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