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  • Summary: The world of Final Fantasy returns to Game Boy Advance. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is a deeply diverse strategy and tactics game with battles, missions, swords, and magic. Players assume the role of young Marche Radiuju in the humble burg of St. Ivalice. Alone in a foreign world, Marche befriends a motley crew of low-level monks, mages, archers, and soldiers. The only hope you have of finding your way home is to turn your ragtag group of misfits into a finely tuned fighting force. As you gain experience and reputation, your job options grow as well as the rewards. Expand
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  1. Positive: 40 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. Simply the best the GBA has offered so far. With an engaging plot, a deep gameplay system that allows for as much customisation as any handheld RPG, and a length that is ridiculously good value, there really is no excuse not to own this game.
  2. Not only is this game incredibly deep, but for a strategy fan like myself, it is addictive enough to destroy your social life. [Sept 2003, p.124]
  3. The abundance of customization featured in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and the myriad types of battles makes this game a definite keeper.
  4. Excellent deep portable gaming across the board.
  5. 86
    It's good...but not great. As far as strategy RPG games, this pales in comparison to both "Disgaea" and "Final Fantasy Tactics."
  6. Those who fondly remember the original Final Fantasy Tactics won't find a story that's as engrossing or as complex here, but this is still a deep and involving RPG that offers dozens of hours' worth of entertaining tactical battles.
  7. The Judge System and a few other gripes do keep this game from being truly excellent. But hey! At least there's no slow text like in the original.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 80
  2. Negative: 1 out of 80
  1. MikeB.
    Sep 6, 2003
  2. Aug 2, 2013
    Hands down my favorite game for the Game Boy Advance, and definitely in my top five in the Final Fantasy series. The game play is addictive, the job system makes you feel like you're actually getting some where with your characters, and the variety of races adds a nice spin to the game. I've lost track of the amount of times I've laid awake in bed, repeating "just one more battle and then I'll sleep.. wait that was over too soon, just one more.." Hours of great game play and a very, very large amount of replay value. I will cherish this game for years to come. Expand
  3. TheRob
    Sep 10, 2003
    When will they utilize px2 to make the ultimate FFT game? Im talking about FFT on a grand scale with as many as 50 characters in a battle!
  4. BoboBill
    Oct 11, 2003
    I just have to say "holy s***, it rules!?!"
  5. GregM.
    Mar 15, 2004
    The most amazing gba game yet. Im a ff freak and I love the diversity of this game. There are so many different missions and items. The ony bad part is that there are all these amazingly named weapons but you get them too soon and it feels weird because in the original you get like 6 iron like swords before you get an icebrand or fire ingulfed blade. It just doesnt seem right to get the ragnarok after like the 5th mission. Other than that its a great game. That all i got to say. Expand
  6. Oct 6, 2013
    The game is great and follows what we expect of a final fantasy tactics game with new game mechanics.

    If it was not for the dump end, i
    would give it a 10. Hope they port this one to PS3, VITA, PSP like the others. Expand
  7. N.Tucker
    Dec 14, 2005
    Why, so limited, cant use monsters in battle. ouch!

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