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Final Fantasy Tactics

Developer: Square Enix | Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1 Player Game | Release Date: 09/08/03 | Genre: Strategy RPG

Final Fantasy Tactics for the Sony Playstation is a game that is very similar to Ogre Battle, Tactics Ogre, and Vandal Hearts. While Vandal Hearts was very simple to play and hard to put down, Ogre Battle and Tactics Ogre were very complicated, yet still fun to play--even today! Final Fantasy Tactics is a game that has more in common with Ogre Battle and Tactics Ogre that with Vandal Hearts. The reason is simple, the producer of the Ogre Battle and Tactics Ogre series also helped make Final Fantasy Tactics the greatest Strategy/Role Playing Game since Vandal Hearts!

You play as Ramza and start the game in a flashback. Your father dies and chaos begins to grow as the fight for the next king begins. While this may sound like a great back story for a game, all is not well in Final Fantasy Tactics' story. The game contains plot twist after plot twist. Just when you think that you have a great party together--people will backstab you. At first, it seems very original and surprising, but you soon come to expect it rather than be shocked or surprised about it.

While the story is not the greatest, Final Fantasy Tactics really begins to shine on the battlefield. Before you go to attack, it is necessary to select different jobs, or classes, for your characters. Each job has different skills that you learn by earning job points by performing tasks on the battlefield. With nineteen job classes and multiple skills per job, the game has virtually unlimited replay value.

Almost as good as the battlefield action, the music brings you into the game like only Square can do. While only four music tracks are found throughout this grand quest, they are long and enjoyable enough to make them not seem repetitive at all! It seems Square has learned from their past mistakes in game music (Final Fantasy 7 anyone?). Lets hope this a new trend Square is starting for use in all future titles.

In conclusion, we can now tell why Final Fantasy Tactics is such a great game. The thought, fun, and replayability found in the game makes it a must buy for not only strategy fans, but also Square fans and RPG fans alike. While not as good or enjoyable as Vandal Hearts, FFT is worthy of a purchase. Now excuse me while I go to play Final Fantasy Tactics!!!

By Kaleb Rutherford - 10/06/03
ESRB Details: Alcohol Reference, Mild Violence
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