Finally... Final Fantasy has arrived on the PlayStation Portable
which revolves around the kingdom of Ivalice and begins after the
loss of the Fifty Years War. Unfortunately for this ravaged land,
the King no longer reigns and his son is far too young. With
turbulent politics involved within the Royal family, the king's
younger cousin, Duke Goltanna is named regent. Duke Goltanna carries
the banner of the Black Lion and the White Lion banner has been
raised again by Duke Larg which sets the scene for this current
incarnation of the Final Fantasy series in this exciting turned
based Japanese RPG epic.
FINAL FANTASY turns tactical.
Experience strategic, turn-based combat on 3D battlefields
brought to life with breathtaking art and stunning visual
Customize your characters – with 22
jobs and over 400 abilities to choose from, the tactical options
open to you in combat are nearly endless
Uncover secret truths hidden within
a gripping tale of intrigue, betrayal, heresy, love and heroism
Recruit legendary SQUARE ENIX
characters to your party, including Balthier from FINAL FANTASY
XII and Cloud from FINAL FANTASY VII
Watch key scenes unfold through
gorgeous, cutting-edge animation
Immerse yourself in a captivating
audio score from Hitoshi Sakimoto the composer of FINAL FANTASY
Fight against your friends in
wireless melee, or team up with them for co-op missions
Final Fantasy Tactics - The War of the Lions, gamers control four to
six characters on a grid based board. On the board, the player has
the ability to perform a variety of tactics such as move, retreat,
use an item, attack or cast a spell with the enemies also having
this ability. Although the title is reminiscent of the previous
Final Fantasy Tactics title, the game has received a boost in the
graphics department with the that famous gameplay that is almost
The title also features an in-depth levelling system which allows for
a myriad of options thanks to the "job" system, which allows your
characters to change their "classes" or jobs. This makes for some
unique and interesting gameplay, giving he player a variety of ways
of completing the title. Although some jobs require certain
characters to complete, you have the option of being multi-classed.
For instance, a character may be a Level 6 Knight but can also be a
Level 5 White Mage. The PSP version also contains 22 classes plus a
hidden new character from the world of FF XII which is the universe
this title is based in.
The battles of the title can range from easy to quite difficult,
depending on your current point in the storyline, your characters
abilities and your opponents. Although you control some key
characters in the title, there are also some basic soldiers who will
tag along with your main characters which come and go.
title may sound a little complex, however the developers have
ensured that the game does a great job at
teaching the gamer the basic ins and outs of the title with its
inbuilt tutorials. However in a few hours, even the novice gamer
will be master tactician provided they are patient at the beginning
and willing to learn.
Graphically, Final Fantasy Tactics War of the Lions is an unusual game on the PSP that
uses good old fashioned sprite based graphics that will allow some
gamers to reminisce. Although more than detailed then the previous
titles, the game looks quite impressive and has a Japanese cartoon
feel to it. The game also features some gorgeous cutscenes that will
really immerse you into this amazing world of swords and sorcery.
Musically, FFT War of the Lions features that orchestral Final
soundtrack thanks to the works of Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu who
lend their mastery to the game. Definitely play this title with
headphones in order for you to enjoy the musical score. To
compliment the graphics and soundtrack, the title contains all the
ambient sounds of the kingdom of Ivalice and the majestic battles.
conclusion, Final Fantasy Tactics - The War of the Lions is your
classic Final Fantasy epic, made famous on the NES and PSOne with
its classic story, brilliant yet time-consuming gameplay and 21st
century portable console graphics. Definitely recommended to lovers
of the classic title or for those that cannot get enough of Final
Fantasy and who can blame them. Brilliant!