Generally favorable reviews - based on 61 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 61
  2. Negative: 1 out of 61
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  1. Dissidia: Final Fantasy manages to marry at least two completely disparate genres into one of the best games of the year. Not only is it exciting and full of fast-paced action, but it's also deep and full of replay value.
  2. If you have even a passing interest in Final Fantasy and are willing to put a little effort into learning some complex systems, Dissidia is an absolute must-buy. Whatever you do, do not miss this game.
  3. 91
    Most of the game's enjoyment comes from building up characters over time through battling and buying, a practice that should be right up the average RPG player's alley. "Is it a fighter? Is it an RPG?" Well, it can be both, and still be fun.
  4. There's nothing to Dissidia but the grind, and if you're looking for an epic adventure, you won’t find it here after the 20+ hour story mode is finished. But if you’re looking for something engrossing with great characters that’ll keep you playing for weeks, Dissidia: Final Fantasy is one of the top candidates for the PSP.
  5. There are plenty of characters and each with their own unique storyline. Dissidia will surely last many hours before a FF fan will get bored of it. I highly suggest a purchase.
  6. One of the best Psp exclusives. Fresh, deep, suitable for quick play or intense game sessions. Beat'em up mechanics works well, and the rpg aspect add variety and strategical issues. Almost perfect, artistically and technically speaking too.
  7. 90
    This new Square Enix entry into the fighting genre is completely superior to Ergheiz, with a combat system which engages since the very first minute, redesigned character and an original story.
  8. The single most comprehensive offering we've ever had the pleasure to play on PSP, Final Fantasy: Dissidia is an absolute gem, a masterpiece of Japanese ingenuity on the maligned handheld format that makes "epics" on the PS3, 360 and PC hide in shame.
  9. All in all, Dissidia: Final Fantasy is a highly enjoyable experience whether you're a fan of the franchise or not.
  10. An engaging experience that’s both easy to pick up and tough to master.
  11. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    It's a bright, distinctive and hugely playable game, and is a massive slap in the face for other PSP fighters. [Oct 2009, p.122]
  12. Dissidia: Final Fantasy mixes a near perfect fan service with tight gameplay, unrivaled visuals, and an extensive amount of side-content. This IP should not be passed up.
  13. AceGamez
    As a fan of the series, Dissidia: Final Fantasy is my perfect slice of gaming for PSP. Utilising all the things done well in the previous games, while being inventive in all areas too, it should be a must buy for every PSP owner.
  14. This is definitely one of the best games on the PSP. A not to be missed game for all Final Fantasy fans. A great fighting game for all.
  15. 89
    This game is a touching tribute to the franchise and a great reward for devoted fans.
  16. Dissidia: Final Fantasy is one of the top games for the PSP. It’s a real tribute to fighters and Final Fantasy fans.
  17. Dissidia: Final Fantasy is technically the best PSP game so far. Also it’s a lot of fun to fight with the characters out of the different parts of the Final Fantasy series.
  18. The combat system, once you get the hang of it, is surprisingly deep and engaging, and it does well to support each characters inherent strengths and weaknesses.
  19. Whether you’re a Final Fantasy fanatic or a newcomer to the series, Dissidia is a wonderful fighter/RPG hybrid. The combat system is engaging while the RPG infrastructure is massive, deep and rewarding.
  20. Dissidia boldly marries an interesting new approach to fighting with some of the touchstones that the Final Fantasy series is built on. And though it takes some sizable risks at being different, the end result is great. It's everything that you wouldn't expect a Final Fantasy game to be, but if you're looking for a feature-rich time-sink with fight and flair, then Dissidia is well worth your consideration.
  21. Even though the combat has some minor issues, there is still a lot of depth and engaging gameplay to be experienced in DISSIDIA.
  22. 87
    This game has a few points that makes this game a must buy for every Final Fantasy fan. It has a lot of gameplay, well known characters, good story and a lot more.
  23. This role-playing/fighting hybrid is more than just fan service: It is a fun and flashy game that keeps on giving.
  24. 85
    Dissida is a unique take on the fighting genre. Its RPG heavy perspective makes for some interesting battles with the obvious benefit of having the most memorable FF characters duke it out in an epic war.
  25. For the fans of the saga, Dissidia is a must buy. As a pure fighting game, it lacks the depth of gameplay many other titles on the market have, so keep this in mind.
  26. Dissidia: Final Fantasy is a must-have for all FF fans, a dream come true after all those years spent wishing to see all the characters of this huge saga fighting one another! All other players too should play it, having in mind that this is also one of the best fighting games on PSP ever.
  27. Pelit (Finland)
    Tough battles may take some time to get used to, but it's a rewarding experience, with tons of content. [Nov 2010]
  28. Dissidia is an earnest attempt to translate the strengths of its source material into a new context. It somehow makes the ludicrous notion of a Final Fantasy fighting game seem pretty reasonable.
