Gamasutra: Critical Reception: Square Enix's Final Fantasy IV

This week's edition of the regular Critical Reception column examines online reaction to Square Enix's Final Fantasy IV, a Nintendo DS remake that reviews alternately describe as "one fantastic role-playing title," and "needlessly redundant."

Originally released in Japan in 1991 (and followed shortly thereafter by a U.S. release as Final Fantasy II), Square Enix's Final Fantasy IV set a high early standard for 16-bit RPGs, and has remained a fan favorite in the years since. The remade Nintendo DS version of Final Fantasy IV releases in North America this week to a Metacritic-averaged score of 86 out of 100.

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