This game is by far one of THE best PSP games ever made. On your first play through, it will provide you with a unique sense of shock and awe, that many games have failed to achieve in recent years. However, that is only on your first play through.
Let me begin by sayin that its a prequel to Final Fantasy VII. An RPG that needs no introduction. Any self respecting gamer, or role-playing fan will know, played or even completed that game. For its time it was amazing. With the amount of critical and player hype it received, Square-Enix was bound to create some sort of spin-off. Who knew that an entire Compilation would be made!!??!!
Regardless of the fact that its a prequel, its a great game in its own right. It is very well developed. An Exceptional story, technically proficient graphics, somewhat good sound effects and a rather addicitive combat system. The one downside is the replay value. The thing you dont normally find in a standard RPG, is a difficulty level. This was not meant to be in any way similar to Square-Enix's other entires. I see it as more of an Action Adventure game rather than an RPG. It follows a very linear story, great Action and some role playin elements thrown in for good measure.
I say this due to the use of the DMW. Leveling up of both magics and character is purely random. Unlike previous final fantasy games where you have to achieve a cetain amount of EXP, this is very different. This randomness lowers its replayability. Theres no sense of trying to achieve a certain level. However, some may find they want everything in the game. Such as completeing all missions to gain all items and magics.
I found myself forced to complete it a second time round. It got very repetetive, sound and gameplay especially. The story is what kept me going this whole time. If you happen to be a Final Fantasy VII fan, you need to play this game. Deeply engrosing. butt, do not expect much from it once you past the finish line. Unless your a completionist that is.
One last thing. This special Edition I am reviewing, its not worth the extra cash. The Extra Art book and Hard slip case is poorly done. Stick with the budget priced regular release.
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