Dissidia 012[duodecim] Final Fantasy

06/05/2011 at 1:58 AM | Posted in PlayStation Portable | 2 Comments
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Dissidia 012[duodecim] Final Fantasy

Dissidia 012[duodecim] Final Fantasy or DDFF for short is a prequel to the first game released way back in 2009. It features more characters and a new story as well as updated and improved gameplay and also the introduction of real DLC. A lot of people complained at how duodecim was just the same game in a shiny new package and while that’s not entirely untrue there are some pretty good reasons as to why it’s not entirely true either. There has been a lot of value added to the series and not to mention, this game only costs $29.99USD. Maybe I should just get going with the review rather than sounding similar to an advertisement.

Dissidia 012[duodecim] Final Fantasy is an Action oriented one-on-one fighting role playing game by Square Enix and clearly it’s available for the PlayStation Portable.

Story

Again for a fighting game DDFF doesn’t really have that great of a story and in my honest opinion, by default, most fighting games don’t and that’s OK. A basic gist of it is that the new characters are simply part of the war of Cosmos and Chaos and they go on their own seperate adventure before the events of the first Dissidia to hopefully give the others a chance to finally win against Chaos and his warriors.

Some characters tend to blend into a grey area between Chaos and Cosmos’ side, or so it seems which added an interesting element to the story. Not much else going on here but to me that’s expected, I ain’t even mad.

Score – 7.5

Gameplay

If you wanna know how this game plays you should read my Dissidia Final Fantasy Review (this is me being really lazy). But of course that’s not it and there are in fact new aspects to gameplay. First off, one of the major additions to gameplay is a gauge under your HP bar called the Assist Gauge which once full, allows you to quickly summon in another character to perform a move for you or take a blow for you as you are tossed to a safe distance. It definitely adds a new element to fights and can make for some really interesting combos.

New attacks and abilities have of course been added as well as a new use for your EX Gauge, triggering EX Mode while you are being attacked will instead trigger “EX Revenge” which slows time dramatically for everything around you including your opponent for a short while. It can get you out of a bind but you sacrifice EX mode for it.

Score – 9.5

Graphics

Dissidia Final Fantasy already looked really great, one of the best on PSP I’d say though I honestly think that with duodecim they have managed to actually improve a little. Everything looks just as great as before but I do think that the quality has been amped up just a little bit. Once again Square Enix has dressed to impress.

Score – 9.5

Final Note

This game definitely is a lot of old and only a little new but hey at least it isn’t full price? Sure you’ll be paying more in the end with DLC but I honestly don’t mind and I think that it gives the game slightly more value. I would say that it is definitely worth a pick up. Especially if you haven’t played the first Dissidia. It’s also worth mentioning that duodecim contains the entire first games story in it so really you’re getting two games at a discount.

Overall Rating

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  1. Comprehensive review do you think that now the xperia play is on the scene that they will do a port.

    • I’d say it’s more likely that if it was ported anywhere it would be ported to PS3 given Sony’s new “PSP Remasters” line. The Xperia Play has some power behind it, but I don’t think enough. I’m pretty sure they are focusing on PS1 titles and new games specifically for mobile devices that are Sony or “PlayStation” quality approved.


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