hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

TGS 09: Hands on with 4 Warriors of Light: Final Fantasy

7:19 AM on 09.27.2009 // 50ft. Samurai

Announced back in July, Final Fantasy Gaiden is a retro, DS-only take on the series with an absolutely adorable art style and simplified controls.   Instead of being a remake of an older title, this is an all-new game inspired by those classics of days gone by, specifically the NES entries in the series. Details revealed thus far include a “hat-switching” job system, a quick, screen tapping control scheme, and a rocking 8-bit soundtrack.   You can also probably expect a guy named Cid, some spells that end in “-ga”, and probably a chocobo. Otherwise it wouldn’t be a Final Fantasy game, eh?

Let me start off by saying that I love, love, love the art style. The big-heads-on-tiny -bodies and pastel, cel-shaded graphics add a whimsical feel and suggest that you shouldn’t take the game too seriously.  The characters are all young boys and girls, on a grand, but not too dire adventure (at least in the demo) and to be frank, a whimsical entry in the series, even if it is a Gaiden, would be a nice change of pace. 

As the TGS demo begins, your main character, named whatever you like is woken up by his mother.  This gave me a little chuckle as many fond memories of my misspent gaming youth began the same way.  I gripped the DS stylus began the demo very excited about playing it, completely charmed by the presentation. I finished sadly disappointed, but I’m not sure if it is the game’s fault or my own.

 

The demo kindly thanks you for playing in a dialogue with another player quickly after you begin and then informs you through another dialogue that the concept of FF: Gaiden is “an RPG with a nice tempo.” What this means in practice is that your options in battle are pretty limited. Each character can initially choose from only three actions: Attack, Charge, and Item.  Using Attack costs an action point (represented by bubbles on the character’s info tab) but the others are free actions. In order to use magic or more advanced commands you’re going to have to use a free action and then wait until the next combat round, or sufficient rounds to charge the necessary bubbles.  You select each of your warrior’s actions before the combat round begins much as you do in Dragon Quest IX. The actions are then carried out and the enemy performs theirs.  You cannot choose your target specifically (only the row on which you perform the action) but generally your party’s attacks will focus on the enemy with lowest HP until it is dead and then move on the next target.

This makes battles a rather quick affair; free of being bogged down in options and menus, but to be honest it is a little frustrating.  Take the “Cure” action. You can’t specify which party member you cure as the member with the lowest hit points takes priority.  But say you want to let that member die so that you can buff up  your Black Mage as he/she is about to cast a spell. You can’t, which limits you tactically, and while it provides for a more “retro” feel to the game, also makes it feel a little outdated.  Maybe it’s just me, but I want a finer degree of control that-as evidenced in the demo-is missing from 4 Warriors of Light.

Also, once you’ve selected your actions you are stuck with them. There’s no selection of a party member’s actions as their turn comes up. As I mentioned before, you pick them all at the beginning of the combat round and live (or die) with the consequences.  Some might say this carries its own tactical element, but to me it just feels obtuse. Maybe I’ve just gotten jaded or grown to expect more from my RPGs, but in simplifying the battles Gaiden has unfortunately placed itself in the “orthodox RPG” camp, which I suppose I should have been expecting, but it begs the question: who is this game for?

In short, while I was expecting a retro-influenced game with some new twists, it seems like the game is decidedly old-school which is fine if that is what you are looking for, but it isn’t anything you haven’t seen already. I’ll reserve judgment until the full version is out, but for now I’m feeling a bit let down.


50ft. Samurai ,
 Follow Blog + disclosure

This blog submitted to our editor via our Community Blogs, and then it made it to the home page! You can follow community members and vote up their blogs - support each other so we can promote a more diverse and deep content mix on our home page.



 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

ChillyBilly avatarChillyBilly
Hey look! I bought some toys and stuff and junk and what-not. [IMG]http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b321/Felth/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-08/IMAG0656.jpg~original[/IMG]
CJ Andriessen avatarCJ Andriessen
Yes, it's essentially a trace job, but this is my first piece of pixel art: [img]http://i.imgur.com/N0zmHiL.png[/img]
CJ Andriessen avatarCJ Andriessen
Oh for fuck's sake, why is there no Netflix app for my PSTV?
Zenbrains avatarZenbrains
A new fun game for iOS and Android devices. Featuring a beautiful minimalistic design and an easy gesture based interface. Hope you'll like it. [url] https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1022015201[/url] [img]http://bit.ly/1EtWjdJ[/img]
Ben Davis avatarBen Davis
Apologies for the lack of Experience Points lately! I'm taking a short break from writing them, but don't worry. They'll be back soon enough!
RexterNathan avatarRexterNathan
Am I the only one excited to play the Forza Motorsport 6 demo?
The Travisionist avatarThe Travisionist
Adventure games are a big part of the indie scene, but there's a reason their popularity plummeted as graphics evolved. This clicking on everything, just in case, nonsense is for the birds. 90s birds, but birds.
Flegma avatarFlegma
Spotted some "The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3" (1989) DVDs in a store. Hearing music and sound effects from the game is more amusing than it should be - although the running shrill gets old quickly.
extatix avatarextatix
Diablo 3 patch 2.3.0 equals more grinding. Good.
BaronVonSnakPak avatarBaronVonSnakPak
Funny coincidence: Last week saw the release of Until Dawn, which talked about a Canadian tribe of Native Americans called the Cree,and last night a Cree woman (Ms. Canada) won the Ms. Universe contest. Butterfly Effect updated.
MeeGhoulz avatarMeeGhoulz
Playing UNTIL DAWN 1st time:I'm alright with QTE,but an option to use direction as choices instead of buttons poppin' on screen would be welcome!Also:NO SHINY ITENS TO INDICATE CLUES!LET ME DISCOVER THEM!All in all,it's fun enough...
IDrawOnTape avatarIDrawOnTape
If I was to play through the NES library, besides being madness, what order do I do it? Alphabetically or Release date-wise? Whats the Dtoid universe think?
Gundy avatarGundy
Maybe someday I'll finish Natural Doctrine AKA Natty Doc...
Niero Desu avatarNiero Desu
You've got guts, a powerful soul You've got guts, sweet and sour You've got guts, do the guts A man sweats, he really does, go!
Flegma avatarFlegma
Finished Xenoblade Chronicles for the first time in about 107 hours. Got tired of attempting to clear as many sidequests as there were left available. Maybe in NG+...
Paul S avatarPaul S
GeoHolmes [img]https://www.filepicker.io/api/file/ntf3p5PqS2GteYfXUH33[/img]
Mr Knives avatarMr Knives
I have no idea what this game is about but if this isn't the best goddamn cover art ever, I don't know what is. [url=http://imgur.com/3yw3G8S][img]http://i.imgur.com/3yw3G8S.jpg[/img][/url]
RadicalYoseph avatarRadicalYoseph
#thanksnintendo.
Shinta avatarShinta
Xenoblade X limited edition on Amaxon now. Will probably sell out very fast like usual. http://m.neogaf.com/showthread.php?t=1103729&page=1
BaronVonSnakPak avatarBaronVonSnakPak
Just got a Vita with a 16GB card for super cheap. What games should I be looking out for?
more quickposts


Contest!


Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -