Review of Dissidia Final Fantasy for PSP
Final Fantasy has been one of the most successful, longest running role playing
series in the video game world. Each game in the series offers compelling
storylines and engaging characters, drawing in an enormous following that grows
with each new addition to the franchise.
Dissidia: Final Fantasy gathers
together heroes and villains from each previous game in the series for an epic
action adventure with some role playing elements, creating an exciting game that
will delight fans and newcomers alike.
In Dissidia, the balance of power between the gods Chaos and Cosmos has tipped
in favor of Chaos, and the very fabric of reality is in danger. The heroes from
previous Final Fantasy episodes must each complete a Destiny Odyssey, defeating
a villain and collecting a crystal piece that will restore the balance of power
between the gods.
Each Destiny Odyssey has five chapters, requiring the player
to move around as well as a grid with a certain amount of turns to complete each chapter.
On this grid, the player can battle enemies, find treasure chests, collect
items, and fight bosses. Completing each chapter with turns to spare gives the
player fun bonus items.
When in combat, a player must lock onto their target and attack, plus use the
guard button to deflect counter attacks. The two basic attacks either drain
battle points or damage health points. One really fun aspect of the head-to-head
battles is the EX mode, which unleashes a super powerful attack against the
player’s enemies and even changes the form of the characters as well. Players
can enter EX mode by either collecting an item that allows for this maneuver, or
attacking enemies in such a way that they release EX orbs. The characters are
nicely customizable, and players will find the other modes of play just as
entertaining as the Story mode, though Dissidia doesn’t offer online play.
Players will be richly rewarded with unlockables and bonuses as the game
progresses, giving gamers an enormous amount of material to enjoy.
Rated T for Teen due to fantasy violence, mild language, and partial nudity,
this game is a fantastic title for older gamers.
While the camera angles are
occasionally restrictive, especially in the more confined arenas, and the
battles can sometimes feel too frenetic, overall this title gives a smooth and
vibrant gaming experience for Final Fantasy fans and newcomers alike. Dissidia:
Final Fantasy is a dynamic adventure that will capture players and not let go
for quite a long time.
- Immersive game for older teens.
- Fantastic gameplay.
- Large content.
- Excellent audio.
- No online play
- Pace is sometimes too frenetic
- Story line is unimaginative
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Reviewed: September 2009