Final Fantasy V Pixel Remaster Keeps A Fresh Classic
Final fantasy v Originally released on Super Nintendo in 1992. It’s the fifth installment in a series that has continued to thrive through innovation and its (mostly) stand-alone stories. While more popular titles like Final Fantasy VII inspired by outright remakes, with dramatically altered visuals and storytelling from its original version, Final fantasy v is one of the many “classics” Final fantasy titles that received a remaster. With new visuals, better accessibility features and a re-orchestrated original soundtrack, Final Fantasy V Pixel Remaster keeps modern sensibilities in mind while retaining the feel of the original version.
Like the majority of the main lines Final fantasy securities, Final fantasy v has a colorful overall distribution. It is filled with characters from various backgrounds. They accompany the player in the great quest to save the world. The game begins without exposure. While there is a cutscene that creates a solid foundation for the events about to happen, the player is immediately immersed in the role of the protagonist. As the wind crystal shatters, a meteorite crashes onto the planet’s surface. It provides the catalyst for the events of history. Players discover the mystery and meaning of crystals and what they seal as they progress, gathering allies along the way.
While Final Fantasy V Pixel Remaster is not a complete reinvention of these characters or their appearances, nothing has changed in the way of writing. Thus, the original experience is kept intact. In fact, the remaster proves that some of these character archetypes manage to remain attractive even decades after its initial release. I was always deeply drawn to Faris and enjoyed the interactions between Galuf and Krile. That said, there are also moments in the game that lean on now-tired tropes, which is largely due to the age of the game itself. He does, however, have one of my favorite antagonists in the franchise, and as simple as the concept of the character is, he turns out to be effective.
Unfortunately, despite Final Fantasy V Pixel Remaster with entirely new visuals, pixel art for characters suffers the most. The backgrounds are fully realized and have a new level of detail. However, it makes player sprites stand out all the more. While details have been added to some character sprites, Faris’ design, for example, looks more streamlined. It’s a bit shocking compared to the backgrounds and leaves the characters flat. Some of the charm of the original sprites feels almost entirely lost with the oversimplification of these already somewhat minimalist designs.
Another issue is the new user interface. Although this mainly concerns its design, rather than its implementation. The new font for the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster the series is something more modern and is not the same as the original. While using a different font for accessibility reasons is extremely important, it doesn’t appear to be the case. Instead, the font gets overwritten and leaves a lot of excess space in text boxes, tutorials, and pretty much anywhere it’s used. It’s a shame, because it actually contributes to a feel of inconsistent art direction when paired with some of the new sprites. There was also no option to switch to a classic font, which in my opinion could have been a valuable addition.
One of the greatest strengths of Final Fantasy V Pixel Remaster is the inclusion of quality of life characteristics. These include an automatic combat feature and the ability to speed up combat. The Final Fantasy XII remaster incorporated something similar, which now looks more or less like an expected addition among reissues of these classic titles. Final fantasy v it’s better for that. This made the experience search tremendously easier and allowed me to passively improve my group while focusing on other tasks. It’s great for those who just don’t have time to sit and grind for hours. It is also handy for anyone who easily gets tired with the traditional style of fighting or upgrading in Final fantasy Games.
Final Fantasy V Pixel RemasterThe gameplay of is focused on the Job Class system. Unlike modern iterations of Final fantasy, or even some earlier titles, players can assign any character to any job. Those new to the system may find it confusing at first, but it’s easy to get used to. Especially when the player starts to understand that jobs are just shortcuts for different classes. Jobs are unlocked through story progression, with each major boss fight providing more options for players to choose from. A total of twenty-two jobs are available, which range from the classic White Mage, Black Mage, and Dragoon to lesser-known Chemist and Beastmaster. There are many ways to mix and match to suit your individual playing style. I loved experimenting with the Ninja and the Berserker to see how much damage I could potentially deal with basic attacks.
Each job comes with its own unique command skills, which can be equipped and used in battle. These include the use of specific magic or attacks that are unique to each. However, what makes Final Fantasy V Pixel Remaster quite exciting is the ability to learn these skills and have them available while another job is selected. Players can do this by earning ABPs, or Ability Battle Points, to retain those skills by mastering a selected job. This creates a plethora of different versions that the player can potentially choose from. This makes Final fantasy v feel almost infinitely replayable. With the use of the automatic combat system, ABP farming makes grinding towards your goal that much easier.
The re-orchestrated version of the soundtrack is magnificent. The “opening theme” of Final fantasy v and “The Day Will Come” turned out to be some of my favorite songs in the Remastered pixel. It was great knowing that I could listen to these songs anytime through the use of the music player. However, some tracks like “The Final Battle” didn’t have the same kind of oomph as the original song. Some of the re-orchestrated music could be very hit and miss for those who like the original version.
Another quality of life feature that I felt was a great addition to Final Fantasy V Pixel Remaster is the quick save function. This is due to both the convenience and the fact that my game would sometimes freeze and then crash. Unfortunately, this would happen at completely random intervals, so I can’t determine why this would happen. After this happened the first time around, about an hour and a half after starting my adventure, I made sure to use the quick save feature liberally. The game also supports controller and allows players to link keys for keyboard and mouse controls.
Globally, Final Fantasy V Pixel Remaster reminded me how much fun the older ones have Final fantasy the titles were. It will potentially be a hit or miss for die-hard fans of the original entry, with its poor user interface and redesigned pixel artwork. However, it’s still a great time for newcomers to check out this classic entry into the Final fantasy series out. As it offers a fair amount of quality of life enhancements that will appeal to modern sensibilities and make the game easier to pick up and play.
Final Fantasy V Pixel Remaster is available for Android and iOS devices and PCs.