Final Fantasy is generally not known for continuous storylines, but the world of Ivalice, in which Tactics is set, has appeared in several games, most recently Final Fantasy XII. However, in the world of Tactics, there is only one race: the humans. War threatens to break out over the right to the throne, and the main character, Ramza, is caught in the middle. The story shifts back and forth between loyalty, friendship, romance, and betrayal, with just the right amount of each.
This game is satisfactory from a morality perspective. There is lots of violence, but it mostly involves cartoon characters swinging at each other with tiny swords. The only blood in the game comes from cut scenes and FMVs, and even then, there is barely any. The major potential turn-off, as in all Final Fantasy games, is the magic use. All characters have the potential to use magic, even summon powerful creatures; while casting, the character?s mouth can be seen moving, as if chanting. There are references to demons, but they are always the enemy. A couple of the female characters wear mildly suggestive attire, but this is really only noticeable in the FMV scenes. There is a little bit of mild swearing, but never beyond d***. Finally, though it seems trivial, you receive side missions from taverns, in which you can see people drinking at tables.
Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions is a solid port of a solid tactical RPG. Its story alone deserves the Final Fantasy name, but the interesting tactical combat and deep character customization make it even better. Families could be discouraged by the extensive magic use and violence. Nonetheless, War of the Lions is a worthy addition to the PSP library and a fine nod to ages past.
» By Joe Severyn, Plain Games. Published 12/14/2007 4:05:24 PM.