Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift Image
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  • Summary: School is out for the summer, but mischievous Luso Clemens must first face detention to make up for his misbehavior. Alone in the library, he stumbles upon an ancient book with magical powers that summons him to the mystical land of Ivalice. Warped into the middle of a battlefield, Luso joins Cid and his clan to set off on an adventurous journey looking for a way home. Explore the fantastic world of Ivalice and join forces with famous heroes from FINAL FANTASY XII – Vaan, Penelo and Al-Cid. All-new content and enhancements, including polished game mechanics, new jobs, new classes, and a new clan system that enrich the Ivalice experience for fans and newcomers alike. The North American release will allow players to command characters in battle and navigate through menus all with a tap of the stylus
    Witness vibrant and colorful visuals in dual-screen presentation, made possible by Nintendo DS. Increased replay value with up to 400 available quests, allowing players to immerse themselves in a multi-faceted storyline. [Square Enix]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
  1. It is a great crossover title and has appeal both as an Ivalice adventure and as a full-throttle tactics title.
  2. A great addition to the Final Fantasy Tactics family. Gaming on the go never felt more fun than having an army of sprites fighting on your side.
  3. It's a daunting pospect but there are rewards for the brave here. This is a classy, addictive and sophticated RPG. [Aug 2008, p.78]
  4. Good-class and nice looking fantasy turn-based strategy game with very simple controls, but with a lot of possibilities, missions and tasks. It’s definitely a long-time run. [Aug 2008]
  5. With a whopping 400 quests total, it's amazing that the gameplay never gets stale during the 100+ hours it's going to take you to complete A2.
  6. In fact, games such as these are really losing their style due to the fact that they're sometimes too long—FFTA2 should actually take you 30-40 hours to finish, while taking more than 80 if you intend on finishing every mission and finding every nook and cranny with the job system.
  7. 65
    With a game like FFTA2 it's not really about the why as the how, only it's a bit too simplistic and uninteresting to make a winning formula.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Jun 27, 2011
    10
    After playing FFT, FFTA, and now FFTA2 I must say the game is an incredible addition to the line up. I love the graphics and the creativity they put in these games. The large amount of content is the biggest feature for me. I have clocked 150+ hours in to every FFT game, and this game is nothing short of that length. The story isn't too long, allowing you to dig right into all the grinding you'd like to do to improve your team like most FFT players like to do. I enjoy the job improvements especially and I hope that the next FFTA adds even more features. Square Enix has recently gone down hill (FFXIII), lets hope that doesn't mean some of their new titles will also. I love strategy games, and this is definitely on my top 10. Expand
  2. Sep 8, 2011
    10
    I don't care what the storyline is, I'll always love Final Fantasy Tactics in all its incarnations. Best game evar. No one does tactics games like Final Fantasy. Tactics Ogre and Omnimusha Tactics are just cheap imitations. Expand
  3. Dec 19, 2011
    10
    Excellent game. Charismatic graphics. Cool magics and abilities. And many fun. Many secrets and many no obligatory quests. The main story of the game is no good. But... the quests build a story apart. And its the real good story of the game. And it's amazing. I spend with ease 120 hours in this game and no get everything yet. Expand
  4. Jan 4, 2011
    8
    Final Fantasy Tactics is an interesting RPG title that mixes standard Final Fantasy elements with strategy chess-like elements which blend well together well to create a unique experience. There are two previous titles in this series called Final Fantasy Tactics (PS1/PSP) and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (GBA) and all three of the games all have a different feel and gameplay to them so if you are a fan of one of them, try out the others as well. The point of the game is to more or less build an army of many races and classes and use them to complete the story, tournaments and a long list of quests while leveling up your party, teaching them new abilities and upgrading equipment to keep up with enemies. The law system is revised from the GBA prequel and a bit easier to deal with, new races, classes, abilities and equipment have been added, a gambling minigame for ownership of continents in the game and rare equipment has been added and even a new Hard Mode difficulty setting if Normal Mode is too easy. The music is beautifully composed and the graphics and special effects are nice to look at. The story isn't that great but since its on an Nintendo console, it is expected to not be at an adult level. If you are the type of person who likes strategy and/or RPG titles and/or a game that has a long length with a lot to do and collect, you will probably enjoy this game. Expand
  5. Feb 18, 2014
    5
    Final Fantasy Tactics is my favorite game of all time. Advance was probably my favorite GBA game. After those two, this game is a... disappointment, to say the least. The characters, story, and jobs are all pretty bland, but hey, so were the first Advance's. No big deal. But this entry gets something critically wrong- It's insanely easy. Like, mind-numbingly easy. I played through most of the game on autopilot before finally asking myself "what the f**k am I doing?" and returning it. FFT can kick your ass all day, FFTA's boss battles can make you weep for mercy, but this game hands you victory on a silver platter. Ultimately, the game has nothing particularly WRONG with it, I just couldn't squeeze an ounce of joy out of it. The folks who don't enjoy FFT's difficulty might enjoy this (nothing against you, I had a friend in which this was exactly the case), but I just can't enjoy it. Expand
  6. Jul 14, 2013
    5
    This game is great. It's fun, and the class system allows for huge customization. The one drawback this game has would have to be a few of the enemies. Basically, if you are fighting anything that is undead(especially ghosts) expect to be in a battle for an hour as opposed to the 10-20 minute normal battles. They will come back to life and have a lot of very annoying abilities. I've quit out of the game just because of fights with these before. Expand
  7. Sep 25, 2011
    4
    Is there any possibility for Squenix to actually make a real sequel to the original? I hate to be racist, but I actually enjoyed the total lack of humanoids in the original. Fix the speed issue, ditch some absurdly unbalanced classes, tack in a few that were skipped, and leave the JP system alone. I enjoy various forms of weapon-involving martial arts, and I can't remember the last time I learned techniques directly from my equipment. For just once, Square Enix, give us more of what was actually good. By using three cheat codes, this game goes straight to an 8 rating. #1 - Judges do nothing. @2 - Unlock all jobs. #3 - Enemy stat modifier for non-story battles (x2). Expand

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