I must admit this game was an old favorite, wonderful story line, engaging game play. It was a joy for me to leap back in time to this game, that holds up very well as far as the passage of time. It was games like this with a strong story and a expansive world populated with characters that you actually care about, that set the stage for the best of the current RPG's. When I first played this game,,,way back, it was incredible, and it was just as enjoyable this time around.
Before I had rented this game, I had played my fair share of RPG's, but this one passed them all by a mile. The in-battle play is unique, but very likeable. It's massive character line-up is awesome because each character has it's own special way of fighting and getting stronger. Some use button combos to perform different moves, while others can transform into a more powerful form. Almost all characters have an "attack" command, and many of them can use magic. There are numerous spells and attacks in this game. This IS a Final Fantasy game, so of course, the storyline is terrific. There are many optional subplots that you may choose to follow, and some pretty funny ones, if I might add. The graphics are very good for GBA. The game gives you that good 'ol SNES feel. The sound effects for the moves were very cool, too. If you already think you'll like this game, I would recommend buying it, because it is a very long game, not to mention all the sidequests. I already logged 33 hours on mine, and I still haven't beaten it. Overall, this is the essence of 2D RPGs, and you should definitely check it out.