Finally, A Look At The After Years Remake In Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection

By Spencer . March 3, 2011 . 11:36am

Most of the screenshots from Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection look like this…


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… snapshots from Cecil’s story. The PSP remake also includes the first remake of Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. Each episode has a challenge dungeon to complete. Clear it and you’ll be rewarded with rare items.




Square Enix gave the mobile phone sequel an overhaul. Band attacks, team attacks created by combining party member abilities, have the kind of flashy effects you’d expect to see in a Final Fantasy game.


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  • Letiumtide

    While I’ll buy it because I’m interested and hopeful that it’s good. Is it bad for me to say that I’m not overly fond of the stylistic changes? The bulky looking round sprites bug me for reasons that I cannot really describe, they look wrong somehow. It’s not that the game looks awful, I suppose it just looks a little… kiddy?

    • Sounds similar to what I thought about the DS version. The chibi style 3D graphics really put me off.

    • Feynman

      It’s not the chibi style itself… the character proportions are the same as every other pre-FFVII game. The “wrongness” you’re experiencing is probably because of how detailed the sprites are without adjusting the proportions of the characters to compensate. You have these sprites and tiles with 16-bit proportions that have been upscaled with extremely high levels of shading and detail, which just doesn’t look right.

      It’s basically the uncanny valley of spritework.

      • Honestly, I LOVE this idea. I would re-purchase every single pre-VII ff game using the absolutely GORGEOUS 2d sprites and general makeover that FF 1 and 2 had on the PSP. I honestly would also greatly enjoy some new IPs using that same look and engine, it makes the game look beautiful and detailed while keeping the simplistic charm of the old school RPGS. Hell, give me Chrono Trigger with this treatment and I’ll be set for life. LOL. But in all seriousness, I think those new sprites are gorgeous and there’s something really engaging about seeing the full lighting/cloud effects over the 2d world map that just makes it feel a lot richer. Honestly, the proportions of the characters being off on the sprites are still SIGNIFICANTLY less jarring than the twisted proportions of the characters on the 3d models on the DS. I for one and excited to see this and I hope it sells well to they decide to give all of their old school RPGs this treatment on the PSP. (Heck I’d be even happier if they could do it and make them as downloadable content on the PSN too.)

        • PurpleDoom

          I really like the sprite designs they’ve been doing for the 2D overhauls as well. I hope we continue to see more of these, and I personally hope they don’t skip over III again. That game has never seen a 2D remake, but I’d really like to have one. That’s just me, though.

  • I’m really sick of all these remakes and ports Square-Enix is doing.

    • PurpleDoom

      It’s not like they’re not putting out new content, though.

    • unless we see a VI one… then I’ll be happy.
      I admit, IV’s been remade so many times, but I think this one’s gonna be the definitive build… at least for now xP.

    • Eh. What can you expect when their new IPs such as Infinite Undiscovery and Last Remnant didn’t do so well to warrant future sequels, much more when their main series, Final Fantasy, particularly 14, garnered bad reputations?

      • Fonic

        I actually liked Infinite Undiscovery but I guess not many others did. It had issues but was overall a lot of fun and had a fairly good plot for a tri-Ace game.

        • Happy Gamer

          i really really tried to like that game and forced myself to play thru it. I had such high expectations for the game especially since at the time (well..even now) of lack of console RPGs especially japanese developed ones. It was just…really generic. Not a bad game but I felt it was as generic as it can get. It had a pretty decent plot as you said tho!

          • Fonic

            Yeah it was kind of generic I admit, but there was something oddly satisfying about the gameplay, especially after a certain point, and the cast was mostly likable, except the twins. I also tend to enjoy RPG plots with unique or unlikely protagonists; Tales of the Abyss being another example besides IU.
            All that aside, I can completely understand why many didn’t like it.

      • A shame because Last Remnant is damn awesome.

    • thebanditking

      I would agree but this is a great release imo. I skipped the DS version and having the complete saga in one collected form is really appealing to me, but I don’t want to see this in 6 months ported with 3D for 3DS…

    • Bakuryukun

      then don’t buy them, problem solved.

      • It’s not a case of buying or not buying, it’s a case of us not wanting Sqaure Enix to keep stalling. Since they’ve made an effort with Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection, I can overlook it but I’m really hoping they start working on enhanced versions of Final Fantasy V and VI.

