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Final Fantasy V

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Released: 1992

Genre: RPG

Format reviewed: SNES

Publisher: Square

Developer: Square

Submitted by: Kai Lunkeit

Final Fantasy V was released for the SNES in 1992, in Japan only. Three attempts were made to port the game to a Western audience but all three, including a PC version, got cancelled, so that up until the official PlayStation release in the Final Fantasy Anthology (which included FFIV) in 1998, there was just a fan translation available. The PlayStation release featured new FMV sequences and some new jobs, but luckily left the rest of the game untouched. Finally, in 2006, there was a GameBoy Advance port.

The four main characters, among them our hero Bartz, princess Lenna and the mysterious Galuf who lost his memory, do not know each other until they stumble upon each other after a meteor crash at the beginning of the game. As the adventure unfolds, it will be the first time (and as many gamers know also not the last), that a major character gets killed during the events in a FF game.

Characters had still to be leveled up via countless random encounters, using the ATB battle system which was introduced in Final Fantasy IV. Characters could now be almost freely customized via the enhanced job system and characters and jobs could be leveled seperately. New classes included blue mage, berzerker, samurai, chemist and mime. 110 different costumes gave each character a unique look, depending on the job you assigned him. 

Again the so called Crystals are a central theme of the story, only this time they don't threaten the world but instead influence it. Of course, the world is threatened by another evil, namely a sorcerer named Exdeath and the story spans no less than 1000 years and you need to explore two planets to save the world.

FFV marked also the first time that you could experience multiple endings, depending on what characters were in your party when you met the final boss.