Best turn-based strategy with jRPG elements ever created, with incredible twisted storyline, set in fictional medieval kingdom Ivalice, like Final Fantasy XII and Vagrant Story.
Very deep plot, combining political intrigue, murders, manipulations and betrayals (some people compare Game of Thrones with this game).
Game is portrayed through the eyes of young noble Ramza Beoulve, who involved in worldwide war. His exploits in the war introduced him to a number of characters - each with their own roles and agenda concerning the war and the fictional world, Ivalice, that they inhabit.
Moving around the world with roster up to 24 characters, fighting through plot specific and random battles, finding new unique party members and improving your party by discovering jobs (20 in original game and 22 in War of the Lions), new equipment and other stuff.
The gameplay differs from other titles in the Final Fantasy series - encounters take place on three-dimensional, isometric fields, characters move on a battlefield composed of square tiles; movement and action ranges are determined by the character's statistics and job class.
One of the key parts for atmosphere of any game is music, Final Fantasy was always reference point for it's original score. For this game it was composed, arranged and produced by Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata.
Every part of the game fits into place perfectly. The pacing ensures that there's never a dull moment and building experience is a real treat. Challenging nature of this game allows for more serious story than most other RPGs.
- Twisted and intriguing storyline;
- Sophisticated, smart and very exciting; gameplay;
- Interesting and unique characters with their own story and moral principles;
- Epic music;
- Job System (original - 20, War of the Lions - 22).