I can remember looking down at my PSP and asking why I even had the device. There were so few games I enjoyed playing on it. Lately with many of my PSP reviews you can definitely tell that’s not the case any more. Square Enix adds to the collection of solid PSP titles with the prequel to the original Dissidia, Dissidia 012 Duodecim Final Fantasy. Ugh, despite the fun I had, let’s be honest. That is a TERRIBLE name. It’s so long and cumbersome. (That’s what she said!)
Among the additions are Laguna and two other chicks.
If you are a fan of Final Fantasy, this game won’t disappoint. It has good guys and bad guys from every game up to the newest “Press A to proceed” Final Fantasy XIII. The premise of the game is that a Goddess of Light and a God of Darkness has brought heroes and villains from different worlds to battle it out. From there, the story is confusing, muddled, and forgettable. If you are wanting to play a game for story, look elsewhere. If you want an action packed battle fest with familiar characters beating each other’s asses, then you found your target.
This game differs from the original with new characters and battle mechanics such as assist moves. During a battle you can call a buddy to help you defeat your opponent. They only last long enough to pull off a special move, but it’s still nice. The battles are fast paced, all over the place melees. Particle effects are being thrown everywhere as you and your opponent fly across the sky, chasing each other down. With as fast paced and button mashy as the game seems, there are many times where you need to be paying attention and react on the fly. At first the game can be very relentless and make you feel silly for even trying. Once you get it down it becomes a little more manageable yet still very challenging.
Battles are fought with two main stats, Bravery and Hit Points. I like to think of Bravery as a sort of shield. It keeps refilling, but when it is gone you take serious damage. Most of your attacks focus on hurting your opponent’s Bravery. Once that is low enough or completely gone, then it is time to attack with your special moves that use your Bravery and hurt their Hit Points. This makes planning your attacks and having a good defensive strategy really matter. As for how the fighting feels, it’s kind of hard to describe. Its nothing like Street Fighter and sort of very loosely like Smash Brothers. There is also a Roleplaying mode, in which you have the moves mapped to certain buttons and just press accordingly. You don’t have any control over where your character goes, just what attacks he does or if he defends or not. Its interesting, but you will want to stick with the action style.
Everyone has familiar special moves.
The graphics are absolutely brilliant on the handheld. The animations are for the most part very smooth. There is some occasional chugging, but a very small amount of it. The soundtrack takes many of our favorite Final Fantasy tunes and jazzes them up a little, making for a feast for the ears. Fans of the series will go bonkers seeing many of their favorites realized in the new graphic style. I was very surprised with Laguna, and who could forget the ever bouncy Tifa?
Tifa just asked "Are you looking at my gigantic wonderful breasts?"
Fans will have fun leveling each character to the maximum, getting the best gear as well as unlocking costumes. If you have not played the first one, fear not for two reasons. One: This is a prequel. Two: Upon completion of this one, you will unlock the first Dissidia. How awesome is that? Two games for the price of one! Here’s a little video for you to check out of an epic battle between Kain(FFIV) and Terra (FFVI). Enjoy!
[review title=”Dissidia 012 Duodecim Final Fantasy” pros=”Great graphics. Great sound track. Tifa hops around a lot. Action packed challenging battles. Great effects. Lots to do. It comes with the first game as a hidden bonus.” cons=”Story isnt good. At first the battles can become overwhelming. ” verdict=”Quite a quality game if you are a Final Fantasy fan. Lots of characters to level and you get the first game along with it. Another good PSP game to put in the stack. ” score=85]