nice change of pace, the story never delivers in providing an experience that makes you truly care about the characters and the world in which they live. The story can be best thought of as having memorable moments that are few and far between and rarely connected to one another. The story certainly has an overarching plot, but it is plagued by severe pacing issues and the characters are unable to carry the weight of the downtime.

Loading and Graphics Issues - Other subpar aspects of the game include load times and graphics. The Playstation Store version is a direct port of the Anthology title, and as such, it suffers from the same loading issues that plagued the PSX version. Not only are the wait periods on the load screens rather long, there is a delay when the menu is being brought up by the player which makes making changes to the party less than desirable. Furthermore, I encountered some snags in the graphics particularly as it pertained to grainy textures that ruined the otherwise vibrant world map colors.

Final Fantasy V is a mixed title. It has its fair share of strengths such as the gameplay and  weaknesses such as pacing issues in the plot. However, the positive traits of the title do outweigh the negatives. The soundtrack and strong job system are heavyweights and carry the title despite its few shortcomings. One has to wonder as to why such a overally strong title was delayed in coming over. Whetever the reason, PS3 and PSP owners can both rejoice with its release on the Playstation Store. With a $10 price tag, it is certainly a title where the numbers of hours spent playing will far exceed its small price tag. If you’re suffering from the slow pace of the winter game season, this title will most definitely consume a large portion of your time.


*This review was based on the PS3 version of the game with a review code provided by the publisher.*



Wayne - Staff Writer wayne (@) | all author's articles

What do you think of the Gamestop settlement in California?

Gamestop got exactly what it deserved. They've been screwing over gamers for too long.
The lawsuit was stupid. Consumers should have known better, and now, Gamestop will start reducing prices of trade-ins.
View Results - View Comments


SXSW, Mass Effect 3 Controversy, and More Assholes From Kotaku

Chrono Trigger Review

Next 10 Best Video Games Themes Ever!

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Review

Other Gaming News From The Web
Gaming News