Final Fantasy III

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GAME TECH INFO

Computer Platform: Nintendo DS
Produced by: Square Enix
Price Range: $21-30
Learning curve time: 1-30 min.
Age level: Children (Older)
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Patches / Upgrades: None
System Requirements: None

     Reviewed By: Rivkah (aka wildcatv2)
     VOLUNTEER GUEST REVIEWER

Overall Rating: ★★★★★
Genre: RPG
Christian Rating: 4 of 5 (good)
Gameplay: 5 of 5 (excellent)
Violence: 4 of 5 (barely present)
Adult Content: 5 of 5 (none)


Final Fantasy III.  Illustration copyrighted.

After this game was released I not only purchased it but a DS as well to play it on. This is the game all final fantasy lovers have been waiting for since it was released in Japan years ago and didn’t come to the US until now. This is the tale of four young individuals that become the warriors of light to banish the darkness. It all begins when the main character Luneth falls down a hole that was created by a mysterious earthquake. After getting back to the surface, he helps his best friend out, Arc, who in turns asks to join Luneth. The two leave and enter a town under a curse. Here they run into Cid, who lets them take his airship (how nice) to find a way to lift the curse but when they get there they find a girl Refia who was skipping out on her duties but did avoid the curse at the same time and demands that they take her with them. The three of them set off to the castle which is under the same curse to learn how to lift it and finally gain the forth member of your party Ingus. After the curse is lifted, these four find out they are the warriors of light and travel the world to gain the crystals’ power (earth, fire, wind, water) to banish the darkness, all the while helping as many people as they can along the way.

Gameplay

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If you enjoy the old school RPG turn taking, then this game is for you, if not then you probably will get bored with the system quick. Your party members line up and you select their actions in the menu box and watch them go. The most intriguing feature of this game is the job system. Here your characters can take on different jobs that do different things in battle. Everyone starts out with the basic freelancer job, but after you obtain a crystal’s power new jobs become available (white mage, monk, knight, red mage, thief etc…) for you to play around with. The jobs play a very important part in the battles and can mean the life or death of your party if you fail to choose wisely. Out of battle you can wander the land and use the zoom feature to discover items or tools to advance the plot. You don’t need the stylus for this game at all. The major downfall to this game is if you wish to do some of the side quests, you must find another player with the same game and exchange 7 letters with them. If you don’t, then you will be unable to do the side quests, for instance the bonus boss.

Graphics and Sound

The graphics are good for a DS game. The towns are detailed and the jobs for each character have their own look to them. The dungeons tend to have a repetitious look though you shouldn’t get too lost. The music score is wonderful, just as expected from a final fantasy game but there are no voiceovers.

Cons

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The only real major problem that I see with this game is the use of magic in the battles, though near the end it’s practically useless and you won’t need it, besides healing. The crystals of the world can talk and give you power. Also two individuals that help you out you must fight (not willing of course) so you can gain the strength to enter the world of darkness. The outfits throughout the game are modest with the occasional one showing the stomach of a female character. And finally the final boss takes the form of a green woman with tattoos to cover up.

Pros

The game’s main focus is light verses darkness. Your characters help out several people and save countries from evil. It draws a definite line between what is light and what is dark, who is evil and who is good. The heroes take a stand against the darkness just as we should as Christians. It also stresses friendship as the main characters get to know one another and rely on each other to survive.

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Overall

I highly recommend this game to any final fantasy fan. This is a must have for the series, even if the battle system becomes repetitious at the end. If you can ignore the few negative aspects of it, this is a great game that has a heavy positive overtone and a good feel when you beat it. I am very pleased that I got the chance to finally play this classic.

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Year of Release — 2006




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