Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
Great for RPG and Strategy Fans
Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions is great for fans of RPG games and strategy games. The game features motion video scenes, giving the scenes a hand-drawn animation video. The game is kind of like chess, including new heroes like the Onion Knight and the Dark Knight. The graphics are meant to look like sprites, so the graphics are pretty good compared with the graphics of Final Fantasy 1 or 2. The gameplay is almost exactly like chess, and you can choose between Move, Act, Magic, etc. It might not be the best battle system, but it's okay. The sound is really good, with music playing in the background when you're battling. The story is brilliant in the game. You can also play multiplayer too! You pretty much play battle after battle, but if you're an RPG fan, you kind of get used to it. Overall, Final Fantasy Tactics is a great addition to the Final Fantasy series.
even if you played tactics this earns a look
Having played ff tactics when it came out for the playstation i can safely say this is a better than average remake. This game includes everything that made the original great (part of which is that it wasn't another basic style ff game) and it also includes new features to keep it fresh. There were a few new job classes included that weren't in the original and for all you cut scene happy fans out there this game finally got some respect in that department too. You can customize as much or as little as you want to keep your party superior. If you don't tinker though you'll be missing part of the beauty of the game. The best part about this game is that it's unconventional. I love games that don't stick to the same old mold. I'll be honest and say if this was another regular ff game it might not have held up but with the old school graphics (which have been cleaned up some) and the grid movement. This may be the only ff game you have to think about in order to win. If you can think, buy.
Remake of my first SRPG? Yes, please!
The original FFT was my first SRPG, and the first game where I felt that grinding was actually rewarded in more than just "ooh, extra money" and "ooh, higher level!" If you've never played the original FFT -- which, if you can still even play it, will set you back quite a chunk of change -- but you've played the FFTA series games, you're in for a treat. The combat, to me, feels deeper in the original, as well as character advancement being more involved. The dual-class system is fantastic, and was, much to my chagrin, absent from the FFTA games I played. The graphics are somewhat dated, but no worse than you would find in most NIS America games (Disgaea, ZHP, etc.) and, since it is almost a direct port of the original, it is forgivable. My only real problem with this game is that it is a port/remake -- honestly, I'd rather have a new game with a new story -- and with a slightly wonky control scheme compared to the other SRPGs on the PSP --, but, in the mean time... this will suffice.
This game is the Epiphany of my childhood the second I started playing the orginal on the ps1. I went through several copies of the first one and each time i did the price rose everywhere. This version in my opinion has a lot more stuff but also has one major (fixable) flaw. The port they chose to send over to us overseas has an issue rendering abilities. Magic/spells exclusive, they run terribly slow the second a character does it and then the game resumes normal speed. They never patched this officially but there are a few fan developed programs that if you follow the steps you can fix this issue no problem. Excluding that this game is a good port. I also have the original on my psp from the psn store and typically play that one more due to the convenience and more original feel to it.
Decent Remake of FF Tactics
This is a remake/revision of Final Fantasy Tactics which was originally released for the PS1 back in 1998. They pretty much just ported this game to the PSP. Not much has changed really, which is good. 95% of the game is the same classic game from the 90's with a few new things. The dialogue was rewritten, for reasons I'm not sure. A few character names were changed. Names of abilities and spells were changed. Two new classes were added to the game. A dark knight and an onion knight. The cinematics and cut scenes were redone with beautiful cell shaded animations, complete with voice acting. There is one problem with this game though, that is definitely an issue, especially if you've played the original. For whatever reason, anytime any "3D" spells or abilities are used, the frame rate slows down to about a fourth the original speed. I'm not certain why. Perhaps the way they emulate the PS1 game? Either way it's not game breaking, but quite annoying. You do however, get used to it.
One of a Kind
Well first off this is nothing more than an Import of Final Fantasy Tactics that was originally on the Playastation. It has a few added features such as Balthier from XII being able to join the party. Final Fantasy Tactics was the first game in which we learned about the world of Ivalice. I must say that this game has the sadest, darkest, and most vile Storyline of any Final Fantasy, I cannot say to much but there seems to be alot of betryal which seemds to play quite a role in the story. It is a Stratagey RPG which means at times that it is very frustrating thus that is why the challenge is a 10 perhaps it is a little to difficult. Graphics are not anything special what when has that stopped us before. This is definetly a game that you can spend many hours playing. I would say that It seems to be just alittle bit better than the Original Tactics because of its few added bonuses. It is definetly worth anybody who loves RPG will love this.
This game is one of the best Final Fantasy games ever created. It's a pure RPG - completely menu-driven. Though the storyline does become thick at times, this is made up for by the huge amount of customization that happens with ease as you play the game. Leveling and job upgrades happen frequently making the game never seem like work to play. To put in perspective of why the game is so good, this game was originally created by Squaresoft around the time after when FFVII and Parasite Eve were released. Cloud is even a bonus character in this game! As for the degree of difficulty, there are bonus stages at the end of the game that will challenge even the most experienced gamer. Since there are random battles and now with the advent of multiplayer the game has unlimited amount of game play. Around at least 40+ hours the first time through. To sum it up this game is exceptional in all categories, but only good in story which is better in this version because of the voices.
A port of a classic, but where's my sequel?
I got this game when it first came out for the PSOne and I was quickly engaged in one of the best games Squaresoft made at the time. About a year later, a sequel was promised to be released for the same system but was canceled due to FF8's creation. When I heard it was coming to PSP I was overjoyed thinking it was the sequel I've been waiting for almost 10 years. This isn't a sequel, but a port. I played the Japanese version of this port already and I agree with a fellow costumer about the horrible slowdown for the spells and special attacks. The sound was tuned down also and sounds kinda cheesy, nothing like the original release. Hope everything is fixed for the American version. However, some really cool looking cut scenes were added to further the story when you completed a battle. Something that took me by surprise. I was a little bummed out about the replacing of the opening cut scene of the original though. All in all, keep your eyes opened for this one.
I bought this game hoping for a classic interface final fantasy game. Boy was I wrong. To battle, you move around a field and get in close combat with people. In the second battle, you have 2 people on your team, and about 5 on theirs. I've spent hours and cannot get past that one battle. I mark 10 on challenge not because I 'like the challenge, but because it's much too challenging. Same goes for length. There is a lot of character customization, but I haven't gotten to it. I also bought this game for the job system, for this game has a lot of jobs to choose from. I haven't unlocked any of the jobs because of the stupid battle interface. All in all, I hate this game. It would not recommend this game to anyone who is expecting a normal final fantasy PSP game. Especially because of the horrible battle interface.(Yes I am mentioning it again because it's really really bad.) If you want a normal FF PSP game go with Crisis Core.
Don't listen to the negative reviews.
I've played and beat the original and WOL, and I have to say they are both amazing. If you like strategy games, definitely try this one. The customization inside the game is awesome. You usually only get 5~6 characters per match and some classes are useless, but the overall fun of mix and matching isn't ruined. The new classes are ridiculous when you get them, but it will take awhile. The story is great and there is a lot of gameplay in here. Get a friend to play with too. There are many coop missions to do that will unlock the best gear in the game. I remember my friend and I spent a good 2~3 hours on the hardest mission. You can also battle friends on WOL to see who really has the best character. It's definitely one of the top 3 for psp.