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Truly awesome for FF lovers
posted by Carbine (COLTON, CA) Aug 25, 2009
Member since Dec 2007
30 out of 34 gamers (88%) found this review helpful
The basic idea is a fighting/rpg style game where as before every match you choose your character and equip them with different items, gear, and summons that you get from playing that will modify your stats. Once thats done you go into the match with your character and fight. The fighting is really simple to pick up but fairly hard to master. The basics are that you build bravery points by using bravery attacks. the higher the points get the more damage you will do when you use an actual hp strike. Also while raising your own bravery you can simultaneously lower your opponents points by landing your attacks. The skill comes from learning when to use bravery or hp attacks as when you use hp attacks your points diminish and if your opponent catches you off guard there points will skyrocket. At the end of each battle you will collect experience, items, etc. As you level up eventually you will unlock new powers and can use better gear.
Theres a lot more to it so I will just get into the pros/cons:
Pros: Beautiful graphics, plenty of characters all brought back perfectly, Good voice acting, epic music, and more content in one UMD then I've ever seen.
Cons: No online multiplayer!!!, the first story mode can get old (but the second one is way better), and it can get insanely hard sometimes even on the easier settings.
All in all if you are a FF fan I believe you will love this as it was made as the ultimate fan service project. There is soooo much more then I was able to share and I label this game a MUST rent, and highly approve of as a definite buy.
posted by Done25 (ALBANY, NY) Sep 8, 2009
Member since Feb 2008
10 out of 13 gamers (77%) found this review helpful
1. Blocking and dodging is a bit overpowered. You can LITERALLY backstep INTO an attack and not get hit if you timed it right. (Ex. Genesis Rock - Rips rocks out of the ground and shoots them in different directions. I can EASILY back step through the rock as it get's shot at me. The computer abuses this like crazy. It will literally stand IN PLACE and not get hit.)
2. If you don't keep up on your level and equipment grinding you will quickly fall in power levels in story mode. (Not THAT big of a problem.)
3. Some characters are borked (Exdeath) and some suck. Horribly. (Kefka and his "all my brave attacks can be dashed back at me.")
3. You (basically) have to buy the villains to play as them and you have to do the hero's stories to unlock the secret characters. So that you can buy them. (One at 5 and the other when all 10 are done) But you have to beat their story first.
Fan Service in Spades!!
posted by PATSFAN2K6 (attleboro, MA) Sep 8, 2009
Member since May 2006
4 out of 6 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
To say Dissidia Final Fantasy isn't like that would be a gross understatement. Bringing together a cast of 20 heroes and villains from the first 10 Final Fantasy games (plus two secret ones from XI and XII), it blends RPG elements with deceptively simple one-on-one fighting to create a crossover fighter unlike any seen before. It also puts about as much emphasis on story and character interaction as it does on fighting, and the action is supported by dozens of lengthy, densely chatty cutscenes, most of them devoted to just showing how all these characters interact with one another.
There's a fresh plot behind these meetings, revolving around the gods Cosmos and Chaos gathering champions for one last, end-of-the-universe battle. But ultimately, how much you care about it all will tie in directly to how big of a Final Fantasy fan you are. If the thought of FFVII's Sephiroth having a conversation with FFVIII's Squall gives you fanboy/girl chills, or if you've always wanted to see FFIV's Cecil reconcile with his brother/nemesis Golbez, then the stories that unfold here are a huge treat.
Addictive For Hours... Then Gets Old
posted by RamCow (HONOLULU, HI) Feb 9, 2010
Member since Aug 2007
2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
The only design that could use some improvement is the movement which makes the game fairly old after a few run throughs. The movements are essentially limited to running toward or away from your enemy which doesn't work so well with some of the stage designs.
Still overall an excellent game and a must-try. Given how cheap it is to buy, it would probably even be worth it to buy.
posted by cromostone (UNIONTOWN, OH) May 20, 2010
Member since Jan 2010
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
It could be worse....
posted by Tobikun (PITTSBURG, CA) Sep 10, 2009
Member since Mar 2008
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
Visual: I give the visuals a 9/10. I have not played many PSP games but I must say this is game is very visually appealing as far as a handheld game goes. However in mid battle less than favorable (BAD) camera angles can get annoying and while in the fast paced fighting Dissidia has you won't have much time at all to change the camera around so you can see.
Sound: I may only be 15 but the soundtrack for this made me feel nostalgic in a way. As always with Nobuo Uematsu you can't go wrong with his compositions. This game featured some of the best tracks from all the Final Fantasy games and the older ones got a newer finish to them. Flawless sound.
