Final Fantasy Tactics S trailer shows the battle system

Air quotes: ‘Tactics’

Mobile gamers with Apple products have had access to the original Final Fantasy Tactics for a while now, though the good, pure, virtuous Android users out there have been left in the cold. Fortunately, the upcoming Final Fantasy Tactics S is coming to both platforms, so we can all finally get our tactical RPG on. Let’s watch this trailer in excitement!

The video starts off about as expected, with some Final Fantasy Tactics Advance-style character art, but then the battles are shown and things get a bit perplexing. Is it just me, or do those look like traditional RPG battles rather than tactical RPG battles?

Don’t get me wrong; this could still be good. It just seems strange to me to use “tactics” in the moniker, which implies very specific gameplay elements, and then eschew those elements in favor of something simpler.

Darren Nakamura
Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011. While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.