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Dissidia: Final Fantasy Review

by: Finn Orfano ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Dissidia: Final Fantasy is a Final Fantasy junkies dream and a video game you need to spend time with to enjoy. The combat system is deep and satisfying once you understand how to use it but at first implementing fighting tactics and strategy is difficult.

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    The Best Parts of Dissidia: Final Fantasy

    Dissidia: Final Fantasy is a unique video game 

    Dissidia: Final Fantasy is a Final Fantasy junkies dream and continually panders to your love of Final Fantasy. All the Final Fantasy characters you fell in love with when you first played Final Fantasy are included. Your jaw will drop in awe as you can watch Cloud and Sephiroth cross swords to see who is the best or watch Terra's transformation into her Esper form. Amazing spells fly back and forth as combatants compete in mid-air combat in high octane battles that were previously relegated to Final Fantasy cut scenes.

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    The Bad Parts of Dissidia: Final Fantasy

    A lot of emphasis has been put on fighting in Dissidia: Final Fantasy, but unfortunately they didn't put as much energy or time into Dissidia's basic combat system and mechanics. The combat mechanics that are included can be remarkably unsatisfying at times and even frustrating for the casual gamer to implement in an entertaining way. The erratic camera arrangement, shallow mechanics and unreliable commands for performing the specific attacks included in this video game can make executing battle tactics and strategy during the combat very difficult to achieve. Also, unlocking new moves, equipment, and costumes involves grinding through the repetitive story mode, which can become tedious after awhile. Square Enix also used a shoddy board game framework for this video game that moves you from fight to fight. Playing the story mode in a fighting game sounds pointless, but the restrictions on two player matches leaves you with few options.

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    How Does Dissidia: Final Fantasy Look?

    The great character models and flashy visual effects included with Dissidia: Final Fantasy have created one of the best looking video games you can purchase to play on your PSP. Unfortunately, the animations included with the combat fall short of expectations with sword swings that fall short of your target, yet seem to do hit your opponent, and magic is uneventful and visually disappointing.

    Dissidia: Final Fantasy is never going to compete with video games like Street Fighter IV, Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe, or UFC 2009 Undisputed. This PSP title is great to take on your train or plane trip but don't expect it to compete with the best in the business.

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    Dissidia: Final Fantasy for the PSPDissidia: Final Fantasy has amazing graphics
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    How Does Dissidia: Final Fantasy Sound?

    Square Enix has brought back all the voice actors who created the original voices of the Final Fantasy characters you love for Dissidia: Final Fantasy. You'll hear characters like Cloud, Tidus, and Sephiroth in the high-pitched voices you remember as they interact and battle to see who would defeat who in combat. The sound track of Dissidia: Final Fantasy includes songs that Japanese gamers will be more familiar with, but they're still entertaining and appropriate for the action occurring on the screen.

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    Do You Feel Like Playing Dissidia: Final Fantasy Again?

    Playing, Dissidia: Final Fantasy is fun the second and third time for hardcore gamers, but it's going to be something only a truly interested casual gamer is going to attempt. Unlocking all the included moves, equipment, and costumes with this video game is a time consuming and challenging affair that requires you to win the battles in the story mode. Doing this is a difficult task and to most casual gamers this is going to be a pointless endeavour. Dissidia: Final Fantasy doesn't offer many options in the different modes included. The single player option is entertaining but the multiplayer option only works locally with gamers in your vicinity who own Dissidia: Final Fantasy.

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    The Last Word on Dissidia: Final Fantasy

    Dissidia: Final Fantasy is a fighting game that will make hardcore fighters smile as they play again and again. Casual gamers may eventually become frustrated with the amount of time they need to put into this title to achieve an entertaining level of combat and even then they may never get use to the intricate and challenging combat mechanics included.

    Of course, there are some other great articles here on Bright Hub that will give you more information about some of your favorite Final Fantasy games both on Console and PC. Here are some that you don't want to miss:

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