Well, at long last, after three installments in the Crystal Chronicles series, the latest gives players the option to play online! This is truly a defining point of the game that may make it a must-buy, but more on that later. Starting off, the player creates a character when starting a new game, selecting options such as Race (Clavat, Yuke, Selkie, Lilty), Gender and Name. The player can find, buy, or even create Weapons, Armor, and Accessories to further customize their character. Introduced in this game are Jewels that will allow you to socket them into Weapons or Armor for added Bonuses. Unlike the GCN Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, this game allows for free movement, meaning you can move around anywhere on the map the Party is currently on. The Magic Ring System is back, and allows for a Solo Player or Party to combine their Magic spells into upgraded attacks. Although not new, Abilities can be earned to allow you character to perform different actions, such as Charging the Weapon, or Defending with a Shield. The Music in the game is fairly catchy and won't readily bore you; you might just forget it's playing, or it might intrigue you. Now, in terms of a challenge, this game can be quite hard if you play by yourself. You can recruit NPCs to play alongside you, but the AI for these NPCs is quite lacking. This is why it is almost advised that you play with others online or local, as this makes the game more fun and rewarding. There are some rather difficult puzzles that require help from each party member to proceed onward. To play online with Friends, players must exchange Friend Code. Or, you can choose to play with Random persons, selecting either "Worldwide" or "Continental". In-game, players can exchange preset messages so as to communicate with one another. However, if the players have exchanged Friend Codes, they may freely type any messages they wish. Ok, so now you're probably thinking that you really want this game. Well, you're in luck: there are two different versions available, the Wii version and the DS version. Each game is the same in terms of core content, however there is a major difference, mainly the Control Scheme. The DS version will display two screens; the Top Screen is for main gameplay, whilst the Bottom Screen is for arranging your Items, and checking the Map among other things. However, the Wii version displays two screens side-by-side on the television screen, each with the same function as the DS screens. The player can press the "+" or "-" buttons to magnify each screen. It may be more difficult to play with the Wii version because of the added buttons on the Wii Remote and Nunchuck, but players can get used to the Controls and be playing comfortably in no time. I myself bought the Wii version, and I can honestly say that the Controls or Screen adjusting are not as tedious as some may come to believe. All in all, this game is a great buy, and regardless of whether you choose the DS version for portability or the Wii version* for bigger screens, this game will have you staying up til dawn. *The Wii version also contains a trailer for the next Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles game, titled "Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles : The Crystal Bearers".
yes: I recommend this product