For any strategy fan not to have heard of Final Fantasy Tactics, it’s almost blasphemy against your gods. The original(and remake) PS1 classic set a whole new standard, and after flying at the GBA with a resounding success, it turns it’s head to the Nintendo DS. Whilst it may not be as mature or as deep as the classic, it makes up for it with bucketfuls of charm and love and that cute fluffy feeling you get when you see a game that steals your heart.
The gameplay is similar to previous ones, running on a grid with turns judged by the speed stat. The job system returns, and you can recruit tons of members for your clan and change peoples jobs around, and with 6 different races to recruit from, your clan can be whatever you want it to be. From warriors to archers to magicians to thieves, you won’t run out of a new character combination any time soon.
The…problem with this game lies in how short it is. With a whopping 400 quests and missions to do…you’d expect the story to be longer than 20 missions. It ultimately results in a bit of a misbalance, as the story’s changing from a light-hearted atmosphere as your gathering mushrooms to a dark gritty one as you expose a criminal gang, and then your suddenly fighting a huge demon in some sort of rift between worlds…and then it’s all over. There are a lot of unrelated missions with their own stories and their own cases to do, but your more interested in the main story than finding out about a zombie lady or whomever.
Some classic faces also reappear, so fans of Vaan and Penelo can rejoice. Coming with them is the ladies man, Al Cid, and the moogle MontBlanc. But after you’ve recruited them all, you don’t feel much like finishing all those missions for nothing in particular. Kinda sucks that there’s so much content in the game that isn’t utilized well…
But that doesn’t mean that it’s a bad game. It’s a very very very enjoyable game for any strategy fan, with great scriptwriting, gameplay and some stunning visuals to take your breath away. It’s just a shame that it acts like it doesn’t know what it’s doing with all of it’s toys and the like.