Review: Why You Should Play Final Fantasy Tactics

Final Fantasy Tactics is a tactical RPG released on the Sony PlayStation that features an intriguing political storyline with a strategic and complex battle system.

As Yasumi Matsuno’s first project after joining SquareSoft, Final Fantasy Tactics introduced players to the war ravaged kingdom of Ivalice. Final Fantasy Tactics is deep and engrossing, featuring the greatest edition of the job system used in many Final Fantasy titles. The game is difficult and dense, but the committed player is rewarded with one of the greatest stories told in an RPG.

The story of Final Fantasy Tactics is set during the events of “The War of the Lions”, where Duke Larg and Duke Goltanna are fighting each other to claim the throne. It is on this backdrop that childhood friends, the high born Ramza Beoulve and low born Delita witness the ugly prejudice between nobles and commoners. The tragic death of Delita’s sister changes both of their lives, as Delita begins a plan to use and manipulate the nobility to rise above his rank and seek rule over Ivalice, while Ramza denounces his noble name and fights unrewarded for justice and to protect the princess who is caught up in the political mess. The mature narrative delves into the morals of both men as one becomes the corrupt hero that the public praises, while the other becomes the brave hero that the pages of history forgot.

Battles in Final Fantasy Tactics take place on a 3D isometric field. Each party member can be controlled by moving them around the field and selecting attacks, spells and items. It plays out like a game of chess as position and strategy are very important to the outcome of the battle. Characters are fully customisable, using the extensive job system. There are over 20 different classes to choose from including special versions for important characters. By equipping your army with the likes of Knights, Mages, Summoners and Ninjas, the game is endlessly re-playable and engaging.

The music of Final Fantasy Tactics is both beautiful and mysterious. The battle theme “Trisection” is stirring, but thoughtful, emulating the game-plays use of tactics, while the melodic piano piece “Hero’s Theme” captures the tragic struggle of Delita and Ramza. The soundtrack compliments the story fantastically.

Final Fantasy Tactics is an extremely deep and rewarding experience. If you wish to play an RPG that will challenge and captivate you from beginning to end you should play Final Fantasy Tactics.

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4 responses to “Review: Why You Should Play Final Fantasy Tactics

  1. By far my favorite game of all time. I’ve spent hundreds–if not a few thousand–of hours playing and replaying it since it came out in, what, 1996? Every year or two I get sucked back in for another long stretch of play. Playing as a 4th-grader when it came out, I had nary a concept of the story despite loving it, but as I got older and the details began to make more sense, things became more and more enjoyable. Oh yeah, and the music *is* really great–no doubts about that. One of the most basic ways you can tell the music is good for a game? You can listen to it over and over and over again and it doesn’t suck.

  2. Indeed a great game and one of my top 5. Currently replaying it and the story once again has hooked me in. The music is atmospheric and wonderful. You can play this game over and over without getting bored. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Never played that game, but the story certainly does sound interesting.

  4. One of the best stories in a RPG I have played. Definitely track down a copy or get the fantastic remake on PSP. Thanks

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