Final Fantasy V is all about the grind. The story, world, and characters all blur together as I watch the numbers go up. Each job becomes a new progress bar to fill. Each ability becomes a new goal. The combat and bosses become my proof of mastery over its systems. But after the grind, what is left? Where is the drama? Where is the personality? Final Fantasy V revels in its freedom through its combat and exploration, but it all focuses on the same thing, gaining power. That search for power is enthralling but feels hollow when it is over.

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