E3 '07: Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions Hands-On

Square Enix's classic turn-based strategy role-playing game is coming to the PSP, and we got a peek at the localized version.

The original Final Fantasy Tactics for the PlayStation was a classic role-playing game, bringing an entirely new look and feel to gameplay. It utilized turn-based combat with a host of characters who could assume various different roles and abilities based on a flexible job system. Earlier this year, the game was rereleased on the PlayStation Portable in Japan and is set to head to American shores in October. While we've spent some extended time with the Japanese version of the game, today was the first time we were able to spend some time with the localized version of the game.

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While we didn't have a ton of time to spend with this admittedly incredibly deep game, we did have a chance to learn about two of the new jobs: the onion knight and the dark knight. After loading up a late-game save, we transformed main character Ramza Beoulve into the onion knight, a job class where one's main claim to fame is that he can be outfitted with any weapon in the game. As an onion knight, Ramza's physical attacks were incredibly strong; unfortunately, the onion knight is otherwise pretty limited in terms of his abilities, so unless you can get up close and personal with your enemies, the onion knight is handicapped in combat. Though the dark knight wasn't playable in the saved game we loaded, we understand his powers will allow him to weapon bash opponents or even reduce a character's magic points or hit points and add it to your own. Naturally, both the onion knight and the dark knight are late-game jobs you earn, and in their own way, each seems like he'll be very valuable to your party.

Beyond the new characters, Tactics for the PSP looks and feels much like its PS ancestor. It has turn-based combat between parties that you can change in between each encounter and a complicated multicharacter storyline that plays out like it might have come from Ivalice's equivalent of William Shakespeare. Adding some weight to that storyline are brand new cutscenes that have a gorgeous hand-drawn look to them. Also, we understand that the cutscenes will contain full voice acting in the final build of the game.

It's great to see Square Enix bringing back a beloved classic strategy game in a handheld format, and we'll be keeping you apprised of Final Fantasy Tactics' progress in the months leading up to its October release.

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AlucardSlayers
AlucardSlayers

The lag is the sad part of history in Ivalice here...

KahnArtizt
KahnArtizt

don't forget the added lag feature! every spell lags now! it's not a bug, it's a feature! /sarcasm

Srinivassa
Srinivassa

I've been looking for a (few) good excuse(s) to buy a PSP. This could be one. Still, I'd be more stoked if it was all original. I already bought the old PSone game a while ago. (although I haven't played it) I hate to buy the same game twice without ever playing it. Still, I am going to have to start summing up excuses for a PSP.

Wolfyman_Link
Wolfyman_Link

i pre- ordered it already. i cant wait for it to come out. i beat the playstation version countless times when i was younger

bin-hiding
bin-hiding

it should be fun to re-play this game, i dont even remember the last time i touched FF tactis for the PS, all in all this was a great game then, i'm sure it will be a great game now, and for the simple fact we are now able to play it on the go, instead of when ever you have a few hours to play at home even more people are going to enjoy it. and snake... yes i believe getting a hold of cloud in this game will be a bit of mission, but with sites like gamefaqs and the like, it should be no problem.

snake2075
snake2075

well this is my fisrt time playing fftactics. i played the advance. so cloud will be hard to get on the psp? oh and i got my psm magazine today and it gave ff tactics a 9.5 it is a really good score. more of a reason to get myself this puppy.

sniper2k0
sniper2k0

In the original PS FF Tactics, it's quite a hassle to get Cloud to join your party. The cool part is when you 'find' his sword, you can then get the best out of him (his limit breaks!) Hint: It's on top of a volcano...

snake2075
snake2075

why do they make cloud a secret character? is he involved with the story or is just cool enough to be in the game?

ssjgavix
ssjgavix

I have to say that honestly the best way to get into srpg is this game and id almost promise that you will love this game the first 15 minutes you have it in your psp, and even perhaps not take it out for a very long time(with the exception of movie watching) i love this game, so at least try it ^_^

My_Name_Is_Sin
My_Name_Is_Sin

Cloud is a playable character for anyone who wants to know

maxkkoik
maxkkoik

I cannot wait, even though i liked TACTICS ADVANCE, i hated the story, and really kinda ruined the "dark" memory i had of IVALICE.

