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There's A New Final Fantasy Out Today, And You Should Stay Far Away

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Final Fantasy IV: The After Years hits iOS and Android today, and while it's not as egregiously offensive as some other games in the once-beloved series (like the microtransaction machine All The Bravest), it is a terrible game and you should stay away.

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I wrote a little bit about The After Years last year, so for a full list of reasons you should stay away from Square Enix's newest mobile game, check out that column. In short: it's a derivative, stale rehash of a game that regurgitates its predecessor's plot points, characters, and dungeons in unpleasant fashion, then uses its final dungeon to rehash boss battles from other games and shit all over Final Fantasy's universe as a whole.

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If you want to play an FF game on mobile, check out Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy III, Final Fantasy Dimensions, or maybe even the upcoming Final Fantasy VI, which Square says will be out for iOS/Android this winter.

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I feel like you're being just a *tad* harsh, Jason - I played the complete FFIV: TAY on WiiWare a few years ago, and I rather enjoyed it. Yes, it was basically a cynical recycling of FFIV but I had a great deal of affection for those characters and it was interesting to play their scenarios out a bit longer.

I had a rather unique experience as I played TAY immediately after finishing FFIV for the very first time, and it was at the time only the second Final Fantasy game I had played.