        • Bakuryukun

          Square Enix isn’t stalling at all. All of their ports are outsourced to companies like Matrix and TOSE, this is by my knowledge the first time Square Enix is actually porting Final Fantasy 4 themselves, the company is losing no time on these ports, so if that’s what your worried about then there is still no issue.

        • I just hope the reason that they’re not touching FFVI (yet?) is because they’re having bigger plans for it

      • Duh, like I would buy them. Just saying that I’m tired of seeing these…

        • Bakuryukun

          Then don’t go to articles about them on websites, problem solved.

    • Happy Gamer

      Yeah me too. I mean I’m all for playing the games and having fun but this generation seems to have hit some sort of invisible threshold that triggered lack of originality vs last gen or I’d love to say, one before that.

      I have stated this about 5 years ago to a friend and I remember saying it’s time to put aside pushing the console power itself and develop the games. honestly, the games now days look wow. I’m a “i”ll be okay with ps2 graphics” but ps2 graphics arn’t necessarily mind boggling. I remember when ps2 came out it was insane but I knew in my head that graphics could be better. WE’ve reached a point where we can put cartoons looks in games (naruto etc) and render every hair on a character and skin pigments.

      Bottom line I think we can do without a new next gen console and get mind boggling games for a bit! :)

      • Happy Gamer

        Oh yeah another thing I totally forgot is that console life spans seem about 5 or so if you guys remember. But this generation we havn’t heard a single tint about a new console which I think is a great indication.

        p.s. handhelds not included lol

    • alundra311

      I would like them to stop after they give us an FFV for the ds or psp or 3ds. :)

  • I’ll be getting this, i have played FF4 but at least i’ll get a chance to try the after years and the interlude chapter


    I already played the Chronicles version that I didn’t like, the GBA version which I enjoyed and the DS remake which was also fun. Now I get to play an old school version with updated graphics and a sequel/spin off?


    • PurpleDoom

      I didn’t like the Chronicles version much either, mostly because of the atrocious load times.

      • Yeah. That version also killed Chrono Tigger for me. Thank god for the DS version. ^_^

        • Gelsa

          The DS version does have a new translation though which include new item-names (which I dislike :( )

      • kupomogli

        Except that FF4 on Chronicles has very good load times. The load times are at most half a second to a second more on FF4 and that’s for battles only. On Chrono Trigger, FF5, and FF6, in comparison to cartridge load times, then yes, they’re atrocious. Though maybe you think half a second or a second is atrocious.

        • Bakuryukun

          Load times in FF5’s PSX port were the least of it’s problems, it had a terrible translation and the music was horribly converted.

        • PurpleDoom

          I might have been getting it mixed up with Chrono Trigger; at least one of the two games in that package definitely suffered from bad load times.

          Even if the rest of the game was OK, though, getting through the save menu in IV took way longer than it should have.

  • karasuKumo

    I’ve never played below VI so I shall be getting this in a few months when the price drops, at the moment I have I and II to get through -__-

    • PurpleDoom

      Unless you really want to play the whole series, I advise not bothering with II. It’s not nearly as good as the other ones, in my opinion anyhow.

      • Bakuryukun

        and if you ARE going to play II for the love of god, play the PSP version where they fix most of the games brokenness and make it’s difficulty curve not incredibly stupid.

  • I’m hoping to get this after I get my hands on Duodecim… not a lot of cash on me lol
    It’s nice that I can just get this and forget about download every individual episode on Shop Channel.

  • SneakyHawk

    I want to hear the music in this version so badly…

  • Must play! I have the cartridge to SNES, awesome game!

  • This is great! I can’t wait :D Lol… I didn’t get a chance to play The After Years, so I’m happy they made a Complete Collection! Plus, the team attacks sounds cool!

  • Dodzkie

    I love IV but i’m just after the after years. :D

  • dem sprites man. dem sprites.

  • You know what would be really nice from Square Enix?

    If they redid all of the old games, though, making them look completely new, for example; have the remade games look like the game play in Final Fantasy XIII…
    To me, that would be the best kind of remake. :)

    • ShinGundam

      You know what would be nicer, making TWEWY 2 for 3DS or NGP.
      We need more Ishimoto.

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