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Final Fantasy Tactics: The War Of The Lions

Released on 05 October 2007

Rating: 12+ (PEGI)

4.0 out of 5 (37 customer reviews) | Write a review

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From the creative minds behind Final Fantasy XII comes an epic combat adventure set in the hugely successful Final Fantasy universe. Imaginative artistic design sets a beautiful backdrop for a gritty, politically charged tale, in which two young men endeavor to reshape the course of history. When the Lions clash, the land of Ivalice trembles. Have you the strength to wrest a kingdom from the clutches of war - or will this dark act of Ivalice's history be her last?
  • Experience strategic, turn-based combat on 3D battlefields!
  • Customise your characters - with 22 jobs and over 400 abilities to choose from, the tactical options are virtually endless.
  • Uncover hidden truths in a gripping tale of intrigue, heresy, love and betrayal!
  • Recruit legendary characters Square Enix characters including Balthier from Final Fantasy XII and Cloud from Final Fantasy VII.
  • Watch key events unfold in breathtakingly beautiful animated cutscenes!
  • Immerse yourself in a captivating musical score from the composer of Final Fantasy XII.
  • Fight against your friends in wireless Melee Mode, or team up with them for Co-Op missions!

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 Average rating (37 reviews)

 could have been alot better...

| | See all GameGuy's reviews (39)

a great look into the final fantasy world of ivalice, continuing on with the success of ivalice in a few final fantasy games, you see a bit more history in it. i felt that the camera work was somewhat awkward to deal with, as you can pan it round but only 4 positions, and sometimes things like trees block your view.

gameplay wise is pretty much the same as the previous final fantasy tactics (fft) you move to different points on the map and sometimes engage in battles, take on jobs buy weaponry etc. i have never played the ps1 version before and want to state the job system is a bit more techinical than the gba version, same that you have to level one job to gain another but you accumulate judge points to buy new skills.

the graphics are very simple, and i beleive nothing has chnaged in terms of in game graphics, however i beleive the have added some cut scenes which i think are a fantastic asset to the game, a sort of cel-shaded anime style cutscenes.

overall i think this is pretty sub standard game, but has some good qualities such as acquiring cloud from final fantasy 7 and balthier from final fantasy 12, however you wont get these characerters till a bit into the game and cloud is prety much useless tilll you unlock his skills. i would rate it 3.5 but there is no .5 for ratings. so id say get it if you want to know more about ivalice and like rpg straregies, otherwise i wouldnt rate it as a gr8 fantastic game, yet again square has produced a revamp that isnt up to scratch.

 Awesome - the best Final Fantasy EVER

| | See all Hitman9945's reviews (12)

Please ignore the previous review where it could have been better - this is a port of the best Final Fantasy game ever made. Originally made in Japan and the US only, I was lucky to play an imported version of the game. The replay value is so phenomal, with the graphics from around the time when Final Fantasy 7 was first released in the nineties. A very strong storyline with abilities to recruit and battle monsters as well as warriors. So many secrets in this game keeps you coming back for. The fact Square-Enix have only enhanced the content makes it a must buy for ANY fan - let alone Final Fantasy fans. I truly believe that this game is far superior to it's cousin on the GBA, and in my view will be by far the best game on the PSP. It's a shame that Square do not release this on other formats - but here's only hoping!

PS The music is brilliant too!


| | See all matr0r's reviews (1)

A brilliant game!

I know a lot of people have bought this game, expecting it to be a Traditional FF Style RPG, and have been let down. However, those who bothered to research the game slightly will know it's a fantastic turn based Strategic Warfare game, along with a brilliant plot.

The game looks stunning on PSP an the sound is stunning.

Ten out of ten!

 Close. So very, very close...

| | See all deedeeminotaur's reviews (6)

All I have to say is "Good job Square Enix". Another brilliant game, although there are just a few teensy flaws that keep this game from being 100%.

The story is well written, and very typical of the Final Fantasy series. A sort of sequel to the original Final Fantasy Tactics for PS1, the story continues after the lion war with new characters, new places, and new themes. Not uncommon to the Final Fantasy series though, such as "Revenge, Betrayal and Loyalty". Despite this, the writers of Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions has done a good job keeping the story original, in its own right.

The gameplay is brilliant. The job system is back, and it's better than ever. There are plenty of classes to choose from, although only two are completely new to the series, and quite a few are missing from Tactics Advance, the version that came out for GBA. There is only one race - "Human". But there are genders, and both genders are exactly the same except for the "Bard" and "Dancer" classes which are exclusive to Males and Females respectively.

The tactics side of things really comes into play here. You move units around the battle map in a grid, and different characters have different ranges, and different Area of Effect spells, and things that mix up the gameplay, exactly the same as the previous two versions of Final Fantasy Tactics. The tactics part of this is a lot more compelling, as there is more of an incentive to keep your warriors alive. The reason for this? Once they die, they're gone forever. This is a bit of a pain, and seemed unnecessary as it's one of the very few things that hold the game back.

The graphics are satisfying. Not excellent, not bad. Just good. There is a considerable frame-rate issue when some units are doing things like, casting spells. When archers fire bows the game slows down so much it's hard to tell if it's frozen or not. Again, another thing that keeps this game from being great. The sound quality is superb, and this certainly comes into play in the very well animated cut-scenes. The cut-scenes are beyond anything from any other PSP game and were a nice addition to help reinforce the story. What surprised me were the voice-overs. I expected a translation in subtitles, but when the characters started speaking English I jumped back in my seat. I was very impressed.

Overall, this game could have been brilliant. It could have been the best game out for the PSP. Just those little few flaws I discussed held it back. It will always be the 99% game.

Story - 9
Gameplay - 8
Presentation - 8

 The best Tactic RPG ever !!!!

| | See all Sisone's reviews (1)

The thing is that the game is a version of a classic made for PS1, by the same team that made FF7, the story is one of the best i've seen, but if you don't like RPGs, Tactics ot reading a lot, don't buy it. But if U like RPGs that's definetively a great game to give a try.

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Rating12+ (PEGI)