Gameplay: This is where the true flaws in this game come out to play. The battle system is quite fluid and the controls are quite easy to understand. However the game will get incredibly repetitive incredibly fast. Not to mention the lack of a Wi-Fi multiplayer option without a PS3 is not appealing to me at all. This game really didn't make use of the PSP's built in Wi-Fi. Annoying AI battles will ensue when you find that the CPU characters end up doing things your character is not allowed to do. 6/10
Final Thoughts: All in all Dissidia Final Fantasy is a decent game and if you are a Final Fantasy fan I recommend it as it can be quite fun and addictive despite its' flaws. However if you are just looking for a fighting game this is not the game for you. For a fighting game I would recommend waiting for Soul Calibur Broken Destiny to come out for the PSP as that is more your classic definition of a fighting game.
The Final Score: 8/10 (and yes this is correct I averaged it out myself)
posted by drdynamo (APACHE JUNCTION, AZ) Sep 21, 2009
Member since Apr 2006
5 out of 13 gamers (38%) found this review helpful
Dissidia, not living up to all the hype.
posted by TranzorZ (MONTPELIER, VT) Sep 2, 2009
Member since Sep 2009
4 out of 11 gamers (36%) found this review helpful
I doubt thiis game would have any attention if not for the FF skinned players.
Pros: Top Notch Cut scenes (above par for PSP - it is Square Enix after all). high level of model detail. Fast arena fights, easy to master combat system. Tons of customizations.
Cons: fights are monotonous, repetitive and almost boring.
Arena Maps look as though someone spent 5 minutes on the concept and 15 minutes building them. Physics are iffy, like starting to slash your sword in mid air (not hitting anything) and you float there for a second, almost as if the gravity is absent. Some of the ingame movement systems, like riding a light beam rail, have a bit of choppy control - for instance in battle, one second you will be traveling in one direction, but the locked on camera system can reverse your direction if your enemy moves to the other side of the light beam.
The object of slashing your opponent many times inflicting almost no damage at all, in order to build up strength to slash (with the same weapon equiped) with your HP attack to finally give damage is a big game kill. (unless you like pressing buttons over and over that essentially are doing nothing). No adventure maps, just a hokey Chess board style movement system.
In closing; i was actually looking forward to playing this title, but the substance wasn't great enough to keep me playing more than the few hours that i lent to this game. Repetitive game play, endless button tapping, no adventure, lack luster map design, and absent minded physics all had me ask myself
'would this game make it if it were not associated with a large franchise like Final Fantasy?' 'No'
after playing this, I probably wouldnt purchase it.
I rated this a 6, lower if it wasnt for the beautiful cut scenes.
HORRIBLE GAME BY SQUENIX
posted by OtakuCO (WRAY, CO) Jan 8, 2010
Member since Dec 2009
5 out of 14 gamers (36%) found this review helpful
posted by jeanzep (MODESTO, CA) Oct 5, 2009
Member since Apr 2006
5 out of 18 gamers (28%) found this review helpful
Sent it back after ten minutes of playing...
posted by Ranzoid (ALBANY, OR) Dec 1, 2009
Member since Jul 2009
3 out of 12 gamers (25%) found this review helpful
This is not how a FF game is suppose to be, i can understand that they might be trying to experiment with new gameplay techniques but not for a game that is know for having sprawling world maps and reducing it down to a grid and a bland fighter
Not the Best Square Title
posted by abird1111 (MADISONVILLE, KY) Jan 3, 2010
Member since Sep 2009
1 out of 4 gamers (25%) found this review helpful
posted by yohmaster (RIVERVIEW, FL) Aug 25, 2009
Member since May 2009
2 out of 11 gamers (18%) found this review helpful
Final Fantasy Dissidia, not a FF
posted by Nojiske (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) Apr 5, 2012
Member since Apr 2012
1. Gameplay lacking and did not work for Final Fantasy in the least.
2. Story line lacking in interest.
3. Could not get into the game
4. Bios of the characters are amazing.
No dissin' dissidia
posted by STB123 (KALAMAZOO, MI) Mar 21, 2011
Member since Mar 2011
Fist off: the storyline: 6.5/10
I wasnt too thrilled with the story to dissidia. It has its ups and downs.
You follow each of the 10 worriors in the game from FF1 to FF10. Each has their own story that takes place at the same time as the others. This is pretty cool, and you can watch everything in the "proper" order once you've unlocked all the cutsenes.
