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Final Fantasy II Anniversary Edition review

Far from the best Fantasy, but boy is it pretty


  • Updated visuals look wonderful
  • Music sounds nice
  • too
  • Well
  • it's Final Fantasy...


  • ...but not a great Final Fantasy
  • Inconsistent difficulty
  • Doesn't come with Final Fantasy I

Another knock against the original was its punishing difficulty, but to their credit Square Enix has made an effort to ease things up… in places. The difficulty can get pretty sporadic, withchunks of the gamefishtailing between robotically simple and all-out frustrating. A lot of that’s because dungeon critters tend to be a whole lot more menacing than the world map pushovers you spend more time fighting, and are therefore more influential on your attributes. (See how that flawed experience system comes back to haunt you in all these fun ways?) But when the difficulty does settle into a comfortable middle ground, the game is pretty enjoyable, with a decent story to keep you chugging along.

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GenreRole Playing
DescriptionDespite sporting some awesome visuals, this re-make of Final Fantasy II just doesn't have the legs to be released apart from Final Fantasy I.
Franchise nameFinal Fantasy
UK franchise nameFinal Fantasy
US censor rating"Teen"
UK censor rating""
Alternative names"FF II Anniversary Edition","Final Fantasy 2 Anniversary Edition","Final Fantasy 2 Anniversary Edition","Final Fantasy 2 Anniversary Edition"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)