  29. Games Master UK
    A simple concept hides a hugely complex and massively rewarding experience. Brilliant. [Oct 2009, p.76]
  30. The story mode is fairly lengthy, and there are plenty of unlockables to keep you going. However, the lack of online play is regrettable.
  31. Overall A challenging fighter that shows off the PSP's power. Slightly intimidating for non-fans, though.
  32. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Fighting game with popular characters from the famous Final Fantasy series comes (unsurprisingly) with RPG elements and goes very well with it. [Oct 2009]
  33. games(TM)
    A Final Fantasy spin-off with real merit. [Mar 2009, p.126]
  34. Dissidia certainly isn't without its faults. The rate of descent once airborne is too slow, and the combat fundamentals occasionally feel jerky compared to more traditional and refined fighters. But these minor criticisms aside, it's a very accomplished fighter that's worth your time - whether you're a fighter nut or Final Fantasy fan.
  35. We're not sure if Dissidia is a game for RPG lovers or for fighting game fanatics, but we're a hundred percent sure that this is a really good game.
  36. 80
    Dissidia's greatest strength easily lies in its longevity.
  37. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    A bit too complex to please conventional fighting fans, but the game more than pays off for anyone who enjoys character progression - including anyone who's obsessed with "Final Fantasy." [Oct 2009, p.76]
  38. In spite of nagging camera problems and an intimidatingly complicated battle system, Dissidia is an outstanding fighter that does a fantastic job of giving Final Fantasy fans exactly what they want.
  39. 80
    This is Final Fantasy like you've never played it before.
  40. Dissidia's one of the best games that we've seen on the PSP system, with an outstanding graphic engine and an interesting fight system that assures more than a hundred hours of fun and addictive battles. It still have some minor issues to deal with in a future edition of the game, but for what it has, it's a must-have for Sony's handheld.
  41. It revitalises both old and recent characters and, despite the basic environments having the odd clunky element in their geography, triumphantly succeeds as a new breed of fighting game. [Oct 2009, p.90]
  42. Everything let us think that Square Enix took care of the project at the best, showing all the skills of its internal team. Our hope is that any other spin-off will follow the path Dissidia traced.
  43. Dissidia is a dignifying compilation of the several characters in the series. The amount of unlockables and incentives to continue playing are just deafening.
  44. 80
    Because of the unusual gameplay characteristics, Dissidia is not a pick up and play game. You really have to invest yourself into the experience to really get anything out of it. Once you do though, the bite sized battles are a great way to pass five minutes.
  45. Any Final Fantasy fan will feel right at home here, and those who are somehow unfamiliar with the series will find an amazing title on their hands when they emerge from cryogenic freezing.
  46. Dissidia: Final Fantasy is a good game. With the unique fighting-system, healthy length and high production values it is already a convincing title, but the thing that makes it the most interesting is that it’s a beautiful tribute to the series. The negative points like the lack of online-options, an unpolished camera system and the sometimes awful voice acting can't hide the fact that Dissidia is one of the most surprising PSP-titles this year.
  47. Final Fantasy Dissidia is all about fan service. It doesn't matter which of the games in the series you're the most attached to - chances are great that you'll find your favourite character, tune or environment in this package. Looking beyond the fan service there's actually a surprisingly deep and fleshed out story mode that will keep you busy for hours on end. There are flaws, such as a terribly wonky camera, but if you're a fan of Final Fantasy this is a must buy. Final Fantasy fan or not, this is one of the best fighting games on the PSP.
  48. Dissidia: Final Fantasy has become a very interesting fighting game. The game possesses a lot of characters in which you can play a very long but not that interesting plot. The fighting in combination with the leveling-system is very entertaining, but the annoying camera and story plot doesn’t give it the shine to the game that it should have. On the other hand, the fun you have with this game is a lot more meaningful then the camera issues. That’s why this game deserves a worthy grade.
  49. 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.
  50. Despite an unhealthy amount of fan service this is an innovative, if inaccessible, one-on-one fighter.
  51. At its barest elements, Dissidia: Final Fantasy is phenomenal.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. The concept may delight hardcore fans, but the unrefined gameplay ensures that everyone else is left out in the cold. [Sept 2009, p.92]
  56. 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.
  57. Dissidia Final Fantasy offers an enormous amount of content for Final Fantasy fans, but fails to deliver an engaging or satisfying fighting experience.
  58. 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.
  59. 60
    Dissidia is a disappointing title that is hard to recommend to anyone but a die hard fan of the Final Fantasy series.
  60. Play UK
    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]
  61. It seems that any time Square Enix tries to prove to the world that they can make more than super awesome RPGs, they underwhelm.

Awards & Rankings

#5 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2009
#15 Most Shared PSP Game of 2009
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 302 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 32 out of 302
  1. Apr 2, 2013
    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
    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
    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 »