Friday, June 7, 2013
Final Fantasy IV for Mobile Devices
Here we are in the modern world--or are we post-modern now? Anyway, it is 2013 and Final Fantasy IV is now available on your portable device . The game play is mostly the same, showcasing the active turn based system but the difficulty feels like it has been toned down. The story Then again, this game was owning me when I was twelve years old. Hopefully I have done some leveling up since then as some kind of human being. The graphics have been totally overhauled. Instead of two dimensional sprites the characters are presented in a very colorful and charming polygonal world.
I appreciate history in my pop culture. I want each pop artifact to remain a snapshot of the time in which it was created. I don't like the original Star Wars films with digitally added effects put in twenty years later. I don't like guns being digitally removed from Spielberg's E.T. and being replaced with walkies-talkies. I don't like Prince talking the synthesizers out of Let's Go Crazy and replacing them with guitar. Generally, I don't like game remakes because instead of creating something New they mess with something Old, distracting us from examining what made the original so worthwhile. Putting the grumpy old man persona aside for a moment, this most recent iteration of Final Fantasy IV is worthwhile in and of itself and a great effort that is faithful to the spirit of the original. This game is definitely worth checking out for both new and experienced Final Fantasy gamers. But please don't forget to give the original Final Fantasy IV a play through--its historically important to nerds like me!