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, LusoSchool 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. Without really breaking new ground in tactical gameplay, the game is still able to give you plenty to think about during the excessively long battles. Character and job classes offer something different on the battlefield and this is good news seeing as there are hundreds of quests to take on aside from the main quest.
  3. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    87
    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. High production values take the game to a level of quality usually unreached on the Nintendo DS, and the game’s sound and graphics, while a little bit dated, help the battles from becoming too chaotic and move the game’s story along.
  5. AceGamez
    80
    Aside from being visually beautiful in a perfect, picture book way, it has one of the smartest combat mechanics around for any RPG, managing to balance the pace of combat with the patient thought of a strategy game effortlessly.
  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 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  1. Oct 26, 2014
    10
    Beware the Flowsand Lord! 30-40 battles in you face a rare boss fight. And this one will keep you from continuing the game it's so hardBeware the Flowsand Lord! 30-40 battles in you face a rare boss fight. And this one will keep you from continuing the game it's so hard unless, you play the clan trials. So don't overlook the clan trials. Apart from that the music is good if a little cheery, the graphics are excellently vibrant, the game is a lot more challenging, and deep, than War of the Lions. Expand
  2. BrandonS.
    Jun 29, 2008
    10
    A step up from both the original Final Fantasy Tactics and Advanced, having the best of both... Except for a few minor flaws. Still a very A step up from both the original Final Fantasy Tactics and Advanced, having the best of both... Except for a few minor flaws. Still a very good game, and it's one of those games for the DS that you cannot go without. Expand
  3. anb
    Oct 29, 2008
    10
    Outstanding game. Despite that the main plot is kinda childish, the game in general is soo deep with a lot of quest, skills, jobs etc and Outstanding game. Despite that the main plot is kinda childish, the game in general is soo deep with a lot of quest, skills, jobs etc and with a really great attention to details spiced up with really gorgeous artwork and music. Must have. 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 blendFinal 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. JoshE.
    Jul 14, 2008
    7
    Still pales in comparison to the original Playstation version, but an improvement over FFTA in terms of gameplay and the more tolerable, but Still pales in comparison to the original Playstation version, but an improvement over FFTA in terms of gameplay and the more tolerable, but still lame, judge system. Many of the assets were reused from FFTA, which seems pretty lazy (The music is exactly the same). It still looks good though (The portraits are all new and look great), so that makes all of the other repeat graphics and sound less annoying. Expand
  6. Dec 16, 2015
    5
    Despite the gorgeous visuals, nice character design and polished gameplay, you can feel the lack of Yasumi Matsuno's genius. Still, this gameDespite the gorgeous visuals, nice character design and polished gameplay, you can feel the lack of Yasumi Matsuno's genius. Still, this game delivers exactly what it promised. It's a charming time-waster and it's fun to experiment with the gameplay system, trying all the jobs and mastering your characters. True to it's name, it feels like a grimoire of stories of common folk that lived in Ivalice. Each quest text and notice has a simple but well-written short tale. Just don't expect anything deep or memorable out of here. You could try the original Final Fantasy Tactics for that. Expand
  7. EricL
    Oct 10, 2009
    0
    This is probably the worst game I've ever played since Onechanbara: Bikini Sammurai Squad. Each character has such a limited number ofThis is probably the worst game I've ever played since Onechanbara: Bikini Sammurai Squad. Each character has such a limited number of attacks, and there is no origionality anywhere. The story is forgettable, but complaining about that would be complaining about a Resident Evil story, so I shouldn't mind that too much, and I THINK the cutscenes are skippable, but I haven't played it in a while (for good reason) so I can't remember. Also, why do I have to pay to do side-quests? Shouldn't it be the other way around? The graphics are okay, but it doesn't save the hypnoticly boring gameplay. Also, WHY does my last name have to be Clemet? Kamacho Clemet. Rolls right off the tongue (sarcasm). Why can't I custimize that to be something else like "Michaels", or "Obama", or "McNugget" or ANYTHING BUT CLEMET!! Expand

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#7 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008