Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
I cannot believe that it took me so long to get into Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. For some reason, I always thought that it was just a port of the PlayStation classic so I kind of ignored it. Boy was I wrong as this is its very own game and one of the most charming and fun tactical RPGs on the Game Boy Advance.
The Magical Land Of Ivalice
What really grabbed me as I started playing Final Fantasy Tactics Advance was the story. For me, a Final Fantasy game, even a tactics one, needs a great story. Here the main character is Marche who has friends called, Mewt, Ritz, and Doned. They are “normal” kids who thanks to a magical book find themselves transported from their “normal” town of St. Ivalice to a magical counterpart called just Ivalice. I do not want to spoil the story, but the basics are you want to get back home.
The combat in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is just a real joy to play. The game is played on an isometric viewpoint. You have control of your “squad” and you must organize your team, plan your attacks and do them. It is a lot of fun and the gameplay is quite deep, but I really do like how easy Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is to get into.
The start of the game has this really fun snowball fight that actually teaches you the basics of the combat system. I like how it is very in-depth, but at the same time, you will have no trouble getting into the game.
It is said that there are actually 300 missions for you to complete in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance which is just crazy! You have four different styles of missions in the game these are regular, encounter, area and dispatch. These all have their own differences which helps add a great deal of variety to the game as you play through it.
Get A Job And Obey The Law!
The job system is Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is cool and there are actually some missions that will require a party member to be a specific job class. This is quite interesting and there are various ways that you can tinker with jobs to make them a little bit different. It may take you a while to get into the right groove and find out what kind of jobs suit your play style the best.
Another aspect of the game that is interesting is the Law system. Judges in battles can set laws that can alter the battle. Laws can be things like not allowing you to use a specific weapon or spell or there may be a change to your status. These are a very interesting idea, but a few can feel a little unfair on occasion.
I really enjoyed my time with Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and think that it is a solid entry to the series. It is very easy to get into, but the game does kick the difficulty up several notches. Hopefully, by the time this happens, you will be used to what you have to do. If tactical based RPGs have interested you, but you have never managed to get into them. Give Final Fantasy Tactics Advance as it more accessible than most.
- I love the art style and overall presentation
- It has a fantastic story with interesting characters
- Plenty of missions to complete
- Over 30 different types of job classes!
- The “law” system is very interesting
- Some of the laws can feel a little unfair
- Some battles are super tough!
Download Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
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.