Review by 6xdandangp
"A classic is reborn in 3D."
Final Fantasy III was never released in the US(The Final Fantasy III on the SNES is actually Final Fantasy 6, they changed it to 3 because it was the third FF game to be released in the US), people in Japan probably regarded this game as a masterpiece, it was so well made. I'd have to say that the people in the US aren't nearly as impressed as this masterpiece, but it was a masterpiece, for its time at least.
The gameplay is good, you can customize your four characters to become any class you want, there's a very high number of classes you can choose from, and I recommend you to try them all. There's the overworld, cities, and caves, the overworld is the only place in which you can save, so always save when going out there. Cities are safe places where you can purchase equipment and items and heal your characters in the inn. Caves are places where you go to either go on with the story or to take on certain sidequests in the game. The gameplay can get a little repetitive at times but it's nothing big.
The story is very nice, it starts with a guy named Luneth who falls down into a hole and starts exploring it. The story progresses rather fast, but it's long enough for a decent amount of play time. It's not the game's strongest point, though, and you'll find the story rather vague at times. But you will always know your goal: Restore the four crystals. Since this is based off an NES game, don't expect the story to have many plot twists.
Nobuo Uematsu was great at creating the 8-bit soundtracks of the original Final Fantasy 3, this game's is fully orchestrated. You'll be enjoying every single piece it has, and you'll start humming to the tunes just like most other Final Fantasy game's music. The one little problem, though, is that every song sounds like it used too many instruments and the DS can't play too many at once.
The graphics are this game's best part, the FMV at the beginning was almost PS2 quality! Even the in-game graphics are well rendered and very detailed for a DS game. There's no DS game that can even come close to it in graphics back in 2006. Nothing is blurred in the game, there are no lagging pixels either. They obviously spent a lot of time in the graphics.
Replay value 8/10
The replay value is nice, you'll be spending a good 30 hours on the game, and maybe another 20 on the sidequests. A couple of complaints are that there are not many sidequests at all in the game and most of them aren't that fun to be honest. Another one is that even though the story is long, it progresses very fast, sometimes too fast for enjoyment. Despite my complaints, the story is still good for a DS game.
This game is one of the best DS games I've played, it's also rather good for an RPG. You can find it for about $20 now, and though it's not worth the $40 that I spent back in 2006, it's sure worth how much it costs now. If you're looking for a very good DS game, or a very good RPG in general, this game certainly won't disappoint.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 05/14/09
Game Release: Final Fantasy III (US, 11/14/06)
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