Excerpt: Once upon a time long ago I used to enjoy playing role playing games. Well I got married, had children, became the editor the first ever Christian video game magazine (on top of a day job to pay the bills). I have found time is a precious commodity, and given the choice of playing with my family, or sitting alone and playing a lengthy, boring, and drawn out role playing game - well I have chosen to enrich my families life with my presence.
Excerpt: Finally, a solid RPG for DS fans to dig into, Square Enix's reincarnation of the "real" Final Fantasy III which managed to elude North American gamers years ago makes it's debut on the Nintendo's innovative handheld console and delivers top-notch graphics and audio as well as a pretty fulfilling game play experience.
Excerpt: A numbered Final Fantasy game finally returns to Nintendo! Alas, it is not a brand new game. But, then again, this no mere port either. Final Fantasy III for the DS (herein, referred to as Final Fantasy III-D ) is a complete remake of the Japan-only original which appeared on the Famicom back in 1990. The missing link has finally been rediscovered, but has time been kind to such ‘archaic’ gameplay? Yes… and no. Have you seen the original Famicom Final Fantasy III ?
Excerpt: Here at GameCritics we're encouraged to delve deeper into the games we review—to evaluate themes and historical significance along with graphics and fun factors. Certainly, I think that most videogames offer something more than simple diversion: engrossing plots, enjoyable characters, the ability to reach audiences on a deeply personal level, since we are the actors in their stories. But when it comes to Final Fantasy III, I've got nothing profound to say.
Summary: Square-Enix promised a remake of the tale that never hit Western shores. They served it up on a golden plate. While FFIII might not THE best RPG of the last few years. It's definitely one of the best handheld RPGs in a long time. It's a shame that the difficulty will turn a few people off from this, especially people new to RPGs in general. If you want to play a game that you haven't played without the aid of Google before.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy III , the only installment in the series that was never localized and released in the United States, is getting an overhaul and is finally slated for launch in September. The Nintendo DS is the platform of choice for this release, with graphics completely redone in beautiful 3D, while maintaining the original feel and art style of its previous incarnation.