Newest Final Fantasy for wii. The gameplay isn’t RPG anymore. When i first saw the trailer, “LOLWUT!”. And then couple of days ago the game is released in Japan. Played it and now I’m gonna give it a review.
As you can see from the trailer, the gameplay is very different from the usual Final Fantasy. But hey, this is what crystal chronicles about. Spin off with very different gameplay.
I can’t tell very much about the story since I don’t really understand it. Uncle wiki will explain it to you:
A thousand years have passed since the events of the original Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. The destruction of the Yuke Crystal during the Great War, with the Yukes suffering apparent annihilation, had at last brought the victorious Lilties dominion over the world as they bring it into a new age of science and reason with the use of magic outlawed and rule over the Clavats and few Selkies who comply to the new order. In this new era exists a rare breed of powerful beings called “crystal bearers”, whose seemingly magical abilities have led them to be feared and scorned by the public. The young mercenary Layle is one such crystal bearer, who has been hired to escort the new passenger airship Alexis, the pinnacle of Lilty technology and a symbol of their current dominance. However, when the Alexis is suddenly besieged by a horde of monsters, Layle comes face to face with an adversary thought to have vanished from the pages of history, on a quest that may threaten the future of the world…
The genre is action RPG. I thought it’s kinda similar to kingdom hearts, without the menu. When you start the game, some cut scene and then you free falling from an airplane, bringing Gatling gun with you. You just need to kill some monsters with the gun while free falling. After several minutes, you’ll land. cut scene again and then you’ll drive a big airship. After that you’ll begin the main gameplay. Some tutorial, you can try to throw items, people and other things. The control is very simple. B to “Bear” things, A for action, Z to reset camera, D-pad for camera movement, control stick for character movement, and control stick + wiimote shake for dodge roll. In this game, the player cannot attack the enemy directly. You’ll use crystal bearer’s power to bear things and throw it. You can throw the enemy or throw things to the enemy. Sometime there are some things that can attract other enemies. For example: when you grab a bone and there’s dog type enemy around you, they’ll gather at you with love sign above it. and then you throw the bone, the dog will after it. kinda fun isn’t it? From the trailer you can also see there’s many mini-games like: chocobo racing, football-like sport, chased by enemy riding chocobo. The game also provide some achievement like: obtaining materials for the first time, helping citizen, killing boss, etc.
The graphic is pretty astounding for wii. The details are good, animation are smooth. Between gameplay and cut scene, there’s no loading. Err, there are almost no loading in this game. The game also has a lot of effects but it doesn’t make the game lagging. The animation on the face is good, nice expressions and the mouth movement is fit with what the character saying. The interface is nice, but I hate the map. There’s only a world map and it’s very hard to see it. So sometimes you’ll wander to search for the next place to go.
BGM is nice. When the situation is normal, the BGM is very soothing. The dub is also good. What I like in this game is there’s some voice when you do something. Like when the target is too far, Layle will say the target’s too far, or when he’s falling, he’ll scream. Oh yeah, theme commercial song sung by Bon Jovi.
I recommend this game for someone who wants action game. Gameplay is very fun. US version is slated to be released in 26th December, 2009.