Final Fantasy V Masters Job As PSN Download In North America

By Spencer . May 28, 2011 . 7:35am

imageIn addition to Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy V will wander onto PlayStation Network in North America. The news comes from the ESRB, which re-rated Final Fantasy V for PlayStation 3 and PSP.


We’re not surprised since Square Enix confirmed a Final Fantasy V re-release in Japan and Europe. Being a Super Famicom port, the PsOne version doesn’t have jobs like Necromancer or Cannoneer or the bonus dungeon in the Game Boy Advance version. You still get the core of Final Fantasy V, mastering jobs and adventuring with Bartz’s harem, in the PSN version.

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  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Bartz’s harem eh? That may have given me an incentive to finish it… not because it was bad, just didn’t have time to play anything recently and was kind of indecisive what to play next

  • Wow, never played FF5 or 6 so once these bad boys get put on the PS store I’ll be spamming my HD with JRPGs. I’m most likely going to get Legend of Mana, Xenogears and Vagrant Story as well. Not too sure about Crono Trigger though, I bought that on the Wii VC on it’s launch so I may or may not skip that one, haven’t decided yet.

    • PrinceHeir

      hell yeah :P

      already bought half of those, will buy more as well as Parasite Eve II!!!!’

      thank god for the PS Store ^^

  • thaKingRocka

    Can anyone comment on how smoothly and quickly the downloadable PSN versions transition to battles and new areas? I remember everyone saying not to bother with the PS1 versions because of the load times, but this really changes things.

    • Well I don’t know if people mean specifically these versions but I have 7,8 and 9. I’ve played them both on my PSP and PS3 and have never noticed a lag in battle transitions or entering a new area, they have always been quick and smooth for me. I say you get them Rocka!

      • thaKingRocka

        I’m sorry; I was talking about the ones that were reworked from cartridge-based console versions. I know the then-current FF games are fine, but one of the major cons everyone mentioned of the PS1 FF anthologies along with Chrono Trigger was that the load times were pretty bad. I’m curious about those.

        • Oh! I’m sorry! From what I’ve heard for the cartridge-based FF have been about the same though. I’ve heard that the loading times are unbearable and also not noticeable. I guess I’ll have to find out for myself once the PS store is back up and they sell these. Personally, loading times are tolerable for me so I’ll buy them both either way.

          • thaKingRocka

            Cool. Keep me posted.

    • malek86

      It shouldn’t change anything, at least not on the PS3. You might have better luck on the PSP.

      • thaKingRocka

        Dang. I was worried that they might have kept load times the same to ensure stability or something like that. That’s disappointing. I don’t really want to play on my PSP. I want to chill on my couch and see some nice, sharp pixels super-sized.

        • malek86

          Sharp super-sized pixels…. on a HDTV? Super-sized maybe, but not sharp. I hate pixel interpolation. I’ll usually avoid it whenever possible.

          • thaKingRocka

            I usually play emulators on my 32 inch 720p set. With the scaling option in the emulators and native and gaming modes set on the TV, things look very crisp and clean, better than they ever did on my CRTs back in the day. If the PS3 won’t display these games cleanly, then I guess I should stick to emulators and handheld releases.

  • Don’t tell me the PSN version is still stuck with sucky load times.  >_>

    • Probably will be. But they better upload its correct version! The early run of (US region at least) copies after a certain point crash when saving on PS3…

  • gatotsu911

    Piece of advice to anyone considering purchasing this game: don’t. Instead track down the GBA version and play that. It has no load times, a vastly superior localization, and bonus content to boot.

    • SetzerGabbiani

      Sound advice.  The same goes for FFVI, though the music simulation keeps that game from being perfect. 

      • gatotsu911

        You could legitimately have a debate over FF6 – there’s an argument to be made that the music and localization (flawed though it may be) make the SNES or even PS1 version superior, or at least worthwhile. With FF5, however, there’s no contest – the GBA version wins hands-down.

        • Wrong

          • gatotsu911

            What an insightful and well-reasoned comment! Thank you for contributing something of value to this discussion.

          • You’re welcome, always happy to be of service

          • The GBA version had terrible quality music and awful character avatars that went alongside the text and couldn’t be turned off.

    • thecowboypoet

      Not true, a PSone classic would not have load times.
      Plus, the advantage of being able to play it portable on the PSP or on a tv on the PS3 is a major bonus.

      • gatotsu911

        As I understand it, the much-hated load times of Square’s SNES-to-PS1 ports were a result of poor programming, not of the PS1’s usual disc-loading requirements, and as such playing them on a PS3 or PSP would not significantly improve them. Other than that, I guess you’ll have to ask yourself whether being able to play FF5 on your TV is worth playing a greatly inferior version of the game. I’m assuming that for most people it isn’t.

