|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Square Enix||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Square Enix||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 20, 2007||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The game does take a little while to get used to, I must say, but thankfully the tutorial mode is rather lengthy, and soon enough you'll find that you have the hang of the battle system. And once you do, boy is this title hard to put down! There are many side quests and individual missions to accomplish that this game could easily be a 35+ hour affair. Sure, you could run through it in about 25 or so, but what's the fun in that? You also have unlimited access to previously cleared stages for the purposes of leveling up or gathering items.
One thing that is always impressive with games developed by Square-Enix especially for the Nintendo DS is that they continually push the envelope when it comes to the look of the game. Every title I pick up that has been a Square-Enix production has looked better and better, and this game is no exception. I can honestly say that the cinema scenes are the best I've ever seen on the DS platform and rival some of the cinema animations found on many PlayStation 2 games. The in-game animations of Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings are a little less cutting-edge, but still qualify as some really great-looking graphics.
And as much as we've come to expect great graphics from Square-Enix, we've also come to expect great music as well. And, as many would expect, Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings more than delivers in this respect. The score completely fits the mood of the game, and rises and falls with the action. The score is also beautifully varied, and never ventures into dull territory. I am continuously amazed by the quality of the music in the Final Fantasy games, and I have not encountered one that was not an absolute delight to listen to. And luckily, this title just continues this legacy of beautiful music.
Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings is an excellent title. It could easily be my pick for the best DS game this year because it seems to have all the right ingredients: A great story, unique gameplay, killer visuals, and a fantastic score. All of these elements combine to create the best gaming experience on the DS this year, and it's no wonder that this precious gem came from the folks at Square-Enix. It's an absolute joy to play, and I can't overstate my satisfaction with this game. It's a must-play for anyone who enjoys the Final Fantasy series, or strategy games, and will delight any gamer with a passion for great storytelling or strategy-based games. Come to think of it, I really don't know who wouldn't enjoy this game.
CCC Freelance Writer