Final Fantasy Tactics: The War Of The Lions

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War Of The Lions

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War Of The Lions

A tactical RPG classic, worth every penny

It may seem a bit cheeky of Square Enix to release a game that is pushing 15 years-old for this kind of price, and to be honest it sort of is. After all, you can get games with incredible depth – that will more than likely eat up weeks and months of your life – for a fraction of the cost of Final Fantasy Tactics.

However, even bearing in mind the swathes of alternatives that exist, the fact remains that they are unlikely to be as good as this classic of the strategy RPG genre.

Starting out life on the PlayStation, before moving on over to the PlayStation Portable, FFT now finds itself updated with touchscreen controls and a few other tweaks for iOS devices. It’s not a perfect translation, and problems with slowdown still persist at some points, but generally speaking this is everything you would want from a conversion. It controls easily, looks nice, and, most importantly, is very fun to play.
But we’re sure not all of you are familiar with the FFT, so let’s give you a basic overview. The game itself plays out a bit like chess – players choose the units that they want to go into battle with, then take it in turns to try and complete an objective (which usually involves eliminating all the enemy units). It’s not as simple as just running in and repeatedly tapping the screen to win, though.

This is a sedate, strategic game that involves thinking and forward-planning. Do you risk pushing your mage ahead, knowing that they can only take one or two blows before falling? Can you find higher ground on which to position your archer in order to increase their attack power? Should you rush headlong into battle, or stand back and await the enemy that is coming at you? Every single one of the hundreds of skirmishes that await has numerous choices like these to take into account.

FFT is deep, rewarding and fun, but it’s not without its problems. The depth and complexity can harm the experience for newcomers, even with the useful tutorials on offer. Simply put, it gets hard fast, and rarely lets up. There’s the aforementioned slowdown and price issues too, but they don’t affect things too much for FFT to be anything other than highly recommended.

Rated 5 out of 5

Technical issues and a high price don’t stop this being a fantastic game.