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Generally favorable reviews - based on 78 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 78
  2. Negative: 0 out of 78
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  1. 100
    As someone who has been a lifelong fan of Final Fantasy, World of Final Fantasy was specifically designed for people like me, and I love Square Enix for it. Respectful of its heritage, but creative with how it presents it, this game has had a far more meaningful impact on me than almost any other game I’ve played this year. So, thank you, Square Enix. It feels like a gift.
  2. Nov 25, 2016
    95
    The best Final Fantasy game in years.
  3. 95
    The dialogue may be funny, but the game is far from being a joke. It’s in the running for RPG of the year, if not game of the year and is, by far, the best Final Fantasy title the company has put out in several years.
  4. Oct 26, 2016
    90
    A remarkable blend of old-school JRPG mannerisms and innovative, mold-shattering gameplay elements that challenge what a Final Fantasy game is “supposed” to look like.
  5. Oct 25, 2016
    90
    The revamped battle system is a lot of fun and strikes a balance that is good for fans seeking a return to turn-based combat while also finding a way to appease those seeking faster action.
  6. Oct 25, 2016
    90
    Even though the game is a huge crossover event, by making everything make sense in its own world of Grymoire, the game doesn’t rely exclusively on nostalgia to hook players. Even though you’ll see Sephiroth, Squall, and other friends in your quest, even those who somehow don’t know these iconic characters can get enjoyment out of the great gameplay and light-hearted story of World of Final Fantasy.
  7. Oct 25, 2016
    90
    It's too soon yet to know if Final Fantasy XV will be a successful entry in the main series. But if you want to place a sure bet, World of Final Fantasy is your winning horse. Enjoyable, entertaining, classic turn-based combat system, a bunch of options when it comes to assemble your team with characters and creatures from all over the franchise... perhaps we expected a little bit more complexity from the fights, but this game holds its name very proudly.
  8. Oct 24, 2016
    90
    A surprisingly unique and entertaining addition to the Final Fantasy franchise that uses its cuteness, humor, and accessibility to draw you in.
  9. 90
    While playing World of Final Fantasy, all I wanted to do was jump into the world of Grymoire just so I grab and hug the adorable characters. Sure it may not look like your typical Final Fantasy but it’s got the depth of a Final Fantasy. In a way, World of Final Fantasy is a celebration of the franchise, and I personally feel like it’s a thank you from Square Enix to its fans.
  10. Oct 24, 2016
    90
    Any Final Fantasy fan, no matter how many past titles they’ve sunk their teeth into, would be a fool to pass World of Final Fantasy up; this is fan service done exactly how it should be.
  11. 90
    World of Final Fantasy is a loving 30th anniversary tribute to the beloved series, boasting an addictive monster-collection system and a fun (though admittedly goofy) narrative that brings together three decades of characters.
  12. Oct 25, 2016
    87
    Random battles and the low difficulty level do not prevent World of Final Fantasy from being a spin-off that is really well done and enjoyable. The perfect way to wait for FFXV.
  13. Oct 25, 2016
    86
    World of Final Fantasy is a really entertaining and charming JRPG. It merges many of the most memorable elements from most of the games from the Final Fantasy series and combines them in an original title with accessible and easy to learn controls, easygoing story and creative gameplay mechanics. It doesn’t matter if you novice gamer or a hardcore fan, the game has many things that will engage you and make you enjoy it.
  14. Oct 25, 2016
    86
    World of Final Fantasy is a impressive work, complex and overflowing with content. Despite of a couple of sections slightly less successful than others, the game world has proved incredibly rich in surprises, beautiful to experience and explore.
  15. Oct 24, 2016
    86
    The gameplay certainly isn’t perfect, as the younger audience Tose and Square Enix are trying to reach rears its head once in awhile through the gameplay’s flow and simplicity, but World of Final Fantasy is diverse and deep enough to keep the excitement going from beginning to end.
