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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: 20 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. 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
  2. Aug 6, 2019
    10
    The best game planning ever world and the story of beautiful characters breathtaking gameplay more like my constant, simple and wonderful tactic
  3. 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
  4. AaronS
    Sep 4, 2008
    8
    This is a pretty decent game, and can be scarily involving at times. The strategy elements are a little basic at first, but soon becomes more This is a pretty decent game, and can be scarily involving at times. The strategy elements are a little basic at first, but soon becomes more complicated as the game progresses. I would also like to add that the judgment system, I think, compliments the battles rather well, and there is great satisfaction to be had from keeping within the law. It takes a while, but once you have a full clan of units, and a varied amount of jobs and abilities to play with, the game takes on a whole new addictive level. Expand
  5. XV_
    Jun 15, 2019
    8
    Grimoire Of The Rift follows more or less the same formula as its predecessors which is a good thing because both of them are incredible (evenGrimoire Of The Rift follows more or less the same formula as its predecessors which is a good thing because both of them are incredible (even with the divisive judge system of FFTA), the thing is that there is little to none improvements from the last games so it tends to feel kinda repetitive at times. You still can't skip or fast forward enemy turns or yours, so it makes grinding a lot more annoying.

    Making the slow pacing aside, the combat is still good, and it has a lot of versatility and skills combinations for your units, and maybe that is my favorite part of the game, to make that one unit a perfect killing machine. The story is just serviceable, it has potential but is not even near of the other two games, so it makes everything a lot more inconsequential, the characters are OK but nothing to write home about, and the music sounded like a lot of tunes were recycled from FFTA. On the graphic side, the game looks like a work of art, simply beautiful.

    Overall is a great game but compared to its predecessors it fells just a little short, specially in the story side, but if you have extra time and want to have a good tactical experience, FFTA2 is a good choice.
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  6. StevenM.
    Jun 25, 2008
    7
    With the success of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, I suppose I'm not surprised that Square Enix did very little to change the formula. With the success of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, I suppose I'm not surprised that Square Enix did very little to change the formula. Yes, I was perhaps being a little unrealistic when I had hoped that they would take a step back and create a game more similar to the original Final Fantasy Tactics... One that would engross the player in story full of twists, emotions, and unforgettable characters. Instead, we have another iteration of a watered down strategy game, with tactical features that are burdensome rather than challenging (Laws, inability to hire at will, ability system managed via items, shop inventories meticulously attained through a menial system). Overall, it's still a very addictive game. Hence the score of seven. Seven isn't a bad score. It's a damn good game, just not what it could have been. 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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