Review by Amuseum

"Final Fantasy Legend 2 is my favorite RPG for any console system"

As you can see from the title of this review, Final Fantasy Legend 2 is my favorite RPG for any console system.

There are many reasons why this game is so great: it has superb replayability, simple combat system, and interesting characters.

You get to build a party of four characters from a selection of robots, male and female humans and mutants, and slime, dragon, and imp, which are monsters. You can pick any combination of the above: beginners should start with 1 robot, 1 human, 1 mutant, and 1 monster; advanced players can go for their playing style; those looking for a challenge may try four robots or four monsters.

Each character type has strengths and weaknesses. Robots can equip any weapon, armor, and item; they also can't be affected by paralyze and by poison. They get their stats from their equipments. They are vulnerable to magic, though.

Humans have eight equipment slots. They raise their stats when they fight in battle. They become strong quite fast.

Mutants are similar to Humans in the way they raise stats. However, Mutants can also learn magic abilities after battles. They can have up to four slots for these abilities, and the rest for weapons and armor.

Monsters are the best part that make this game one-of-a-kind. You can change into the same monsters that you fight. At first, it seems the changes are random, but as you play more, you can find a pattern and learn to plan your evolution.

Since your party can have so many combinations, every game you start will be different. This adds superb replayability. You can mix and match your party to match your playing style, or you can make it challenging by playing a (theoretically) weak team of four monsters.

I suppose what some people don't like about this game is that it's different and original. Your characters don't have experience levels like other carbon-copy RPGs. Monsters and Robots provide an original experience instead of your standard humanoid characters. Furthermore, it's actually exciting to see your humans and mutants get stat imcreases every other battle.

Combat is simple and fun. None of that extra special effects that get boring and tedious after the first few times. There will be a lot of fighting, and special effects will only bog down the gameplay. You can speed through the text by holding down the A button: this feature is in all the Final Fantasy games on the Gameboy. Some battles will be very easy, and you can skip through the text conveniently. Others will be very hard, so tactics and preparation will be necessary to be victorious. The game starts out pretty easy and progressively gets more interesting.

Some people don't like the fact that weapons and items disappear after a certain numbers of uses. The truth is, you'll find plenty of new weapons and items as you progress through the story, and they last long enough that you'll have earned enough to get a replacement. It adds a certain degree of discretion to your planning and strategy. It's another creative feature that makes this game so legendary.

The story is pretty short. You have to remember that it was an early Gameboy ROM. However, it is saved by the fact that you can start over with a different party for endless replayability. Still, the game is quite long and challenging the first time you play. There's enough variety to enjoy in the different worlds that you travel to.

Graphics and sound is as good as it gets for the Gameboy. If you compare some Pokemon music to FFL2, they sound very similar. There are jukeboxes in every town if you want to adjust the tune.

This game has been out a long time, so most of you have already played through it a million times. For others, they probably don't miss it. It's one of those games that you either love or hate. This has been the most addictive games I've ever played. I wish I could give a score higher than 10.

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 04/06/02, Updated 04/06/02

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