  16. Nov 26, 2016
    85
    If you are a fan of Final Fantasy definitely pick this game up. Just maybe next year sometime. This games biggest disadvantage is that it’s been released only a month before Final Fantasy XV. But if you do play this game you will be treated to a wonderfully adorable and charming RPG with a cast of colourful characters, an immersive battle system, beautiful worlds and a soundtrack that is simply amazing. While the story is cliched and simple it’ll still have you hooked! Maybe we should give Square another chance.
  17. Nov 15, 2016
    85
    Story pacing issues aside, World of Final Fantasy is an absolute joy to play through. The game may look tiny, but it has a massive heart.
  18. Nov 9, 2016
    85
    World of Final Fantasy offers fans a ton of nostalgia. The RPG turn-based combat style combined with the gotta catch 'em all element proves a golden mix for this RPG. And the hyper-deformed sauce just completes this. A must buy for the fan!
  19. Nov 1, 2016
    85
    As the simple dungeon layouts and low difficulty level suggest, the game is mostly aimed towards a younger, less experienced audience, but veterans of the Final Fantasy series shouldn't be put off by this, as the well-implemented fan service more than makes up for it.
  20. Oct 27, 2016
    85
    This is more Final Fantasy that you could expect. It's beautiful, deep and very classic in many aspects. A fusion between FF concepts that fans mustn't miss.
  21. Oct 25, 2016
    85
    World of Final Fantasy may look like Pokémon but it's much more Final Fantasy at its core. It's colorful and cheerful with an interesting battle system which is more interesting than it initially appears. The story makes almost no sense but the fun characters and twists keep it compelling.
  22. Oct 24, 2016
    85
    With combat that’s simple but has some depth and a story that fits in the franchise’s lineage, this ramp up to next month’s Final Fantasy XV is a great way to enjoy a story you love while also sharing it with others who are experiencing it for the first time.
  23. Oct 24, 2016
    85
    World of Final Fantasy is light and fun and offers tons to do. With a fun world to explore, gorgeous aesthetics, this is a nostalgic adventure built around the history of one of video games’ most iconic franchises.
  24. Oct 24, 2016
    85
    Feels like an RPG aimed at children or people that are as experienced with RPGs. At the same time, there is enough here as far as customization goes to keep the veterans busy for a nice long time as well. It took me by surprise, and I think RPG fans will really enjoy this hybrid mix of Final Fantasy and Pokémon. It has a few setbacks, but for the most part, this is a charming, fun, and fantastically paced game many can enjoy.
  25. Oct 24, 2016
    84
    Tose Co. has developed a great classic JRPG, playable in both PS4 and PS Vita, with an original battle, capture and evolve system. Expect lots of cameos from characters from the saga, in its "chibi" form, and revisit famous locations such as Nibelheim (from Final Fantasy VII). Original, fun and a great way to get you ready for Final Fantasy XV.
  26. Oct 23, 2016
    83
    Similar to my experience playing Final Fantasy XIII-2, I eventually just had to tune out the plot to enjoy the gameplay. That's a shame, but it doesn't erase the entertaining battle system, the satisfaction of building an unstoppable monster collection, or the thrill of seeing your favorite characters back in action. [Nov 2016, p.84]
  27. Jan 17, 2017
    82
    A great JRPG that any fan of the series should pick up. It may get a little boring from time to time but with such a variety of content to master, how could you pass up exploring this colourful, lively, and fantastical world?
  28. Nov 13, 2016
    82
    World of Final Fantasy embraces weirdness and silliness to further itself from its more serious counterparts, while simultaneously revisiting the franchise’s classic roots to create something special.
  29. Oct 31, 2016
    82
    Motivating, funny and amazingly cute: if you like the Chibi look and love to catch monsters, you'll love this game.
  30. Oct 28, 2016
    82
    World of Final Fantasy is a gorgeous celebration for the series 30th anniversary, a colorful and joyful JRPG with monster capture elements, a lot of cameos from old heroes and a beautiful score. It has some flaws, but the package is strong enough to be recommended to everyone that loves this series or the genre in general.