    • GpspKai ftw! Play the gameboy version ON your psp. Best of both worlds.

  • PrinceHeir

    will probably wait for the inevitable enhanced version but i might buy it for collection purposes :P

    oh and square i know i have been saying this alot in any PSN or Square Enix article, but yeah when is Parasite Eve II coming out? you said this coming spring yet spring is almost over. don’t tell me it’s already there once PSN is back up? :)

    i need Parasite Eve II, already finished PEI bought The 3rd Birthday(haven’t played it yet :P) so yes Parasite Eve II would be much appreciated.

    argghh i cannot wait for the PSN store to be back up!!!

  • Bakuryukun

    Oh cool, a PSN version of the FFV with a horrible translation and butchered music. Joy. Seriously the fan translated version of FFV is STILL probably the best version of this game.

    • gatotsu911

      Naw, that would be the GBA version.

      • Bakuryukun

        Both the GBA and PSX versions have butchered music, it’s just butchered in different directions lol. Trust me I have the Super Famicom version. The sound quality in both sounds NOTHING like the original.

        As far as translation goes the GBA version is sound as far as grammar and spelling and all that goes, but there’s too many pop-culture references and downright silly lines for my taste, it really breaks immersion when I see a Simpsons reference in a Final Fantasy game.

        • TeyNyan

          The somewhat comedic lines are actually what I miss from the old FF games that aren’t in the new ones. There’s hardly, if any, comedic relief found in the games anymore, especially compared to the old ones. I mean, even with its serious storyline, FF6 had plenty of comedic relief. It might not have been pop culture references, but it was there.

          • Bakuryukun

            I would dispute that there is no comic relief in the later games but anyways,  don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind comic relief in these games, and FF5 has comic relief moments in it, Gilgamesh’s entire existence revolves around Comic relief essentially and I love him for it. But imo the GBA translation goes overboard with it, it gets to the point that it starts to permeate everywhere in the game including parts where it isn’t called for or appropriate. The whole translation seems very….childish to me, with Ex-Death going MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA (with that many letters) in almost every sentence he says, and Bartz giving one liners and puns whenever he can.

            I guess it just kind of bothers me that the fan translation in many was more professional than the official translation.

        • gatotsu911

          I can’t speak about the sound quality since I’ve barely played the SFC version, but I’m kind of shocked that you dislike the GBA translation when the humor is what makes it worthwhile in the first place. Without all the goofiness and self-referencing jokes FF5’s story would be one of the worst in the series.

          • Bakuryukun

            Final Fantasy V in many ways is a throwback to I and III, including it’s simple approach to plot, I wouldn’t call it bad per se, and imo it REALLY isn’t improved by this scripts attempt at humor, I guess one of the things that really bothers me about them making the script so heavy on comedy is that a lot of the comedy falls flat, or at least it did for me. It’s just incredibly apparent to me when the GBA script deviates from the original, it just feels incredibly shoe-horned to me.

            As far as music goes, I can’t speak for everybody but I would prefer NOT to listen to:


            When I can listen to:

    • Barrit

      What is butchered with the translation? I have a very old ROM of this and I could have sworn his name was Butz.

      • Bakuryukun

        hahaha yeah, that actually is supposed to be his name, that is unfortunately the more correct translation.  See the name isn’t nearly as hilarious over in japan it is over here. It was a good call to change to Bartz, I change his name to Bartz even when I play the fan translation.

  • hush404

    So that’s 4-9 on PSN (or coming soon)… not too shabby. Hope to see more titles make it over :) Actually, square has been very generous with the PSOne titles as of late.

  • this is good for people who never play it of this generation or the older but heck will not paid money just to have ito n my psp. i play it a decade ago and by far the GBA version is the best version to this game and dont forget The best introduction of the job system it give you a good signature what (jobs-classes) do and mean in Final Fantasy a better understanding from 1 2 3 oh and closes one to V in jobs was FFXI.

    2 games am gonna replay with OF translation if they someday show up in NA psn by a miracle  and that would be bahamut lagoon  and seiken densetsu 3 (S0m2) oh and secret of mana again.

  • Croix

    “adventuring with Bartz’s harem” <3

    Never change, Spencer.

    • LastFootnote

      Yeah, my harem also once included a bearded old guy which I eventually swapped out for an underage girl. Good times.

  • I’m still waiting for my DS remake of V Square!

  • Glad that you US bros are also getting this. I downloaded this since the very first day it popped up here in the European PSN! Now, you guys give us FF VI and we’ll have a fair trade :3

    PS: The game has the awful loading times like in the ps version; Still, if you play the game on a PSP system, you can tweak around in the settings to make the loading times shorter. Just enable the disc accelaration (Not sure if that’s how you translate it into english, I’m using portuguese ofw) in the emulation settings. And voilá!

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