• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Jan 28, 1998
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  • Summary: Featuring over 20 types of Jobs and 400 Abilities through the Job System, beautifully laid out 3D environments and the Charge Time Battle System, FINAL FANTASY Tactics provides strategy-intensive gameplay that takes a twist on the traditional RPG.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Think of this as Final Fantasy on a 3-D chess board, where your men/women have certain movements and abilities. The spell effects are gorgeous and you can easily find yourself spending lengths of time just building your party the way you like.
  2. netjak
    92
    While it may be dragged down somewhat by the brief running time, Tactics has the wonderful gameplay that makes it worth that replay or two.
  3. While I still prefer "Vandal Hearts," this is still the best turn based strategy game on the market.
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    89
    Square's first entry in the strategy-RPG genre. Uneven, but a classic. [Jan 2004, p.188]
  5. 85
    For those who are expecting an in-depth story, prepare yourself, because it is deep. Never have I seen so many twists and backstabs in a plot.
  6. One of the most unique role-playing games you will ever play.
  7. While interesting in the short run, this quickly becomes old as there is nothing else to do besides watch the (admittedly interesting) story unfold.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 44
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 44
  3. Negative: 2 out of 44
  1. BrendanP.
    Dec 10, 2002
    10
    This game is my all time favorite. Astounding graphics and gameplay make this one of,if not the best Final Fantasy games EVER.Although it This game is my all time favorite. Astounding graphics and gameplay make this one of,if not the best Final Fantasy games EVER.Although it took me a long time,I finally beat it.Trust me,it takes a lot of patience. Expand
  2. Mar 7, 2019
    10
    A great masterpiece of a game that is still reigning as the best strategy rpg of all time despite all the years. Unlike most other srpg games,A great masterpiece of a game that is still reigning as the best strategy rpg of all time despite all the years. Unlike most other srpg games, the story is not aimed for little kids and the extremely high customization potential will keep you engaged beyond the game's main story. Expand
  3. J-radN.
    Feb 3, 2005
    10
    One of the absolute best games in the final fantasy and RPG series. Limitless possibilities for all attitudes of players and a wonderfully One of the absolute best games in the final fantasy and RPG series. Limitless possibilities for all attitudes of players and a wonderfully intricate storyline full of twists and turns. Expand
  4. Aug 15, 2016
    10
    Hands down one of the best games ever made. I mean, where else can you make a dancing flying samurai?

    Seriously, the class system and
    Hands down one of the best games ever made. I mean, where else can you make a dancing flying samurai?

    Seriously, the class system and complex combat are where it's at here. It's also rather brutal at first, but I enjoyed the challenge.
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  5. 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
  6. Nov 2, 2013
    9
    Game: Final Fantasy Tactics
    Genre: RPG-Strategy
    Developer: Squaresoft/Squareenix System: Playstation (PSX) Total Score: 94/100 Value
    Game: Final Fantasy Tactics
    Genre: RPG-Strategy
    Developer: Squaresoft/Squareenix
    System: Playstation (PSX)
    Total Score: 94/100
    Value Score: 9.4/10

    Final Fantasy Tactics is Squaresoft's answer to Enix's Tactics Ogre using similar style of gameplay but mixing up with a few new unique features/styles and the Final Fantasy series' magic touch, Squaresoft was able to create a masterpiece that has a storyline which rivals even the mainline series. With a great addictive gameplay structure, a deep dark storyline and a well made soundtrack FFTactics is considered to be one of the best Spinoffs of the Final Fantasy series if not considered already the best.

    • Story: 10/10
    • Characters: 10/10
    • GamePlay: 10/10
    • Graphics: 9/10
    • Sound: 9/10
    • Music: 10/10
    • Length: 9/10
    • Replay Value: 7/10
    • Player Value: 10/10

    +Great Gameplay mechanics
    +Incredible storyline that involves politics, betrayal and fantasy elements
    +Cameos from various characters and figures of the Final Fantasy universe
    +Very detailed character and storyline encyclopedia
    +Cutscenes re-watchable through a special feature
    +Recruit humans or Monsters to fight alongside you

    -Monster skills are limited and arent emphasized enough
    -Difficulty can spike thus may require some grinding
    -Tedious random encounters in the map
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  7. Nov 4, 2018
    0
    Absolutely terrible game. I would not recommend wasting your money on this game

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