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Old 02-09-2010, 09:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dissidia: Final Fantasy

One thing any gamer wouldn't expect is company Square-Enix to enter the ring and
make a fighting game off of the second most successful RPG series ever made, but
this is the game for a true fan of the series.


Story:



You are dropped into a confict involving the main heros and villains from Final Fantasies
I - X each fighting for their respective god: Cosmos, goddess of harmony, and
Chaos, god of discord.

Instead of creating new plotlines, each of the ten hero's stories you play through
are very similar to their personality and story in their respective games.
For example, Terra is trying to understand who she is and why she can't control
her powers, while Squall begins as a cold uncaring individual, but changes and begins
to trust his friends.

The villains too act the same way they were in the series, Emperor Mateus manipulates
all the villains from behinds the scenes for world domination, while Kefka will
always be Kefka:



Gameplay:


(Explained below)

Unlike most fighters which involve every attack you do deals damage, Dissidia uses
a new system called Bravery.

In Dissidia, your Brave meter determines how much HP damage you can do with
an HP attack, but immediately after landing an HP attack, your Brave drops to zero
and puts you at rish for a Break state, where your Brave is less than zero and you
can't do Brave damage.

Another important factor is your EX Gague, which when it fills up allows you to
enter your character's almighty EX Mode where you can dish out serious damage.
Like Squall will do double the attacks per hit or Sephiroth can use Heartless Angel.
If one were to land an HP Attack while in EX Mode, you can use the ultimate attack,
your EX Burst attack where you deal massive damage on unlucky foes (like me):



But don't worry, I later beat him as Squall.

Outside of the fights, it plays just like regular Final Fantasy, you equip various
types of armor to increase your characters stats, you level up with experience,
and you gain AP for your abilities, keeping the game fairly balanced and not too
challenging, but not too easy.

Graphics:

As with most Square-Enix games, the game is very pristine, every character
has parts affected by gravity, and the cutscenes are elaborate.

The only game which looks better for the PSP is most likely Crisis Core: FFVII.


Sound:

Dissidia's soundtrack is a classic, with various remixes from various titles:





And some unremixed original songs:




Overall:

Dissidia a great title for both fans of the series and fighting fanatics,
the nostalgia factor is high and the game play is near-perfection.

4.5/5

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This is one of two games I want on the PSP, so it will be a while before I play it for myself but it looks great.
Good review.
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Oh, man, that looks awesome. That'd be the main reason I'd get a PSP. That and the whole gaming on the go.
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Oh, man, that looks awesome. That'd be the main reason I'd get a PSP. That and the whole gaming on the go.
Personally I am going with the DSi instead.
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I got this game today, and I honestly agree with everything you said in your review!

Thank you, samejamesbond, for giving me an idea of what I should get for my PSP.
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