The world of console gaming has truly gone made and when I ignore my
PlayStation 2 and XBox consoles to play my GameBoy Advance SP, you must
question the developers of these more "advanced" consoles. Final Fantasy
Tactics Advance is the latest instalment of the popular Final Fantasy series that has
you playing as a young boy called Marche, who has been magically transported into a world of
sword and sorcery after his younger brother managed to decipher an ancient
Marche discovers that he is no longer in his own world, he must then embark on
the greatest adventure of his life. Not only must he somehow return to his
home but he must also save the doomed world of St. Ivalice by mastering the sword
and guiding his clan to victory.
Fantasy Tactics Advance involves a variety of missions that must be bought from the
local pubs within the world of St. Ivalice. Each of these missions builds up
your characters and rewards your clan with money.
The battle system of Final
Fantasy is a little unusual and each battle involves a character called the
"judge" who monitors the battle and ensures that no one breaks the law of the
region. Each region or city that you visit has its own unique laws that must
be abided by your characters.
Although the combat system is turn based, your
characters must also move on squares during the battles. This allows them to
achieve a variety of options such as moving closer to the enemy, using an
item, moving away so they can cast powerful spells or even fleeing when
Every move you make on the combat arena rewards your characters with
experience. The only downside to the gameplay is that sometimes the menu
systems are a little cluttered when you are selecting what kind of attacks or
options you are about to perform in the battle.
Fortunately the game is
littered with various weapons, armour and equipment through the world of St. Ivalice that helps add an RPG aspect to this impressive little game. The game
also contains a variety of characters for your clan and you can even challenge
your friends through its amazing multiplayer function that lets you challenge
each others clans.