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  • Summary: FINAL FANTASY EXPLORERS focuses on cooperative play with friends, utilizing a refined party system allowing Explorers to master over twenty jobs, each offering unique ways to defeat or even recruit the realm’s mightiest monsters. Players have the ability to call upon the powers of eidolonsFINAL FANTASY EXPLORERS focuses on cooperative play with friends, utilizing a refined party system allowing Explorers to master over twenty jobs, each offering unique ways to defeat or even recruit the realm’s mightiest monsters. Players have the ability to call upon the powers of eidolons like Ifrit and Bahamut, as well as to transform into legendary characters from the FINAL FANTASY series via the Trance ability. Multiplayer functionality is enabled through the Nintendo 3DS wireless communication. [Square Enix] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 57
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57
  1. 90
    With the superb Final Fantasy heritage to support it and even compensate for the lack of narrative context, as well as some truly exciting multiplayer questing, this is a game I have a lot of time for, and will do so for a long time to come.
  2. Jan 28, 2016
    80
    Final Fantasy Explorers is a cute and interesting variation of the original Monster Hunter formula, aimed at the less hardcore players. If you like Monster Hunter but you can't stand its high difficulty level, this is the game for you.
  3. Jan 26, 2016
    76
    Unoriginal and technically lacking, Final Fantasy Explorers tries to make up for it with a large amount of content and fun multiplayer modes.
  4. Jan 25, 2016
    70
    Final Fantasy Explorers feels like an entry point for the genre rather than a true rival to Capcom's crown - it's accessible and enjoyable, but the shallow nature of the gameplay might leave seasoned players feeling a little cold after extended play.
  5. Jan 29, 2016
    70
    This is the first attempt on a series that could have been better in a matter of balance of progression and difficulty. However, it delivers excellent mechanics with a unique taste that differentiate the title among others from the same genre. Unforgettable boss battles, and tons of fan service for followers of the franchise.
  6. Jan 26, 2016
    62
    We are a little bit disappointed with FF Explorers. It feels like it lacks some ambition, but if you like the franchise and the kind of gameplay it relies on, you can find some fun here.
  7. Jan 27, 2016
    50
    Square Enix’s latest attempt to create a Monster Hunter clone has a lot of Final Fantasy fan service but few other reasons to explore its world.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Nov 19, 2016
    10
    Final Fantasy Explorers is a unique game on its own and is a total different game from monster hunter which is another game i enjoyed. FarmingFinal Fantasy Explorers is a unique game on its own and is a total different game from monster hunter which is another game i enjoyed. Farming system is about the same as monster hunter except it is less more tedious than monhun and requires less time to farm and hence, i can play it in short bursts while waiting for people,transport, etc etc. Wide choices of jobs, skills, armor keeps you coming back and experience the game in a whole new perspective. The only thing bad about this game is they rehash the monsters a lot. Maybe add in a few more extra bosses in the end can spice things up. Expand
  2. Feb 13, 2016
    10
    i rly hope the update make it good, like everybody say its like monster hunter, but final fantasy wise, and way more easier because you donti rly hope the update make it good, like everybody say its like monster hunter, but final fantasy wise, and way more easier because you dont have to go on wiki all the time. Expand
  3. Apr 3, 2017
    9
    I like this game so much. It's the first addictive game I've played from the series since Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. I would have givenI like this game so much. It's the first addictive game I've played from the series since Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. I would have given the game a solid 10/10 if it was 3D. Since it doesn't use the 3D I am knocking off a full point because it's disappointing. Must like repetitive battles to enjoy this game as much as I did. Expand
  4. May 7, 2016
    8
    Final Fantasy Explorers brings together two iconic series by smashing the Monster Hunter formula with the whole catalog of Final FantasyFinal Fantasy Explorers brings together two iconic series by smashing the Monster Hunter formula with the whole catalog of Final Fantasy fan-favorite characters, beasts, baddies, iconic weapons and items; and mixing it until we get an enjoyable experience with excellent variety and solid gameplay.

    Ultimately, Square-Enix takes what made the Monster Hunter formula successful: defeating large boss monsters and creating stronger weapons/equipment from their materials, but made it into a much more player-friendly experience. If not the best part, the Final Fantasy nostalgia-fest was a huge plus for this game. While questing, you would unlock blueprints to make your favorite character’s armor or weapon.

    While Explorers did combat and customization well, it missed the mark on other dynamics of the game. First and foremost, the story was unimaginative and boring. Generic NPC’s would push the quest-line forward with meaningless, flat background story.

    One of the worst problems Explorers had was that it was mindlessly repetitive. Most quests were of the same theme: kill a boss, kill the next boss and then kill that other boss. There were some stand-out quests like “kill 10 dragons at once” but they were few and far between.

    And lastly, Explorers featured a streetpass style mini-game that would allow you to collect materials by registering your friends and sending them out on missions. So it meant that you could gather certain materials even when you weren’t playing. It was a nice mini-game overall as it was fairly helpful, but I found it to be a boring way of utilizing streetpasses.

    Overall, Final Fantasy Explorers was a fun but repetitive nostalgia-fest. I really enjoyed the massive amount of combat customization while simultaneously being able to cosplay my favorite FF characters. With a rework on the repetitive quest system and a well-written story-line, I would love to see a sequel to this game.
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  5. Mar 5, 2018
    7
    Neat action-RPG with the well known hunting and crafting style. You can unlock and choose a ton of jobs, learn new abilities, and even expandNeat action-RPG with the well known hunting and crafting style. You can unlock and choose a ton of jobs, learn new abilities, and even expand those abilities, which brings lots of variety. The gameplay is really accessible, and addicting, though repetitive. It has a pretty thin story and the music is a bit mediocre, but that's not the point here. There are some solid co-op options as well. On top of that, there's a lot of Final Fantasy goodness, so I recommend this for every Final Fantasy fan. Expand
  6. Jan 26, 2016
    6
    Did you come here looking for Monster Hunter? Or maybe you were looking for Final Fantasy? Or a mix between both?

    Well move on, because it
    Did you come here looking for Monster Hunter? Or maybe you were looking for Final Fantasy? Or a mix between both?

    Well move on, because it is none of that, really. Only a very miniscule part of it could resemble Monster Hunter and there isn't all that much Final Fantasy in it other than some monsters and characters, it's more reminiscent of PSO.
    Unfortunately it does get very bland and repetitive (and not the fun kind like MH) very soon so you'll truly have to be mad in love with anything even remotely FF to keep going. Not a horrible game, but not really good either.
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  7. May 28, 2016
    0
    I bought this game with high expectations. I really loved FF Realm Reborn but this game is just a nightmare for anyone who doesn't have superI bought this game with high expectations. I really loved FF Realm Reborn but this game is just a nightmare for anyone who doesn't have super limber fingers. The camera doesn't move with the character so you are constantly having to stop and use the D-pad to move the camera in the direction you are going. They just tried to add to many combat option to a system that really isn't designed for PC like combat commands. I never made it past the second Tutorial Quest because the game wouldn't spawn enough enemies to get the required number to trigger a Crystal Surge for me in the time allotted. On top of that I would loose about 50 res points before I could even get the camera moved in the direction I wanted to run. Game has potential but the controls are just dreadful. If you're like me and have Arthritic fingers don't buy this cause it will make your fingers start to hurt. Expand

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