Dissidia Final Fantasy - Special Edition (PSP)
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- Platform: Sony PSP
- PEGI Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
- Media: Video Game
Edition: Special Edition
Collectors Edition Includes:
Dissidia Final Fantasy original Sound Mini-CD
Hardback, 48-page The Art of Dissidia Final Fantasy artwork book
Brady Games official Miniguide
2 Exclusive Lithograph prints
Dissidia Final Fantasy Game
Prepare for the fighting game on PSP that only the makers of the legendary Final Fantasy series could deliver, in a special celebration of the renowned series that has sold over 85 million units! Dissidia: Final Fantasy brings together the largest collection of Final Fantasy characters ever in a fighting-styled game where players can choose their allegiance between Cosmos, the goddess of harmony, and Chaos, the god of discord. Fighting gameplay and character customisation now moves to another level on PSP, presented with truly blockbuster quality visuals and audio.
- Exhilarating 3D battles. An exciting system lets your character run up walls, fly across the sky and unleash hardware-defying attacks all with intuitive operation.
- Genre-defining customisation. As your character grows, a vast range of actions, abilities and equipment become more available. Customised characters can be taken online for a wide variety of play experiences.
- Dramatic story contents Why have the warriors been gathered? A sumptuous tale awaits, presented with stunning event scenes and voice acting.
- User community. Challenge other players via ad hoc or online play. Trade Friend Cards, create items and share AI characters with other players and even engage in virtual AI battles made possible by the PSP system Ad-Hoc Mode.
- New features not in the Japanese version. New features include an additional Arcade Mode, improved gameplay balancing, new play tutorials, additional event scenes and more.
Celebrating the 20th year of the renowned franchise, Dissidia Final Fantasy for PlayStation Portable brings together the largest collection of Final Fantasy characters ever in a fighting-styled game where players must choose their allegiance between good and evil, as they utilize the more than twenty playable characters available.
Players, prepare to profess your allegiance to either Cosmos or Chaos...Cosmos is the goddess of harmony, while Chaos is the god of discord. Reigning from distant realms, the two gods had gathered warriors from all lands to lead them in savage war. At one time Cosmos and Chaos were of equal in strength. It was believed that their conflict would last forever. However, the balance is now broken. Those who answered Chaos' call created an inexhaustible force. And under vicious attack without relent, the warriors fighting for Cosmos started to fall one by one. The conflict that has continued for eons is now about to end in Chaos' favor...The world has been torn asunder, sinking into a vortex of disorder. As for the few surviving warriors… their fates have yet to be determined.
Featuring action very similar to other games in the Final Fantasy series, Dissidia Final Fantasy consists of one-on-one combat either against a human or AI opponent where the goal is to reduces your opponent's hit points to zero. This is done through a series of attacks and battle features which must be balanced against the player's status and that of the opponent faced. In addition, the game also features "EX Mode" which increases the power of existing attacks. This mode can be activated in a variety of ways, both related to combat and chance.
Dissidia Final Fantasy features characters from both sides of the struggle from each of the games in the Final Fantasy series. Although favorites will soon be found, the storyline of game's main campaign requires players to assume the role of each of these characters at one point or another in order to attain ultimate success. All told the game contains twenty-two total playable characters from Final Fantasy through Final Fantasy X; evenly split between heroes and villains. In addition, players can also look forward to playing as a few secret characters unlockable in the game. Regardless of the character, players will find that each will become more powerful as they gain experience in battle, have access to different costumes and in most cases are able to transform into different physical forms in specific modes. The equipment each wields is also fully customizable.
- Legacy - Experience the high-quality world and gameplay mechanics of Final Fantasy presented in an action-packed environment where players can glide through the air and dash along walls.
- All-new battle system - Action-based battle system combines all-out brawling alongside RPG-based character development in an original system developed by the creators of the Kingdom Hearts series.
- Ultimate cast of characters - Fan-favorite heroes and villains from the entire Final Fantasy series come together in one game for the first time in a remarkable new tale with fully-voiced CG movies and real-time events.
- Fantasy match - Players select their favorite Final Fantasy characters, sided with either Cosmos or Chaos, to set the stage for their fantasy match.
- Series Staple Battle Features - Accessible through "EX Burst", players can experience gameplay faithful to the originals through memorable battle features such as "Limit Break" and "Overdrive". In addition, longtime fans of the series can enjoy the ability to summon Aeons and options such as the "command battle" system.
- Community - Continue the experience by trading Friend Cards, creating items and sharing AI characters with other players and even engage in virtual AI battles made possible by the PSP system ad hoc mode.
Cosmos, the goddess of harmony. Chaos, the god of discord. Reigning from distant realms, the two gods had gathered warriors from all lands to lead them in savage war. Cosmos and Chaos were of equal strength. It was believed the conflict would last forever. However, the balance is now broken. Those who answered Chaos's call created an inexhaustible force. And under vicious attack without relent, the warriors fighting for Cosmos started to fall one by one. The conflict that has continued for eons is now about to end in Chaos's favor. The world has been torn asunder, sinking into a vortex of disorder. As for the few surviving warriors… their fates have yet to be determined.
