Monday, June 14, 2010

Final Fantasy Gaiden: Four Warriors of Light

A nod to long-time Final Fantasy fans, this DS game made by Square-Enix takes us back to the nostalgic days of the franchise when the series had little story and loads of 2D graphics. Among other things, Four Warriors is simply a blast from the past with a twist of the present.

The game brings us back to Final Fantasy V with its job system utilizing different hats dubbed "Crowns." This crown system lets you change your four playable characters between many different jobs, including the classic White Mage, Black Mage, and even Scholar, but brings a few newer jobs to the table with what seems to be Necromancer and many others, rounding out the available list of jobs to around 20 total. The crown system not only brings you back to the good ole' days of Final Fantasy, but it throws a bit of Kirby in there too!

The actual gameplay is quite tedious, because of its lack of straight-forward story like more recent games in the series. However, the battles become quite exciting and strategy-oriented with the charge system it uses. Basically, each turn your characters regenerate one charge, up to a maximum of five pooled at a time on each of the four warriors. There is a command to recover two charges on that turn, but it also means that character doesn't get to perform a normal battle command that turn.

Now these "charges", they're called "Ability Points" within the game and are used to perform attacks and other abilities as the name suggests. Each ability having its own cost, for example; the normal attack command could use up one AP, while casting Cure or Fire might use up two AP. These costs can be modified by your job though. White Mage's Cure spell may only cost one AP instead of the two consumed when cast on another job, in the same way Black Mage's Fire spell may only cost one AP while sporting that iconic Black Mage hat.

The game has been out for quite some time in Japan, but you can expect to see the North American localization of the game hit US shores come October 5th, 2010. If you're like me, you'll be all over this one, even if the inventory limits are frustrating at times.