It has been nearly four years since Square Enix hinted a sequel in the CRYSTAL CHRONICLE series, and much hype escalated couple years later when visuals of CRYSTAL BEARERS were shown. But is the excitement of a legitimate Final Fantasy to finally appear on the Wii worth the long wait?
Hired as an escort on the Alexis, you play as Layle, a Crystal Bearer who gets sucked into a mess of great proportions after encountering a mysterious Yukie, a race of magic wielders thought to be extinct after the Great War.
You control Layle in a vast land that rivals that of Hyrule Field. You point the Wiimote on the screen to have Layle target and pick up objects. There are many things to pick up and throw with Layle's gravitational power, even NPCs. Unless you love exploring areas in RPGs, get used to walking LONG distances with no warp points. But the soothing music makes up for it!
Unlike other Final Fantasy games and the traditional level-up system, CRYSTAL BEARERS focuses more on synthesizing items to equip to Layle to boost his stats up which encourages players to explore the different lands.
The camera is controlled with the D-Pad making it annoying at times when aiming objects at enemies during miasma battles.
Unfortunately, the intuitiveness of the Wiimote is not too strong and weak at the same time in CRYSTAL BEARERS, but that's no excuse whatsoever since this is Square Enix we're talking about here.
The graphics rival that of TWILIGHT PRINCESS. Yeah, it's that good!
The cutscenes are crisp and colorful as ever!
Unlike what critics say, voice acting is not horrible, and there are moments where the voice acting goes beyond Final Fantasy X standards. It may not be the top, but it does its job!
FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL BEARERS is a nice welcome edition as a first 3-D, story-driven Final Fantasy game to come to the Wii. Although the gameplay is a bit on the iffy with some minor camera issues, CRYSTAL BEARERS is no game to ignore for Wii owners.
This game had a good possible storyline, but the lack of any explanation of the controls left me stuck in a boss battle with nothing to do but sit on my thumbs. Even online walkthroughs did not help. I got maybe 1% into the game, and gave up after an hour of trying. Final Fantasy was never meant to be a Wii game!
If you liked the original Final Fantasy games with 4 characters and the battle styles, this is not the game for you. I was very disappointed that they made this a single character game. It felt like more of a movie than a game. You dont do anything other than walk around really. And the map they give you sucks for actually navigating where to go. There's no actual choice of spells or powers either, you just move stuff with your hands. This is really a disgrace to the original. Definately not the same kind of game at all.