Final Fantasy V is a truly unique addition to the series, marking the last FF title to date to sport such a lighthearted, adventurous theme from start to finish. Some fans praise the perfection of these qualities, while others take issue, criticizing them as flaws. Whether you’re a fan of the game or not, it is the victim of much suffering. Several cancelled translations kept this game out of Western gamers’ hands for nearly 7 years, resulting in FFV being one of the first games to ever receive a “fan translation.”
An incredibly deep job system is what the game is known for, which drives the game in place of the narrative—sporting a much less complex plot and simpler, less-intertwined characters than Final Fantasy IV. There is an incredible amount of customization and control given to the player which is met with a decently challenging experience. So challenging in fact, that NOA’s main reason for not releasing this title in English-speaking regions was because they thought it was too difficult for Americans, and would not sell well because of the difficulty level.
Although the plot and characters may fall somewhat flat (especially next to other titles), the strong gameplay and some of Uematsu’s most brilliant music carries this game. In spite of criticism, it holds strong following and sports just as many remakes and ports of its brethren. Any gamers looking for a challenge and a fun-loving, lighthearted adventure should definitely explore Final Fantasy V. Even against modern competitors, the job-class system is one of the most in-depth and enjoyable out there.