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Good game, but MAKE HULK MAD
on February 12, 2004
This is the first game I've bought for the GBA, but I've played enough systems to have a decent opinion on it...
PROS: This game is a lot of fun for those who love to advance, gaining abilities and levels and statistics. There's an awful lot of stuff to get and learn in FFTA, and with such a large team, you get new abilities and levels in almost every battle. Graphics are entertaining enough, music doesn't get as annoying as you'd think, and the strategic roles of the jobs and races make for some great battlefield moments. It's pretty addictive at the beginning, and pretty satisfying to knock your first Bangaa over a cliff.
CONS: I have played for 95 hours, according to the game clock, and have not finished the game. It's been 60 hours since I even went on a plot-related mission. Soon, all my characters will max out at level 50, and I will still have not have finished the game because I was never offered the final missions! This doesn't seem to happen to everyone, but MAN is it annoying.
After a while, battles feel pretty slow. The screen centers on an enemy, wait, then goes to your character, then back, then the attack is announced, then the sky darkens, then a spell is cast, then the sky lightens, and after the 9000th time it's like AAAAAUGH. JUST HIT ME ALREADY.
And finally, there's the FF issue: for a game as shallow and slow-paced as FFTA, this game has an AWFUL lot of secrets. Reading an Walkthrough will make your head spin; there are dozens of objects you should NEVER throw out, difficult abilities you should be cultivating from the first battle, objects that "you will rarely find in a single game of play," and enemy-gathering trips that can take days of your life, all for the tiniest little perks and advantages! Right now, I have 90% of the spells, abilities and skills....but if I want to get all 100, and I reeeeally do, I'll have to potentially play for another 60 frickin' hours, and frankly, the abilities I'm missing aren't as good as the ones I have. This isn't like FF7 with the Weapons being a fun side-challenge, or FF8 with the Research Lab being a difficult quest to achieve an almighty power. This is hours upon hours of trying your luck at silly little side-stuff that requires no skill, just rolls of the dice.
OVERALL: I had a lot of fun, then I had a lot of annoyance. Play this game with a good attitude, leave it when you're done, and you won't be nearly as bothered as some of us are.