Final Fantasy V was released way back in 1992 in Japan on the Super Famicom, but it didn’t make its way to North America until 1999 on the Playstation as part of the Final Fantasy Anthology. It’s been available on the Playstation Store as an individual download since January 2011, but was made available for Playstation Plus members for free Tuesday. Free of course means I’m finally getting around to playing this.
I don’t have a huge history with Final Fantasy games. The first one I played was Final Fantasy VII, sometime after it became a Greatest Hits title on the original Playstation. Seven is also the only Final Fantasy game that I have completed. Of course the only other experience I have with Final Fantasy is the first one on the PC (emulation, didn’t get far) and more recently the demo for FF13-2 (which I liked quite a bit).
I’m a little over one hour into this, and thus far I am really enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. One thing about NES/Super NES games, they have withstood time and remain playable. If I were to play FF7 for any length of time today, I’d probably get a headache because PS1 games look absolutely dreadful. FF5 though is, so far, an absolute joy of old-school gaming.
I fully intend on making this one the second Final Fantasy game I play through completion, and I follow up later with a brief review. In the meantime, if you have PS+ and enjoy old games I highly recommend checking this out if you were like me and had never played it before.