Showcasing two installments of SquareSoft’s wildly popular role-playing game (RPG) series, Final Fantasy Anthology features the U.S. debut of Final Fantasy V, and reintroduces one of the best RPGs of all time, Final Fantasy VI, originally released as Final Fantasy III on the Super Nintendo gaming system.
Both games are straight Super Nintendo conversions, so their 2-D graphics and 16-bit sounds are admittedly subpar by PlayStation standards. However, SquareSoft has added brand-new, beautifully animated movies for both titles, and has given Final Fantasy VI the star treatment it deserves by adding a bonus mode where gamers can access loads of supplementary material, such as artwork and data files on the game’s monsters and items.
While Final Fantasy V is one of weaker entries in the series, Final Fantasy VI alone is totally worth the price of Final Fantasy Anthology. Endearingly melodramatic characters, a genuinely epic story line, and rock-solid gameplay make Final Fantasy VI just as absorbing today as it was when it was Final Fantasy III. –Joe Hon
- Brand-new animated movies
- Reissues Final Fantasy VI, one of the best RPGs ever
- Lots of supplementary material for Final Fantasy VI
- Dated graphics and sounds may bother some gamers
- The previously unreleased Final Fantasy V may as well have stayed unreleased
User Ratings and Reviews
5 Stars Another One of the “1st Remakes”
These games were the first remakes Square released… and the most memorable remakes for many fans of the series too. This remake brought Final Fantasy V to our shores after all and many fans loved the fact that Final Fantasy VI’s remake was faithful to the original AND it got rid of most of the censorship too! (Younger gamers like me though only got to experience what it was like to play Final Fantasy VI for the first time though.) Both games are faithful to the originals too… which many fans of the series will like too. I’d definitely recommend it.
5 Stars Totally worth it
Now obviously Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI were originally on the SNES (and V wasn’t originally released in the U.S.), so the graphics aren’t going to be like they are today. However, the newly added CG Movie Sequences that were put into the game as an opening sequence are stunning, and the graphics for VI were PS1 quality at some parts.
Anyway, both games have a very captivating storyline, and you genuinely get to know the characters. The gameplay is also different in both games with regards to learning new abilities and such, so it’s not like you’re having to start from square one again once you finish one game, and then start the other. These two games have all the Final Fantasy trademarks like the same opening score, Chocobos, Moogles, a character named Cid, an airship, etc. If you’re a Final Fantasy fanatic…this game is a must.
5 Stars FinalFantasy Anthology
OK no this game is amazing I bought it when it first came out so I have the cd disc and everything now I was reading some of the reviews that gave it one star and said that ff7 anf ff8 are way better for one ff8 is horrible and ff7 is ok but 6 is on my top 3 rpgs everything about it is just amazing and ff5 is awesome also its really weird but I like it cause its a little different they didn’t originally release ff5 in the U.S. and they should of because its awesome. I highly recommend these games, but I’d go for the non greatest hits
5 Stars Dated Gameplay, Masterpiece of Gaming.
The random encounters get old and fast, though the game is still enjoyable. But that’s not the reason this work of art is constantly hailed as the greatest RPG (and sometimes the greatest game) of all time. The story is what keeps this moving. Why? The dialogue often lacks, and pales in comparison to Baldur’s Gate, for example. Well, the fact is the Plot, and the characters of this rich, imagination-generating game are unparalled. Who doesn’t remember Kefka (or Cefca), the greatest, most hysterically awesome villain of all-time? The gameplay is horribly dated, but hey this game deserves to be made into a CG-film or a wicked anime movie/mini-series at least. No, I’ve seen some of the manga creations and they’re way too j-pop. Stick to this. This game deserves every award and praise it has recieved. The rest of the final fantasy series pales horribly in comparison. Sephiroth? Pah, Kefka is a Barney the Dinosaur arch-villain! What’s better than that!?
5 Stars great game
played this game when i was younger, but it has since been damaged. It is great to have it back again! Great game!