Before i set off. I wanna say I'm a pretty hardcore Final fantasy fanboy.. My review is going to be as honest as possible but expect lots and lots of <3 for the ff series.. Do note I'm not a retarded ff7 fanboy that game is good but it's way way overated.. I've played 1-10 and thats where the bulk of my memories /nostalgia lie. After X I believe the series has gone down hill quite a bit and i really cant say i enjoy them as much as i use to..
I'm really found of Rhythm games So when it was announced a rhythm based final fantasy game was in the works i was really interested When i realized it was focusing on all the games in the final fantasy franchise it was pretty much a day 1 buy.. Alot of people might think Theatrhythm is a cheap cash in and hell they might even be right from the little logo on the box that says 25th anniversary to the one in the intro One thing is clear thats 25 years of some of the best rpg gaming you can find...
Whether I can reccomend this game would best be judged on a person to person basis.. If your a hardcore Rpg nut you might be disapointed.. The story for theatrythm is pretty much non existent they try to tell a story in a 30second text scene at the start then nothing for the entire game until u magicly get enough Rhythmia basicly the scoring system in the game to get a random boss encounter kill that then u get to see another 30 second text scene going on about how you saved the day blah blah blah from the one bad guy it makes more sense then that but its important to note This game's story is a complete waste of time.. Causal people wont care and hardcore fanboys will want much more out of there story..
What you do get is a very interesting combine of a rhythm game mixed with rpg elments. All the music in the game is from Final fantasy as you must of guessed by now from 1 all the way to the 13 theres even some tracks from the final fantasy 11 online . Unfortantly it seems as if 10-2 , 13-2 and the newer mmo is absent I'm not entirely sure why but there not in the list.. You play through the game in series otherwise you dont have to do them in any paticular order so if you have a fav final fantasy you can defintly do it first..when picking it you usually follow a order in the way its set up
Opening- this usually tells the intro to the game During this part of the game theres a big crystal in the middle of the touch screen with notes flying towards it your job here is to tap along to the beat of the music - It seems that this is for bonus points you can skip if you don't like this one..
From there you will get the other modes usually 1 of each per game it varies with series but i will try to explain each one as best as possible
Walking- aka field music - basicly its a side view of the person you picked for the leader of your team walking.. from the right hand side to the left here you will either have to tap slide the stylus in a certain direction, or hold the stylus down while following a line.. Do well and you go faster but if you make a mistake you will fall down you will move slower if you go fast enough there seems to be tresure or u might even find somebody to give you an item.. If you land a certain part right durning this you might even get a chance to ride on a chocobo that ofc goes faster then you can walk.
Battle - Its pretty much what it sounds like imagine the team you choose doing a battle each one gets his or her own line in which shes in charge of tap notes sype the stylus in multiple directors hold notes.. Hit the note perfect its a crit etc etc If you land a certain part in here you even get to summon a boss to help you in your battle..
Event- you get to watch little clips of video from the game you choose while you ofc swipe the stylus around tap and hold.
Ending- Like the intro but ending quotes etc :)
That pretty much sums up the Series mode, Eventually you will unlock other modes such as chaos tower which has 90 some levels with 2 songs which so far have consisted so far of a walking and battle.These are sometimes the same songs in series mode but i have found hidden songs in here intro songs rare items..And shards which unlock new charcters to play as. These are usually alot more diffcult..
Then theres challenge mode where you can play 1 song instead of having to play them all like in series mode you ofc have to beat the series to play it .. So if i wanna play a ff7 song in challenge mode i have to beat them all in series mode first. as long as you get an a or higher u can play the next diffculty setting u can also do this in series there is also a practice mode here as well..
Doing all of this lets you level your team.. You get to pick you team from a decent selection of charcters leveling them in turns ofc makes them stronger more hp which = more times u can screw up also some characters are better for certain sitations .. They also learn new skills/magic for example theres cure which if your doing horrid it will heal your hp a bit.. Theres several other abilites that have requirements some are as simple as hit x amount of notes.. But if you keep leveling eventually u will be casting blizzard thunderbolts etc.. Do note however this is automatic and alot of the healing spells have a 1 use per song. You could use however set cure /curaga to get 2 heals there is a set amount of spells you can use at one period of time.. But theres improved versions etc if you level far enough throw that onto the fact with multiple characters theres alot of leveling there are items but no armors/weapons so its pretty easy...I'm guessing the level cap is 99 I'm not entirey sure though as of writing this My team leader which gets more xp then the others is 52.
That being said I really am enjoying this game I've played quite a bit but i feel like theres a ton more stuff to unlock /do.. I'm sure i made the gameplay sound boring but its actually quite addictive...There's many other things i didn't get into such as unlockable videos/ music/characters/ a Trading card collection type game some of the mobs you kill drop cards if u get enough of the same card they upgrade into holograph cards etc :) The music is ofc good the graphics have a really unique artstyle that i really enjoy the 3d effect it isnt amazing but I think its a game that looks better with the 3d on.
This is also the first game that features dlc on the 3ds.. It actually featured day 1 dlc which is meh.. Songs are 99 cents to download.. As much as i wanna download some stuff nintendo is still in the stone age when it comes to digital downloading.. Change or loose your system you lost that content .. Until nintendo puts in place a system where i can redowload stuff without having to send my new system to nintendo i will stay away As its too risky to throw money into there current downloading system
I really hope they just dont dump this formula if paired with a unique story i really think this could be a nice diffrent branch think tatics.. Square doesnt disapoint with there Fmv's the ones played in events are absolutly gorgeous especially the ps2+ ones.... Do note that there is defintly spoilers from the original games in the event's fmv's sections i would highly reccomend if you hate spoilers to stay away from this until u complete the original games....
I highly reccomend this game if you like Rhythm games.. I think everybody that likes final fantasy should pick up this game However if your looking for a rpg and less rhythm game i suggest waiting till a price drop this game is also good if you like collecting and unlocking stuff and leveling tons :D
Previous Final Fantasy Knowlege ofc isnt needed.