Final Fantasy Anthology is a North American compilation of Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI for the Sony PlayStation. The European edition comes with a port of Final Fantasy IV. Anthology came out in North America in 1999, while the European edition was released in 2002.
Anthology includes several changes, the most noticeable ones being the CGI openings and closings. Final Fantasy VI also includes a Bonus, which consists of the following features:
- Cinematics Theater
- Concept Art
- Dragon's Neck Colosseum Bet/Fight/Win List
- Esper List
- List of Strago's Lores
Most of the features require the player to beat the game before viewing them, but the Cinematics Theater, Concept Art and Bestiary can be accessed from the beginning, although only half of the features in said categories can be accessed at that point. In addition, Squall Leonhart occasionally makes an appearance on the title screen Final Fantasy VI in sprite form, as well as Cloud Strife making an appearance in the loading screen of Final Fantasy V.
Music from FFV and FFVI Video GamesEdit
The disc titled "Music from FFV and FFVI Video Games" is included in the original North American release and contains selected music from Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI. The "Greatest Hits" version of Final Fantasy Anthology does not include the music CD. The music on the CD is taken directly from the original soundtracks to their respective games.
Sales and receptionEdit
The slow loading times were criticized, and many did not feel that the Omake Mode was enough to make up for it. Review scores for the collection were generally lower than those for the individual games.
Although the "black label" box is sought after by collectors, many have experienced issues with playing it on newer PlayStation 3 models. Final Fantasy V has issues with saving a second time on the same playing session, where the game will seemly lock up when trying to access the save screen a second time. The Greatest Hits re-release, as well as the releases of the individual games on the PlayStation Store, seems to fix many, if not all, of these issues.