One of my all-time favorite games, Final Fantasy IV is one of those rare titles that I’ve actually beaten repeatedly with subsequent re-releases, and often to 100% completion. This was also the game that made me interested in the Paladin class, where Cecil, the main character (eventually) becomes one through a memorable trial that is both physical and mental. And while the DS version’s voice acting was a bit iffy at first, as the game went on, the actors clearly got into the roles, and it’s my favorite telling of this particular story.
I also appreciate that they didn’t dumb down the difficulty as they did with the original American release; in fact, it’s one of the hardest JRPGs you can play that isn’t on the level of a ROM hack.. or the kind of stuff that Atlus puts out.
Also! I’ve had an e-mail address related to this game for the last two decades, and I always name my networked PCs after characters from it, so it’s something that’s always in the back of my mind. I decided to go with the main / overworld theme though, as it symbolizes the game as a whole, and while not the first Final Fantasy to employ leitmotifs, it was the one where they started coming to the forefront.
I just really fucking love FFIV, ok? <3