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

I think this will be one remake i am waiting to play ... never got to complete the first one also!

wagneractof1874
wagneractof1874

Doesn't annyone realize that we are being shafted here. Instead of getting a new FFT we get the same one with better cut scenes. I'm not saying that that is a bad thing but I would much rather see FFT 2 than this. I've been waiting for a new Tactics that does not suck like Advance but it looks like ill be waiting a long time.

tonymatt225
tonymatt225

im still playing tactics advanced till this day on my DS. i hope the music is still the same.

valcrist09
valcrist09

This game looks pretty damn good, i hope its like the orignal because the orignal was soo epic and fun! it is a beloved classic.

wen-j
wen-j

can't wait for FFTA any longer....

snake2075
snake2075

ok i saw cloud, but is he a playable character?

grim676
grim676

in FFTA I got my guy to being a lvl 99 uber-god that had every skill ever and hit for double limits, I'm sure that I'll become that engrossed with this!

snake2075
snake2075

can some one message me telling if cloud is in the game? i know balthier and luso from the ds version.

Mr_Elvis
Mr_Elvis

is that true this game has some lag during some of the attack animations?

69
69

FFT on ps was fantastic.

sleptopia
sleptopia

When will this game be released in the UK?

WongB
WongB

This is awesome...good to know that the English version is finally rolling out!

WhoAmIAgain
WhoAmIAgain

HAHAHA! omg i cant wait. my bdays in oct, i know what im getting lol. i hope they wont make getting the new classes too rediculious like the useless mime. ung i can imagine, job lvl 8 for every phys job to get onion knight....

dbjunk
dbjunk

Great!! I just started playing through FFT again, Im really looking forward to this one

StayCalm200
StayCalm200

I can't wait! FFTA was a huge dissappointment, and I love the original FFT.

heartless7
heartless7

i am so excited for this game...everyone tells me how the original FF:tactics was so amazing and im glad i will be able to play it...and ironicly it comes out on my 16th b-day! :D

debojit
debojit

Well, I am Waiting for this game to come out as I loved FFTA as it was highly addictive and engrossing. I still sometimes play FFTA on my GBA..!!! I am sure this game is going to be great asset for the gamers and Squre Enix won't dissapoint us as they did previously with couple of Final Fantasy games !!

concealedview
concealedview

Tactics was supposed to be hold everyone off for final fantasy 8 and somehow tactics ended up being better than 8, 9 and 10.

Lenin17301
Lenin17301

I loved Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, in my opinion, one of the greatest portable games of all time, i was wishing for another game like that for years, and finally is going to be released, im sure to buy it.

hibikino
hibikino

I wanna try out those new jobs. . . .

rave_n2
rave_n2

I totaly stink at this game. I gave up long ago, only at the Slums of Dorter. So sad...I rocked at FFTA though, its one of my favorite games ever. So if they make this easier than the original, I may get it.

EmiliOwnage
EmiliOwnage

I loved this game on the ps1, I still play it sometimes.

haloguy888
haloguy888

I loved Final Fantasy Tactics Advance for my GBA:). I am sure to buy this!:D

Rakuho
Rakuho

this game was made around the time FF7 was made, that wast he peak of square's prowess. those 2 games changed gaming for me forever. although at first i wasn't really feeling FFT because it was my first SRPG, but in a few short hours it became my top game of all time, where it still remains, followed by Xenogears #2 and FF7 #3. thought i'd share that, this game is awesome. and don't hate on it if the graphics aren't on par with the modern software, that's just being ignorant, because the game and stroy of of the highest quality, and this looks likethe best version, naturally.

FallenAngel
FallenAngel

Trancekuja925, just ignore stupid trolls with way too much time in their hands...

whiplash
whiplash

This is the first portable FFTactics to do the series justice.

mr_gouda
mr_gouda

Looks like I now have an excuse to buy a new PSP. I just hope the voice acting in the cutscenes won't suck. Or if it does, have an option to turn it off.

TranceKuja925
TranceKuja925

cant wait for it to come out. i never played tactics for the PS1, couldnt find it. also to the people who say they don't like FF and wont be buying this game, what the hell are you doing looking at FF game if you don't like them, and leaving comments saying you don't. who cares.

Noak3
Noak3

DarkAvenger, what do you mean finally a portable Tactics? What about Final Fantasy Tactics Advance?

vassago_
vassago_

I loved this on the original Playstation. I'll certainly be picking this up on PSP.

icytower
icytower

Never been a Final Fantasy fan myself, not interested in this one.

msudude211
msudude211

I never liked Final Fantasy. :shock:

magicmo
magicmo

I was terrible at this game on the PSone. But, oh well.....

ugotnutmegged
ugotnutmegged

finally my wish came true, well partially, cant wait 4 this and the crisis core.