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GF Rating
6.6

365 ratings

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GF Rating
4

Weak

Please stop using the Final Fantasy title.

posted by lordkor (MANAHAWKIN, NJ) Feb 21, 2014

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Member since Mar 2008

4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I've been a long time fan of the FF series since the very first. It's a shame to see how far they strayed from tradition. The best thing FFLR has going for it is the graphics. Other than that it's a tedious button mashing RPG which totally lost sight of the FF name. They took away several RPG elements. You no longer get XP when killing monsters. You can only increase your stats through quests and equipment. Also you don't learn new abilities, they have to be either found or part of equipment and the abilities can only be assigned to select buttons. Some equipment already has locked abilities that you can't remove so you're limited to what you can map. It's a chore to equip and setup three different sets and constantly switch them through battles or remap abilities. The stat increases from quests are so miniscule it's almost pointless. They are generous, however, awarding you a bunch of useless accessories that have no effect on your stats at all. Quests can be EXTREMELY drawn out. What you might think is a quick quest turns out to be a tedious bore. For example, an NPC might want an item. You get it and bring it to them. Should be the end right? No, then they want something else, then something else. It's rarely straightforward and some quests will take DAYS game-time to complete because an NPC won't give you all the info you need right away. Mostly, the whole game you're racing against the clock. You only have up to 13 days until the end of the world so for the most part you're rushing around trying to finish quests and help people in order to "Save" their souls and extend the time. Also, you fight mostly alone without any party members save for a few spots in the game.

THE GOOD
Graphics

THE BAD
Tedious multi part quests.
No party.

THE UGLY
Nothing like the traditional FF series.
Controller smashing boss battles.

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GF Rating
1

Horrible

Trash bin

posted by randomall (FPO, AP) Feb 20, 2014

Member since Feb 2014

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

"Square spent so much on a proprietary engine that it was in their best interest to create sequels that re-use assets from the original game....to sum it up. the games a MMO fetch quest with no leveling and a time limit."...watch out for fake accounts claiming this game is anything but...talk to someone you know that has played this and ask.....worst FF.

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GF Rating
7

Good

To be honest ... I enjoyed the game.

posted by nick2quick (SAINT LOUIS, MO) Jun 22, 2014

Member since Jun 2014

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I'll come right out with the bad, TOO many repetitive side missions, I think that's what everyone hated when it came to this game. In the end I ended up saving everyone's souls except for two though. Die heart FF fans will not like the fighting system really. Another bad thing is that there is no partying system, you only get two party characters out of the whole game, and are both on temporary. Equipping yourself in this game can be a hassle sometimes, and you'll find yourself spending 30+ minutes sometimes trying to make a class to be able to encounter any situation, but with certain clothing items you'll already have a preset skill, so sometimes you'll be limited to being able to add 3 or sometimes 2 moves to one class.

As far as good things go, the graphics are GREAT, ever since FF 13 (when I got into the series) I loved the graphics and especially how great they get the cinematic scenes to come out. So many customization features as far as clothing goes if you're in to that sort of thing. Decent story, and nice ending. There's certain garbs you can equip to make yourself 100% immune to Physical or Magic damage as well. If you've played the first installments to FF 13 then you need to finish it off by playing this one, there's also a New Game+ mode so if you want to challenge yourself to achieve and uncover better and stronger items, but I was like nah this game took long enough. Another upside, unless you play non stop you can beat this game in two days, when I finished it said I put 43 hours into the game, so that's close to two days/

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