E3 06: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates Impressions

We take a first look at the newly announced Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates for the Nintendo DS.

LOS ANGELES--Today at the Square Enix press conference, Akitoshi Kawazu, the executive producer on the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles series, announced two new games in the series for Nintendo systems.

The first of these games is Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates for the Nintendo DS. While we only got a snippet of gameplay from the game, we did have some promotional material presented as well. According to the trailer, the game is the "story of the time when the red moon still shone in the night sky, and the people feared the crystals." From there, we were off on a minute-long journey into Ring of Fates.

One of the first things that was confirmed was that the game will feature both a compelling single-player game, as well as support for up to four players simultaneously on the DS multiplayer network. It looks as though there will be multiple character archetypes to choose from again, as in Crystal Chronicles for the GameCube, with each having a distinctive play style. One of the characters that was featured prominently was a young female archer who fired on enemies from afar, but there was a good mixture of spellcasting and melee characters on display as well.

Apart from the characters, it was difficult to get a read on the gameplay, but we did catch a glimpse of a character pushing a bucket, presumably with a crystal in it, so that facet of gameplay from the GameCube original appears to be intact. All of the characters teamed up to take on a crab monster that appeared to take up most of the DS screen, so you'll probably find yourself having to deal with some seriously large enemies while you play through Ring of Fates.

From what we've seen, Ring of Fates is definitely in the action RPG standard mode. We'll have more details on the game as they become available, so stay tuned to GameSpot.

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23 comments
Corkscrw
Corkscrw

i got a psp and there is no good games for it, i want a DS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pendragon613
Pendragon613

If they do this game right, it could be the best game on the DS so far. I really hope there will be online co-op though the chances are slim. The reason I didn't like the original Crystal Chronicles was because of what a pain it was to do co-op. But with the DS's Wi-Fi capabilities this could really work. Well even if there is no online co-op there will almost definitely be a co-op mode (right?).

Djammal86
Djammal86

I'll keep my eye open for it

crushgoil
crushgoil

h0ax_c0d3r So many Final fantasy games. Not enough money *Head explodes* agreed!

wanderingblade
wanderingblade

I really want this game, hope it turns out great!

Croove_55
Croove_55

I hope they keep it damn near what it was on the gamecube. I'd be upset if they messed up the formula for this.

yagami666
yagami666

this game is one for my forever play list

coxp
coxp

Thats all they got? Damn!

sonofashrub
sonofashrub

this would be amazing if it was online. It probably won't be though, knowing nintendo.

jmac777
jmac777

I LOVE NINTENDO DS......I hope the Wii is am much fun as the DS is

h0ax_c0d3r
h0ax_c0d3r

So many Final fantasy games. Not enough money *Head explodes*

caybeirwouleyfe
caybeirwouleyfe

I have wireless connection at home !!! Wich is perfect for this game

Machters
Machters

it sounds good that the Ds is getting sum good RPGs but i Just hope that this time FFCCRoF have a nice story cuz the Gc one suck in that aspect

metalchocobo222
metalchocobo222

I can't wait!!! although I could never figure out how to set up wifi connections

XBadNewsX
XBadNewsX

I loved the multiplayer on gamecube but buying all the equipment was a bit expensive, this sounds like a great Idea. I want it! Now D:

cheatgek
cheatgek

Just can`t wait!! This is going to be soooo awesome XD. (hmmm....how about the xploder dudes? Can they cheat on the(if) net? i hope not......)