I bought a PSP a few months ago and the first game I played on it was Dissidia: Final Fantasy which is a Final Fantasy based Fighting game. It’s Awesome.
Final Fantasy Fighting Game? Yep, it was released for the 20 year anniversary of Final Fantasy
Best Character to play as? For me – Terra
The premise sounds really awful. All the protagonists of the Final Fantasy series band together to fight all of the Antagonists of the Final Fantasy series.
But for some reason, I really love this game. I’ve played over 100 hours on it. Which for me – that’s a lot, especially for a Fighting game.
Here’s the “plot” of this game
But here’s why the game is so good
Oh, and I really love the art.
I mean, all these characters are drawn so beautifully. In fact, the voice acting in this game isn’t half bad either. Because:
1) Warrior of Light is voiced by Beanie Guy
2) Onion Knight is voiced by Joshua
You can really hear it in his “I knew I was going to win” soundbite.
3) Cecil is voiced by… Yuri Lowenthal
Yuri Lowenthal voices pretty much everyone, but Cecil’s voice sounds most like…
4) Cloud of Darkness is voiced by Laura Bailey
Laura Bailey is (for me) the female Yuri Lowenthal. She voices typical “sexy lady” characters, and also Tohru from Fruits Basket. But Cloud of Darkness is most similar to…
Rayne from BloodRayne of course.
5) Kefka is voiced by Cielo
These guys are both really over the top characters and I love them both.
6) Sephiroth is voiced by… Nooj
I’m not saying the voice actor is bad – he’s actually really good (and handsome) but Nooj… I just… that guy… oh god. He was awful and when I hear Sephiroth I can’t help but think back to Nooj talking.
So yes, the voice actors did delight me in the game.
The Actual Gameplay
Characters have 2 types of attacks that damage 2 different meters.
It sounds confusing, but the more you play the more you get used to it. You characters can equip items to increase all the usual stats you’d expect to see in a Final Fantasy game.
Something else quite different from a traditional fighting game is… the arena.
It’s really hard to show with Screenshots, but it’s a 3D arena. You can run and jump in 3 dimensions. You can run away from your enemy to restore your bravery or HP (if you have regen, obviously) and you can dodge by jumping to a higher platform or dropping down, and such like. An early tactic (that works quite well when fighting characters under level 20) I used was to wait on a high platform, and wait for a character to come to you and smack them just as they reach the top. Worked really well if your character is really slow. That is, if you character was this guy:
Exdeath is to me, the most difficult character to play as. He is phenomenally slow, and I am really inept at dodging and blocking (which is what he is best used for). And God, I know there’s no plot, but each characters is usually interesting in some way, but Exdeath represents THE VOID and doesn’t really ever have anything interesting to say. Cloud of Darkness suffers from the same lack of personality but hey, she’s a sexy lady so…
I mentioned before that my favourite character to play as is Terra. She’s fast, and uses a wide range of attacks (some characters have painfully few). She’s not too powerful on the attack or defense side, but by the virtue of speed and range alone, that didn’t really matter.
My main issue with Terra is that she is the least interesting of the Cosmos guys. She has the misfortune of not only being the only female main character from the first 10 Final Fantasy games, but she’s… a wet blanket. She’s always scared, and worried and oh so frightened and it’s a bit crap really. Her Chaos counterpart (Kefka) is way more fun and interesting. Still, I love playing as Terra.
If you have a PSP, do get this game. It’s really fun to play, and even if you aren’t a Final Fantasy enthusiast, the differing gameplay mechanics make it really interesting. Give it a go.
Guys who have played -whose your favourite to play as?