Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (PSP) - Review
20 October 2009
Excerpt: Final Fantasy Tactics was one of my favorite PS1 games. Therefore, it was only logical that when I got a PSP, this port of the original game was one of the first games I needed to check. Yet, the PS1 version was released on 1997 (1998 in the West), how does an enhanced port compare to an actual game more than 10 years later?
Conclusion: In America, we’re just now getting the fine Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions. In 1997, this was the game that introduced us to Ivalice (which is slowly becoming the common denominator between Final Fantasy games, thanks to the Ivalice Alliance). Ten years later, the races and politics of Ivalice are familiar, and the game feels nostalgic even to those who’ve never played it before.
Excerpt: It's the same fantastic game you played in 1998 with some positive adjustments, including more mature dialogue and some lovely animated cutscenes. While a few other elements - character names, job ability names, etc - were changed for unknown reasons, the whole package comes together just as nicely as the original, though a few might have qualms with the cutscene voiceacting or missing infrastructure battles.
Conclusion: Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions is a great release for the PSP and nearly justifies the purchase of the Sony handheld by itself. As I've said before, if you played FFT for the PSone, then you know what this game is all about, except now it's portable, so you can play it when watching bad movies or when you're yobbing. It makes me glad I'm now the owner of a PSP. 10 out of 10 .
Summary: Parents need to know that combat is a crucial component of this game, but that it's turn-based so that while you plan it, you don't directly participate in it. The battle animations are not overly graphic. The game offers a compelling fantasy world with loads of depth and replayability. The characters are squat, noseless, and very ... cute.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy is bordering on a cult at this point. The series of loosely connected games, movies, and merchandise resonates with gamers worldwide and continues to spin off loads of new material. Square Enix has come to be known as a developer with extraordinary ideas and standards for quality largely built on the reputation of the Final Fantasy series.
Conclusion: Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions is a true PSP system seller if ever there was one. The sheer amount of content coupled with the in depth battle system and epic story provide a game that will keep you busy on-the-go for months. If only the game had spent a few extra months in development, it could have achieved the perfection the original never managed. The improvements warrant a purchase for fans and newcomers alike, but it could have been so much more.