- Jan 7, 2018
9. Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix (PS4):8. Final Fantasy Origins: Final Fantasy (PS):
Gameplay: As simple as you can get with turn based JRPGs, you take turns with the enemy with who hits first and does more damage. And honestly the simplicity is what makes this game still pretty fun to go back to.
Story: Your group of the four warriors of lights journey together to the Fiends of Nature, you rescue princes, princess', civilizations, etc. Your group consisting of either Warriors, Monks, Thieves, Red, Black, and/or white mages.
Art Style/Music: This is a remake of the original for NES so the updated graphics and art style looks astonishing, especially as you look through the art gallery you unlock more content for as you progress through the game. The music is fun and highly nostalgic, specifically the victory theme that has been used for all these years beginning with the very first game of the series.
Gripes: The story is generic, but doesn't terribly take away from the game or ruining it in anyway. The thing that is annoying about the game... are the random encounters, and how frequent they can be. I know the game is more based on the old school original, with the constant encounters that happen between 1 - 8 steps with no Repel, Like Pokemon, of any sort. Your only chance to reduce unnecessary fights that either give you very little experience or Gil is to either Flee, Destroy the enemy, or Flee to not waste to much time.
Additional Info: Being the first Final Fantasy I have actually played, I actually really enjoyed my time with it and will probably getting around to the others of the series.
Final Score: 4/5
Gameplay: Feeling like a revised version of the combat system from Re:Chain of memories, the command system lets you melee as usual but now ending in finish commands among multiple choices of what to end the combo with, and use magic without the worry of using MP but allowing them to cool down instead. Introducing cool mechanics such as command which activate as you different magic and melee skills among your combos. Also added is the D-Link system which allows you to borrow the friends, that you meet on your journey, powers. My favorite mechanic added tho, was that you can give up melee skills and magic to meld them into new moves.
Story: The story is shared among three friends; Terra, Aqua and Ventus. Being a prequel to the original series, it takes place a few years before Kingdom Hearts 1, introducing many characters origins and explaining some situations of the other games. So if you have some questions from playing the 1st game and I'm sure most do from playing the second one, give this one a view. One thing i really liked about this series is that it introduces new worlds, unlike the other spin offs, that are with characters from the other games, such as Maleficent, The Fairy God Mother, etc.
Art Style/Music: Not much to say about the art style and the music that I haven't said about the other games in the series; excellent music, weird designs, and cool recollection of the Disney and Final Fantasy art style.
Gripes: Well... I might as well say that I have a good amount of gripes towards this game. Ill start with the combat system, now is it worst than RCoM? I wouldnt go that far, but it still feels clunky and weird at times. It can honestly kill you at times as well, such as entering command styles as you're fighting super bosses that do a shit ton of damage (which we'll get to in a bit). It does not feel as fast flow and smooth as 2, but to excuse the game it did originate on the PSP so i can see it working on that particular console. And now the boss fight designs, they range from being boring to annoying. The disney boss fights are pretty boring and sometimes gimmicky being unremarkable. But the biggest offender are the super bosses, which have no virtually stun so you have to poke, run away, and repeat taking away the point of the Kingdom Hearts combat system and style. And then theres the story... so its not really pointless like Re: coded's story, which had some cool moments but overall it was minuscule in importance in the overall plot of Kingdom Hearts. No the story of Birth By Sleep is probably the worst of series, starting with the characters. Ventus, Terra, and Aqua are meant to be the Sora, Riku, and Kairi of their story, now Aqua is a fine character and my favorite of the three and probably the best female protagonist of the Kingdom heart series, And then there's Ventus who's an even more annoying Sora and Terra who is kinda a dumb Riku. The story also ruins the importance of other elements from the other entries in the series, especially Kingdom Hearts 1.
Additional Info: With all that said, its hard to rank this among the other bottom dwellers of the series, this having the worst story, Re:Coded being boring, RCoM having the worst gameplay. Now these are in no way bad games, but the worst of the series that i have played so far... so ima have to put this game as 5/6, over Re:Coded and under Re: Chain of Memories. I will give this game a plus for having such a sick ass intro cinematic tho.
Final Score: 3/5