Four Warriors of Light: Final Fantasy Gaiden Hands-On

We know that there are four warriors, but we haven't figured out if crystals are involved.

Square Enix is already known for teasing us with trailers, but it also taunted us with a countdown on its Web site a few months ago, which eventually unveiled a new Nintendo DS game called Four Warriors of Light: Final Fantasy Gaiden, developed by Matrix Software. At the 2009 Tokyo Game Show, we were able to check out the game for the first time, and even though we barely had an idea of what was going on, the game looked really good and we're hoping that there will be an English version coming out soon.

We were immediately asked to name our four warriors, which was easy enough with the randomly generated name option. Our main character woke up in a cluttered house, and as he made his way down the stairs, the first thing we noticed was that everything was in 3D. The art style was what stood out the most because even though we're familiar with Matrix's RPGs, Four Warriors of Light has a distinct look that makes it stand out among the others. It's as though the world is painted in watercolor, particularly in earthy tones in the areas that we visited, and the wide camera angle also gives you a different perspective. As your party is traversing across the overworld, you can see that the world is round, and during battle the camera pans behind the characters with a wide angle so that the field of view looks bigger.

The four heroes and their stats are displayed in the top screen, and the action unfolds on the bottom. We walked around the village and tried to talk to the locals, even though we couldn't understand a word they were saying. A helpful Square Enix rep showed us the item menu, where you can change hats, which then changes how the characters look in-game. Each hat also has gem slots, where you can use the stylus to drag and drop gems until it's filled. What this does, we aren't sure, but we're guessing it will enhance the hat stats immensely.

We decided to get out of the fairytale-like village and wander the world to see what kind of monsters we could beat up. Eventually we stumbled upon a cave, fought some hostile mushrooms turn-based style, and then came face-to-face with a giant minotaur wielding a large hammer. Unlike other RPGs, where an enemy attacks but all the animation shows is a monster swiping at nothing, this minotaur reaches out and actually swings at your party. We've gotten so used to the same camera angles for these RPGs that it's refreshing to see these turn-based battles unfold from a different angle.

It was difficult to get more information out of Four Warriors of Light: Final Fantasy Gaiden, but we'll be sure to watch this one closely and update you with more information as soon as it becomes available.

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47 comments
Wolflink001
Wolflink001

This is Final Fantasy 1! Just in a different package... I don't know if I want it.

Marder-I
Marder-I

Hoping for more updates at some point on this one, ya, I'll probably get it, LOL Cheers tom

kornflakesXD
kornflakesXD

Game looks decent, but, by the way... 4 Warriors of Light reminds me of FF III. Don't you think?

Gammet25
Gammet25

yay another game for theds from square enix, it'll be nice if they start remaking the final fantasy games 5 and so on on the ds.

Dualmask
Dualmask

Square Enix has yet to disappoint me when it comes to RPGs, especially on the handheld front. Looks like something I'll be buying.

JDSBRO
JDSBRO

lol the pictures of the little ones looks cute... i dont know i think im gonna try it and then if i dont like it return it. thats what refunds are for right?

Nakata1
Nakata1

`this looks like garbage, get phantasy star zero, way better series anyways

izdan
izdan

i cant wait to get it

izdan
izdan

this looks pretty good

Stormuser
Stormuser

Nice, But I'd might consider once I get more info about this

Payback7
Payback7

Sounds interesting! Looks like I've found my next DS game :)

elizabethtroubl
elizabethtroubl

Nice...but will have to wait 'n' see about this one. I HOPE it's a new adventure, because I can't handle any more rehashes.

WitteKraai
WitteKraai

I'm wary of FF titles in recent years, but I'll try this one out if it gets imported.

colossus235890
colossus235890

I don't think it is an other remake, it looks like it is not turn based

planetvash112
planetvash112

I hope it's not another remake of FFI, PLEASE no.

beavergod
beavergod

wow! impressive, ill have to keep my eye on this one!

Ashcroft00
Ashcroft00

Looks great! This one may be worth importing.

keith577500
keith577500

big fan of final fantasy cant wait for this game

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

i love rpg's in the DS especially if they are from SE..i'll definitely look out for this one

cbeck002
cbeck002

I was under the impression originally that this was a more in-depth remake of the first FF, but what I'm seeing instead seems to be a very different and cool attempt by Squeenix to do something original. I'm getting pumped :)

zombehman
zombehman

I have always been a fan of turn based RPG's and I am looking forward to see how this one plays out

canx12
canx12

OMG(im speecheless lol)

Zopath
Zopath

Great, the ds is one of the best handhelds ever. Good to see Square Enix has a continued interest in it. Would love to see multi-cartridge games for the dsi though.

lionheart234
lionheart234

looks gd..... will be looking out for this one in the future

Lennah
Lennah

Curious about it.

amkalfus
amkalfus

initial impressions seem good.... what indeed

slimm_101
slimm_101

does anybody else get a golden sun vibe from this game?

ItalianSquall91
ItalianSquall91

i want to say this a an expanded remake of the original Final Fantasy.... but i don't think so.... i'm not convinced it isn't, though. definitely need to keep an eye on this one, looks amazing nonetheless. so i guess an FF V or VI remake won't be coming anytime soon, huh?

Ryguy4738
Ryguy4738

Has a great graphics presentation, might be fun/

juffalo
juffalo

should be a pretty tight game so far so good with final fantasy games for DS.

JumpingGirraffe
JumpingGirraffe

Um, Awesome! Can't wait for ANOTHER DS RPG. You know my Wii is a little lonely right? I can't wait for this and all, but still. Whoopee!

Dragard_Kaos
Dragard_Kaos

Yay, another DS RPG!! And jmartin made no sense...

AznKAOs05
AznKAOs05

sounds cool... but yeah... what?