Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Review
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Box Art
System: 3DS
Dev: indieszero
Pub: Square Enix
Release: September 16, 2014
Players: 1-2
Screen Resolution: N/A Blood, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes

Despite all its good points, there are a few missed opportunities in Curtain Call. The FMV songs from the original title are missing, likely due to space restrictions, leaving only about ten FMV pieces from the newly added side games. It would have been nice to offer players the chance to import those FMV stages or to download them for free onto a large enough SD card. I would also have liked to see more orchestrated versions of early Final Fantasy songs as an alternative to chiptunes, since there's a touring Final Fantasy symphony and all. There are a few orchestral and piano remixes scattered through the catalog, but not enough, especially for Final Fantasies I-VI.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Screenshot

In addition, a teensy bit more story might have been nice. The original Theatrhythm had only the barest skeleton of a story, and Curtain Call has even less. It would have been better to remove the two anemic story screens and out-of-place “final boss” fight altogether, but ideally there could have been a bit more effort thrown into a lighthearted story that helped inspire the player to discover all the game's aspects.

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These complaints are rather minor in the grand scheme of things, because Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call is a fantastic tour of the series' musical history and an entertaining game to boot. It successfully combines the RPG addictions of leveling and customizing characters with the rhythm game addiction of mastering songs. Veterans of the first game and newcomers alike will enjoy its huge catalog of songs and fun features. If you like Final Fantasy and its music, you should absolutely grab a copy of this game.

By
Becky Cunningham
Contributing Writer
Date: September 11, 2014

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
Cute and colorful versions of Final Fantasy characters fit the game's atmosphere.
4.5
Control
More control options and better-balanced difficulty levels improve on the original Theatrhythm.
5.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Even more great music from a wide catalog of Final Fantasy games.
4.5
Play Value
Tons of characters and songs plus fun new features make this a game you'll keep coming back to.
4.5
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • New content takes center stage: Includes songs and characters from recent releases including LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII and FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn, to classic fan favorites such as FINAL FANTASY TACTICS and FINAL FANTASY VII: ADVENT CHILDREN.
  • More ways to play: All new gameplay modes include Versus Mode where players can go head-to-head in screen-tapping action, as well as Quest Medley, where players customize a party of their favorite characters to take across fields and into dungeons for music-based battles against series bosses.
  • Unlock FINAL FANTASY: Gather Rhythmia to unlock new characters, songs, and collectible cards, which can be used in the all new Collecta Crystarium to power up your characters' stats.

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