On the other hand, the acting is pretty bad. Not much to listen to.
The story itself is interesting and it will take a long time to completely finish, but after a short time it gets repetative and boring.
Next: the gameplay: 10/10
Im sure not everyone will agree with me, but for those who are into this type of combat, you will love it.
One downside, is that explaining how you fight is complicated. Luckily, once you play the game, it becomes obvious. Basically you can attack with bravery attacks (gain more strength to do more damage with HP attacks), or you can attack with HP attacks (does HP damage).
Sometimes starting out can be a bit frustrating, hitting an opponent with HP attacks can be difficult and once you learn your opponents HP attacks, you can dodge them nearly every time. But once you play for a while, and unlock new abilities, you will have an easier time and be thrashing past opponents no problem.
Testing..1,2...: the sound: 8/10
As I said, the voice overs are nothing to brag about.
But the music is top notch. They have music from the previous FF games including Once Winged Angel from FF7 and Otherworld from FF10. Attacks, grunts, taunts and all durring the gameplay are all perfectly fine and can add to the game.
I might want to give it a 10, but in all honesty it doesnt deserve it. As impressive as the game is, there is much to improve on, but overall it is a Great game. go on try it
Hours Upon Hours of Gameplay
posted by Zephyr71 (EL PASO, TX) Nov 14, 2010
Member since Nov 2010
It would have been nice to have another mode where you can team up and go at it. I can't wait for the next Dissidia coming out soon.
Best Fighting game for Me
posted by smorri1 (ANTELOPE, CA) Sep 23, 2010
Member since Sep 2005
Disidia: Final Fantasy
posted by Raziel111 (LINDSAY, CA) Sep 13, 2010
Member since Aug 2010
First things first. Combat was cool. The environment was really interactive, including the abillity to run along walls or destroy certain objects. Combat was fun with the cool power ups known as EX-Mode.
A supermove that could greatly turn the tide of battle, if not winning it for you. It also allowed you to to do certain types of button commands that were different between characters. Plus, the story mode was cool and fun. Being able to play as a main protagonist and a main antagonists from ten of the games was fun for a variety of characters.
On the otherhand, combat was fun for some characters. Players each have two different kinds of attacks. One that makes them more powerful and the enemy weaker and another that takes away HP. Some of these attacks are incredibly slow and weak, while others are more powerful than the other. Plus, EX-Mode is usless if you cant land a hit on the enemy. The one fault of story mode was constant one on one battles, no one against many.
Overall, the game was fun. Even though the flaws were definetly noticeable, they weren't enough to stop you from liking the game. Especially if you are a great fan of the Final Fantasy series. It doesn't really matter what the critics say.
good game but very repetitive
posted by yepitsme (BURLEY, ID) Aug 15, 2010
Member since Aug 2010
cons- unbelievably repetitive, boring storyline. getting good equipment (above lv 75) is crazy hard.
I loved this game at first the idea of being cloud beating up on sephiroth or vice versa is great. The battle scheme is a much smoother version of a newer dbz game, but this storyline was given absolutely no thought. i mean come on enix if your going to take years to make a game make a good and deep storyline. this game is crazy repetitive, all the monsters are shadows of the twenty or so characters and you fight them over and over and over and for a change of pace you actually fight a real person.
Overall this game is great for the first 10 hours. but the fighting is really fun.
Good and Bad depending on the person
posted by Zer023 (EDISON, NJ) Aug 1, 2010
Member since Jun 2010
One of the best games for PSP
posted by nacho689 (SNOW HILL, NC) Jul 29, 2010
Member since Jul 2010
Finally a good fighting system
posted by phatboyjj (HOUSTON, TX) Jul 19, 2010
Member since Apr 2010
Graphics: (4/5) Not bad for psp
Voice Acting: (1/5) So so bad
Game play: (5/5) Amazing the game play made the game
Music: (5/5) Great and clear.
Over All: This game was not bad for ppl who want a faster pace game with good music and decent graphic. The story line is horrible so just play arcade mode. but sadly in order to get the better attacks you gotta do story but its not good at all. Over all its a must play for the game play really good. but dont think about the story its not good at all.
posted by tennisking (MARION, IA) May 19, 2010
Member since May 2010
Unorthodox, but quite addictive!
posted by ExWifeH8tr (LAS VEGAS, NV) May 18, 2010
Member since Jul 2009
posted by Sims25 (PENSACOLA, FL) Mar 1, 2010
Member since Mar 2010