  31. Oct 24, 2016
    82
    World of Final Fantasy is a great example of how an homage should be done: a solid infrastructure and a lot of passionate work. It's not a perfect game and it lacks in building enough around its core, but it's a really good Final Fantasy game, and it should be enough for all fans.
  32. Oct 25, 2016
    81
    An homage to a franchise that now is 30 years old disguised as a brand new game with a lot of new ideas and concepts.
  33. Dec 8, 2016
    80
    A humorous package of sweet nostalgia, with some really great battle mechanics. After a while, it could get dull, but it should not stop you from getting many enjoyable hours before that.
  34. Nov 30, 2016
    80
    A great introduction to newcomers and a nostalgic trip for veterans, World of Final Fantasy is a beautiful game, whose hilarious characters and deep story more than make up for short and sometimes sloppy world design.
  35. Nov 15, 2016
    80
    World of Final Fantasy is an easily misleading game. It appears to be nothing more than a Final Fantasy-flavored monster-collecting knock-off, but turns out to be much more than that. Beyond the appeal of collecting familiar monsters and creatures, the world features enough series characters, locations, and music to satisfy the most ardent nostalgic. There is a ton of content, and it is all wrapped up in a package that is as beautiful to look at as it is to listen to. Still, not everything is perfect. The combat system is skewed towards grinding, menus are unwieldy, and the main story takes an awfully long time to ramp up. However, there is very little reason for gamers to not give World of Final Fantasy a serious look. While it may resemble Final Fantasy Jr., it offers more than enough for veterans of the series to sink their teeth into.
  36. Nov 6, 2016
    80
    A lighthearted expedition into the realms of the famous roleplaying serious that mixes elements of Pokemon with one of the most refined versions of the Active-Time-Battle-system yet.
  37. World of Final Fantasy is a magnificent source of nostalgia for the long time Final Fantasy fans. It has an engaging plot and never lets you off. It has some ups and downs but generally, WoFF is a great way to spend some time while we wait for Final Fantasy XV.
  38. Nov 1, 2016
    80
    There’s a fair amount of fluff and filler spread throughout the lengthy RPG, but its tail end features some great nostalgia trips and fun character moments. It’s a great celebration of the legacy of Final Fantasy that’s a blast for fans old and new.
  39. Oct 27, 2016
    80
    World of Final Fantasy is a solid, enjoyable and nostalgic trip through the history of the franchise. It's cheesy, cheery and a lot of fun to play. The solid combat system and enjoyable humor carry the game through some noticeable bumps in the road. A few half-baked mechanics and a somewhat unnecessary turn toward the serious dull some of the game's shine, but the issues aren't enough to take away from the enjoyment. Fans of the franchise should find a lot to like in this well-made JRPG.
  40. Oct 26, 2016
    80
    World of Final Fantasy may not look like a modern open-world action RPG. But instead, it brings colorful environments, an enjoyable story, great combat mechanics and, most importantly, nostalgia at its best. This Square Enix game was made for the Final Fantasy fan who loves the series and its iconic characters. It may not have the best narrative and dialogue, but it will give players tons of entertainment on many different levels.
  41. Oct 25, 2016
    80
    There is too much indecision in Chiba: he wants to create a game for young people, but he proposes mechanics of the past, for the nostalgic people. World of Final Fantasy, however, is built well, with an immense work in the creation of Mirage: the battle system works well and entertains for almost a hundred hours. An Immensity.
  42. Oct 25, 2016
    80
    World of Final Fantasy is not a fan-service product only. It really manages to get the spirit of IP's like Pokémon or Persona to adapt it to Final Fantasy Universe. Furthermore, the game offers a deep fighting system and a great evolution structure that makes it really addictive.
