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Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions for iPhone review

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Category: Games
Seller: Square Enix
Requirements: iOS 4.0 or later
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
File Size: 457MB
Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
Price: $15.99
Age Rating: 9+

Since Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions for iOS was announced a couple of weeks ago, I’ve had sleepless nights and restless days, checking out the iTunes App Store to find out if Square Enix had finally released it. You have no idea how relieved I was when this game came out last week.

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Without thinking about its relatively hefty price for an iPhone game (it’s one of the most expensive iOS games to date), I quickly purchased the app. When it was finally downloaded to my iPhone and I fired up the app…boom! I felt like I was transported back to 1987, the first time I played Final Fantasy Tactics on my Playstation 1. What followed, then, were countless sleepless nights—upgrading my characters’ weapons and armors, changing job levels, levelling up. Hey, I even made Ramza (the main character reached up to level 99)!

Fast forward to now. I’m playing the same game with the same enthusiasm, only this time on the smaller screen of the iPhone 4.

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So, how does the game go on the iPhone 4 so far? Terrific. The graphics are as good as they were in the Playstation—even better since we’re talking smaller screen real estate. Everything I enjoyed about this game during its first iteration are right here in the iPhone version, with minor differences such as the inability to skip cut-scenes and to save while in the middle of the game. You can, however, always go back to your iPhone’s home screen and perform other tasks, then go back right where you left off if you leave the game open.

Another minor flaw that I noticed is that the graphics and animation tend to slow down during in-battle sequences. I’m not sure if it’s really a development flaw or if my iPhone 4’s memory is acting up on me.

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Overall, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions is a great, direct-port to iOS platform game. No fancy changes, no special differences were made to the original. For a true-blue FFT fan like yours truly, this is well and good. The simplicity of the game’s structure plus the complex job system made us love this game two decades ago, and it’s the same formula that will win fellow fans like me into playing the game over again on the iPhone, iPod Touch and hopefully soon on the iPad as well.

As for the younger generation of iOS gamers, I don’t think they will appreciate this game that much.

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  • Rocco Carello

    Original game came out in 1997, not 1987. Also, this appears to be based on the 2007 PSP remake rather than the PlayStation original.