Dissidia: Final Fantasy PSP

Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 61 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 61
  2. Negative: 1 out of 61
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  1. The concept may delight hardcore fans, but the unrefined gameplay ensures that everyone else is left out in the cold. [Sept 2009, p.92]
  2. While I enjoyed Dissidia as an FF fan, I have to admit that once the fan service stuff wore off, I grew bored of the overall game.
  3. At its barest elements, Dissidia: Final Fantasy is phenomenal.
  4. 70
    Apart from the poor dialogue, Dissidia is a largely enjoyable game, although its attempt at shoehorning in a wide variety of RPG elements (including the mystifying ability to create equippable items by performing certain combos in battle) to an otherwise action-oriented fighting game ends up being confusing.
  5. Hardcore Final Fantasy nerds will be dazzled by the fan service on offer and will likely let a lot of issues slip by unnoticed, just because Kefka is in it. However, Dissidia really isn't a great game. It's a solid, if annoying, hack n' slash title that had a shedload of potential, but just isn't tight enough to truly realize the greatness it could have achieved.
  6. Despite an unhealthy amount of fan service this is an innovative, if inaccessible, one-on-one fighter.
  7. 60
    Dissidia is a disappointing title that is hard to recommend to anyone but a die hard fan of the Final Fantasy series.
  8. Play UK
    60
    A cynical exercise in fan service that leeches off its ancestors in the absence of any merits it can call its own. [Issue#184, p.76]
  9. Dissidia Final Fantasy offers an enormous amount of content for Final Fantasy fans, but fails to deliver an engaging or satisfying fighting experience.
  10. 60
    Unlike The World Ends With You, the under-appreciated Square Enix RPG for the Nintendo DS, Dissidia: Final Fantasy is unsuccessful in its attempt to fuse action and role-playing experimentation in a meaningful way. The pieces are all there, but the glue is too thin.
  11. 69
    Dissidia: Final Fantasy is a game that won't please the majority of the audience. It's a bit in between genres. Fighter fans will feel there are too many rpg elements, while RPG fans will feel it lacks depth. Square Enix also assumes that everyone knows the entire Final Fantasy history, catering this game towards the fans. Everyone else should try this game before buying it.
  12. Dissidia reeks of fan service, but still manages to be a good game. There’s a lot of content and replay value which makes up for the somewhat chaotic and unbalanced battle system. A solid action-packed rpg, primarily recommended to fans of the series, who’ll more than likely be attracted by the nostalgic charm surrounding this title.

Awards & Rankings

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#3 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2009
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#13 Most Shared PSP Game of 2009
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 140 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. Apr 2, 2013
    0
    Sure, fighting is alright. It's a pretty strategic one. But it is exactly what I hate in all RPG games so far it's too difficult. Sure, ISure, fighting is alright. It's a pretty strategic one. But it is exactly what I hate in all RPG games so far it's too difficult. Sure, I played through Persona 3 Portable and FF Crisis Core and I just happen to get one hit k.o.ed in this game on a mission that has 1 star difficulty while playing on easy mode? Sure, sure, and I also get to hit enemies for 1 courage point at a time but they get to hit me for 20, block and evade each of my attacks? Sure, sure, no problem. I can deal with that. Except, it is not worth my time. I'm pretty sure I don't suck that much and I am also sure that I will not bother to try again. Seriously, most of the people who rated this game 10 are some kind of pros that have been frustrated 100s of time to beat it. Well, no thanks. Full Review »
  2. Nov 20, 2011
    10
    Final Fantasy Dissidia is a fighting consisting of characters from the first 10 main franchise titles (I-X) and includes some additionalFinal Fantasy Dissidia is a fighting consisting of characters from the first 10 main franchise titles (I-X) and includes some additional characters from XI and XII. The game includes a unique battle system that combines RPG and fighting elements. Both fans of the FF series and fighting fans will surely love this game. With a total of up to 20 characters with 2 additional characters, players may customize their characters with equips and techniques making different combination of attacks possible. Along with that a very long storyline with all sorts of twists and turns never before seen. Fans will surely live the nostalgic life when playing this game. The sound effects and music are revitalize in this game and graphics are clear and crisp. Fans will surely enjoy this perfect fighting RPG classic. Full Review »
  3. [anonymous]
    Oct 25, 2009
    7
    Fun gameplay, menus, items, and leveling customization (involving movesets) make this game somewhat addictive. Frustration sets in when the Fun gameplay, menus, items, and leveling customization (involving movesets) make this game somewhat addictive. Frustration sets in when the computer enemies - rather than being balanced - are either terribly weak or overpowered in certain areas due to items. Also, you grind by repeating the story over and over - the load times can be frustrating. The graphics are a beauty but overall I was disappointed by the typical Japanese use of repeating character sprites. Almost all of your enemies are essentially weaker copies of the characters. But the worst part of Dissidia is the dialogue. There is no japanese voice acting option. Thankfully you can change it to text. The english dialogue is insanely overacted. The best part of dissidia (aside from the action when the characters involved are relatively balanced) is the fanservice. Those who have purchased the FF games will be pleased at the many appearances of certain characters. Personally I wasn't the greatest FF7 or FF8 fan but I was excited to see FF1, FF4, FF6, and FF9 characters. This made beating up Cloud or Squall with Warrior of Light or Terra very satisfying. Full Review »