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Review: World of Final Fantasy

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Amazon.com: World of Final Fantasy - PlayStation Vita : Square Enix LLC:  Juguetes y Juegos

When a series gets too many sequels and spin-offs one can expect either greatness or failure out of the end result of each. Final Fantasy has been a staple in the JRPG genre for decades and to celebrate its 30th anniversary Square Enix decided to release yet another spin-off title filled with love and all those things that help made the series what it is today. Few have been the cases when spin-off titles end up feeling like a main one, and World of Final Fantasy nails it.

Overview

Set in a fictional world that unites all the Final Fantasy mythos, World of Final Fantasy begins with two twins who have no recollection of events past as to why they are where they are or what they need to do. Tama, and a self-proclaimed woman who calls herself god, explain the situation to them and help open the way to Grymoire, which could be like a Final Fantasy multiverse, for them to find out the truth while exploring many well-known locales to fans of the series and of course, help classic Final Fantasy characters and protagonist, known as champions, along the way. Dozens of worlds, references and tiny but lovely details await Lann & Reynn, and Tama in an adventure that is a love letter to all time fans.

Presentation

Being this a game originally released both for PS4 and PS Vita, some visual differences were to be expected on the handheld. I played on the latter and while I am of course pleased with the graphics, once compared to other consoles it does feel like portable version of the game. However, all of the content is in there excluding the maxima expansion and once one realizes the game got actually ported to a handheld with just some visual and frame rate sacrifices here and there that don't damage the experience, the game is a blast to play on the go if you can't play it on a Switch. The chibi style helps to take the series back to where it started, and also, the anime cutscenes mixes well with the overall funny tone the game offers.

World Of Final Fantasy - Ps Vita - Novo - Lacrado | Frete grátis

As for the sound department and soundtrack, I love it all. While I'm not pretty sure if all of the original voice actors made a comeback for this, those who did got into their characters yet again delivering another take on their stories and who once intertwined with other Final Fantasy characters would be. Listening to those classic tunes and battle remixes all over again not only took me back but also reminded me how something so short and sweet can work wonders.

Gameplay

As read above, this game aimed for delivering a classic Final Fantasy experience once again as its way to celebrate its anniversary, and what a better way to use the turn based combat with ATB again. There's a catch to differentiate it as to not feeling a mere copy paste technique: now classic monsters from the entire series are your allies and battle with you once you have recruited them. Take it a Pokemon thing, battles can take place with each member of the party fighting on their own or, combining their powers as stacks. Seeing a baby Chocobo atop a Malboro is a sight I once thought to be impossible but this game made it happen. Battling is pretty straight forward on the easy side and this may be a bit of a problem as old titles weren't exactly cake walks but still, to battle alongside Final Fantasy monsters and summoning protagonists like Terra or antagonists like Sephiroth, among others, hits all the right buttons.

World of Final Fantasy tendrá demo en PS4 y PS Vita en los próximos días

As for outside of battle, exploring is exactly like it was back in the PS1 and PS2 era of games like FF7,8,9, and 10 with the twist that now to get to some place one must have certain monsters, known as mirages, to proceed. Some of them will use ice abilities, flying, smashing and the like to help our protagonist continue on their journey. Side quests are present as expected with A LOT of them waiting to be completed. Some of them involve classic Final Fantasy characters and those interactions between them made worth the effort.

Overall

World of Final Fantasy Melenggang ke PS4 dan PS Vita Oktober 2016 - Tekno  Liputan6.com

World of Final Fantasy is for me like Persona Q2 was: a spin-off title with AAA canon vibes to it. A fine good use of licensing across many generations put together nicely and, a good example that no matter in what category a game may end up being, if developers put love into it the result will please players. Available on PS4, PS Vita, Switch, PC, and Xbox One.

4.5 out of 5

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About Exberone of us since 7:47 PM on 04.07.2020

I guess these would be considered as my stats, so here I go:

I'm Exber, not related to my name by any means. I'm from Venezuela and I'm an English Teacher.

I have been playing video games since I was 4 years old. Goldeneye 007 for the Nintendo 64 are among my first gaming memories.

Console gamer for the love of everything retro. I play on PS1, PS2, PS3, PSP, PS Vita, Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii, 3DS, DS, GBA, and Xbox 360.

Resident Evil and Persona share the spot as my favorite gaming series. Following this, here are my favorite games per year along with the runner ups:

2006: The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time

2007: Resident Evil 2

2008: Persona 4
Runner Up: Resident Evil 4

2010: Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater
Runner Up: Final Fantasy XII

2011: Radiant Historia
Runner Up: Okami

2012: Klonoa Door to Phantomile
Runner Up: Tomb Raider Anniversary

2013: Fatal Frame 3 The Tormented
Runner Up: Silent Hill 4

2014: Onimusha Dawn of Dreams
Runner Up: Resident Evil Zero

2015: The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword
Runner Up: Final Fantasy IV

2016: Final Fantasy IX
Runner Up: A Link Between Worlds

2017: Persona 5
Runner Up: Brothers A Tale of Two Sons

2018: Skies of Arcadia Legends
Runner Up: Zelda Spirit Tracks

2019: Persona Q2 New Cinema Labyrinth
Runner Up: Ghost Trick

2020: Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker
Runner Up: Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy

2021: Pandora's Tower
Runner Up: Xenoblade Chronicles

I try to learn the most I can with every video game, thus my Retro GOTY winners won a place in me. Best examples are Persona 4 (2008) and Final Fantasy IX (2016)

GameSpot and GameInformer were the sites that granted me the opportunity to blog prior to coming here. Good times.

I'm currently 27 years old. Come May 10th and I'll level up.

Favorite color: green.

Favorite number: 4.

Favorite video game genre: Survival Horror. RPGs come second.

Favorite movie: 13 going on 30.

Favorite game of all time: Persona 4.

And, that's about it for now.