Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

a game by Square

Platform: GBA

Genre: Adventure/RPG

See also: Final Fantasy Series

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is an incredibly fun spin on a very worthwhile franchise, proving once and for all that in-depth, fun-to-play, eye-catching games are definitely available for the GBA.

Tactics starts out following a group of kids in a relatively boring real-world day. But then one of the group stumbles upon a magical book and when he opens it, the town of St. Ivalice is transformed into an adventurous world of swords, sorcery and monsters. Now it's up to you to return St. Ivalice to its original state.

Although Tactics sets you out on a pretty all-encompassing quest from the get-go, there are so many side quests and other interesting aspects to the game, it's easy to forget why you want to return the world to normal..

What makes the game so much fun is customizing your squad of fighters, thieves, bards and mages. You can control just about everything about them, from the weapons and armor they use to the jobs they have (there are dozens to choose from), to the abilities they specialize in (more than a hundred to train).

The game has literally hundreds of side missions and quests that allow you to unlock new cities find new players and receive interesting treasures.

One of the new aspects of this game is the introduction of laws to the battles you fight. Different battles and cities have sets of rules you have to abide by, like 'no using items'? or 'no swords.'? If you break the rule you get carded. Get enough cards and the game throws your character in jail. Then you have to pay to get them out or let them sit there until their sentence is up.

The game's graphics are absolutely fantastic, keeping in mind the size of the screen you're playing on. The only things about this game that left something to be desired were the repetitive music and lackluster sound effects. Luckily the GBA has a volume control, so I just play muted.

Tactics allows for linked play and you can also trade items or clan members with friends through the link.

The abundance of customization featured in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and the myriad types of battles makes this game a definite keeper. Tactics is the kind of game you're going to hold on to until it's time to upgrade to a new Game Boy.

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