  43. Oct 25, 2016
    80
    World of Final Fantasy is enchanting and offers a refreshing journey into the world of this eternal saga.
  44. Oct 24, 2016
    80
    While World of Final Fantasy has a lot of references to the Final Fantasy-series, it also has its own strong story. And although there's a lot of fan-service in the game, it's also an entertaining adventure that no fan of the series should miss out on.
  45. 80
    Building a game around nostalgia can often backfire, but the classic style battle mechanics mixed with the capturing and stacking of Mirages make World of Final Fantasy a trip down memory lane that any fan of the franchise should check out.
  46. Oct 24, 2016
    80
    World of Final Fantasy isn’t going to break the mold, and that’s okay. It’s a game for the fans and one I certainly think they’ll appreciate.
  47. Oct 24, 2016
    80
    World of Final Fantasy is a great turn-based JRPG that everyone who grew up in the nineties will love.
  48. Oct 24, 2016
    80
    World of Final Fantasy offers a polished and pretty adventure through a lovingly made world, and even though its story is let down by some poor writing, the addictive process of capturing and training monsters is enough to keep you playing. All in all, this is a great little spin-off.
  49. Nov 9, 2016
    79
    Do not be mistaken: Underneath the somewhat jovial appearance of this spinoff lies 30 years of homage to the fascinating world of Final Fantasy.
  50. Oct 25, 2016
    78
    Square Enix comes back with World of Final Fantasy, a brand new RPG adventure that features some very fresh gameplay mechanics that are new in the saga. A game that's worth a try and one that's very enjoyable.
  51. CD-Action
    Jan 13, 2017
    75
    A sort of “best of Final Fantasy” compilation that takes you on a nostalgic journey. [01/2017, p.41]
  52. Oct 26, 2016
    75
    Evaluating World of Final Fantasy as a complete package feels a little strange because its target audience is so ambiguous. I've been playing Final Fantasy for the majority of my life, and yet it's almost as if WoFF has no idea how to appeal to me as a longtime fan. I love the series for a multitude of reasons, but WoFF's fanservice feels cheap, and does disservice to the original works it references.
  53. Oct 24, 2016
    75
    World of Final Fantasy is a fun spin-off RPG for both newcomers to and veterans of the series, but the story doesn’t feel as strong or memorable as those of the numbered entries.
  54. Oct 24, 2016
    75
    Final Fantasy fans will appreciate the level of detail and nostalgic cameos both in the narrative and monster designs, but newcomers of the series may be left overwhelmed. That said, the Pokémon-lite aspect of capturing mirages, and training and transforming them to more powerful beings, is addictive fun. While the dialogue is poorly written with often dry humour awkwardly delivered, you can’t help love the adorable chibi character animations.
  55. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Jan 8, 2017
    70
    There are many little bits to love in WOFF, but there’s far less cohesion than there should have been when it’s all thrown in together. [January 2016, p72]
  56. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Dec 27, 2016
    70
    The individual parts are all solid: they just don't all play nice when mixed up. [Christmas 2016, p.82]
  57. Dec 11, 2016
    70
    Solid (if somewhat easy later on) combat mechanics also make up for shortcomings elsewhere, with the stack system presenting some interesting tactical possibilities.
  58. Dec 1, 2016
    70
    World of Final Fantasy certainly is an inconsistent, yet intriguing experience. There’s a touching tale set against wonderful locations and characters drawn from Final Fantasy’s rich history, but its best parts are short-lived. The visuals nail the storybook vibe, and they’re accompanied by a solid soundtrack featuring original compositions and beautiful new arrangements of classic pieces. Yes, the combat system is obviously heavily influenced by a certain popular Nintendo franchise, but Square Enix has put a unique spin on the formula with the stacking mechanic.
  59. Nov 22, 2016
    70
    World of Final Fantasy could be an ongoing offshoot of the FF franchise, and has all the baggage to prove it.
