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second to no RPG, strategy or not
on January 23, 2004
after feeling somewhat indifferent to FFT's slow gameplay and overly serious (and frankly, uninteresting) politic-based storyline, not to mention its downright broken methods of leveling which meant hours throwing rocks at your allies to get experience points, it's a massive breath of fresh air to see a game with this much spirit and style come out with everything i actually liked about FFT and none of the things i didn't. it improves on virtually every single aspect of FFT. its battles are lightning-quick, managing characters is extremely easy, the "portal" which lets you re-visit maps (random battles in a strategy RPG weren't my idea of fun in FFT's case), the use of entirely new elements such as item levels which you can modify, specialists which you can find and assign in the game to your weapon to increase its stats (this is thankfully not a matter of looking on a FAQ to find out where they are, as they are randomly put on the map and you must capture them), an extremely engaging storyline, top-notch voice acting (in dual languages!), the always tantalizing concept of infinite power (read: start from level one, get to level five thousand), a massive list of secrets including entire worlds, items, character classes, and side stories, the "Dark Assembly" political aspect of the game which revolves around your parties' tie-in with the government to gain an advantage in battle (it is possible to bribe or persuade by force the senators who can help you), the ability to capture monsters on the field and have them work for you, the extremely well executed idea of tactical team combat, the use of "geo panels" which modify the field and can be manipulated to your advantage, "transmigrating" characters, i could go on and on about the depth of this game. it's also fantastic that although it may seem intimidating during the in-game tutorial, you do not have to master every concept to get by in the game and still have fun with it. its graphics are stylish, its soundtrack not without several stand-out gorgeous tracks, its second-to-none gameplay, and an extremely high fun factor make this game an absolute classic. highly, highly recommended.