Review by swiftyredd2n125
"The missing piece to an epic puzzle"
Final Fantasy III... hard to imagine that this was the ONLY one of 12(numerical) Final Fantasy games to NEVER be released stateside; or at least until November 14th 2006. Don't confuse this game with "FFIII" on the SNES. That happens to be FFVI, a whole new game entirely. The real FFIII was only released in Japan for the Famicom. It took 16 years for this game to be released outside of Japan... and it turned out pretty darn good!
The gameplay in FFIII is the traditional turn-based system that FF fans have come to know and love. However, FF III is unique in that it's the first, and only one of two numerical games, with a changeable job system. You start out with six jobs: The black mage, white mage, red mage, warrior, thief, and monk. As you progress through the game, you will unlock more jobs after visiting each crystal.(see story section) By the end of the game, you will have unlocked a total of 23 different jobs!(plus a secret job) Not only does your job affect your stats, but each job has a unique ability; whether it's casting magic, unleashing powerful attacks(such as souleater), or just boosting your strength. FFIII is also the first game to introduce summons, which could be of big help to you later in the game should you choose to have a summoner or evoker in your party. Your luck and strategy in battle really all depends upon the combination of jobs that you use, making gameplay nearly limitless!
The story in FFIII is very simplistic, but hey, what can you expect from an NES game? You, Luneth, along with your three companions, Arc, Refia, and Ingus, are the four warriors of light. Being the chosen warriors of light, you must seek the power of the crystals in order to protect the world from the darkness that threatens to engulf it.
When you watch the opening FMV, your jaw will LITERALLY drop! The graphics in this game are absolutely outstanding. The graphics for this game are, obviously, completely redone and look fantastic in 3-D. Although there are no FMVs or scenes with graphics of the same quality as the opening, the in-game graphics are still beautiful by themselves. Square-Enix really gave everyone who had been waiting 16 years for this game a sight for sore eyes. Every dungeon, as well as the world map, was very well done. This game easily has the best graphics of any DS game so far!
The sound in FFIII is outstanding as well. But then again, can we expect anything less from Nobuo? The different music went along perfectly to its corresponding dungeon or area. The music may not quite be as good as other FF games, but it's certainly nothing that I can complain about.
Replay Value: 10
This game can and should last ANYONE who plays it a long time. With having 24 different jobs to choose from, each time playing through this game is a whole new experience. The new wi-fi feature of mognet unlocks bonus content for the game. Through sending messages to different NPCs as well as other actual players, you can unlock a secret class(the onion knight), a new secret boss who is extremely hard to beat, and a certain quest that will reward you with the ultima weapon! And for those, like me, who are completionists; trying to master all 24 jobs will really rack up your gameplay total. Overall, you won't put this game down for a long time.
Finally, I must discuss the couple of minor issues I had with this game. Some people may complain about the lack of use of the top screen. Others may complain about the difficulty, which in my book is a good thing. Well I'm fine with both of those. My only real complaints are NOT being able to buy PHOENIX DOWNS and not being able to SAVE in dungeons. Although, phoenix downs become pretty useless later in the game and, as long as you grind enough, advancing through the game while being able to save only on the world map shouldn't be that bad.(thank god they included a quicksave) Once you get past those two details, this game rocks!
Final Fantasy III is a great game in just about every aspect. From addicting gameplay, to outstanding graphics, to a TON of replay value; Final Fantasy III is a MUST BUY for all rpg-loving ds owners.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 12/08/06
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