Special Edition Contains:
- Unique DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY clamshell packaging
- Full boxed copy of the DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY game
- DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY Original Sound Selection Mini-CD:The DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY Original Sound Selection Mini-CD includes a selection of music tracks from the game that are especially chosen by composer Takeharu Ishimoto. The Mini-CD will be presented inside a unique pochette and contain liner notes written by Ishimoto-san.
- Hardback, 48-page The Art of DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY artwork book: Featuring character artwork and CG rendered artwork from across the game production.
- Brady Games Official Miniguide: 32 page game guide printed in full colour, with character artwork, descriptions and walkthrough information - to help you win the battle.
- Exclusive Lithograph Prints: 2 Exclusive Lithograph prints, inside a unique DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY branded bandwrap, featuring artwork not used to promote the original Japanese version of the game.
Top customer reviews
Firstly you get the collector's edition packaging, which is a very smart boxset sporting a much cleaner design than the standard packaging. Open it up and you'll find a wealth of goodies.
The hardback artbook has a couple of pages for all the key characters and contains a nice selection of illustrated and computer generated images. Pretty standard fare, but the print quality is good and some of the illustrations are fantastic.
The two lithograph prints feature some nice images of the assembled forces, but are only going to be an important inclusion for the really dedicated fans of the series.
The Bradygames miniguide has a very useful section explaining the initial setup of the game, detailing the benefits of the data install feature (which I believe is a first on the PSP - keeping sections of game data on your memory stick for fast load times) and the various 'play plans'. There then follows a limited introduction to game mechanics and the main quest. This mini guide is quite obviously a 'teaser' to incite you into purchasing the full strategy guide. Given the mind-boggling depth of this game, I will be doing just that - and this guide gives you a nice preview of the level of detail to expect.
Finally, the mini-CD contains some rousing tracks from the game. The music is very good, and just one of the many areas where unusually high production values (for a handheld title) shine through. Whilst much of the music in the game is familiar, there are some great rearrangements and characterful additions. This is again, to a certain extent, a preview for the full soundtrack. There is also a brief message from the lead composer included with the disc that talks about the challenges of rearranging the score and adding new elements to such classic themes.
In conclusion: very smart collector's packaging, and a fair amount of well-judged extras to accompany the game.
The fighting is in a world of its own and battles can last from 5 seconds to 10 minutes, everything really is different from anything you have played before. You start with a prologue where you will learn different moves and some extras you can use within the battles. Once you have completed your training a vast amount of good characters will open up, each has his own story but all have the same objective and that is to acquire a crystal which will be used to defeat Chaos which is the big bad. Each character has his or her own fighting technique but the main buttons will be used for Jump, Attack and super attack which would be used to take out an opponent once you have broken their attacks. Whoever wins does not have to reduce their opponents HP down to 0 you can easily win the battle once you have taken a percent of their bravery down. The more you attack the higher your bravery and the lower your opponent and then once you see theirs break its time to go in for the kill. You also have a bar which builds up with each attack you make spreading something like shiny dust around the level which you can collect when passing through, there will also be a shiny bell which you can lock onto and will raise this bar quickly. Once filled your character can unleash their ultimate move which can finish off most enemies off in one hit.
Like other Final Fantasy games you can equip items to improve your character as s/he levels up, weapons and armor will improve attack and defense while equipping rings will improve HP and other extras. You can also collect and equip summons which will pop up during fights to help out, each summon has their own way of helping and once you collect enough you can choose which character owns which summons.
There really is a lot more to this then I can possibly put in one review, the fighting is really fun and you will find yourself flying through area's performing stunning moves, the most impressive fight I have seen is Cloud vs Sephiroth fighting in the North Cave. The graphics are stunning for a hand held machine and even past characters have come back to do the voice overs. Yes this does mean Tidus too.
When you have enough PP you can start to unlock all the evil character which will be the main characters opposite from the game, E.G. Tidus vs Jecht, Squall vs Ultimicia etc etc.
Each of the 5 levels are played on a board, each character has their own board and way of traveling through it. Every move will cost you points but can be gained if you complete certain fights; these will be displayed before you choose them and will be things like finish the battle without taking a hit! On your first play through I wouldn't worry about gaining the extra points and just level up as much as possible and collect all the chest you can, you will be scored at the end of each level and the points will gain your characters story level once you have completed that characters story.
The only bad thing about this game is you can be sailing through quite easy then you meet a character that can take you down within 10 seconds, it's all down to reading what the character is equipped with so you know just what to do with him.
There really is much more I can tell you but I will leave it there as I am confusing myself let alone anyone reading this. I will add that the music features music from every game of that character with some old remixed. Also you can unlock different looks for each character like Clouds uniform from Advent Children. This game can be played by anyone but a true Final Fantasy Fan will admire it so much more.
Just an extra bit about the collectors set, this is more for fans, the game comes in a very nice box filled with goodies for collectors rather than use. The CD is a nice touch but I wish it was the full album rather than a couple of songs. If you can get one I would advise it but chances are they have sold out and people will resell them for a higher price, which is a shame for any true fan who missed out.
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