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Final Fantasy IV: The After Years

"Somewhat disappointing."



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Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is an episodic role-playing video game co-developed by Matrix Software and Square Enix, as the sequel to the 1991 title Final Fantasy IV. Originally released in Japan as a mobile game in 2008, an enhanced WiiWare port of the title was released in North America, Europe and Japan in 2009.In 2011, the game was bundled with Final Fantasy IV as the PlayStation Portable compilation Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection, which also included a new game; Final Fantasy IV: Interlude, which served as a bridge between the original game and The After Years. Using the same style as the Nintendo DS version of Final Fantasy IV, this game was remade for the Android and iOS platforms.

Its initial mobile release in 2008 for Japanese feature phone users were under the title Final Fantasy IV the After: Tsuki no Kikan (ファイナルファンタジーIV ジ・アフター -月の帰還- Fainaru Fantajī Fō Ji Afutā -Tsuki no Kikan-?, lit. "Final Fantasy IV the After: Return of the Moon"). The Japanese WiiWare port and PlayStation Portable compilation Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection later adapted the Western title, renaming the game to Final Fantasy IV the After Years: Tsuki no Kikan (ファイナルファンタジーIV ジ・アフターイヤーズ -月の帰還- Fainaru Fantajī Fō Ji Afutā Iyāzu -Tsuki no Kikan-?).

Set 17 years after Final Fantasy IV, The After Years follows the original cast and their descendants in episodic tales as a new villain appears, setting into action a mysterious chain of events that threatens the fate of the Blue Planet.Largely utilizing assets, locations, and mechanics from its predecessor, the title nevertheless incorporates higher quality character graphics and several new gameplay systems.

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I am a huge fan of Final Fantasy IV. I own pretty much every version of the game except the Japan-only Wonderswan color version and the PSP version. That's right. SNES, PSX, GBA, DS, Android, AND Steam/PC!

But the After Years didn't hold my attention much. It's "episodic gameplay" meaning you pay $3 to $5 for some episodes that adds up to a full-priced game after you pay for them all. I didn't beat them all, to be honest. It just didn't hold my attention.

It's not a complete bust, of course. There are some nice game mechanics like the lunar cycle... different moon phases mean different abilities become stronger or weaker.

But overall I can't really recommend it. It's fun enough but it's too much like the original and too linear. You go through the same maps but in a different order.

And unlike modern sequels, your past save files in FF4 have no influence on the gameplay. It's a spinoff and a sequel but it wasn't what I hoped for when I bought some chapters in 2009.

Also the graphics are very much the same.

on January 11, 2016
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