Summary: Parents need to know that this game combines role-playing and combat elements to create a complex gaming experience. But there is a thorough tutorial to help newbies out. The violence is mostly magical with some sword play, and it is never bloody. Scantily clad female characters can be seen. And light cussing is part of the dialogue.The message is positive, going beyond the usual save-the-world pablum.
Excerpt: "ZOMG Cloud versus Sephiroth!!!1" If that kind of fanboyism is threaded throughout your identity as a gamer, I really don't know why you're reading this -- you already own Dissidia: Final Fantasy . If you couldn't care less about matching blitzball champion Tidus against his father Jecht or Esper-human hybrid Terra Branford against terrorist clown Kefka Palazzo, you're not going to give two hoots about Dissidia . This review is for those of you who are on the fence.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy : anyone who’s ever pressed an X button is familiar with Square’s behemoth that is the Final Fantasy series of turn-based RPGs. They’re a collection of epic tales matched only by their fiercely memorable cast – good luck bumping into a gamer who has never heard the name Sephiroth – and for anyone who has ever wished to see the gaming world’s most revered protagonists and antagonists duke it out, Dissidia: Final Fantasy is for you.
Summary: Dissidia: Final Fantasy is an all-new title in the FF franchise, although it's not part of the compilation of Final Fantasy VIII or the Ivalice Alliance. Not a standard RPG, it's labeled a dramatic progressive action title, and Tetsuya Nomura, known for Kingdom Hearts, has signed on to be the game's character designer.
Excerpt: Before, when one thought of Final Fantasy and a fighting game together, the only game that would come to mind would be Ehrgeiz , and, well… let’s not go there. Finally, with the release of Dissidia: Final Fantasy on the PSP, Square Enix’s storied RPG franchise has a fighting game that looks great, sounds great, and plays great.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy has always succeeded by making the ludicrous seem logical. When a 17-year-old kid summons an ice god who corrals continent-sized chunks of ice from outer space and drives them into the skull of a dancing cactus, yeah, that’s somewhat ludicrous. But that bombast is just a gaudy way of saying “8,500 hit points of damage.” The series’ flights of fancy are fun because players know that behind all the pageantry, there’s a rigid logic at work.
Excerpt: Fan service? Absolutely. Fun? Unquestionably. Dissidia is a Final Fantasy fan's dream come true, the kind of crossover that's sure to make franchise aficionados giddy. Yet it's far more than just a love letter to series fanatics. Dissidia: Final Fantasy is an exuberant and addictive game in which showy one-on-one fighting and role-playing mingle so effortlessly that it's hard to pull yourself away.
Pros: The fighting is flashy and exciting, Constant stream of unlockable rewards, Tons of modes and features, Fantastic visuals
Cons: Disappointing story, The camera can get troublesome
Summary: Final Fantasy fans will love this game for the graphics, music, gameplay, and -- most of all -- the sheer awesomeness of multiple FF heroes and villains teaming up. Even though the plot lacks depth, it's just cool seeing Cecil, Tidus, and Cloud adventuring together. Although Dissidia is a fighting game, it's definitely not for the Street Fighter crowd. But it is an excellent PSP title that's best for RPG fans that want a little more action and a change of pace.
Pros: Gorgeous graphics and wonderful music, Surprising depth, Tons of replay value
Cons: Storytelling not up to Square's standards, Some of the voice actors are irritating, Too repetitive for some gamers