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GF Rating
8.1

1087 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
8

Very Good

posted by malachi (CORONA, CA) Aug 23, 2008

Member since Jun 2008

If you enjoyed playing any of the tactic games then this one will not let you down. The story line is very interesting the only thing I didn't like was it seemed to be a little short. If you stay away from the side quests and getting the hidden characters then u could pretty much breeze through this game. The battles are fought like any other tactics game which means that they take up to 15 min for one battle. The only thing I didn't like about this game that was included in other games was that you can't optimize in the fitting room and it's kind of time consuming when your changing jobs and equipment all the time

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

A very good sequel to FFTA

posted by ButtonMash (WATERLOO, IA) Aug 19, 2008

Member since Jun 2005

The first FFT I put well over 90 hours into unlocking everything and doing every quest. This is in a day when I am not compelled to do that with most games.

That being said, FFTA2 was going to be a tough sell going in. At first, I wasn't thrilled with the interface changes, as it felt dumbed-down. But once I got into it, I saw it was quite improved. No longer do you waste days just walking back and forth looking for random battles to grind leveling. Instead, the map is split up into provinces and you only spend days when going between provinces. Thus, if you have a lot to do in one area, you're not spending multiple days just doing quests. Meantime, the clock is running on anything else you've accepted. The only other thing with the interface is the touch interface feels a little tacked on. However, I do like how SquareEnix didn't think they were OBLIGATED to come up with a touch screen gimmick when it wasn't necessary (a la Mario 64 DS).

The new system of unlocking items in shops can be a little daunting. Once you get into it it adds a nice bit of depth and beats having to check the shops constantly for new items after a main quest line mission.

The missions are widely varied and the clan trials are actually fun. The only thing that is lacking so far is the story. Some people were put off by the 20+ min opening to FFTA1. I personally enjoyed it, as it set up what turned out to be an epic story. The intro to FFTA2 is much shorter and kind of left me wondering why I should care about the main character and what he's going through. Hopefully that will turn around as I progress through the game.

Overall it is a great sequel, despite the changes to the story. It has successfully sucked me in and will be keeping this one.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

final fantasy stress

posted by acerecuban (TAMPA, FL) Jul 13, 2008

Member since Nov 2007

the game is long which is good since u get a lot for ur money. the story is extremely weak and most missions get boring cause the reason doesnt matter. a lot of job classes add to the fun. but the game is extremely hard and the laws are not fun. sometimes u just want to fight and not be following stupid laws like no attack, or can only move one step, and a bunch more that instead of making the game fun make u really frustrated. i love final fantasy but just because of the name im not gonna say this game was good. the best word for it is frustrating.

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