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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy

 

 

SCORE: 82

 Theatrhythm Final Fantasy    

 

One of the signature marks of a Final Fantasy video game is the wonderful music. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is a game that makes perfect sense. It is a music game based on the mainstream Final Fantasy titles. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy goes from Final Fantasy all the way to Final Fantasy XIII. Each of these games contains videos of the game. Theses are shown in one of the levels.

We start out in each Final Fantasy game at the intro (DMS). We can collect Rhythmia while some words scale. We do this by tapping the bottom screen when the musical note in a bubble reaches the giant crystal. Then we will go into one of three levels - Battle Music Stage (BMS), Field Music Stage (FMS), and Event Music Stage (EMS). We end a game with the Ending Themes Demo Music Stage (DMS).

Each of the stages plays differently, but generally contain the same concepts. We tap when the circles are in the same space as our playing circle. We swipe different directions depending upon arrows. We hold down on the screen when the on screen lines call for it. The better we do, the higher we score. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy grades players similar to Guitar Hero video games.

The 3D effects in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy are spectacular. I am amazed at how many different effects Square Enix was able to put into this Nintendo 3DS title. I love how the words scroll around on the intro and ending Demo Music Stage levels. Video effects from the various Final Fantasy games also look really good. Please pay attention to the descriptors since some of the games in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy received 'T' for Teen ratings.

The biggest problem with the videos in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is they are distracting. The same goes for the BMS levels. I wanted to see what was going on, but doing so messed me up. A few mess ups and there is a lower rating. Make too many mistakes in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy and it can be game over.

The Chaos Shrine for the most advanced players. They can be extremely difficult. There are ways to make it easier though. A balanced party is one of them. We have four characters in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, and they level up via experience. This is the role playing element in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy. The higher their level the better they perform.

I am one of those reviewers that hates giving out a perfect one hundred in any area. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy contains so much unlockable content that I had to give it a perfect one hundred. The more I played, the more I unlocked. I could do this a variety of ways. Each Final Fantasy game can be played a variety of ways. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is worth the price of admission.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy includes a multi-player mode, Streetpass, tons of character cards, movies, music, and more. One of the interesting things about Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is players can download additional songs. I am sure there will be a small fee that applies. But it is nice to see additional content coming to a Nintendo 3DS title.

There are a few issues families need to be aware of. There is a fair amount of dialogue in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy about different gods. There is violence, blood, some language issues, and enticement to lust. I recommend Theatrhythm Final Fantasy to the older members of the family. Not only because of the descriptors but also due to the addiction factor. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy can get in your head and not let go. Just another level to unlock something new. I know I can do better if I try again. Hours can drain away while playing Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.

I appreciate that Square Enix published Theatrhythm Final Fantasy. This is an interesting direction for the company to pay homage to their past games. I would love to see Dragon Quest receive the same treatment in a future release. It was a real pleasure for me to play and review Theatrhythm Final Fantasy on the Nintendo 3DS.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 77%
Sound: 82%
Replay/Extras: 100%
Gameplay: 80%
Family Friendly Factor: 70%
System: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Square Enix
R
ating:  ‘E10+’ - Everyone 10+
{Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco}

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