Final Fantasy IV The Complete Collection

Last updated date: June 4, 2019

DWYM Score
8.7

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 94 expert reviews, the Square Enix Final Fantasy IV The Complete Collection placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.5
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.7
137 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It was the story, characters and gameplay that drew people in, and that's still very much true today, even if Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection totes upgraded (but still very dated) graphics and sound.
- IGN
April 15, 2011 | Full review
The Complete Collection adds a contemporary touch to this epic, implementing enhanced visuals while maintaining its ground-breaking battle system.
- GameSpot
April 28, 2011 | Full review
This edition of After Years adds a post-game boss, but given that it was only released on WiiWare in the West, this will likely be many people's first time experiencing the game through and through.
- Games Radar
April 19, 2011 | Full review
This content is pretty much an unmitigated mess that feels like fan fiction.
- Hardcore Gamer
April 18, 2017 | Full review
High-definition graphic updates for both FINAL FANTASY IV and FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS
- Engadget
July 19, 2019 | Full review
Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection is more than just a remake of a twenty year old Super NES game; it's a comprehensive package featuring exciting extras, remixed music and two brand new stories that expand an already epic storyline.
- Gaming Nexus
May 25, 2011 | Full review
The game is a timeless classic and that's why Square-Enix has released so many versions of it over the years.
- Hooked Gamers
April 27, 2011 | Full review
This, therefore, is the most complete compilation of a saga spread over several in-game years and nigh on 100 hours of game time.
- Pocket Gamer
May 5, 2011 | Full review
Battles in Final Fantasy IV were revolutionary for its time.
- Super Phillip Central
August 2, 2011 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Even with the graphical overhaul, Final Fantasy IV looks old.
- IGN
April 15, 2011 | Full review
Some heavy content recycling in After Years No customizable abilities
- GameSpot
April 28, 2011 | Full review
Random battles occur literally every two or three steps, and the two mazes it takes place in are filled with doors that double as bosses that can kill your party with a single hit.
- Games Radar
April 19, 2011 | Full review
That is not to say The After Years are completely unenjoyable, but this game felt like a rehash, where plot points and boss battles in the original were remade and each chapter felt disconnected from the others.
- Hardcore Gamer
April 18, 2017 | Full review
I didn't find the characters or the story compelling enough to make me want to replay the same dungeons and locations.
- Gaming Nexus
May 25, 2011 | Full review
However, as far as the battles go, there is one thing I have a gripe with and it's the fact that the random battle encounter rate is a little too high for the game's good.
- Hooked Gamers
April 27, 2011 | Full review
Random battles still occur far too frequently.
- Pocket Gamer
May 5, 2011 | Full review
Certain spells like Haste and Slow could fasten or decrease the speed of a character's bar to either help or hurt their chances in battle.
- Super Phillip Central
August 2, 2011 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of FINAL FANTASY IV with FINAL FANTASY IV: The Complete Collection. Relive this seminal title in the FINAL FANTASY series along with its sequel The After Years and the all-new Interlude and enjoy the best role-playing game experience available on the PSP (Playstation Portable) system!Features: The definitive version of one of gaming's greatest sagas. An all-new FINAL FANTASY IV Interlude game between FINAL FANTASY IV and The After Years that binds the two epic narratives together! High definition graphical updates for both FINAL FANTASY IV and The After Years! Play the game in the original Japanese an updated English translation or French! Choose between the original soundtrack or a rearranged version of the timeless positions of Nobuo Uematsu. View an exclusive collection of concept and design art by the famed artist Yoshitaka Amano. Brand new CGI movie intros for both FINAL FANTASY IV and The After Years. Enjoy the plete uncensored FINAL FANTASY IV experience for the first time in North America - no altered graphics scenarios or dialogue!Format: SONY PSP Genre: RPG (VG) Rating: E10+ Age: 662248910451 UPC: 662248910451 Manufacturer No: 91045

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An Overview On Sony PSP Games

The last edition of the PlayStation Portable (or PSP) was discontinued back in 2014, so to say that this system is past its heyday would be something of an understatement. But the early generation of PlayStation’s games are still some of its best, and many of them are playable on this handheld game console in some form. In a lot of ways, there’s been no better time to be a PSP gamer! For one thing, both the system and games can be found for just a fraction of what they cost when Sony’s flagship portable was released in the mid-2000s.

