Dissidia Final Fantasy Hands-On

Final Fantasy meets Smash Brothers? We go hands-on with Square Enix's unique fighter.

Square Enix had several games on display at its booth, including the PSP exclusive Dissidia Final Fantasy. In a surprising change of pace, the game is a 3D real-time fighter starring some of Final Fantasy's most famous characters, such as Cloud, Cecil, Terra, Sephiroth, and Onion Knight. Although it may seem more akin to Soul Calibur than Final Fantasy, it features several unique features that make the game feel rather unique not just for a Square game, but for fighters in general.

Each battle takes place between two opponents in a large, interactive arena. You have full control over your character in all three dimensions, with the goal to deplete your opponent's HP to zero. Now what sets Dissidia apart from other fighting games is something called "brave points," or BP for short. Each opponent starts the match with a set amount of BP, which determines the strength of your attacks. However, that number is anything but static, given that both opponents can steal BP from the other, enhancing their strength while lowering their adversary's. The goal is to gather as much BP as you can because the amount of damage inflicted by an "HP Attack" is equivalent to the amount of BP currently held. Dissidia also features an "EX Gauge," a meter that fills by delivering or taking damage. Once it's full, you can activate "EX Mode," which significantly upgrades the strength of your existing attacks while enabling all-new ones as well, such as the unavoidable EX Burst--a handy maneuver for gaining the upper hand.

From our brief hands-on, the game felt good. Navigating the 3D environment was mostly trouble-free, though the camera did get in the way whenever we were forced up against a wall by our opponent, which made it difficult to escape without being pummeled. What we saw of Dissidia Final Fantasy looked interesting, and we're eager for the final product to come stateside later this year. Stay tuned to GameSpot for more as we approach the game's release.

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93 comments
xSpartanXIII
xSpartanXIII

The 1st time is saw this game i was like: "uhhh, huh? WAIT WHAT?!"

mitchellt
mitchellt

im gonna get this first class package from america this game is the best cloud and onion knight to win

wiirkokonuts
wiirkokonuts

It'll be interesting to see the final product of this game. I'm hoping Square Enix will be able to pull it off effectively, because the game looks like it would really fun to play.

jkhd831
jkhd831

can't wait but i wish they had tifa along with cloud

ppg4all
ppg4all

i agree very fastinating game to play i have it alrdy in japanese but i well also get in when it comes to america

mjax211
mjax211

This is a sick idea, looks so fun and a great addition. @ playplaystation: word.

SkeithHaseo122
SkeithHaseo122

looks like a great improvement from final fantasy series

holyghost87
holyghost87

plz vote, who's the best looking (male) protagonist amongst the FF? or is there any? :/

Gammet25
Gammet25

Cecil and Cloud are the bomb, not to mention Sepiroth. Jecht if u know how to use him properly

Ariox117
Ariox117

been playing japanese version, cloud & squall are pretty slow but they're really strong

Sonic_Wolfe
Sonic_Wolfe

Zidane's da man. Well, him and Kuja. :-)

lionheart234
lionheart234

go squall..... go......!!! you too tidus..... xD

daddyslttlpiggy
daddyslttlpiggy

I can't wait for this game, although I do wish that they had put in some supporting characters, I also think it is weird that there is noone from final fantasy 12 in this game, some other characters that I would have loved to see are seifer, Zack (even though cloud pretty much is zack ) and genesis. im not saying that it is going to be a bad game because I have been waiting for this since I heard even mention of it's creation. and who knows maybe they will have downloads for it, plus you never know what they might have to unlock in the game.

Daniel72296
Daniel72296

I just can't wait to play as Cloud and/or Tidus! This game looks sweet!

Darkman2007
Darkman2007

hopefully this will come to Europe soon....

Gammet25
Gammet25

I too have played this game in jap and i have to say its a awesome game cant wait for it to come out here as i heard square enix added extra content and fixes to the english version

shabulia
shabulia

I have already owned this game and I am happy to say it is a lot of fun. I had the Japanese import version and had a lot of fun with it. The problem with it is there was too much Japanese text for me to know exactly what all to do. This game is a bit more complex than your average fighter. I will definately be getting the US version so I can finally play it and know what the hell I'm doing. Anyway, for those of you wondering if this will be worth it or just another Ehrgeiz, put those concerns to rest. Dissidia ROCKS!

noobsfolife
noobsfolife

ugh, naturally I'm going to get it, but this is so exuberant and bouncy it's incomparable to cc. It's plot doesn't appeal to me. I don't know.

AndyAlfredo
AndyAlfredo

This game is sweet. I've played the Japanese version and it is amazing. Just blows Crisis Core away in terms of gameplay. Unfortunately, you can't play through Story Mode as any villians.

superman003
superman003

this game is a must have in my books. I cant wait for this game!