  60. Nov 22, 2016
    70
    It'll be a grind, but I'm still eager to do it. There are just so many recognizable monsters that hold special places in my heart, it seems like it would be a disservice to neglect them. Plus, there are the post-game bonus dungeons that aren't going to conquer themselves.
  61. Nov 18, 2016
    70
    World of Final Fantasy is a beautiful game full of nostalgia, but it tries to do several things at once, making it evident that its creators had no idea how to make it appealing to the audience.
  62. Nov 12, 2016
    70
    It's Fan Service with capitals F and S, offering a lot of content and unique visual style to lure gamers in. However, the graphics are mediocre at best and the overlong tutorials bored us to tears. 
  63. Oct 31, 2016
    70
    World of Final Fantasy is an incredibly charming and love-filled traditional RPG that will give fans of the series a fuzzy feeling inside until the next big entry in the franchise arrives.
  64. Oct 31, 2016
    70
    I don’t know exactly how the idea to create World of Final Fantasy came about in the halls of Square Enix, but it’s a game that could have been so much better had it been given different focus. As it is, it’s a relatively enjoyable RPG that offers up some legitimately enjoyable moments while simultaneously causing you to sit in bewilderment at what you’re experiencing.
  65. Oct 26, 2016
    70
    The lack of challenge and the poor level design are a little bit disappointing, but it's a game with plenty of good ideas and full of fan service. If you can forgive some irregular bits, it's definitely a recommended game.
  66. Oct 25, 2016
    70
    World of Final Fantasy is a humorous adventure that is just too cute for words, but its combat and exploration aren’t diverse enough to support a campaign nearly as long as this one. However, I did enjoy it for a long time - more than 30 hours - before it wore out its welcome.
  67. Oct 25, 2016
    70
    The fan service is off the scale, in terms of the number of returning characters and references, but importantly this is also a fun and unique role-player in its own right.
  68. Oct 24, 2016
    70
    World of Final Fantasy wants to be fan service for everybody, an almost impossible task in such a long-running, varied franchise. In that regard, the game may look like lighthearted filler on the surface. But those shimmers of something greater and World of Final Fantasy’s more original, modern elements are worthwhile, even if they don't quite make up for the hours of annoyances that pay lip service to nostalgia.
  69. Nov 26, 2016
    67
    Fans of Final Fantasy will undoubtedly find themselves happy with World of Final Fantasy, despite its shortcomings in combat and scope.
  70. Dec 15, 2016
    65
    World of Final Fantasy is a great-looking game with charm to spare and quite a few cool ideas under its belt, but it never quite nails the pacing and the excellent localization can’t save it from a pedestrian storyline jaunt through linear dungeons. It’s a reasonable option for anyone hankering for some Final Fantasy nostalgia or anyone who wants to overdose on cute and the colorful, but for everyone else it’s merely a decent JRPG with a few too many irritating lows.
  71. 60
    The end result isn't the most brilliant Final Fantasy title, and yet it still manages to have those addictive qualities. World of Final Fantasy is hardly perfect. But, especially for anyone who loves all things Pokemon, it is plenty of fun.
  72. Nov 7, 2016
    60
    World of Final Fantasy seems to be a little forced and it's hard to shake the feeling it's been made as a distraction fueled by nostalgia, part of a marketing plan before Final Fantasy 15. Combat and exploration quickly becomes boring, and there's not much in terms of story and character development.
  73. Oct 25, 2016
    60
    Unfortunately, you have to put up with a fair amount of frustration and filler before you get to enjoy the best of what World of Final Fantasy has to offer, namely charming writing and Final Fantasy fan service. If you’re willing to put up with some of the game’s mundane sequences, you’ll get some enjoyment out of it, but if you’re not a Final Fantasy fanatic, the magic in these moments may be lost altogether.
  74. Oct 25, 2016
    60
    World of Final Fantasy isn’t a bad game, just a frustrating one. There are some interesting ideas here and it’s undeniably charming but with just a few tweaks to the gameplay, a more imaginative story and greater variety to the dungeons, this could have been something truly great.
