So this is my first written game review. I’m going to focus on things that I find important when playing games but if there’s any area you think I’ve missed please let me know.
This review and all in the future will be spoiler free. I love to be surprised by games and would hate to take that away from anyone.
Considering the original FFV was first released in Japan in 1992 it’s fair to expect some upgrade graphically for the 2013 Android version. I enjoy that the new version keeps the charm of the original, especially on the world map. Everything is practically the same just crisper and brighter, this works wonderfully on the tablet.
Speaking of the tablet, initially I was sceptical of playing a “proper” game using the touch screen. I was pleasantly surprised how well this worked, thinking about it now it seems logical that the turn based battle system would benefit from touch screen capabilities, this is something Nintendo picked up on many years ago with the DS. Picking spells or items is fast and simple. Moving around and interacting with people is also easy, you are not limited to using a particular part of the screen for movement, which has been awkward and frustrating on other mobile device games I’ve played. Anywhere you touch you can use to move about, it’s very responsive.
It’s Final Fantasy, the music is awesome, obviously.
To be honest so far the plot has been very typical RPG. (I’ve just finished world 1 out of 3). But I find this quite charming and refreshing, some of the more recent games in the final fantasy series have been a little over complicated at times. This type of story line defiantly stirs feelings of nostalgia, it may be a little over simplified but there’s still enough there to get you genuinely concerned for the fate of their world.
You don’t really meet many characters but the ones you do are well formed and memorable, quality over quantity.
I was astounded by the number of different classes (called jobs in the game) there are to choose from. So far I’ve unlocked 21 and I don’t think that it stops there. Switching between jobs is relatively easy, it doesn’t require loads of extra levelling, which is a good job really or you’d never get to try them all.
The difficulty is pretty average, I’ve only come across a couple of bosses that have given me any trouble. But you do have to consider that I’m a sucker for grinding, which is made easy in this game due to the auto feature. This can be turned on and off at any point in normal battles, it will automatically use the last move you had the character use and increases the speed of the battles significantly, perfect for grinding.
On the whole I am thoroughly enjoying playing this game but there are a couple of small points that I find bothersome.
Firstly there are no reminders of what you’re supposed to be doing, which can be a problem if, like me, you forget everything once you go to sleep. A small prompt in the menu screen would be helpful.
Secondly, I get lost. A lot.
I realise the game is intended to make you explore to get the most out of it but some kind of destination indicator on the mini map would be practical.
These two points are relatively minor. I still find the game very satisfying to play and would recommend it to anyone.
Thank you for taking the time to read this review, I hope it has been informative. Let me know what you think of this game