Final Fantasy IV
Being a self-confessed novice to the entire JRPG genre I approached this review with a certain trepidation. The experience of plunging head-first into a world of levelling-up, item management and – gritted teeth – random battles is to all intents akin to hearing heavy metal or reading, say, Dostoyevsky for the first time. Unless it’s all that you’ve ever known there’s a certain natural sensory hurdle to clamber across. But then, what was once overwhelming, be it the sheer impact of Slayer’s ‘Reign In Blood’ or all 500-plus pages of ‘Crime And Punishment’, suddenly becomes accommodating – even vital – and before you know it there’s a whole new world of cultural discoveries to make.
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