8smokes
8smokes

I already have it in Japanese!

Kid_Notorious07
Kid_Notorious07

there are some gameplay vids on youtube of course and looking from them i think ill be getting it plus its a final fantasy title not too many of those i ever decide to pass up

kingskud
kingskud

looks good :) it will be amazing just because its final fantasy :O

koko854
koko854

I have crisis core this just looks dumb the pics show you fighting other people I hope it isnt like tekken or marvel vs. capcom

Ehggsz
Ehggsz

PSP games seem to lack in DLC compared to console games, but that doesn't mean there isn't a chance we might see some of the more popular supporting characters from Final Fantasy's as DLC. I would suspect that for every "hero" character added, there would also have to be a "villain" character added, and the other way around.

SQUALL20XX
SQUALL20XX

Any thing FF related will be mine soon

Shadowcon04
Shadowcon04

Vincent aint going to be in the game sadly, unkess the US starts to add something on to the game ^^ the original japanese version was great but too bad i didnt know how to read nor know what they were speaking about

Skreechd
Skreechd

in case someone is interested in the cast of Dissidia, I copied the Chars out of the Final Fantasy Wiki: Good: Warrior of Light Firion Onion knight Cecil Bartz ( as mime) Terra Cloud Squall Zidane Tidus Bad: Garland the Emperor Cloud of Darkness ( yes, she looks really slutty ^^) Golbez Exdeath Kefka Sephiroth ( he has that stabbing attack that killed Aerith) Ultimecia Kuja Jecht Additional to these Characters you can get Shantotto and the Judge Gabranth as Special Characters.

Mr_Nintendo
Mr_Nintendo

I saw this a while ago and didn't know if there was going to be an English version and was soooo tempted to buy a Japanese copy but now that it has I'll definitely wait a few more months. i really hope they're going to do a limited edition PSP pack over in the U.K like with FFVII:CC and like they already have in Japan. I've waited so long to get a PSP and didn't get the FFVII:CC one because I knew they were releasing a PSP 3000 which the Dissidia pack in Japan is. Anyone know a release date?

RazzaFrazz
RazzaFrazz

I hope Vincent Valentine is on this.

paiduema
paiduema

i loved the japanese version, but it would be much easier to play the English one for sure, i know i will enjoy it more, god thing i fixed my PSP!

bigman_9221
bigman_9221

Im really gonna enjoy this. FF games usually is something to never pass by and I really need a PSP game. This is the answer.

Psy_m_on
Psy_m_on

Another reason to buy a psp

AyuSora
AyuSora

I really want to get this game. It looks really good and the Japanese release has gotten great ratings. Can't wait!

whitedevil117
whitedevil117

by the way i have a couple screens of my own check out my profile and once i make level ten im going to upload fights as well but my blog has about 10 of my very own screen shots i just learned i could take screens by pushing the backlight button whoo hoo learning on accident

whitedevil117
whitedevil117

this game is amazing but it will definitely be a thousand times easier to upgrade knowing what im looking at. i have it in japanese but im buying an english hard copy on day one release

riku19
riku19

august 25, 2009 will be one of my highlights throught out the whole year! this is going to be legend, wait for it, dairy!!

carlocutetanda
carlocutetanda

Item crafting will be MUCH easier this time around now that it is gonna be in English. I'm still kicking Cloud's ass using Squall.

gmax
gmax

Hmm... Sort of a 3D fighter for the PSP, with some math and stuff.

Zerobeam
Zerobeam

With my awesome luck (and really clumsy hands), I dropped and broke my PSP like a week ago. If it weren't for Disidia and Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep I wouldn't be getting another one...I gotta stick wit my buddy Squall and that Kick@ss gunblade

gashoe13
gashoe13

O is normal attack, Triangle is run on walls or special, X is jump, Square is special attack. It's SUCH AN AWESOME GAME!!!

gashoe13
gashoe13

Dude, seriously. The gameplay is awesome!!!

The_Exculpator
The_Exculpator

i have the japanese version of this game and trust me the gameply kicks ass, like kingdom hearts meets soul calibur, i dont speak japanese (i used the translation guide to operate the menus) but from wat i could see, the story looks thought out pretty well... with drama between cloud n sephiroth, tidus n jecht.. its alot of fun

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

Another Final Fantasy. Quite a lot on this E3.

leon257
leon257

I played the japanese version though i skipped the cutscenes and from what i've played its a must buy 4 all final fantasy and fighting game fans. I cant wait to buy it when it comes out

alasaga
alasaga

I actually played the ISO for psp but stoped cause i dont want to ruin such a great game by hating the fact that i cant raad the menus or story lines......... so ......... IM exited that its finally going to come out here in the US.............