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Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light by Square Enix




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  • Mild Fantasy Violence
  • Mild Language
Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 10.
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  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Category: Role-Playing

Product Details:

The Tale of Despereaux: The Game is an exciting action/platform game proving sometimes the smallest beings can be the biggest heroes! Play as Despereaux Tilling, and live the adventure of a small but brave mouse who must use all of his wit and courage to save Princess Pea from the darkness of Rat World.

  • The first original FINAL FANTASY title for Nintendo DS brought to life by the development teams behind the Nintendo DS remakes of FINAL FANTASY III and FINAL FANTASY IV.
  • Charming storybook visuals crafted under the guidance of art director and character designer Akihiko Yoshida (FINAL FANTASY III for DS, FINAL FANTASY XII).
  • Combat is fun and intuitive with a battle system that operates on Action Points. Requiring nothing more than a simple selection of commands, players can dive right into a classic turn-based RPG battle experience.
  • The Crown Job System offers a selection of over two dozen jobs to choose from. Players can freely customize a character's abilities and magic skills no matter which crown they have equipped. The possibilities are endless!
  • Help friends advance in their adventure, or join forces to conquer tough dungeons. The multiplayer mode enables cooperative play for up to four players.

Game Informer Rating:

Rated 6.0 out of 10 by Game Informer.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the bes ff game for the ds I must say this game is great the visuals of this game is amazing top notch if you buy this you just have that feeling like you made a perfect choice and that you will enjoy hours of play and really will enjoy this is a great game great graphics and its fun makes you wanna go on an adventure of your own and find some friends to adventure with so if you can find this game in store grab it and dont look back and dont listen to anyone i know good games when i see one and this is one of my top 10 so go out now and buy it you wont regret it.
Date published: 2012-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best final fantasy on the ds this is the single best final fantasy for ds also one of the best rpg titles on the ds
Date published: 2011-05-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing for a Final Fantasy game The battle system was just horrible in this one. You couldn't even select your target for attacking, healing, etc. And you only had a very limited number of items you could carry. Also, I didn't really like the whole cartoony look to the game. I'm usually a huge Final Fantasy fan and it's one of my favorite games, but Squaresoft really failed with this one.
Date published: 2011-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A DS game not to miss. Period. Final Fantasy: 4HoL is not a remake of Final Fantasy, let me be clear on this NOT A REMAKE. It has a lot of features the original had, but, oh so many more are packed into it. It IS however an original tale and a very well done game. It's tough, it requires more than just spamming attack or magic, and you'll need to actually grind, something absent in a lot of recent RPGs. The story is very old school and traditional, it's not "bad" per say, but if you're looking for deep story, you're not going to find it here. There is character progression in the sense that everyone will grow to trust each other etc. and the 4 heroes will split off and come back multiple times in the tale; It is kind of bad seeing as when your designated healer leaves you're pretty much out of luck. This is where the job system comes in, or Crown system, you obtain crowns throughout your tale, these crowns let you switch jobs on the spot, your healer may not be my healer, your mage may be someone different, it's a very good concept, think FFIII on the DS and you have your concept of such classes. These crowns have gems slots that you'll be picking up throughout your journey that you can equip, these will give you boosts to your stats from the class. You'll level up each class individually so expect a lot of grinding to all of you completionists out there. One thing you will notice VERY quickly is the inventory space. Each of the 4 heroes has 15 slots, 5 of which will pretty much be saved to armor, mages can expect less because you need to carry spellbooks. This feature is a welcome change for me, as going in with 99 of everything, prepared for any battle made things too easy, to add, nothing stacks, a potion takes up a slot, and another potion will take up another slot, meaning if you give 1 person all the healing/status effect items and he goes down, you can expect a wipe. Plan accordingly. One thing to add, as you equip items, you will see each item you will see it on your character. Putting on a crown will be different for each class, putting on a set of armor will all look different. It's another welcome effect. The battles have changed significantly as well. Gone away is MP, replaced by AP (action points) Each character has 5, and depending on what move you do it will use X amount of AP. Doing "Boost," a defensive stance will give you a point back, as well as random AP awarded for getting psyched up. In battles you'll notice a lack of summons, sadly, these are gone, although I'd do anything to have them back, they make the game more quick paced. Classes all have their own abilities as you level each one up though, so expect some special moves in there. Fights are fast paced, and done well so it does take the sting away from grinding, but I will warn you, you're going to need to do it a lot. This game is in no sense easy, you'll find yourself stuck with no way to progress until you've gained a few more levels, even if you don't run from every encounter, you'll still need to do some. Sound and graphics in FF:4HoL is at a crossroads for me. The graphics are wonderful, it feels like a storybook my parents read to me when I was a kid. Music has changed, nothing will sound familiar, there is no prelude, there is no infamous battle theme... no victory fanfare. Nobuo is absent as a composer, replaced by another who did everything different. This alone was enough to almost make me pass it up. Although the composer isn't bad at all, multiple times I found myself humming the tunes as I walked in a dungeon or overworld. Sound effects are well done, as they have always been, no voice acting this time around which was another downer, if voice acting means I don't get to name my heroes, I would gladly give up that simple option. I will not comment on multiplater, as none of my friends have played it, so there was no co-op, although it did look promising, 4 player questing is always fun and probably adds a lot of depth to the game. All in all, this game is amazing, it's a unique styled game that covers a brutal and deep fighting system. It is a wonderful experience that will take dozens of hours of your life away, and you'll gladly give them up as you get lost in this Fantasy. A definite buy.