Back then, that sticker price was one of the main gripes against the PSP, but it was clearly worth it to the millions of gamers who bought one. The PSP was an early adopter of some the bells and whistles that are now commonplace to handheld systems like the Nintendo Switch, like the ability to play it on a television or monitor. And while they’ve stopped making games for it, the graphics hold up well on its 4.3 inch LCD screen.

Those games included nearly every genre there is: Action / adventure (“God of War: Ghost of Sparta,” “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories”), role-playing (“Final Fantasy 7,” “Kingdom Hearts”), racing (“Ridge Racer,” “Need for Speed: Underground Rivals”), sports (“NFL Street 2: Unleashed”) and much more. While solo is the primary way most gamers play on the PSP, you can play with a friend on some designated multiplayer titles if they also have a PSP in the same room. Failing that, you can hook up to Wi-Fi through the system’s internet capability and find other players online. Just bear in mind that Sony’s online support for the PSP has been largely phased out, so the community of players you find online may be less than robust.

While we’re on the subject of online support, it’s helpful to know that Sony has also phased out the PlayStation Store on the PSP, where you would originally go to download games. Barring some inventive tech solutions, the only way you can play the PSP’s games now is on the primary media that it launched with: The UMD, or Universal Media Disc. But that’s not to say your options are limited! Over its lifetime, Sony and other big developers put out hundreds of titles for the PSP. They’re still out there for sale, used and new. And as has been said before, they’re still some of the best.

DYWM Fun Fact

Gamers praise the Nintendo Switch these days for its modular setup and versatility. The PSP wasn’t quite as well known for its non-game potential — at least, not officially. Hackers have found several inventive uses for old PSP consoles, modifying them into robot remotes or rudimentary smartphones.

The Sony PSP Game Buying Guide

  • When you’re buying a PSP game, consider the player. If that player is a young child, you might have to do a tiny bit of homework first. With its slick presentation and sharper graphics, the PSP was initially marketed toward an older crowd of gamers than the Nintendo DS, its primary competition at the time. That’s not to say that the PSP didn’t have games for younger kids. Titles like “Daxter” and “Little Big Planet” are not only some of the system’s top-selling games, they’re great fun, no matter what age you are. But there are more mature games whose violence level might be a concern for parents, such as “God of War: Ghost of Sparta” or “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.” When in doubt, check the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) box on the cover of any game. It’ll not only tell you what age range the game is suitable for, but also the reasons the game is rated that way (violence, language, etc.).
  • Do you plan on playing the game with others? Group play is a highlight of the gaming experience for many, but the PSP — being a handheld, portable device — caters slightly more toward the solo player. That’s not to say you can’t play select games with friends, but since online support for the system has been largely discontinued, your options are a bit more limited. For the most part, you’ll need another player physically present in the room with another PSP to connect to. This can be a particular concern if you’re buying sports games or one-on-one fighting games like “Darkstalkers Chronicle,” where multiplayer competition is a primary appeal.
  • A lot of parents buy games to occupy their kids on long car trips or to buy a little quiet time at restaurants. If that’s the case, consider whether the game needs the sound on to be playable. While it’s nice to hear the soundtrack on “Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core,” that game and RPGs like it usually have subtitles for the dialogue. If a game really needs the sound up, maybe consider another option — or just invest in headphones, so your young player won’t bring the whole room into the game.
  • Another factor to consider is repeat playability. It’s great to binge-play an engrossing new game when you first get it out of the box. It’s not so great to be done the next day when you’ve played through the storyline and there’s nowhere else to go.
  • A word on the software: While you used to be able to download games and even movies through the PlayStation Store, that’s no longer the case now that Sony has phased out the PSP in favor of its newer handheld (the PS Vita). You can still play games on their primary physical format, the Universal Media Disc. That “universal” part is not to be taken at face value, though. Keep in mind that UMDs will work only in your PSP, and not in your larger PlayStation consoles or any other device.