Final Fantasy V was released in 1992 on the Super Famicom. It was later released on the SNES...never, as translation efforts fell through. There were rumors that it would be released on the PC as Final Fantasy Extreme, but that never came through.
In 1997, a translation group called RPGe ended up translating the game, becoming one of the first big fan translations of its kind, and ushering in a huge wave of translations for other games that would otherwise never be accessible to western audiences. We won't be playing this version.
Skipping ahead a bit, in 2006, Square released Final Fantasy V Advance on the Game Boy Advance, as part of its porting the SNES games to the handheld. FF5A featured a new, lighthearted translation that went well with the English audience, new jobs, and a new bonus dungeon. It's the definitive version of the game, and is well-loved by many. We won't be playing this version either.
The version we're playing is the game's first official release to the West, the PS1 version that came with Final Fantasy Anthology. This was the first proper introduction of the game to many people, and between its lengthy load times and its lackluster translation, it did not make a good impression and failed to do the game justice. Which is why I'm playing it.
My plan is to show off the PS1 translation, and compare it both to the unofficial RPGe translation and the official GBA translation. I figure it'd be an interesting way to gauge the differences between one of the earliest fan translations, an official translation during the time that Square was on the verge of not being lazy on its translations, and a translation where the translation, while not literal in a few places, certainly captured the spirit of the game, even if it was filled with a few memes.
To shake things up a bit, I'll be doing a gimmick run on this game as well.
If you enjoy FF5 and its mechanics, I highly recommend both Orange Fluffy Sheep and Dr Pepper's LP's of the Advance version. OFS breaks the game apart and shows off all sorts of awesome ways to dominate the battle system, while Dr Pepper shows the game off while doing a low level run, showing further how to dominate the game despite a severe handicap.
Spoilers in spoiler tags. It's possible we may have people who've never played the game at all, and the story, though not stellar, has its moments. Plus it'd be cool to see people's reactions to the translation in certain instances, so don't spoil those either.
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Table of Contents
- Chapter 1 - Bartz vs. A Giant Rock
- Chapter 2 - Faris vs. The English Language
- Chapter 3 - Bartz vs. Education
- Chapter 4 - Reina vs. Creepy Old Man
- Chapter 5 - Faris vs. Water
- Chapter 6 - Galuf vs. Mind-Control
- Chapter 7 - Reina vs. Poison
- Chapter 8 - Bartz vs. An Elephant
- Chapter 9 - Reina vs. Rage Issues
- Chapter 10 - Galuf vs. A Werewolf
- Chapter 11 - Faris vs. Death
- Chapter 12 - Galuf vs. Elderly Abuse
- Chapter 13 - Bartz vs. Adolescence
- Chapter 14 - Faris vs. Family Bonding
- Chapter 15 - Reina vs. Technology
- Chapter 16 - Galuf vs. Thought Bubbles
- Chapter 17 - Bartz vs. Four Giant Rocks
- Chapter 18: Galuf vs. Gilgamesh
- Chapter 19 - Faris vs. A Dinosaur
- Chapter 20 - Galuf vs. His Basement
- Chapter 21 - Bartz vs. The Werewolf Mayor
- Chapter 22 - Reina vs. Poison: The Rematch
- Chapter 23 - Galuf vs. A Black Hole
- Chapter 24 - Bartz vs. A Turtle
- Chapter 25 - Reina vs. The Game's Challenge
- Chapter 26 - Galuf vs. X-Death
- Chapter 27 - Reina vs. Gilgame
- Chapter 28 - Bartz vs. Gilgamesh
- Chapter 29 - Krile vs. X-Death
- Chapter 30 - Faris vs. Civilization
- Chapter 31 - Bartz vs. A New World
- Chapter 32 - Reina vs. Dragon
- Chapter 33 - Faris vs. Illusions
- Chapter 34 - Krile vs. A Heat-Seeking Missile
- Chapter 35 - Reina vs. Magic
- Chapter 36 - Bartz vs. Breathing
- Chapter 37 - Krile vs. Death
- Chapter 38 - Reina vs. Animal Mutilation
- Chapter 39 - Bartz vs. Leviathan
- Chapter 40 - Reina vs. Omega
- Chapter 41 - Faris vs. Blue Mage
- Chapter 42 - Reina vs. Shinryu
- Chapter 43 - The Warriors of Light vs. X-Death
- Final Chapter - Krile vs. Loneliness
Orange Fluffy Sheep is doing perhaps the craziest challenge possible with this game: A runthrough using nothing but Berserkers. You should read this.
- Update 1: BERSERKER JOURNAL NUMBER ONE THORG AM BEGIN ADVENTURE
- Update 2: THORG HATE WORM
- Update 3: THORG HOME PLANET NEED THORG
- Update 4: NEW PLANET MEANS NEW VICTIMS FOR THORG
- Final Update
Bartz White Mage Summoner Red Mage Chemist Dancer Reina Knight Berserker Sorcerer Ninja Hunter Galuf Monk Black Mage Trainer Bard Lancer Faris Thief Blue Mage Time Mage Geomancer Samurai
Fan ArtW.T. Fits reinterprets the game's weird monster-naming scheme into something beautiful.
W.T. Fits posted:
Also, I'm sorry, but I see low-hanging fruit, and I'm compelled to grab it...
Explosionface decides to immortalize the game's translation into an emoticon.
Reverend Cheddar posted:
"Well, that's enough Ni no Kuni for tonight. Time to just relax online and not do anything. Oh. Welp."
Then Explosionface takes it a step further.
Yeah, I was just thinking about how useful something like that could be when I had something of a revelation.
"That just doesn't make sense!" "Well, "
Much more FF5-ish.
And of course, Explosionface made a ton of awesome avatars as usual.
I don't know about anyone else, but I used the good half of the Super Bowl to do something I've been meaning to get to for a little bit now:
Orange Fluffy Sheep gives an explanation for Tycoon's treasure trove.
Orange Fluffy Sheep posted:
Maybe it was a gift.
Shaezerus shows off what it'd be like if Galuf could cast magic on his fists.
Round 2 of avatars, courtesy of ExplosionFace
In lieu of meaningful text, I'm just going to mention I've been sneezing all day and now it hurts to breathe, so I'm sure you all understand.
ok Amazing clarifies why a dragonesque creature would be called "Succubus."
ok Amazing posted:
"Yep", said whoever translated this game "that sounds about right".
Pierzak gauges the characters' reaction to one of the weirdest enemy names in the game.
I can only see this:
And Explosionface closes things off proper with two last avatars.
While I couldn't go through all the gifs I wanted to, I couldn't miss these two for anything.