Yep, I've played both versions and can confirm that the european one is indeed much better. You don't have to press a button several times to get it to register in the menus and, in general, the battles seem to be fixed. I did have a few occasions where I thought the battle speed was still a bit funny but I may be a little paranoid after buying the US version and being so disappointed by the bugs.
The menus seem better in the European version but the battles are still insanely fast, with your characters getting in more hits than the enemies. Maybe it improves after the opening.
I've been studying Italian so the option to play in that language (and four others) is quite cool.
There's some new scans of the game up over at GAF: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread. … amp;page=2
I like the inclusion of more kanji in the dialogue, and the new opening scene could work as well (I thought FFV's opening was really dull). I don't much care for the added jobs, as the game's job system was balanced well enough already, but I suppose it makes for a nice bonus for people that already played the game. One thing I'm not very exited about are the character portraits that now accompany the dialogue. Amano's style just doesn't seem to mesh that well with the 16-bit graphics.
Is that picture of Terra in the FFVI blurb a new one btw? This winter seems awfully fast for a release date.
Parish has a new 1up.com preview up for the game, from PAX. So far, things are sounding very encouraging. Great to hear of the new translation, and even better to hear that Faris' pirate speak has gotten the heave-ho.
BGG also has a set of new screenshots from PAX: http://www.britishgaming.co.uk/?p=1186
Last edited by Angela (Aug 26, 2006)
It sounds promising...It's nice to hear the obvious issues of FFIV and Anthology being pointed out and improved on. Parish might want to relay that to his co-workers who missed them in their EGM reviews. ;p
I seem to have forgotten...What was the issue with Galuf's speaking in the Anthology version? I definitely remember the Faris pirate speak, though...