Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (Nintendo Game Boy Advance, 2003)
About this product
|Square's first Game Boy Advance title revisits the strategy side of Final Fantasy in a game based on the engine used in 1998's Final Fantasy Tactics for PlayStation. Taking place in a modern world free from magic and monsters, the game stars three characters named Marche, Ritz, and Mewt, who stumble upon an ancient tome. Once opened, the book transforms their village into the realm of Ivalice -- the same locale introduced in the original game. Now the characters must engage in a series of battles to find their way back home.|
Played from a three-quarter overhead perspective, Final Fantasy Tactics involves moving characters in a turn-based fashion atop grid-like battlefields with varying elevations. Each character is skilled in a particular "job," which influences the types of attacks he or she can use on the enemy. Unlike the PlayStation game, each battle is presided by a judge who will act as a referee during the action. Only lawful moves and techniques are sanctioned in battle to prevent chaos.
The Game Boy Advance version allows players to design their own stages, and various quests can be undertaken in order to earn the money and experience needed to advance or equip characters in the party. Among the featured races are lizardmen, moogles, humans, and more. In addition, two players can battle each other in a separate multiplayer mode. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is also designed to support the Nintendo GameCube-Game Boy Advance Cable to interface with Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles.
|Game||Final Fantasy Tactics Advance|
|Platform||Nintendo Game Boy Advance|
|ESRB Descriptor||Alcohol Reference, Alcohol Reference, Mild Violence, Mild Violence|
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- clondike92May 8, 2015by
worth every penny.
Its a great game and I recommend it to all Final Fantasy Fans. It takes a little while to get used to I you do not frequently play tactical turn based games, but it is fairly user friendly. It also takes multiple play through to completely beat, which isn't a bad thing because it has a great story.
- saltycracker08Apr 3, 2014by
They love it!
I purchased this product as a gift. The person I bought it for is a huge tactical RPG fan. This game was near the top of their wishlist.
- princess_seesa_...Oct 9, 2006by
I highly recommend it!
I had never played Final Fantasy until a couple of years ago and I am saddened that I had missed out on it until then! I owned a Super Nintendo when I was little but always played the Mario games and never tried these. I highly recommend you play it and own it but I will warn you it's very addicting!
- 55868461@delete...Jun 25, 2006by
More Strategy, less your typical Final Fantasy Game
First off, this game is not what youd immediately believe a game with the label Final Fantasy on it to be. This is a re-release of the version that came out on PSone also called Final Fantasy tactics. It's different in many ways from other Final Fantasy games, which for the most part have held a more traditional RPG aspect to them.<br><br>The main difference here is that this game tends to focus itself much more heavily on the strategy and planning of moves aspects, and less so on the story element and character development. Fans of other games in this series should be aware of that going into this game that there are such differences, and those expecting a typical Final Fantasy game will be surprised and may leave playing this game a little less satisfied with the experience, which in of its own right as a game is a worthy purchase, but it you like the elements of the more traditional RPG's of the Final Fantasy series, this may not be the game for you.<br><br>However, anyone who does consider themselves fans of the strategy genre and don't mind the not so plot driven gameplay, somewhat repetitive and drawn out nature of this game and are willing to dive into a seemingly overwhelmingly deep combat schematic and lack of much development as far as the inner workings of the party members, then who's to say you won't enjoy this game. Again, just take what the intent of the game to those who play it into consideration. Those familiar with the series in general may wish to borrow a friend's copy or rent it if possible before investing the full asking price of the game.<br><br>Again this is not to say this is not a great game by any means, as what is there is done well, it does meet standards of the Final Fantasy label, with nice graphics, sound, and well done playability, all taking into consideration the platform its on and the type of game this is. Some may see the 4/5 rating I'm giving this too high, and some too low, but here's ultimately how I came about it: on its own as far as this game goes, it really isn't that bad, but the expectation most players have for a game with the name Final Fantasy attached to it just doesn't seem to be met by this game, especially when you consider the other great games released in this series.Read full review
- 185688412@delet...Jun 3, 2006by
Long involving game, great buy
Last time I checked, I'd clocked in a bit over 25 hours on Final Fantasy Tactics, and so far, the end doesn't seem in sight. For people who want a quick game, this isn't the one. But if you're prepared to slog it out for the long haul, this is a game for you.<br><br>For me, the best part of the game is the job system. Each of the five races has their own job wheel, making your characters infinitely customizable. By building up enough skills in lower classes, higher classes become available on the job wheel. This is also highly customizable, since skills are learned from the weapons you equip characters, and not from experience. Characters can use skills from two separate jobs at once. Sometimes it's more obvious. With Snipers and Hunters you'll generally want to hold on to your archer skills, but other times there's much more freedom involved. Thief skills, for instance, are relatively unhelpful, save for reactionary skills such as counter and maintenance. Your characters can use the same reactionary skills no matter what job you give them.<br><br>The storyline is decent, but occasionally I find that the cut-scenes go on long and I wish I could just go back out and kill monsters. For instance, the first cut-scene where the town of Ivalice becomes the world of Final Fantasy seems to last for about five minutes. The storyline is also slightly too self-referential: you are trapped in the world of Final Fantasy... eh. Still, the characters are, on the whole, strong. Also, the story builds well into the actual game play, and the engagements that are story related are almost always fantastic.<br><br>The law system is, I'm pretty sure, intentionally annoying. It's mandated by the story that as the game goes on, more activities per battle become illegal -- I've just gotten to a battle where I'm facing only animals and they've told me it's illegal to damage animals.<br><br>Engagements are fun. There are two basic types of engagements: missions and clan battles. Missions are bought at any town, you pay for the information and then you travel to where that mission is. Most of your income is going to come from this. Clan battles start pretty early in the game. Basically, your clan is just one of a large number of clans out there in the world of Ivalice, and as you go around the map, other clans are too. You see them going around the map, so it's never a surprise when you bump into them. I often find myself chasing after other clans. Generally, the rewards for these battles are lower than for missions, still, with an enormous group at your disposal, it's always good to have enemies your lower classed characters can fight.<br><br>The only things that consistently annoy me through the game are dispatch missions, which so far I have not been able to make rhyme or reason of why some fail and some succeed. Still, it's a small price to pay.<br><br>Final Fantasy Tactics is a great buy. It'll keep you for probably a whole summer and keep you entertained. Though the storyline is not quite up to par with some of the rest of the Final Fantasy franchise, the game play makes up for it in spades. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys video games.<br><br>4.5/5Read full review