Date published: 2011-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely a worthy addition to the FF DS Games! This is actually a pretty well done game. Pros: Unique Art Style - I found it to be highly enjoyable, even if their heads are boulders! Music - Naoshi Mizuta continues to impress me with his fantastic music. Please be a composer for FFXV! Crown System - Can change your class at the drop of a hat Challenging - Don't let the art style fool you. This is a game for people who like a challenge. I personally got stuck on several bosses for quite a few hours. Good luck in the final dungeon folks! Turn Based Battle System + Towns + Old School = WINNNN!!! Cons: Story - It's very basic. If you ever played any of the original FF games like I-III. Then expect something like that because your not going to find something amazing. However I personally would rank the story in this game as better than any of those. Crown System Style - I thought it was slightly annoying that each character had to use gems (which are pretty scarce sometimes) to gain new abilities for the classes. I suppose I was hoping that it was universal for all characters. Anyways, great game! Pick it up!
Date published: 2011-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfectly Final Fantasy Reading others reviews, I saw that some were unpleased with the game. I had to think other wise. I'm a hard core final fantasy fan game, and this was just the cherry on the top. There is some complain over the graphics, yet I think they did it amazingly, giving it a story book appeal. The new Crown system is very interesting, and will draw the appeal of the Classes back in Final Fantasy fans. Yet, I do have some disses. I didn't like the fact that you could become a different class so simply. Once you got the class, you could become it right away. Ah, didn't like that. Also, I thought the story was just a little too fast. Their actions were blunt and didn't have much reason to it. Also, dungeons can be hard if you don't know what the boss is weak against. Also, you need to buy new armor alot, no matter how stupid it makes your character look!
Date published: 2010-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really fun the game was really fun but most of the bosses are to easy until you get to the end and you have to fight the king, he was really hard. for the first half of the game all four of you are never together because something happens to the city and two of you escape to safety and the other two try to help the town and then one guy leaves on person and another person gets turned into a cat and when the guy leaves the other person he finds a cat which is that person and the guy the cat was with finds a cat thinking that it's her so he travels to a city to lift the curse and the who lifts the curse ran to some cave while the other guy is goin to a sacred town to try and lift the curse and he gets turned into a vegetable as part of a defense mechanism and the cat has to find a staff to turn him into a animal so now he is a dog so they have to get turned into humans and they do so they say that they can't help him but someone can on a floating city so they jump to at the top of this big tree and he falls but the other person makes it all while the other guy is still lookin for the cat and the two guys meet up in this cave with the cat which is just a cat and then he finds out it's just a cat and they head to this town and get a dragon and fly to the floating city while the abandoned girl is making her way to the floating city and you all meet there and do some stuff and the 2nd half of the story starts.
Date published: 2010-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great new RPG for the DS This isnt much like the other final fantasy games you might know, and its far different from the original final fantasy, although it is still a great game. Alot of people believe the graphics werent good because they didn't look as "realistic" as the previous 2 final fantasy remakes, but they don't really understand that this game was going for a different art style, one that kind of looks and feels like a story book. Another thing i really liked was the customization, since your characters appearance changes with every armor set, weapon, and sheild you equip/ remove from them. The story was fresh and entertaining, and the characters were original and easy to grow attatched to, just like the characters in most final fantasy games are. Although, the gameplay was different from your average final fantasy game. Instead of MP you had 5 circles. using an item or attacking in battle took one circle, and using magic attacks took from 2-4 circles. One circle would regenerate after every turn. One of the things I enjoyed the most about this game was the crown system. After certain points in the game, you would obtain these crowns which would allow the wearer of them to change to a specific class. These classes would give you specific abilities and stat changes, such as the white mage that makes white magic spells only take up one circle, and the fighter which gave the wearer higher strength. They also learn one new attack from wearing the crown, and can learn more after upgrading the crown. Another great feature about this game is the multiplayer, since you are allowed to take any one of your 4 characters from your game and play in another friends game with them. Not only does this allow you to play co- op story mode, but it unlocks many sidequests for you to play if youve both already completed the game. My only real complaint about this game is that when attacking, healing, or using an item, you aren't allowed to select a target, the game chooses a target for you. This can be a little annoying at times, but its easy to get used to, and adds in a new strategy being that the games target choice is followed in a pattern (EX: healing items/ spells are usually used on the player with the least HP, spells/ bow weapons usually attack monsters in the back, swords usually attack monsters in the front, etc.). Overall, I thought this game was great, and would make a good edition to any RPG fans DS.
Date published: 2010-10-17
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