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The Final Fantasy series is one of the most influential and successful series of games ever made. There is one good reason for this, every title Final Fantasy series is produced with such clear effort, such time and quality that each iteration comes to represent the peak of design excellence for its time. However, as the series began in 1987 and was most succesful in Japan until its later incarnations, the early titles have gone largely unplayed. Fortunately, Square-Enix created this excellent remake of the original game and finally the game can be experienced newcomers.
The game follows the adventures of the four "warriors of light" as they embark on a quest to restore a magic crystal. This is all wonderfully nostalgic 80s fantasy and while the story is much more sparse than the sequels, the gameplay is still excellent and holds up very well against more modern RPGs.
The PSP version has certain enhancements over the original. The graphics, while still 2D and in the same style and much more sophisticated and a higher resolution. This creates a much more modern feel to the game which some nostlagia buffs might not like, otherwise the sprites are very clear and sharp. It is a pleasure to look at, in my opinion.
The sound also has a distinct upgrade from the Nintendo Entertainment System days, while the music is still midi based (no grand orchestra recordings here) it is of a much higher quality and sounds even better through a pair of headphones. There are also a few new areas on the map that can be found while exploring, however these do not replace any dungeons or castles from the original game and are purely extras rather than changes.
Otherwise, this is exactly the same story and adventure from 1987 and is entirely worth the money for those who joined Final Fantasy on the Playstation and are wondering what came before. It is also perfect for anyone who enjoys a nice retro style RPG.