  75. Oct 24, 2016
    60
    At the very least I hoped that World of Final Fantasy could have re-invoked the best qualities of its kin: open-world exploration, interesting characters, and epic stories. It lacks all of these elements and suffers for it.
  76. Oct 24, 2016
    60
    World of Final Fantasy offers up a great tribute to the history of the franchise, but as its own game it has little to nothing of substance to say.
  77. Oct 24, 2016
    60
    World of Final Fantasy's opening hours show a lot of promise for fans and newcomers alike, but the longer you spend with it, the more its lack of depth becomes apparent.
  78. Oct 24, 2016
    55
    World of Final Fantasy tries to give you the nostalgia feels, but is unable to recapture the magic of previous 'hyper-deformed' games.
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  1. Oct 25, 2016
    It's easy to deride games that lack originality and favour existing ideas. But refining proven designs is just as important as creating them in the first place. This is where World of Final Fantasy shines, and if you're looking for a simple, accessible roleplaying game that stirs up memories past, then you could do much worse.
  2. Jan 12, 2017
    The resulting mix is, on every level, a peculiar kind of balancing act – as frustrating as it is charming – and often both at once.
  3. Oct 24, 2016
    The fall’s most exciting Final Fantasy game.
  4. Oct 25, 2016
    World of Final Fantasy is great. It's a bit on the linear side so far, and I haven't encountered too many situations that will tax a veteran of the series. But approach it as an all-ages take on the franchise, a Final Fantasy that works for both newcomers and old-timers alike (albeit on different levels), and it's surprisingly great.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 385 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 64 out of 385
  1. Oct 25, 2016
    10
    Fan service to the maximum. At first I had some troubles with the chibi style, but I must say it grows on you. The gameplay is fun andFan service to the maximum. At first I had some troubles with the chibi style, but I must say it grows on you. The gameplay is fun and addictive, with familiar tunes and characters. I'd say it's a mix of Ni no Kuni and Pokémon - all in Final Fantasy flavor. Maybe not for everyone, but most will be pleasantly surprised. This game is awesome! Full Review »
  2. Oct 25, 2016
    10
    I just wanted to pop on here to defend this game. Let me just say, this is a super fun and fulfilling rpg. If you are or ever have been a fanI just wanted to pop on here to defend this game. Let me just say, this is a super fun and fulfilling rpg. If you are or ever have been a fan of final fan tasy, this game is so full of final fantasy easter eggs and fan service that it's a total joy to experience. It is true that the dialogue is cheesy and the game is very cutesy, but in all honestly, it's very funny. To the critics that are bombing it saying that it lacks merit if you disregard the fn service, I have one question: Why would you even play this game if you aren't already a final fantasy fan? It's calld WORLD of FINAL FANTASY. To the users who are tanking the game, they couldn't be more wrong. It isn't too cheesy and it isn't boring. It is as it was advertised to be: A light hearted Kingdom Hearts style tribute to Final Fantasy fans, if you are looking for a hardcore rpg story and content, wait until FF15 comes out and go back to Destiny or CoD or whatever it is you are playing now.

    World of Final Fantasy is simply the appetizer before the entree which is coming out Nov 29, with the dessert to show up in March (ff7)

    If you are on the fence about buying this game because of the lackluster scores you are reading here, pay no attention, as this is the best true jrpg ive played this year so far, and you will not regret it.
    Full Review »
  3. Oct 26, 2016
    10
    Great work by Square Enix. Very polished game. Can see from the high production quality that alot of hardwork and love have been invested.Great work by Square Enix. Very polished game. Can see from the high production quality that alot of hardwork and love have been invested. Graphics, sounds, voiceover, music, combat and everything are very well done. The humour is especially good. Amazing how Square can produced such a high quality FF game together with FF XV. You wont regret buying this game. Full Review »