Review by Major_Marth

"Who needs a good story when you have gameplay like this?"

Before you ask yourself the question, no, this is not a sequel to the first Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. It has cameos and references, but that's about it. This is a whole new (and much better) game. Warning: This game will make you loose sleep!

Gameplay 10/10

This game's best feature, by far. The combat system is almost the exact same as the first FFTA, so people who played that game can jump right into this one without any hassle. It's also fairly easy to learn so those who are new to the game will not have too much trouble getting started. This game also boasts a whopping 300 quests, and 100 un-recorded quests, making a grand total of 400 in-game quests. To make the gameplay even better, you can select in the beginning of the game to play on either Normal or Hard mode, for those who want a challenge.

Story 2/10

Epic sadness. This is by far the game's worst flaw. Anyone who played the first FFTA and thought that story was bad will be in for a surprise, because this one is even worse. You are Luso Clemins, a boy who is ready for summer vacation. Your plans are ruined, however, when your teacher asks you to clean the library before you go home. When Luso ges to the library, he finds the Magick Book from the first FFTA. Luso, being the mischievous character he is, decides to write his name in the book. Just like that, he is sent to the world of Ivalice. The rest of the game from this point on is Luso trying to get home so his Aunt doesn't worry about him.

Graphics/Sound 9/10

For the DS, this game actually has some decent graphics and a good soundtrack. The graphics are a vast improvement from the previous game. Even such simple spells such as Fire look much better than they used to. The soundtrack is mostly remix versions of previous tracks, but they give you a nice feeling of nostalgia while you play.

Replayability 10/10

Considering all that I have mentioned in this review, tis game has excellent replay value. With the 300 quests and selectable difficulty, this game is worth playing over and over again.

Final words

Simply put, this is an amazing game and definitely one of the best games released this year. Don't rent it, buy it. It is worth every penny.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 08/04/08

Game Release: Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift (US, 06/24/08)

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