Retro Let's Play for late March 2019: Final Fantasy V Developed by Square and originally published by Square for the Nintendo Super Famicom in 1992. To find out what this is and why we're doing it, click here. The game opens with travelling hero Butz (sometimes spelled Bartz depending on localisation) who witnesses a meteor strike. Upon investigation, he finds an unconscious girl being kidnapped by goblins. After rescuing her, the two investigate further and find an old man named Galuf with amnesia. Their adventure begins as they discover the evil ancient sorcerer Exadeath, meet other travellers to join their party, learn skills through the Final Fantasy "job system" (i.e.: character classes), and all the usage Square RPG fun. We previously played FF VI in another Retro Let's Play. Check out what was said about that here. The game was initially released on the Nintendo Super Famicom in Japan, and much to the displeasure of JRPG fans followed in the tradition of FF III and IV by not being released in the west. 6 years later, in 1998, the title was ported to the Sony PlayStation by Tose, and a year later in 1999 was finally released, fully localised in English as part of the Final Fantasy Collection (including FF IV, V and VI). This version would include some extra CG cutscenes and other content, but keep most of the gameplay the same. In 2006 the series saw a re-release with updated graphics to the GameBoy Advance, titled "Final Fantasy V Advance". This version would see new content including new jobs, a new temple and a new boss. While the game was being considered for a Nintendo DS remake (similar to FF III and IV), instead that port was changed and turned into the iOS and Android port released in 2013. This featured a mix of smooth-scaled 2D art, as well as some Nintendo DS quality 3D art for cutscenes. The gameplay was taken from the enhanced GameBoy Advance version. Characters can also move in 8 directions instead of the original 4, as well as an auto-battle feature to speed up grinding. Finally, in 2015, the iOS/Android version would be remastered and released for PC/Windows via Steam. Playing the game: Modern ports: * PS3 and PSVita - get it from the Sony Store: https://store.playstation.com/en-au/product/EP0082-NPEF00152_00-GFINALFANT000001 * PC/Windows - Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/382890/FINAL_FANTASY_V/ * iOS/iPhone/iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/final-fantasy-v/id609577016?mt=8 * Android phone/tablet: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.square_enix.android_googleplay.FFV_GP The Japanese Super Famicom version is available on Nintendo WiiU and New 3DS eShops/VirtualConsole, but only in Japan. If you want to try out the SNES version, you can get a translation patch from here: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/353/ You'll need to patch your ROM (the site has instructions) and load it on to a Flash Cart or use it via an emulator. See our SNES FAQ for tips on playing a SNES with these tools today: https://forums.overclockers.com.au/...o-entertainment-system-super-famicom.1251075/ The same patched ROM can be played on a MiSTer FPGA setup (this is how I'm playing it) https://forums.overclockers.com.au/...r-console-arcade-hardware-simulation.1253887/ If you want to play this on a PlayStation (either real hardware or an emulator), check out our PlayStation FAQ: https://forums.overclockers.com.au/threads/retro-faq-sony-playstation.1252732/ Box art: Super Famicom (Japan): PlayStation (US "Anthology" release): Gameboy Advance: Long play video: Remember that this is a heavily story-driven game, so there are substantial plot spoilers in the long play.