|The War of the Lions subtitle is from the PSP version.|
Final Fantasy Tactics has been in the works to be re-released for the iPhone. This game, which originally came out in 1997 for the Playstation and then in 2007 for the PSP, was radically different than any of its other Final Fantasy counterparts. Battles with enemies were much longer and resembled a chess match more than the classic role playing turn based combat system. The franchise, at the time, was moving into more of a steam-punk era with Final Fantasy 6 and 7, whereas Tactics seemed to revert to a more medieval setting (there is a robot secret character in the game but little is known about it). Does this 14 year old game still hold up enough to warrant a re-release, or could another leap of faith send it into obscurity?
The story is pretty involved. The main character, Ramza, born of royalty, starts out as a young man who join the local armed forces under the banner of Prince Larg (the "White Lion"). However, during Larg's fight for power against Prince Goltana (the "Black Lion"), Ramza abandons his royal title and becomes a mercenary. During his time as a mercenary, he discovers that the Church is behind the "Lion War" between Larg and Goltana, by using magical artifacts called the Zodiac Stones to gain control. Ramza, with the help of others who join his cause on during his adventure, sets out to collect the stones, overthrow the Churches grasp on the lands, and settle the power struggle for the crown.
|A total of 22 jobs in the first remake, not including |
special jobs and enemy jobs.
|Lovely attack, too bad there is still about forty|
minutes of battle left.
|Look past the awkward graphics of the late 90s and the cute|
cuddly animals and see a great game.
Despite sometimes high collateral damage costs, Final Fantasy Tactics could definitely hold up today. It is a timeless, classic role playing game of the 90s. Intriguing story, character development that holds interest, and (when things are going the right way) fun game play make the case that they just do not make games like they used to anymore. The controls will probably be a bit irritating on the iPhone and the long battles may be asking for a bit much when considering that you are playing a game on your cell phone, but this game is really too good to let it just fade into the past like some many others from that decade.